It’s been a year since the launch of our Magnum Opus, luxury eco-resort Kingfisher Lodge in the UAE. The tented lodge was commissioned by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and constructed exclusively by Bushtec’s team of multi-disciplinary experts. In 2018, it won the award for at the Middle East Hospitality Awards.
Situated on a strip of conservation land off the coast of the Oman Gulf, Kingfisher Lodge is surrounded by a forest of mangrove trees and precious shrubbery. Because of this, it was of great importance that the building process be environmentally responsible, and the positioning of the eco-lodge be stringently respectful of the natural resources in the area. In the words of Henry David Thoreaux: “What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
The foundations of the development began at tent designing and camp planning, conducted by a highly practiced team of architects, designers and building specialists. The safari tents were then manufactured at the state-of-the-art Canvas and Tent factory in Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Here, all products underwent rigorous quality assurance checks before being dispensed to the shores of the UAE.
After numerous site visits, a large team of workers was sent to install the lodge. Installation involved not only the building of the fundamental structures, but also full electrical and water reticulation. Soon after this, a meticulous process of interior decorating commenced, carried out by leading figures in the field, until a stunning picture of luxury accommodation excellence was created.
When construction was completed in early 2018, Kingfisher lodge already boasted an opulent array of structures. Among these are 20 luxury accommodation units, five of which are family units and 15 of which will accommodate couples and single guests. These tented chalets include bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas and patios, as well as their own private swimming pools.
Adding to the extravagant ambience of the resort is a compliment of facilities to ensure every guest’s stay is optimally comfortable. These include restaurants, outdoor recreation centres, conference facilities, prayer rooms, and two spas for males and females respectively. The aim is to provide a nature getaway destination with all the spoils of daily, city life.
Stay tuned for more on the exhilarating new heights this stunning eco-lodge will reach in future!