Minor Hotels, as a leading hospitality group, is proud to announce the expansion of its extensive portfolio with the introduction of the spectacular Anantara Trojena Resort in Saudi Arabia. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2026, this five-star retreat by the luxury brand Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will be located in Trojena, a new year-round destination and the first outdoor ski resort on the Gulf of Aqaba. It will also be the first Anantara property in a ski area. Situated at an elevation of up to 2,600 meters, Trojena will host prestigious sports events, concerts, and other cultural gatherings. This extraordinary travel destination is part of NEOM, a futuristic flagship project in the northwest of the country, envisioned to encompass a tourist infrastructure along with interconnected cognitive cities, ports, research facilities, and recreational establishments. The Anantara Trojena Resort is a key component of Trojena’s Water Village, featuring a nearly three-kilometer-long artificially created freshwater lake at its center. All 270 rooms and pool villas offer breathtaking views of the lake or mountains. Among the resort’s highlights are a luxurious Anantara Spa with multiple hammams, an infinity pool, an observation platform for stargazing, and an open-air cinema. Culinary delights await guests at two specialty restaurants, a show kitchen venue, a café and high tea lounge, as well as a rooftop café. A fitness center, a sports and activities pavilion, a kids’ and teen club, a private helicopter landing pad, and generous conference and event spaces complete the offerings of this exceptional mountain resort.
“We are thrilled to see a new Anantara hotel taking shape in such an exciting destination as Trojena. For us, Trojena is the perfect place to once again bring together the distinctive hospitality and authentic luxury that our brand embodies,” stated Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and Minor Hotels. “Trojena seamlessly combines high-end hospitality with year-round mountain tourism. The Anantara in our iconic Water Village will provide the ultimate travel experience,” added Philip Gullett, Executive Director and Regional Head of Trojena.
NEOM is one of Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” projects, designed to shape the kingdom’s future beyond the oil era. Covering an area of 26,500 square kilometers, NEOM includes a large-scale technology park, a linearly built city without cars, and the year-round mountain destination of Trojena. It is set to host the multinational Asian Winter Games in 2029. Like the rest of NEOM, Trojena will operate entirely on renewable energy and be connected to NEOM’s high-speed network. Apart from the Valley Cluster, where the Anantara will be situated, five additional clusters are planned: Gateway, Discover, Explore, Relax, and Fun. This ambitious project has already garnered significant attention, as demonstrated at the ITB tourism trade fair in early March.
Chris Newman, Executive Director of NEOM Hotel Development, commented, “Anantara consistently succeeds in harmoniously blending luxury and nature. Furthermore, the hotel group has played a significant role in positioning and developing many emerging destinations around the world. We are delighted to collaborate with Minor Hotels and Trojena on this special project.”
About Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is a luxury hotel brand that represents authentic hospitality in unique locations worldwide. Personal encounters with the local culture, understated luxury, and passionate hosts are the heart of the brand, evident in every individual hotel and resort across the globe. Whether the journey takes guests to vibrant cities, idyllic beaches, or breathtaking desert landscapes, the group’s current portfolio of over 40 hotels and resorts spans Thailand, the Maldives, Seychelles, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Italy. Additional openings are planned for Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
About Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels (MH) operates as an owner, operator, and investor in currently 530 hotels, resorts, camps, and serviced suites. In addition to its own brands, including Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, NH Collection, NH Hotels, nhow, and Elewana, the Thailand-based company develops and operates brands such as Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu, and Minor International. Presently, Minor Hotels has properties in 56 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. With new openings of existing brands and strategic acquisitions, MH continues its expansion.