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Watch: The overwater villa resorts are taking shape at The Red Sea

You’ll be able to check-in to both The St. Regis and The Ritz Carlton Reserve next year…

Of all the incredible Saudi giga-projects under development across the region, we’re particularly excited by The Red Sea. With its impossibly turquoise waters, alluring climate, and array of luxury hotels, it’s high on our 2023 travel bucket list.

And from the looks of things, we don’t have long to wait until we can check-in to the first hotels. Alongside a desert oasis from Six Senses, opening on one of the inland locations, the first phase of The Red Sea Development project will see two Marriott properties open on Ummahat Islands: Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and The St. Regis Red Sea Resort.

Both slated to open next year, these gorgeous island resorts both promise five star luxury, plush private villas and discreet service. It looks like they’re progressing pretty well, too – just take a look at the latest video from The Red Sea Development Company:

What to expect at Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve joins an ultra-exclusive collection of just five Ritz-Carlton Reserves around the world. Guests checking-in next year will have a choice of 63 one- to four-bedroom overwater and beach villas, and five-star amenities will range from a lavish spa and swimming pools, to an array of restaurants. Edu-tainment will be high on the agenda, and as such, a Conservation Center will offer insight into the protection of the local landscape.

What to expect at The St. Regis Red Sea Resort

Situated on a private island within the Ummahat Islands archipelago, this St Regis property promises a collection of 90 villas – some overwater – a duo of signature restaurants, plus an outdoor pool, spa and kids’ club.

As well as these two and Six Senses, other properties within the star-studded phase one line-up include resorts from Edition Hotels, SLS Hotels & Residences, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and Miraval Resorts.