4 beautiful beaches worth visiting in Jeddah
Want to leave the city for some sweet sea air? Look no further…
Jeddah may be the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, but it also boasts some of the country’s top private beach destinations. Think palm trees, golden stretches of uninterrupted sand and tranquil blue waters. We dive into four of the city’s most spectacular beach resorts in Jeddah to see what’s on offer.
Durrat Al Arus
Durrat Al Arus was the first private beach to be established in Jeddah and still welcomes guests today. Located approximately 40km north of Jeddah, Durrah boasts with more than 1,000 beach villas, its own diving school, marina, and even an amusement park. With villas available for daily rental, Durrat is a lively resort and incredibly popular with the locals. The wide range of activities makes it a great choice for families.
Durrat Al Arus, 21573 Durat Alarous, Jeddah. booking.com
Makarem Annakheel Hotel & Resort
A charming beachside hotel and resort, Makarem Annakheel is a great place to escape from city life, without leaving behind any of life’s luxuries. There is a wide selection of well-designed villas to choose to stay in, as well an impressive array of amenities, such as water sports, kid-friendly activities and a range of celebrated restaurants to dine in – many with views of the Red Sea.
Makarem Annakheel, North Abhor, Jeddah. Tel: (0) 126 562 101. makaremhotels.com
Oía beach resort
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You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Greece as you stroll through this charming boutique beach resort. Taking inspiration from Santorini island, this resort boasts whitewashed villas, light blue windows and beautiful sea views. Visitors can indulge in aqua sports, including sailing and kayaking, or catch up with friends in the resort’s signature Pareya restaurant. Effortlessly stylish, Oia Beach is the perfect getaway for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
8984 Prince Abdullah AlFiasal Street, Jeddah. Tel: (0)12 213 3336. oiabeach.com
Often described as one of the best beach resorts in Jeddah, Silver Sands is dedicated to expats and non-Saudis. Be aware that abayas and modest dressing is not permitted. People love to come to this private beach resort, hire a day bed, and soak up the sun or tackle a few of the watersports available. One of its key characteristics is the small, distinctive island that’s only a two-minute swim away from shore. Reservations are required in advance and entry costs SAR150 per person.
Silver Sands, Prince Abdullah AlFiasal St, Al Lulu, Jeddah, daily 9am to 6pm. Tel: 055 446 6023.