By Shane McGinley  www.arabianbusiness.com

The Hotel Missoni Kuwait, a joint venture between the Italian fashion house Missoni and Rezidor Hotel Group, is on schedule to open its doors on March 1.

The luxury hotel, which is the second branded outlet unveiled by Missoni, will be located in the Salmiya district of Kuwait City.

A Rezidor spokesperson has confirmed that a soft opening will see the hotel unveiled to the public on March 1, while an official launch will be held in the summer and will be attended by lead designer Rosita Missoni.

Famous for its striped designs and loud flamboyant colours, the hotel will also include a Six Senses Spa. Guests can expect to be chaperoned in a Maserati limo.

Prices for the rooms are expected to start from $450 a night.

Missoni Kuwait is the latest in a growing list of Gulf hotels designed by top Italian fashion labels.

The first Armani hotel opened in Dubai in 2010 and will be followed by the launch of the Palazzo Versace hotel later this year.

Elisabetta Gucci, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the fashion label, last year said Dubai would be the setting for the first of up to 40 Gucci branded hotels.

The plan has since been embroiled in a legal row over the use of the Gucci brand name.

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