Marriott International signs deal with Red Sea Development Company to bring first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Middle East

Marriott International, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement with The Red Sea Development Company to launch its popular Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand off the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Scheduled to debut in 2023, Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton reserve, is set to be part of the highly anticipated Red Sea destination and offer a highly personalized leisure experience that combines intuitive and heartfelt service with stunning natural beauty and an indigenous design. Nujuma will be the brand’s first property in the Middle East and will join an exclusive collection of just five Ritz-Carlton reserves worldwide.

“We are delighted to bring our most luxurious brand, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and its exemplary experience to the Middle East. Perfectly located on one of the most anticipated regenerative tourism projects in the world, the resort will combine seclusion and sophistication to offer a highly personalized luxury escape,” said Jérôme Briet, Director of Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

Nujuma will be located on a pristine set of private islands, which are part of the Blue Hole group of islands in the Red Sea. Surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty and designed to blend seamlessly into the surroundings, the resort is expected to feature 63 one- to four-bedroom overwater and beach villas. The plans also include a range of luxurious amenities and exceptional services, including a lavish spa, swimming pools, several culinary venues, a retail area and a variety of other leisure and entertainment offerings, including a center conservation.

The Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers a complete escape to the unexpected: a private and transformative travel experience centered on human connection and bringing together unique elements of local culture, heritage and environment. For discerning travelers seeking a distinct and luxurious getaway, Reserve properties are nestled in hand-picked corners of the world, with chic, relaxed and intimate settings that weave native flavors with highly responsive service. and individualized. Current Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are located in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The destination is also expected to include 18 Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded residences, offering owners a one-of-a-kind living experience.

“I am delighted to welcome Ritz-Carlton Reserve to our collection of luxury brands for the Red Sea,” said John Pagano, CEO 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 an ambitious regenerative tourism project, covering 28,000 square kilometers on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, of which less than one percent will be developed. The destination is expected to offer a new kind of barefoot luxury experience and is being developed to the highest sustainability standards. The development includes an archipelago of more than 90 untouched natural islands, as well as dormant volcanoes, vast desert dunes, mountains and wadis, and more than 1,600 cultural heritage sites.

Margie D. Carlisle