Contemporary Arabesque architecture and design details including mashrabiya latticework screens reflect both the hotel’s proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and its easy access to the city.

Spilling down toward the sea is a palatial complex of white buildings connected via arched walkways and surrounded by pools, fountains and gardens beneath swaying palms before giving way to a sandy beach edging the Mediterranean beneath a bright blue sky.

Public areas are designed in an open concept to capture gentle sea breezes, while guest rooms and suites open to either garden or sea views.

With five food and beverage options, overseen by Executive Chef Omar Mallen, guests are spoiled for choice, beginning with The CREEK, Bistro Chic Restaurant and Lounge on the top floor of the hotel, where Mediterranean coastal cuisine featuring fresh products from the city’s large Central Market is served indoors and outdoors each evening.

At BLU Bar & Grill, those lounging poolside or playing on the beach in spring and summer will find a menu of fresh fish and seafood in a casual al fresco setting. Azur offers an international menu served from dawn until late evening, while Salon Alyssa is the ideal setting for casual meetings and light refreshments in a chic and cosy atmosphere.

The Hotel’s lavish Spa is inspired by the country’s historic sites and traditions, with many of the 11 treatment rooms opening to terraces with sea views. The VIP Suite is the ultimate indulgence for one or two guests, with twin massage beds, a rain shower, bathtub and private terrace relaxation area.

The striking indoor-outdoor lap pool is surrounded by columns and shimmering with mosaic tiles, while the outdoor pool’s central location overlooking the sea makes it one of the best places to enjoy a sunset cocktail.

There’s also a fully equipped fitness centre with steam rooms and sauna, and separate men’s and women’s lounges, and two tennis courts.

The hotel offers 203 stylish guest rooms, including a prestigious 550 square metre Presidential Suite with an enormous tiered terrace featuring a private pool.