Minor Hotels to develop Anantara mountain resort in Neom

Hotel owner, operator and investor, Minor Hotels, is expanding its luxury Anantara brand with the creation of a forthcoming property in Neom.

This new Anantara property will be a part of Trojena, the mountain destination of Neom in Saudi Arabia, which will also be home to the Gulf’s first outdoor ski resort.

A new mountain retreat

Opening in late 2026 and hosting the Asian Winter Games in 2029, Trojena will feature a wealth of facilities, including a ski resort, within mountainous landscape and host world-class sporting events along with art exhibitions, concerts and cultural festivals.

Powered by renewable energy and designed to protect the region’s environmental and cultural heritage, Trojena will be situated at the heart of Neom, 50km from the Gulf of Aqaba coast. The Anantara resort will be located in the Water Village, which is a part of Trojena’s Valley Cluster.

Dillip Rajakarier, group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels, commented: “We are thrilled to announce that a luxury Anantara property will soon be under development in the incredibly exciting new destination of Trojena, part of Neom.

“Trojena is the perfect location for Anantara to bring its heartfelt hospitality and trademark take on authentic, indigenous luxury and we look forward to working with the team at NEOM to bring this new property to fruition within this aspirational new destination.”

Philip Gullett, executive director and region head at Trojena, said: “Trojena redefines the understanding of year-long ultra-luxury hospitality and mountain tourism. With the addition of the Anantara in our iconic Water Village, we will be elevating the travel experience for discerning guests.

“The Anantara will serve as a luxurious sanctuary along the edge of Trojena’s new lake, situated in a region that will offer the Gulf’s first outdoor ski resort and where world-class sporting events, art exhibitions, concerts, and cultural festivals will be staged.”

Luxury mountain living

The Anantara property will feature 270 guestrooms and suites, all with lake or mountain views and some also encompassing private pools. This accommodation will be joined by two specialty restaurants, an all-day dining restaurant, high tea lounge and rooftop majlis café.

Other amenities within the Anantara resort will include an Anantara Spa with hammams, a fitness centre and mountain-view infinity pool, as well as a star gazing deck, outdoor cinema, kids’ and teens’ clubs and a sports and activity pavilion. Activities from here will include guided walks and both camel and horse riding.

The resort will be home to a range of meeting and events spaces and feature its own on-site helipad. The resort will be accessible via Neom International Airport as well as NEOM’s high-speed rail network.

Chris Newman, executive director of Neom hotel development, commented: “Anantara has become synonymous with striking a harmonious balance between luxury and nature to offer guests a truly remarkable and indigenous experience.

“In parallel, they have been instrumental in successfully positioning and developing many new aspiring destinations around the world. We look forward to collaborating with Minor Hotels and Trojena on this new and exciting journey as one team.”