Opening: The St. Regis Red Sea Resort in Saudi Arabia

Roger Hohl
Roger Hohl
Executive Editor Roger Hohl always reports firsthand. He has been gathering experiences and impressions in the luxury travel segment since 2006, from the South Sea to China and Asia, across Europe to Africa and America. He is always on the lookout for the most spectacular and extraordinary locations, combined with the best possible comfort and service. His focus is on independent and critical perception from the perspective of the most demanding clientele, as today's customers in this segment expect the highest quality. His motto: pushing the limits - but always fair!

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In a dazzling revelation, The St. Regis Red Sea Resort has graced the shores of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, transforming Ummahat Island into an exclusive sanctuary in the heart of the untouched splendor of the Red Sea.

A Regenerative Oasis

The prestigious announcement of The St. Regis Red Sea Resort’s grand opening echoes through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, situated in the Al Wajh Lagoon on the pristine Ummahat Island – the Red Sea’s first private island. This opulent addition to the west coast sets the stage for regenerative luxury tourism, presenting a haven of avant-garde architecture, sustainable design, and personalized services.

Jenni Benzaquen, SVP and Global Brand Leader of The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, declares, “The Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a hidden gem destined to become a coveted destination. The St. Regis Red Sea Resort epitomizes timeless luxury and cutting-edge design. Welcoming this resort into our growing portfolio is a moment of pride, and we look forward to captivating guests with the allure of this emerging destination.”

Seamless Luxury Access

Accessed by boat or seaplane from the newly opened international airport on the Red Sea, The St. Regis Red Sea Resort boasts 90 lavish beach and overwater villas, each featuring one to four bedrooms. With private pools, sun terraces, and outdoor showers, these accommodations seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings, offering awe-inspiring sea views from dawn to dusk. Sun decks adorned with palm trees create the perfect ambiance for celestial gazing.

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Designed by architect Kengo Kuma and interior consultant Kristina Zanic, the resort’s architecture mirrors the coral reefs, underwater wonders, and sand dunes. Organic and spiral forms dominate the interiors, complemented by desert-inspired color palettes featuring blue and green hues. Custom-made furniture, marble, and woodwork accentuate the modern interior.

Tailored Retreats

Dune Villas grace the pristine white sandy beach, mirroring the desert’s vast sand formations, while Coral Villas, elevated above the water, take on the shape of seashells. Both provide a unique retreat in the distinctive St. Regis style, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic sea views. The legendary St. Regis Butler Service ensures each guest’s preferences are met with unparalleled attention to detail.

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Culinary Delights

Indulgence awaits at the resort’s five restaurants, where local produce is transformed by skilled chefs. Signature restaurants, Gishiki 45 and Tilina, offer Japanese-inspired cuisine and a refined “Reeftop” grill experience, respectively. Nesma, overlooking the pool and beach, serves Levantine-inspired dishes throughout the day.

The Beach Club, nestled by the outdoor pools and cabana-lined beach, offers light dishes and refreshments. The St. Regis Bar, inspired by The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, serves the Coral Mary mocktail in glasses designed by Saudi fashion designer Qormuz. The bar’s mural depicts the folklore of the nearby Blue Hole, a significant natural sea cave.

Hollistic Well-Being

The St. Regis Spa, an oasis of tranquility, features eight treatment rooms, outdoor baths, and salons for both men and women. Signature treatments with AMRA products include a 24-karat gold facial and a gold and caviar ritual. Fitness and wellness offerings include a fully equipped gym, an outdoor vitality pool, tennis courts, sunrise and sunset yoga, personal training sessions, and nutritional consultations. The Little Treasures Children’s Club provides a colorful playground for young guests.

Exploring the Natural Wonders

Ummahat Island, surrounded by the Red Sea’s fourth-largest barrier reef, offers diverse activities, from snorkeling and diving to various water sports. Guests can explore inactive volcanoes, historic sites, and vast desert dunes during chartered boat excursions to the mainland.

Tony Coveney, General Manager of The St. Regis Red Sea Resort, expresses excitement about opening the first private island resort in the Red Sea, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The resort’s commitment to sustainable luxury is evident in its use of innovative technologies, including renewable energy and waste reduction initiatives. Collaborations with partners like the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and VAARST underscore the dedication to marine conservation and ecological sustainability.

A Milestone in Luxury Travel

As The St. Regis Red Sea Resort opens its doors, it not only marks a new chapter in luxury travel but also contributes to Saudi Arabia’s commitment to environmental preservation and community development. The resort’s unveiling is a momentous occasion in the evolving landscape of exclusive travel destinations.

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