Saudi Arabia to host region’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel


Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand will make its Middle East debut with a property off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

When it opens in 2023, Nujuma will be part of the Red Sea Project, a mega-development taking shape off the west coast.

Combining indigenous design with highly personalized services, Nujuma joins an exclusive collection of five Ritz-Carlton reserves around the world. It will be located on a collection of pristine private islands in the Blue Hole Atoll in the Red Sea.

Accommodation will be offered in 63 one- to four-bedroom overwater and beach villas, complemented by a spa, swimming pools, several culinary venues, a shopping area and a range of other leisure facilities, including a conservation center.

The property will also offer 18 Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded residences.

“We are thrilled to bring our most luxurious brand, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and its exemplary experience to the Middle East,” said Jérôme Briet, Director of Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

“Perfectly located on one of the world’s most anticipated regenerative tourism projects, the resort will combine seclusion and sophistication to deliver a highly personalized luxury escape.”

Reserve properties are found in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

“I am delighted to welcome Ritz-Carlton Reserve to the fold of our collection of luxury brands for the Red Sea,” said John Pagano, Managing Director of The Red Sea Development Company.

“Around the world, Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are synonymous with unique luxury experiences and the creation of personalized meaningful escapes, underpinned by a commitment to sustainable practices. As we move closer to opening our first resorts early next year, this world-class brand is sure to excite and entice future guests.

The Red Sea Project is a tourism enterprise covering 28,000 square kilometers, of which less than one percent will be developed. It encompasses an archipelago of more than 90 untouched natural islands, as well as dormant volcanoes, desert dunes, mountains and wadis, and more than 1,600 cultural heritage sites.

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Updated: May 23, 2022, 10:07 a.m.

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