These luxurious properties offer guests a variety of accommodation options with a choice of beachfront, overwater, and desert locations…

It’s not too early to start dreaming of your next escape to Saudi Arabia’s much-anticipated luxury destination, The Red Sea Project.

Located along the western coast of the Kingdom, between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh, the project will be creating a unique travel destination within a pristine 28,000 square kilometre area.

Imagine being surrounded by untouched coastline and islands, dormant volcanoes, rich nature and marine habitats, alongside ancient archaeological sites.

The Red Sea Project’s first phase of development is on track for completion by the end of 2023, with a total of 16 hotels set to offer 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites.

Nine of the world’s most luxurious hotel and resort brands have been revealed recently. However, there’s plenty still to come, with 1,234 additional rooms in the pipeline for the first phase.

But here’s an overview of the first nine properties currently under development in phase one of The Red Sea Project.

1. EDITION Hotels

Location: Shaura Island

Edition The Red Sea Project

EDITION Hotels are known for their one-of-a-kind properties, and The Red Sea EDITION will be no different when it opens in 2023.

Located on the Red Sea Project’s main island, Shaura, the hotel will feature 240 guestrooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The hotel’s designs will reflect the best of the location’s cultural and social environment.

Facilities will include two signature restaurants, a destination bar, a beach bar, a fitness centre, a swimming pool, and a spa.

2. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Location: Shaura Island

Fairmont The Red Sea Project

Unfortunately, not much information has been released about Accor’s Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, but it will offer 200 rooms.

3. Grand Hyatt

Location: Shaura Island

Grand Hyatt The Red Sea Project

Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the Kingdom and the largest to open in phase one of The Red Sea Project. The family-friendly resort will have 430 keys with a mix of spacious rooms and suites.

You can expect first-class leisure and dining facilities, including a marina and an 18-hole championship golf course, and access to a private beach.

Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will also feature a striking architectural design that resembles a bloom of coral in the sea from above, similar to the design for the Red Sea Project.

4. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Location: Shaura Island

InterContinental The Red Sea Project

Each of InterContinental resort’s 210 sea-facing rooms will provide beach access, allowing guests to step out onto the sands of the Red Sea from the terrace. The resort will also feature seven different gastronomic experiences, sprawling pools and recreational facilities, a spa, a health club, and meetings and events spaces.

5. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

Location: Shaura Island

Jumeirah The Red Sea Project

UAE-based hospitality and leisure group, Jumeirah, chooses The Red Sea Project for its first foray into Saudi Arabia. Unwind in sublime surroundings in any of the 170 rooms and suites, where luxury living, signature dining and effortless wellbeing await you.

6. Raffles Hotels & Resorts

Location: Shaura Island

Raffles The Red Sea Project

What could be more lovely than a stay at a nature-focused Raffles resort set amidst beautifully landscaped grounds? And as with every Raffles in the world, Raffles Red Sea will set new standards of luxurious and personal hospitality.

In addition to 200 spacious room and suite options, the resort will offer six food and beverage venues and a beach club, alongside a fully-fledged spa and an extensive 565-square-metres meeting space.

The hotel will offer experiences for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, cultural explorers, and wellness seekers – all part of the hyper-personalised experience the hotel is designing for well-travelled guests.

7. Six Senses

Location: Southern Dunes

If you’re looking for more authentic experiences of nature, wildlife and culture, Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea is the place for you.

Nestled within desert mountains and narrow wadis, the 76-room resort will centre around the Oasis, where the hotel reception, lobby, community lounges, and meeting spaces are located. This is also where the hotel’s signature Earth Lab is, an ecology area showcasing their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems.

Six Senses The Red Sea Project

The Artisan Village will host four pods to showcase the region’s history and cultural heritage through arts and crafts, dance, and music. The all-day dining restaurant is complemented by a chef’s table and cooking school, along with a juice bar, water bar and brew bar.

The open-plan villas – ranging from one to four bedrooms – at Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea are inspired by the dunes and provide a peaceful setting to enjoy the serenity of the pristine desert landscape.

Each room features an outdoor terrace to allow guests the chance to connect with nature. There will also be a Six Senses spa and a swimming pool.

8. SLS Hotels & Residences

Location: Shaura Island

SLS The Red Sea Project

Sister hotel to the recently opened SLS Dubai, SLS Red Sea will open its doors in the first quarter of 2023.

There will be 150 hotel rooms, including 12 suites and 15 villas that range from one to four bedrooms and come with private pools. Other highlights include the luxurious Ciel Spa, extensive event spaces, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and an Altitude Pool.

The dining opportunities are set to be equally as impressive. Guests can look forward to the hotel brand’s top culinary and mixology experiences, including Seabird, Fi’lia and Floating World.

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9. St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Location: Ummahat Island

St Regis The Red Sea Project

Solidifying St. Regis’ position as a global leader in luxury, 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 will feature 90 villas, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre, spa, and a children’s club.

Visit: TheRedSea.sa

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