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Thu, 18 January 2024

St. Regis Resort Opens on Private Island in Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

(18/01/24)  Marriott has expanded its portfolio of luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia with the opening of a St. Regis Resort on a private island in the Red Sea.

Located on the pristine Ummahat Island in the Al Wajh Lagoon, the St. Regis Red Sea Resort can be accessed by chartered boat or seaplane from the newly opened Red Sea International Airport.

The Red Sea is surrounded by the world's fourth-largest barrier reef system and spans over 28,000 square kilometres with an archipelago of more than 90 untouched islands.

“One of the world’s unexplored treasures, The Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to become a coveted leisure destination,” said Jenni Benzaquen, SVP and Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “With The St. Regis Red Sea Resort, we are introducing an iconic island address that represents the pinnacle of timeless luxury and pioneering design. We are proud to welcome The St. Regis Red Sea Resort to our growing portfolio and look forward to inviting guests to immerse themselves in this emerging destination.”

Coral Villa Bedroom at The St. Regis Red Sea Resort in Saudi Arabia. Click to enlarge.
Coral Villa Bedroom at The St. Regis Red Sea Resort in Saudi Arabia

The St. Regis Red Sea Resort features a collection of 90 beachfront and overwater villas of between one and four bedrooms, each with a private pool, sundeck and outdoor shower.

Nestled on an undisturbed white sand beach with expansive vistas over the azure water, the Dune Villas reflect the shape of sweeping desert sand formations.

Perched overwater and connected by elevated walkways the Coral Villas take the form of shells and offer direct access to the sea from each deck. Floor to ceiling windows frame picturesque sea views and flood the living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms with natural light.

Facilities at the luxury resort include five F&B outlets; a Beach Club; two outdoor pools; a spa with eight treatment rooms featuring gazebos and outdoor baths, private treatment cabins, male and female grooming salons; a gym; paddle and tennis courts; a Children’s Club and Outdoor Adventure Area; as well as stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.

“Heralding a new era of sustainable luxury aligned with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision, we are thrilled to open the first private island resort in The Red Sea,” said Tony Coveney, General Manager, The St. Regis Red Sea Resort. “The St. Regis Red Sea Resort offers a distinct view on modern luxury and brings the brand’s timeless elegance and storied heritage to an exciting new destination. We look forward to welcoming guests to an escape to the extraordinary.”

The island resort is powered by one hundred percent renewable energy generated by solar power and one of the world's largest battery storage facilities located on the mainland. Emphasis on waste reduction and recycling is at the heart of daily operations to deliver advanced water treatment and comprehensive waste management solutions, and a plastic-free environment.

The resort’s interiors have been developed in accordance with LEED platinum certification guidelines.

See also: Saudi Arabia's Air Connectivity Program - HD Video Interview with Sultan Otaify, VP Strategy & Communication.

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