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Red Sea Project reveals which hotels will open first at the Saudi Arabia gigaproject

Posted on January 11, 2023

The world’s first hotels within a Saudi Arabia gigaproject will open in just a few months. Both IHG and Marriott International will open properties along the Red Sea Project – Six Senses Southern Dunes from IHG – and Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve and St. Regis The Red Sea from Marriott.

The three hotels’ upcoming openings were confirmed by developer Red Sea Global. By the end of this year, it is planned 16 hotels will open on the project.

At the time of writing, 13 of the 16 hotels have been announced. They are:

Six Senses Southern Dunes at Red Sea Project

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea will be rooted in sustainability and desert hospitality. Working with architectural firm Foster + Partners, the resort looks to bring a reimaging of the lifestyle of those along the Red Sea trade routes, but in a modern and luxurious setting.

The heart of the resort is the Oasis. Inspired by a desert flower, the base structure is modular. A precast system that ensures the building only touches the ground lightly to leave most of the site undisturbed. With minimal paving to ensure the surrounding pathways remain natural and authentic.

The plan for the oasis is to gather activities and functions under one roof. Including the reception, lobby lounge, boutique, meeting spaces and prayer rooms, plus a community lounge and Earth Lab. The Artisan Village will host four pods to tell the story of the region’s history and cultural heritage through arts and crafts. The all-day dining restaurant is complemented by a chef’s table and cooking school. Along with a juice bar, brew bar, and water bar.

Numuja, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve will be situated on the Red Sea’s Blue Hole cluster of islands. Surrounded by natural beauty and designed to blend with the environment, the resort is expected to feature 63 one-to-four-bedroom water and beach villas. Plans also include a range of amenities and exceptional services including a spa, swimming pools, multiple culinary venues, a retail area and a variety of other leisure and entertainment offerings including a Conservation Center.

Last year, Hotelier Middle East heard about regional COO Sandeep Walia’s vision for the brand’s debut in the region; how it fits into the Red Sea Project and his ambitions to spread the word about one of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands.

Read the full interview here.

The St. Regis Red Sea Resort

The St. Regis Red Sea Resort marks the brand’s introduction in Saudi Arabia and the continued growth of its portfolio in the Middle East. Situated on a private island, the resort is expected to feature 90 villas. Also in the hotel are two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre, and spa, as well as a children’s club.


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