8 incredible hotels opening in Saudi Arabia in 2023
From the first Red Sea resorts to sleek new city stays in Riyadh and Jeddah…
As the Kingdom climbs closer to realising Vision 2030, there’s a huge focus on hospitality and new hotels in Saudi Arabia. From the shimmering shores of the Red Sea to Riyadh’s soaring skyscrapers, here’s 8 incredible hotels opening in Saudi Arabia in 2023
The Jeddah Edition
Located at the Jeddah Yacht Club, the first Edition hotel in Saudi Arabia will open in the summer of 2023, with 63 guestrooms. This landmark property will tap Jeddah’s vibrant culture and the social milieu of its location. It will boast incredible amenities such as a spa, a fitness centre, a penthouse terrace, as well as indoor and outdoor pools that will blend seamlessly into the beautiful landscape. The Jeddah Edition will also have interesting culinary experiences, from its signature restaurant to a lounge bar, while the rooftop bar will plate up sweeping views of the Red Sea. We can’t wait to head here for the chic décor and the views.
While no confirmed date has been given for the opening of Raffles Jeddah, it’s slated to be some time in 2023. This regal property will draw influence from the rich Arab heritage, and will be divided between 182 guest rooms and 120 branded residences. The super-sized spa, set across almost 13,000 square feet, will bring a new wellness dimension to the city with eight treatment rooms and a fitness club. There will also be a choice of six restaurants and lounges and a gentleman’s-only lounge, library and a penthouse level entertainment suite.
Mandarin Oriental Al Faisaliah, Riyadh
Although this property isn’t new, following an extensive renovation of Saudi Arabia’s iconic Al Faisaliah hotel, it will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental hotel in 2023. The final components of the renovation have seen Mandarin Oriental transform the guest rooms and lobby area with the brand’s signature contemporary Asian touch. Alongside this, guests can enjoy dining at The Globe, which offers panoramic views and modern European cuisine; and refined afternoon teas at Joud Lounge.
The St Regis Riyadh
The St. Regis Riyadh is set to open in September 2023 and will be located at the entrance of the Diplomatic Quarter, close to the city’s embassies and central business district. It will be part of ‘Via Riyadh’, a luxury mixed-use development with retail and entertainment outlets. The 83-room hotel will include 23 suites, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and a spa. Expect the brand’s signature hallmarks and traditions, including its bespoke butler service and avant-garde style.
Six Senses Southern Dunes
Tipped to be the first resort to open at The Red Sea when it welcomes guests in May 2023, this resort is a landmark for the brand in Saudi Arabia, and is found nestled within desert mountains and narrow wadis. In true Six Senses style, it’s been designed to honour the local landscape, with a focus on wellness and eco-tourism. The 76-room resort is split between 36 guest rooms in the main building, and a collection of 40 villas ranging in size from one to four bedrooms are dotted strategically across the peaks to offer panoramic views of the breathtaking natural landscape. Everything will centre around the Oasis, where the hotel reception, lobby, community lounges, and meeting spaces are located. It will also house the hotel’s signature Earth Lab is, an ecology area showcasing their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems. For gourmands, 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.
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 from May 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.
The St Regis Red Sea Resort
Situated on a private island within the Ummahat Islands archipelago, this St Regis property is one of two St Regis hotels set to open in Saudi Arabia next year. Slated to open in May 2023 alongside a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Six Senses property, The St Regis Red Sea Resort promises a collection of 90 villas – some overwater – a duo of signature restaurants, plus an outdoor pool, spa and kids’ club that oozes Maldives-style appeal.
Jabal Omar Jumeirah
Jumeirah Hotels enters the Saudi Arabian market in 2023 with Jabal Omar Jumeirah, Makkah, located at the sacred heart of the Muslim world. Designed to create a serene, luxurious haven for guests, the brand promises an environment where guests can ‘reconnect with a sense of purpose, at a gateway to one of life’s greatest journeys.’