Southern Sun expands in Dubai

Southern Sun’s rapid expansion into the Middle East has continued to gather momentum following an agreement to manage and operate the prestigious Plantation Hotel and Spa. The leading African hotel chain will take on the full operations of the unique boutique hotel and spa which will also incorporate signature restaurants within Dubailand’s soon-to-be equestrian community.

The announcement follows Southern Sun’s recent launch into the Middle East. In January this year Southern Sun opened the doors to two modern deluxe hotels - Al Manzil and Qamardeen - in Dubai’s 500-acre Downtown Burj Dubai development.

‘We are delighted to continue to build our portfolio in the Middle East and to be offered the opportunity to manage and operate such an exciting project as the Plantation Hotel & Spa is a great honour,’ said Richard Weilers, Managing Director, Southern Sun Middle East.

‘The Plantation Hotel & Spa will be one of Dubai’s finest destinations, a unique hotel that is set in grounds that will also be unique. The Plantation project is designed to be one of the leading polo and equestrian destinations in the world and the Plantation Hotel & Spa will match the high level expectations of their customers.’

The style and feel of the hotel will replicate the refined nature of the ‘Colonial’ period, whilst also providing a secluded retreat for visitors and UAE residents to escape and unwind.


‘After researching and meeting with many of the world’s leading hotel and management groups, we found Southern Sun to be the most closely aligned to our vision of excellence,’ said Arthur Fitzwilliam, owner of The Plantation Hotel and Spa.

‘We have every confidence that Southern Sun will deliver an exceptional level of service and management to reinforce The Plantation Hotel & Spa’s position as one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in the world.’

Located only 15 minutes from Dubai city centre, The Plantation is a lavish design concept which will incorporate a range of world-class equestrian facilities and services amidst country club living.

Services will include riding lessons, polo, daily hacking, livery services, veterinary and farrier services, event venues, hospitality and banqueting and equestrian holidays.

There will also be deluxe stabling provisions for 800 horses, an equestrian and polo academy, an indoor riding area, five polo fields, an international show jumping arena, club houses, restaurants, retail outlets and multiple outdoor riding arenas.