Marriott plans to open two luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia, and I’m almost tempted… but not really.
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Marriott opening hotels as part of Red Sea Project
Marriott has signed an agreement with the Red Sea Development Company to develop two new luxury hotels (a St. Regis and an EDITION) as part of the Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia. The Red Sea Project is one of the first “giga” projects announced by Saudi Arabia’s government, as part of the country’s plan to become more of a tourist destination. This massive project covers 28,000 square kilometers on the west coast of the country, and includes an archipelago of more than 90 natural islands.
Rumor has it that Saudi Arabia’s alcohol ban and other restrictions might not apply with this project, as the goal is to create a destination with international appeal.
Let’s get into the basics of what we know about the two hotels.
St. Regis Red Sea Resort
The St. Regis Red Sea Resort is expected to open in 2023, and will be the brand’s first property in Saudi Arabia. The hotel will be on a private island, and will feature 90 villas, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a spa, and a club for kids. As you can see based on the picture, it looks like the resort will feature overwater bungalows.
EDITION Red Sea Resort
The EDITION Red Sea Resort is expected to open in 2023, and will also be the brand’s first property in Saudi Arabia. The hotel is expected to feature 240 guest rooms, including one, two, and three bedroom suites. The hotel will have two signature restaurants, a destination bar, a beach bar, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a spa.
Marriott plans to open a St. Regis and EDITION as part of the Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia. The renderings of the properties look great, though of course the properties being in Saudi Arabia will likely be a turnoff to many.
Marriott isn’t the only hotel brand developing new luxury properties in Saudi Arabia. Back in 2019, Aman announced plans to open three resorts in Saudi Arabia in 2023.
So, who’s planning their Bonvoy getaway to Saudi Arabia?