The resort—which, as the Daily Beast points out, enjoys near-perfect reviews on TripAdvisor—is located in Mosul, Iraq, an ISIS-controlled area, and doesn’t seem to have had any foreign visitors since 2013. But given how many westerners are flocking to the Caliphate to help create a theocratic hell, that could change.
The Ninawa looks to have been recently refurbished by ISIS staffers and interns, according to these new images released by the group’s media wing:
Fresh hedges, clean windows:
This ornate bar is now ready for business, except there will be no alcohol because it’s illegal:
The groundskeepers have even destroyed the outdoor polytheistic ornamentation:
The floors are buffed and ready to go:
And it looks like all of the Islamic State’s many tourists and diplomatic allies are enjoying the scene:
Doesn’t this look inviting, and not at all like a place where Skeletor would set a trap for He-Man?
The ISIS propaganda mill, just a few years old, has already become one of the strangest and deeply capable media machines of all time; it rivals even North Korea’s attempts at refuting material conditions with bizarre imagery and professional-grade videos. But for all their capability, they might want to take into consideration that no one is going to want to sit poolside if you can’t have a smoke and a drink and listen to something other than sermons on your bluetooth speaker. This vacation sucks!