Location: New Karnak, Egypt
Scale: 6.0 acres, 250 keys
Design Team: W&A + Focus Hospitality + PLD + 40NORTH
Construction Cost: $45M USD
Total Scope: Full Services
This hotel was renovated from 2005-2009 and is a 250 key resort located directly on the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt. This project is a refurbishment of an existing resort hotel that is retaining the Hilton Worldwide Resorts-brand. The project is a complete refurbishment of the rooms and public areas of the project, and includes 3 new F&B outlets. A portion of the rooms have also been converted to a destination spa with spa suites, the first in Luxor. The Lux Spa includes 5 individual treatment bungalows. A large main pool with an infinity edge overlooking the Nile River has been incorporated into the site, complete with a new outdoor kitchen and dining experience, and separate destination bar.
40NORTH was responsible for all site improvement design, from conceptual design of the project to construction administration services for the development. 40NORTH has also provided supplemental follow-up design and expansion concepts for the Client.
The resort opened to hotel guests in the Spring of 2009, and slowly the hotel is gaining recognition as one of the best resorts in Egypt. The government in Egypt has been toppled twice since the project opened, which has not helped with occupancy and rates. The best thing about Luxor besides the obvious tourist draw is that the hotel is set within a small agricultural community, using farming practices that have remained mostly unchanged for literally thousands of years.