Envi swiftly sets up second Omani site

Luxury ecolodge brand and management company Envi Lodges will add a second property to its Omani portfolio just weeks after planning its national debut.

Envi Al Sifah – on the shores of Al Sifah, an hour away from Muscat – is due to open in late 2025, swiftly following compatriot mountain ecolodge Envi Al Jabel Al Akhdar into operation.

Sand and sea

The latest eco-retreat will be located on a preserved sandy beach where a wadi meets the Arabian Sea.

It will feature 40 luxury sea-view tents created by Tenthouse Structures, each designed to withstand the coastal climate while providing natural ventilation to ensure guest comfort.

Cultural connection

The ecolodge, owned by a consortium of Omani investors, will include common facilities such as a restaurant serving seafood and locally sourced cuisine, a wellness centre, a swimming pool, a kids’ club, and an activities centre. Outdoor spaces will be available for fireside theme nights and will include an open-air beach cinema.

Experiences curated at the ecolodge will connect guests to the Omani culture and include dhow restoration and cooking workshops. For relaxation, meditation and yoga sessions will be offered, while adventure enthusiasts will be able to enjoy kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding in the Gulf of Oman and hiking.

Eco-friendly practices

Envi Lodges is committed to sustainable tourism and will implement eco-friendly practices, including renewable energy sources, water conservation, recycling, and waste management programmes.

The firm also aims to engage and support local communities, starting with the rehabilitation of a nearby children’s playground.

Excitement and tranquillity

Company co-founder Noëlle Homsy said: “Envi Al Sifah represents a harmonious blend of an adventure wadi experience and a serene beach retreat in a single ecolodge. We are fortunate to have access to this unique site, where the raw, unspoiled beauty of the Omani coastline meets the rich biodiversity of the wadi, creating a space that offers both excitement and tranquillity.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to develop responsibly on this unparalleled beach stretch and aim to establish Envi Al Sifah as a distinctive destination.”

Regional pipeline

Envi believes that this Omani ecolodge will further strengthen its regional presence.

Already in the pipeline are a Saudi Arabian duo scheduled to arrive in Q3 2024: the 25-key Envi Al Nakheel in Al Ahsa towards the country’s east and the 40-key Envi Laguna Bay, which will appear in King Abdullah Economic City on its west coast.