The resulting Four Seasons Red Sea resort will be part of a luxury beachside destination on natural islands and lagoons along the west coast of Saudi Arabia between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh.
The new resort will be located on Shura Island, the hub of the development, which will also be home to a yacht marina, leisure and lifestyle facilities, retail offerings and an 18-hole golf course.
The hotel will be designed by Foster + Partners and offer approximately 149 rooms and suites, all with uninterrupted beach and sea views.
The property will also feature six restaurant and lounge outlets, meeting and events spaces, a marine discovery centre and Kids For All Seasons space.
Other amenities will include a full-service spa with a hammam, tennis courts, three outdoor pools with cabanas, and two separate beaches for families and adults. Completion is scheduled for Q1 2025.
The Red Sea destination is being built with sustainable practices and tourism at its core, with the masterplan being informed by a marine spatial planning simulation to model the environmental impact of development and operations to minimise over-tourism while providing guests with an exceptional travel and lifestyle experience.
The destination will also rely on renewable energy and will only develop a small portion of the islands with expansive dedicated conservation zones.
Four Seasons’ president, global business development and portfolio management, Bart Carnahan, said: “As we continue to expand Four Seasons presence in the region, our new project in the Red Sea will be one of our first resorts in the Kingdom, blending the best of beachside travel with the natural and cultural wonders of Saudi Arabia.
“We are incredibly proud to be part of this impressive and visionary development by RSG and look forward to inviting guests to explore our new resort within such a beautiful and storied destination.”
John Pagano, group CEO, Red Sea Global, added: “This new destination provides the next generation of travellers with an incredible opportunity to discover what Saudi Arabia has to offer, building on its historic and cultural significance, while highlighting the exceptional natural beauty of the region.
“We are thrilled to have Four Seasons as a partner on this project, bringing their world-renowned service expertise to the beautiful Red Sea.”
This latest project in The Red Sea will join Four Seasons growing collection of properties in the Kingdom, including Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.
Upcoming projects in the country are Four Seasons Hotel Diriyah bringing 150 keys online in Ryadh in 2027 as part of the Diriyah Gate Development, preceded by the 290-room Four Seasons Jeddah Corniche scheduled for Q2 2024. The brand also teased that more Saudi developments will be announced soon.