Refurbishment projects can be tricky. Many of them are tied to the budget proforma, and many of the improvements that need to be made to the outdoor environment exceed the budget allotted them for the renovation. This was not the case with this hotel, as the owner assembled a world-class design team from the US, Singapore, Austria, and Egypt to bring the 20 year old hotel back to life.
This project is a second phase of the Luxor Hilton Resort & Spa in New Karnak, Egypt. This phase of the project represents an expanded design program of 10 individual treatment rooms, which each have a private plunge pool and outdoor treatment courtyard. Also included is a 150 square meter infinity edge pool overlooking the Nile River. The clustered outdoor treatment rooms were fit in within an existing grove of date palms (phoenix reclinata) in a currently unused and overgrown area of the resort.
40NORTH was responsible for complete design services for the project, from conceptual design through construction administration. 40NORTH has been in coordination with other design consultants throughout the process, working with noted hospitality design firm Wilson & Associates and spa designers Schletterer of Austria. The resort was reopened in the Fall of 2010, but as Egypt’s government collapsed in 2011 and in 2013, the resort’s occupancy rate is understandably suffering greatly.