IHG inks western Saudi pair

IHG Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Saudi Arabian developer Al Jumaiah Group to bring two new sites to the west of the Middle Eastern nation.

Both properties, one Holiday Inn & Suites and one Staybridge Suites, are set to open in Q4 2025 in Taif, near Al Shafa mountain.

Relaxing holiday

Holiday Inn & Suites Resort Taif will be suited for travellers looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway in Taif.

Alongside 140 comfortable accommodations including standalone chalets, guests will be able to access a variety of amenities including all-day dining, a speciality restaurant and a lobby lounge. The resort will also feature a swimming pool, fitness centre, retail shops, a cinema and a ballroom for special occasions.

Suite stay

Staybridge Suites Taif will feature a total of 140 standalone villas, studios, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, all offering unobstructed views of the mountain range.

The resort will encompass an all-day dining and a specialty restaurant, a fitness centre and a pool.

Priority market

Haitham Mattar, MD, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with our existing partner, Al Jumaiah Group and bring two brands from our essential and suites offering to the beautiful city of Taif. Having opened the first internationally branded hotel in Taif, InterContinental Taif, decades ago, we are proud to continue to strengthen our footprint and bring new brands to the city as it grows into a prominent tourism destination in the country.

“Saudi Arabia is a priority market for IHG – the continuous growth of our global portfolio within the Kingdom reflects our unwavering commitment to the vision of the leadership of the country and emphasises our dedication to support the Kingdom’s ambitious transformation. Our two new hotels will bring a unique blend of offerings to the city, each playing a vital role in advancing the tourism and hospitality sector.”

Exceptional experiences

Abdulaziz Al Jumaiah, CEO of Al Jumaiah Group, said: “We are pleased to further strengthen our partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts through the debut of Holiday Inn & Suites and Staybridge Suites in Taif. We value the continuation of increasing our investment portfolio and strengthening this partnership.

“Our company has previously partnered with IHG to manage and operate two hotel projects, Crowne Plaza Jeddah Al Salam and Crowne Plaza Riyadh Al Waha, and we are proud to continue supporting Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism and hospitality sector together. This signing aligns with our vision of offering exceptional hospitality experiences in the city of Taif, and with the hotels’ prime location, combined with outstanding facilities, IHG’s world class loyalty programme and systems, I am confident these hotels will be a huge success.”

Saudi surge

IHG currently operates 40 hotels across five brands in Saudi Arabia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco and Staybridge Suites and has a strong pipeline of 32 hotels due to open in the next two to five years.

Upcoming additions include voco North Jeddah, InterContinental Riyadh King Fahed Road and Six Senses Alula.