Arriving in Saudi Arabia over the next year are some of the most high-profile names in luxury hotels. Read on to discover the remarkable hospitality experiences about to be available in the Kingdom's most exciting cities and amid the atmospheric Nabatean remains of AlUla.
Opens: 1 November 2023
The first hotel brand to debut in the high-profile Red Sea Development Project, Six Senses has created a paradisical oasis of wellness within this raw and beautiful region. The sustainably-minded Southern Dunes resort sits amid the rugged Hijaz Mountains and the smoothly undulating desert dunes, with its state-of-the-art spa first among equals of its impressive array of facilities and experiences. A stay here will see you reside in serenely beautiful suites inspired by the timeless designs of the Nabateans. Relax in the infinity pool with its far-reaching views, attend artisan workshops on UNESCO-recognised Sadu Weaving, or learn more about the conservation and community outreach taking place here. With its proximity to historic fishing towns that once shaped an ancient trade route it’s an ideal resort for a vacation with one foot in the turquoise shallows of the Red Sea and one in the desert dunes. After a day exploring the rugged beauty of the interior or swimming with turtles in the Red Sea, it’s time to discover Southern Dunes’ superlative culinary offering. Whatever you're in the mood for, you'll find it here: whether something casual like Arabic tapas or more high-end such as the Chef’s Table experience.
Opens: 1 November 2023
One of the hottest openings in the capital this year is the St. Regis, slated to open its market-leading doors next month. The five-star brand's latest outpost of outstanding luxury and service blends in beautifully with the sleek traditional-meets-modern aesthetic of Via Riyadh—the capital's world-class dining and couture epicentre. While the nearness of starry names such as Wolfgang Puck might tempt you away from the St. Regis, this 83-room luxury hotel will of course put its best gastronomic foot forward. Choose from a pair of dining options that promise to become destinations in themselves: the bold flavours of the American and Greek-influenced Jackie Restaurant or Stella Sky's fusion of dining and entertainment with its open-air terrace and fragrant shisha. And while the plum location might tempt you to stay in the near vicinity, the hotel is also perfectly placed as a starting point for city tours. Join an expert ROAM guide and venture forth to uncover Riyadh’s hidden gems or delve into its impressive culinary scene.
Opens: March 2024
Landing ahead of the screech of F1 tyres in Saudi, the Jeddah EDITION Hotel—the first hotel to open at the Jeddah Yacht Club as well as the debut of the EDITION brand in Saudi Arabia—is set to become a magnet for all devotees of sleek cars and even sleeker boats. While the racetrack is on one side of the EDITION, the uber-fabulous Jeddah Yacht Club—with its array of upscale restaurants, poolside bars, and docked superyachts—is on the other. As with its presence in cities such as New York, London, and Miami, the EDITION hotel in Jeddah will deliver—from the penthouse terrace right down to the stylish lobby lounge—a chic, boutique, and personalised experience. Expect a state-of-the-art fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a rooftop lounge from which to survey the spectacular coastal panoramas. Especially ideal for a couple’s break, the EDITION also sits on the Jeddah Corniche offering easy access to seafront strolls past Henry Moore's and Joan Miro's sculptural masterpieces. Tap into ROAM’s network of local experts to help you discover the very best that the Pearl of the Red Sea has to offer, whether tasting local specialities, discovering the UNESCO-protected Old Town, or taking advantage of the superb diving nearby from your own private yacht.
Opens: December 2023
The forthcoming St. Regis Red Sea Resort is shaping up to be one of Saudi’s most sought after secluded hideaways. Visitors arriving either by boat or seaplane will be spellbound by Ummahat Island's white sand beaches, diamond clear water, and Kengo Kuma-designed villas. Each of the 90 overwater or beachfront villas on this private island is equipped with its own exclusive-use pool and spacious sundeck, perfect for watching spellbinding sunsets. With its enclosed island geography and superb kids’ club, this will be an excellent choice for family vacations. Expanding its activity portfolio further is a comprehensive water sports centre, setting you free to kayak the mangrove forests of this protected conservation area, go sailing, or dive some of the most untouched reefs in the region. When you’re relaxing in the serene interior of your villa—ahead of eating contemporary Levantine, Japanese cuisine, or seared steak from the trio of dining options—you'll be ensconced amid bespoke artworks and furnishings that embody the region's natural palette. For those wishing for deeper relaxation, a signature spa provides a state-of-the-art space for restoration.
Opens: Beginning of 2024
This eagerly awaited eco-friendly boutique hotel is named for AlUla’s famous sandstone pinnacle of a sundial. The choice of name perhaps suggests the sense of timelessness that you'll feel while staying at this remarkable luxury hotel. Within the repurposed mud-brick buildings, Dar Tantora will seamlessly import the local UNESCO-recognised heritage into the luxurious trappings of a five-star hotel. Expect understated elegance in the rooms that take their design cues from the locality—roughly-hewn wood beams line the ceiling while lanterns emit a gentle luminescence, and comfortable furnishings are ornamented with simple, traditional designs. As you might expect, the antique ambiance in each of the five rooms will be maintained through an absence of modern technology. A stay here is a way of immersing yourself in the mystique of AlUla, a kind of gently applied digital detox that brings you closer to this region's ancient treasures. Located on the edge of the Old Town, you’re minutes away from an array of excellent dining options, including the French delights of Entrecôte Café de Paris. You’re also perfectly located for daytime guided tours of AlUla, with no need for lengthy transfers back home after rich days full of cultural discovery.
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