Red Sea Global turns operator for Saudi private retreat

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Saudi Arabian developer Red Sea Global (RSG) is to own and operate a hospitality venue itself for the first time, with a new private retreat near Mecca.

Thuwal Private Retreat, an exclusive, buy-out only island destination, is set to welcome guests on the Saudi west coast next year.

Ultimate luxury

Located on a pristine 1.7-hectare sandy islet in a coral archipelago, the intimate destination will offer natural beauty complemented by discreet architecture, offering ultimate luxury in complete privacy. 

The island resort boasts a spacious main three-bedroom villa, three one-bedroom suites, a beach club, gym and wellness centre. The curated travel experience begins as soon as guests arrive, entering via a private jetty to be greeted by the guest experience team at a welcome centre.

Sustainable resort

In line with RSG’s broader vision and commitment to both people and planet, Thuwal is intended to combine luxury with sustainability.

For instance, the resort’s executive chef will prepare gourmet meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, working with food producers in the area wherever possible, as well as partnering with local artisans and restaurants to offer one-of-a-kind experiences.

Company first

The creation of Thuwal Private Retreat represents a new phase for RSG, with the destination sitting separately to The Red Sea and Amaala developments and as a wholly RSG-owned brand.

There are no third-party hospitality or hotel operators involved for the first time in RSG’s development history.

Milestone development

John Pagano, group CEO of Red Sea Global, said: “Thuwal Private Retreat has been created to allow guests the chance to disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and instead reconnect with their closest companions. Our belief is that the sublime Red Sea coast combined with tailored luxury experiences will deliver a peerless escape for the most discerning travellers.

“This is a milestone for us personally. It is the latest project we can reveal since we announced our expanded portfolio of projects last year and it is significantly advanced in terms of delivery. It is also the first time we are creating a destination owned and operated end-to-end by the expert team here at Red Sea Global, from development and planning to accommodation and guest services.”