January 2019: Barceló Hotel Group has announced the first Royal Hideaway Hotel opening in the region, after the signing with owning company Seven Tides for the management contract of Dukes Dubai. The Palm property will undergo a rebrand this February to become Dukes Dubai, a Royal Hideaway hotel.

Dukes Dubai, a Royal Hideaway Hotel








The signing was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirateson the 26th January, between Jaime Buxó, Chief Development Officer at Barceló Hotel Groupand Abdulla bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides, and in the presence of Goulam Amarsy, CEO of Barceló Gulf, partner of Barceló Hotel Group in the GCC.

‘Royal Hideway’ is the group’s five-star brand, which boasts an international portfolio of exquisite properties, situated at the world’s most idyllic locations, offeringprivacy in luxury settings. The deluxe offering from the Spanish hospitality giant has become a firm favourite amongst global travellers.






Jaime Buxó, Chief Development Officer at Barceló Hotel Group comments: “The hotel is a stunning addition to Barcelo’s growing luxury portfolio. Guests will experience first-class service coupled with exceptional facilities and vibrant surroundingson the iconic Palm Jumeirah, all making for a truly memorable stay. The rebranding further demonstrates our ambitious growth plans in the Middle East market.

We’re delighted to work with Barceló Hotel Group says Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides. “The hotel will be operated under the Group’s Royal Hideaway brand to maintain the quintessence and personality of the property, coupled with the high standards of services and hotel management know-how that Barceló Hotel Group is synonymous for.”






Dukes Dubai, a Royal Hideaway Hotel is located alongside the beautiful coast of the Arabian seas, featuresexquisite design and extraordinary amenities that are unique to the property. The exceptional combination of Barceló’s world-class brand, the extensive culinary and leisure activities at the resort, will provide upscale travelers, with the opportunity to experience the best from UAE’s leading tourist destination.

Delivering an upscale blend of cosmopolitan luxury twinned with tradition, the hotel comprises 279 guestrooms plus 287 fully furnished hotel apartments. The property offers contemporary leisure, conference and entertainment facilities including a stunning private beach, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool and state-of-the-art gym as well as six distinctive dining experiences.

About Barceló Hotel Group:

Barceló Hotel Group is the hotel division of the Barceló Group, which is the 2nd largest chain in Spain and the 29th in the world. It currently operates 250 leisure and city hotels with 4 and 5 stars, and over 55,000 rooms in 22 countries, all marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels& Resorts, Occidental Hotels& Resorts y Allegro Hotels.

About Seven Tides:

Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, privately owned Seven Tides is an internationally oriented holding company established in 2004. Currently focusing on hospitality and real estate sectors, Seven Tides thinks progressively, works creatively, partners strategically and acts quickly. The result is a current portfolio of offerings from landmark hospitality acquisitions and commercial buildings to residential towers and multi-use complexes in the gateway cities of London and Dubai.


On 23 January, at the 39th edition of the FITUR, the Barceló Hotel Group revealed its results of their 2018 results, which included 13 new hotels, as well as announced its expansion plan for 2019.

2018: The Barceló Hotel Group becomes one of the leading groups in Spain and ranked amongst the Top 30 Internationally.

2018 saw the Spanish hotel group exceed its rate of growth in comparison to recent years. With an additional 13 new hotels and 2,519 rooms, the group now has a total of 249 hotels and 55,014 rooms across 22 countries. These figures now place the business as the third largest hotel group within Spain and 29th internationally. Notable news from 2018 includes the expansion into Portugal; becoming a prominent hotel group in Morocco and developing a presence in the Middle East, amongst others.

Barceló Imagine








New 2018 openings:

Occidental Vigo (Spain): 104 rooms
Royal Hideaway Corales Resort (Spain): 235 rooms
Barceló Imagine (Spain): 156 rooms
Barceló Ourense (Spain): 90 rooms
Allegro Palma Real (Cuba): 470 rooms
Occidental Pera Istanbul (Turkey): 61 rooms
Barceló Istanbul (Turkey): 270 rooms
Allegro Madeira (Portugal): 124 rooms
Occidental Lisboa (Portugal): 105 rooms
Barceló Tánger (Morocco): 138 rooms
Allegro Agadir (Morocco): 321 rooms
Barceló Anfa Casablanca (Morocco): 206 rooms
Occidental IMPZ Dubai (United Arab Emirates): 239 rooms

Barceló Anfa Casablanca







Total: 13 hotels  and 2,519 romos in 6 countries

Jaime Buxó, Chief Development Officer at Barceló Hotel Group, comments that “following the financial crisis, the last three years (2016-2018) has seen us reactivate the expansion plan and we have added 35 new establishments and 6,971 rooms to our portfolio, thanks to our ability to negotiate with local groups and independent hotels. We offer flexible proposals and work with hotels and groups who offer great value hotels with unique personalities, while providing them with the highest possible long-term profitability.” Looking ahead, he concludes, “we have an exciting few years in the pipeline with the guaranteed expansion of more than 6,000 rooms. These will beincorporated by 2021 as well as the signing of 75 new projects as part of our new Strategic Plan (2019-2021).”

Historical Economic Results from 2017

Raúl González, CEO of EMEA of Barceló Hotel Group comments, “although the economic results of 2018 are yet to be finalised, they will be similar to the results achieved in 2017, which was a historic year for us. In 2018, we will achieve 3,000 million euros in sales with a consolidated net profit of 180 million euros “. In terms of regional activity, he adds, “Latin America improved slightly with 82% on average compared to 80% in 2017; while Spain and Europe remained the same with 73%. ” In RevPAR it was the opposite, “Spain and Europe closed with an average price of 101 euros per night compared to 100 euros in 2017; and in Latin America it was 151 dollars compared to 152 dollars in the previous year; in any case, very similar figures in both exercises.

Another factor to consider has been the fluctuating value of the US dollar. He adds that “in 2018 it was valued at 1,188 compared to 1,114 the previous year, so a weaker dollar ensued a similar net profit to that of the previous year of 180 million euros “. Finally, “the significant reduction in net financial debt that we have achieved, going from 330.7 million euros in 2017 to 79.2 million euros in 2018 should be highlighted. This will allow us to carry out an important plan of reforms and investments for an amount of 250 million euros in 2019. ”

A new cycle to be implemented by the Barceló Hotel Group

According to Raúl González, “interest in the Spanish tourism sector from international visitors is likely to decrease in 2019, due to the recovery of other competitive destinations in North Africa and Turkey.” He explains that although they are cautious “we maintain a positive outlook for 2019 as we believe that during the previous commercially successful years, we have carried out strategic investments, that will enable us to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise during this new phase. In our view, the Spanish hotel market will remain attractive for investors.

About Barceló Hotel Group

Third biggest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th biggest in the world. The Group currently operates 249 city and leisure 4 and 5-star hotels,and nearly 55,000 rooms distributed among 22 countries worldwide and marketed under 4 brand names: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels.


15 January 2019. If in 2018 the Barceló Hotel Group highlighted its focus on Morocco by adding three new hotels in Tangier, Agadir and Casablanca, it has kicked off 2019 with a new symbol of that commitment by investing €35 million to purchase the Barceló Palmeraie, a stunning 5-star resort with 252 rooms, located north of Marrakesh and adjacent to a famous 17-acre grove filled with olive and palm trees. The hotel group has also bought two pieces of land: one next to the resort for 120 additional rooms and the other only three kilometres from the city centre, where the Barceló Hotel Group plans to build a new 5-star hotel with 160 rooms.

Barceló Palmeraie







With this new project, the chain has expanded its offering in Morocco for a total of six hotels and 1,136 rooms located in some of the nation’s most important destinations such as Casablanca, Fez, Tangier, Agadir and now Marrakesh.

The Barceló Hotel Group’s current presence in Morocco:

Barceló Casablanca: 85 rooms
Barceló Fès Medina: 134 rooms
Barceló Tánger: 138 rooms
Allegro Agadir: 321 rooms
Barceló Anfa Casablanca 206 rooms
Barceló Palmeraie: 252 rooms
Total: 6 hotels and 1,136 rooms

Projects: The Barceló Palmeraie’s expansion with 120 new rooms and the construction of a new 5-star hotel with 160 rooms in Marrakesh.

Barceló Palmeraie, an exclusivo oasis in the Red City’s famous palm grove:

The area north of Marrakesh, in the heart of its renowned 17-hectare palm grove next to Palmeraie Golf course and only 11 kilometres from Marrakesh-Menara airport, is home to one of the most emblematic resorts in the region: Barceló Palmeraie. This spectacular 5-star establishment has 252 rooms and suites. It wins the hearts of visitors with its architecture inspired by ancient Moroccan palaces; the beauty of its impressive 140,000 square metres of gardens; two vast outdoor pools; and its refined culinary offering, which includes a select wine cellar, an elegant tea room and two exquisite restaurants, one specialised in Moroccan cuisine.







Barceló Palmeraie is a peaceful oasis that is perfect for family holidays thanks to the children’s facilities; for romantic getaways in which to enjoy the spacious rooms and fully-equipped wellness centre covering more than 500 square metres and featuring four treatment rooms, a hammam and a state-of-the-art gym; and for hosting all types of events in the resort’s 10 meeting rooms with space for up to 400 attendees.







Double room with breakfast included, starting at €85 a night

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London, November 2018:The Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce the opening of Barceló Anfa Casablanca in Morocco. This new five-star hotel is the groups second hotel in the city and fifth hotel in Morocco. It joins the existing hotels within the portfolio which include Barceló Fès Medina, Barceló Tánger, Allegro Agadir and Barceló Casablanca.

Barceló Anfa Casablanca








Located on Boulevard Anfa, in the heart of the economic hub of Casablanca, this 206 room hotel has an Art Deco design which reflects the splendour of the city through its warm colour scheme and geometric patterns. Designed with business and leisure guests in mind, the charming terrace and the outdoor swimming pool are the perfect places to relax and unwind after a morning spent exploring the city or a day spent in meetings. Guests will also love the 450 metre wellness centre which is fully equipped with a traditional hammam, steam room, gym and five treatment rooms.







When it comes to dining, guests can expect international cuisine with Moroccan, French and Mediterranean influence at Acajou restaurant, whilst lighter meals can be enjoyed at the outdoor Snack Bar, next to the swimming pool.

With seven multifunctional meeting rooms and a banquet room, which has a capacity to host up to 350 people, this state-of-the-art hotel is perfectly suited to accommodate events of all kinds.

Barceló Hotel Group’s Hotels in Morocco

Barceló Casablanca:  85 rooms
Barceló Fès Medina: 134 rooms
Barceló Tánger: 138 rooms
Allegro Agadir: 321 rooms
Barceló Anfa Casablanca: 206 rooms
Total: 5 Hotels and 884 rooms

Double room on a B&B basis from 163 euros.

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London, November 2018:Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce the opening of Barceló Istanbul today Monday 26 November. This latest addition will be the group’s third hotel in Turkey and it will sit alongside Occidental The Public and Occidental Pera Istanbul.

The modern and elegant five-star Barceló Istanbul is located in the Beyoglu district, next to the emblematic Taksim Square. With 270 spacious rooms and suites, a well-equipped fitness centre and MICE facilities, it is perfect for business and leisure guests alike.

Barceló Istanbul







The 1,500m2 wellness centre, on the eleventh floor, has two traditional Turkish hammams as well as a Roman hammam and sauna. The rooftop gym is the only one of its kind in the city. Here, guests can relax and unwind on the terrace which is home to two hydrotherapy baths. A range of beauty treatments and massages are also available.

The B-Heaven rooftop bar commands dramatic views of the city’s skyline and provides the perfect spot for exclusive parties and events. A programme of events will rotateon a monthly basis to attract guests and locals alike looking for something a little different.

For MICE guests, the hotel has four meeting rooms and an Executive Lounge with the capacity to host up to 600 people.








When it comes to dining, there are two restaurants and two bars, in addition to the Executive Lounge. Guests can expect a fusion of local cuisine paired with international gastronomical delights. The ‘B-LikEat’ healthy breakfast concept and ‘B-Locals’ concierge offering, whereby guests can be given tailor-made tours from locals, will also be availableat Barceló Istanbul.

Present of Barceló Hotel Group in Turkey

Occidental The Public: 52 rooms
Occidental Pera Istanbul: 60 rooms
Barceló Istanbul: 270 rooms
Total: 3 Hotels and 382 rooms

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London, November 2018:The Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce three winners from across their portfolio at the 2018Luxury Hotel Awards. These awards recognise the most exclusive hotels in the world. This year the awards celebrated their 13thanniversary and received more than 2,000 submissions. The winners were nominated by more than 300,000 people including consumers and worldwide professionals from within the industry.

Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, in Tenerife, has been named Europe’s Best New Luxury Hotel. Since its opening in February this year, the resort has been awarded severalaccolades including: ‘The Best Future Hospitality Building 2018’ at European Hospitality Awards; ‘Best New Luxury Spanish Hotel’ at World Travel Awards 2018 and ‘The Best Beach Hotel in Spain’ at Roca Hotel Awards.

Royal Hideaway Corales Resort








In addition, home to the largest spa in Andalucía, Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri in Chiclana, Cadiz had been named the Most Luxurious Spa Resort in Spain for the third year running.

Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri








Lastly, Barceló Teguise Beach, in Lanzarote,won the award for the Best Luxury Coastal Hotel in Europe. This is not the first time this resort has been recognised for its beach-front location, having previously been named ‘Best Luxury Resort on the coast of Spain and in the south of Europe’ in addition to winning an award for having the ‘Best spa and thalassotherapy centre in Spain’.

Barceló Teguise Beach


London, 2018: This year Barceló Hotel Group has decided to extend the highly anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday into ‘Seven Days ofBlack Friday deals’,meaning consumers now have even longer to grab aholiday bargain and book a stay at one of their much-loved hotels across Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Middle East.

Barceló Maya Grand Resort








These exceptional offers will be available to book from 19 – 26 November and valid for holidays taking place through 2019. Up to a 55% discount will be applied for stays at hotels in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Costa Rica and up to a 45% discount will be applied for stays in hotels in Spain, Europe and the UAE, where the Barceló Hotel Group have recently expanded. With over 249 hotels across 22 countries there is something to suit everyone.

Barceló Teguise Beach








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6 November 2018. Portugal has been one of the Barceló Hotel Group’s top destinations in 2018. Following the June grand opening of its first hotel in the country, Allegro Madeira (124 rooms), the chain is now welcoming guests to its first establishment in the Portuguese capital: Occidental Lisboa. This charming four-star hotel with 105 rooms was built in 2015 in the heart of the city, only five minutes walking from the famous Praça do Marquês de Pombal and the elegant Avenida da Liberdade.

Occidental Lisboa








According to the Barceló Hotel Group’s Business Development Managing Director, Jaime Buxó, “We are pleased to continue our Portugal expansion with this lovely hotel under lease in the centre of Lisbon. With Allegro Madeira and Occidental Lisboa, we have been able to address the needs of Portuguese hotel owners who want to work with a manager like the Barceló Hotel Group that knows how to showcase their hotels, maintain their personality, optimise their long-term profitability and pamper their clientele. We will continue to expand our Portuguese operations in the upcoming years thanks to new alliances with local partners and our varied brand architecture that enables us to establish more than one hotel in the same destination”.

Occidental Lisboa, an excellent alternative for (re)discovering the Portuguese capital:

Just like other European cities, Lisbon is banking on its famous rooftop bars, and the one at Occidental Lisboa, housed on a sixth floor overlooking the river and the city, is one of the hotel’s most attractive spots. Occidental Lisboa will also owe its success to the delicious food served at its à la carte restaurant that combines local specialities with international cuisine, in addition to its spacious and comfortable rooms. Additionally, the hotel will have a gym, a meeting room for up to 75 people and a car park.







At Occidental Lisboa

Double room with breakfast included, starting at €85 a night

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Culinary tourism enthusiasts visiting Playa del Carmen are in luck. Royal Hideaway Playacar, a hotel that is always at the forefront of guest services, brings the local culture even closer to its customers through their taste buds.

How? The vanguard chef Alejandro Sánchez, who has been coordinating the hotel’s culinary creations since early 2018, is a pioneer in the Riviera Maya for “zero kilometer” cooking.

This trend attempts to connect diners with the destination through the ingredients: local products are delivered fresh to the kitchen from the hotel’s surrounding area.

It is a form of sustainable cuisine that promotes local ingredients and also helps diners learn more about the food in the region. Some of the dishes made with 100% Mexican ingredients that are already available at Las Ventanas restaurant include a popular Caribbean dish based on bluefin tuna and another centered around the Mexican Creole hairless pig.

Royal Hideaway Playacar

Local bites, inside and outside the kitchen

This concept is based on local ingredients and is aligned with the existing services available at the hotel, such as cocktail-making classes with a mixologist or weekly tequila-tasting events at Spices Bar so guests may try the different types of 100% local agave spirits.

About chef Alejandro Sánchez

This Michelin-starred chef and expert sommelier has extensive international experience that brought him to Mexico in 2014. The restaurant named after him that he ran in Roquetas de Mar, Almeria, earned him a Michelin star, and chef Alejandro Sánchez is now committed to bringing the best of Mediterranean cuisine to Mexico with the aim of creating fusion dishes using local ingredients.

Discerning diners in search of a complete culinary connection with Mexico should plan Royal Hideaway Playacar as their next destination.


London, August 2018: Newly opened in February this year, Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, has been shortlisted for the AHEAD Europe Awards under the ‘Spa & Wellness’ category. AHEAD celebrates hospitality and design around the world. The awards are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of the exceptional, recognising design in all its forms, and the guest experiences created inhospitality projects worldwide.Results will be announced on 19 November 2018.

Built by award-winning Spanish architect Leonardo Omar and designed by the renowned MKV Design (London), together they have created an innovative modern resort with cutting-edge design. Drawing on the local surroundings and underwater sea life, the communal areas are inspired by the intricate formation of coral. Using fractural geometry design in the communal areas, which mirror the shape of the coral, the hotel seeks to raise awareness about the delicate natural beauty of the marine world. The hotel has also won ‘Best New Hotel 2018’ at theEuropean Hospitality Awards and ‘Best Hotel Villa’ at the World Travel Awards.

Spa of the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort

The spacious 1,000m2 spa has been created to be a peaceful place to relax and unwind for adults only. With floor to ceiling windows in the reception and gym, the space makes the most of the natural light and has a sense of bringing the outdoors in. Guests can enjoy a range of treatments in one of the seven private luxury spa suites or relax and unwind in the hydrotherapy circuit which is thoughtfully designed to be part-covered so guests can use it in any weather. Facilities also include hammam; sauna; sensation showers; fitness centre and a barber/beauty shop.

Located on The Costa Adeje in South West Tenerife this 5* resort is surrounded by an oasis of nature reserves. It is split into two hotels – the adult specific ‘Royal Hideaway Corales Beach’ which is created exclusively of Junior Suites, complete with ocean view terraces, and the family-friendly ‘Royal Hideaway Corales Suites’ which have 114 deluxe ocean-view suites with private terraces. The hotel has nine restaurants with its rooftop restaurant, Maresía, being headed up by the Padrón Brothers, who are the only Chefs to specialise in Canarian cuisine with a Michelin star. The resort also offers a bespoke collection of local experiences to guests.