aerial view of the pole pole hotel resort facing the Indian Ocean in Mombasa, Kenya

Pole Pole Kenya Hotel Resort & Spa

Pole Pole Kenya Hotel Resort & Spa

Mombasa, Kenya

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Mombasa, Kenya

Project Facts

Project Pole Pole Clifftop Hotel Resort and Spa
Client Amancorp
Built-Up-Area N/a
Services Master Planning, Architectural Concept and Preliminary Design, Landscape Preliminary Design, 3D Rendering,
Status Under Construction
Budget Phase 1: US$60 Million, Phase 2: US$20 Million

Project Features

Hotel accommodation 2 Penthouses, 4 Superior Suites, 10 Junior Suites, 24 Superior Suites, 40 Club Rooms and 134 Deluxe Rooms.
Club Lounge dedicated for business guests.
Multipurpose Ballrooms / MICE Conference Hall, Boardrooms and Meeting Rooms.
Dining Facilities 24 hour Café and 4 speciality Restaurants.
Entertainment Facilities 2 Bars and 1 Nightclub.
Day Spa 8 Treatment Rooms, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Gym etc.
Retail Boulevard 24 Retail Outlets.
Recreational Facilities Pool Terrace with cantilevered Swimming Pool, Pool Bar with Swimming Pool, Children’s Pool, Toddler’s Pool, Children’s Play Area, Gardens.

Located on this stunning clifftop location in Mombasa, the five-star hotel Pole Pole Kenya Hotel Resort  & Spa is nestled in the lush greenery on the one side while opening up completely to the majestic Indian Ocean with its turquoise waters. The design draws on references of regional art and textures found in local handicrafts and textiles, developed further into a modular pattern that can be repeated endlessly (space permitting) for future growth. The scale of the module is carefully controlled allowing the positioning of the guest suites that maximises main feature of the Ocean, ensuring up to 75 percent of the guest rooms with a 100 percent unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean.

A key feature of the Resort is the floating sundeck and pool bar. Pushed out into the Ocean, the sundeck is a suspend structure that ‘floats’ the guest just above the water level. Combined with an infinity-edge pool that extends the perspective deep into the horizon and a pool bar that comes alive at night, it is a place that challenges all the senses continuously. At the lower level of the deck are the jetties for those who want to explore the depth and breadth of the Indian Ocean further. The design of the resort is further zones to allow grouping of facilities and areas for ease of guest and service circulation, resulting in a highly efficient design from an engineering perspective.

Accommodating over 200 guest rooms and suites, the resort’s master plan also includes a day-spa with eight treatment rooms, three swimming pool areas with a dedicated children’s and a toddler’s pool, tennis and volleyball courts and five speciality restaurants – one of which is situated on an elevated deck above the water.

The resort also has the largest ballroom and MICE facilities to be found anywhere in Mombasa in a multitude of multi-purpose spaces (including a ballroom for 500 persons) and boardrooms, associated entertainment areas, including an entertainment lawn.

Green Design

The design of the building capitalises on green design principles by employing both passive and active energy controls. The main building is narrow and linear, snaking across the length of the site to capture the cool sea breezes; through the carefully placed apertures on the sea-facing façade and the at the roof level of the circulation lobbies, a negative and positive natural air system is set, that encourages cross ventilation, pulling these cool breezes through the entire building. Meanwhile, glazed areas are maximised to diffuse the boundaries of the inside and out, however all glazed areas are recessed deep into the structure thus creating natural shading by the overhangs. Solar heat gain is further reduced through the use of low-emissivity glazing.

Sustainable Design

The design of project relies on locally available technologies and materials resulting in a sustainable design at the outset. Once complete, it will generate local employment and rely on local services from fresh produces to maintenance resulting in a truly sustainable design.

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With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

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Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

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Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

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Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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