This New 60-Room Luxury Resort Is Carved Into A Saudi Arabia Mountainside

Desert Rock luxury resort takes “immersive” to a whole new level. The new 60-room regenerative resort in Saudi Arabia just broke ground — and mountain — and is carved directly into a mountainside. The materials removed to carve into the site will be reused to build the resort itself.

Designed by Oppenheim Architecture for The Red Sea Development Company, the resort will be a true, regenerative resort, with the Oppenheim’s architecture used to sustain, and also improve, its environment— all while maintaining the highest luxury travel experience. When it opens in 2023, guests can expect architecture designed to reduce energy consumption and regenerate native flora, with materials excavated from the site reused to create the infrastructure.

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Roads leading into the resort will follow the edge of the main wadi, hidden behind landscape mounds to provide uninterrupted views for guests, who can expect 48 villas and 12 hotel suites, state-of-the-art facilities, including a world-class spa and fitness centre, remote destination dining areas as well as a feature lagoon oasis. During daylight, the natural silhouette of Desert Rock and its respective shadows will prevail, and at night, the glow of the architectural lighting from within the destination will be visible to those passing by.

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An impressive feat of engineering, a select number of rooms will sit within the excavated rock-scape, giving guests access to stunning views of Saudi Arabia and opportunities for star gazing, all from the comfort of your room.

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The unique rock formations included in the resort architecture were produced by a series of cataclysmic seismic events thousands of years ago, and so the architecture has been designed to keep this natural beauty while also reducing energy consumption, supercharging the ecosystem, and regenerating native flora. This innovative architecture model offers guests a completely unique and unmatched form of luxury, combining nature and sustainability as one.

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Guests will enter the resort through a hidden valley nestled between the mountains. Most roads leading into the resort will follow the edge of the main wadi, hidden behind landscape mounds, to provide uninterrupted views. This will also minimize sound and light pollution, allowing guests to fully absorb the surrounding dramatic desert landscape.

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Desert Rock resort features state-of-the-art facilities, including a world-class spa and fitness centre, remote destination dining areas as well as a feature lagoon oasis.

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Visitors will be able to hike with members of the local community who will provide educational tours of the area. Dune buggies will also be on hand to hire as part of the site-wide activities program, making it the idyllic holiday destination for those seeking adventure and relaxation alike.

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The Nabateans – an ancient Arab people who inhabited northern Arabia and the southern Levant and who are perhaps best known for their rock-cut monumental tombs in Petra, Jordan – inhabited Saudi Arabia’s north-western region some 2,000 years ago and constructed their second largest city there at Mada’in Salih, a few hours’ drive from Desert Rock.

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The Desert Rock resort will be open for guests to visit as part of phase one of the Red Sea destination set to complete in 2023.

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