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Red Sea Global unveils spectacular Desert Rock mountain resort

The Desert Rock Resort, designed by Oppenheim Architecture, is a forthcoming addition to Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Project, slated for a late 2024 opening. Share

Set against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia’s granite mountains, the Desert Rock Resort emerges as a groundbreaking venture in eco-tourism. Slated to open its first phase by late 2024, this Oppenheim Architecture masterpiece is a key component of the ambitious Red Sea Project. Envisioned as a 60-room ultra-luxury retreat, the resort comprises 48 villas and 12 suites ingeniously nestled within the natural rock formations, ensuring minimal environmental impact. The resort’s distinctive architecture allows it to merge during the daytime with its desert surroundings, while at night, it transforms into an illuminated spectacle reminiscent of lanterns in the vast desert expanse.

Nestled in a secluded valley and surrounded by towering mountains, Desert Rock’s unique integration into the mountainside preserves the area’s dramatic silhouette. Guests have a variety of accommodations to choose from, including ground-level dwellings, crevice hotel suites positioned midway up the ridge, and rooms meticulously carved within the rock itself. Each space affords unobstructed horizon views, inviting guests to fully engage with the breathtaking desert landscape below.

Desert Rock is a reflection of modern, sustainable architecture, designed with the philosophy of building with the land rather than on it. This ethos is evident in every aspect of the resort’s design, from its consideration of energy consumption reduction to its initiatives to regenerate the local flora, aiming for a greener, more vibrant wadi. By using natural materials and allowing the resort to integrate with the rock, visitors can physically connect with the landscape, experiencing the natural beauty of Saudi Arabia like never before.

Red Sea Global unveils spectacular Desert Rock mountain resort

This project is brought to life by Red Sea Global (RSG), known for its dedication to regenerative tourism projects like The Red Sea and Amaala. Desert Rock is envisioned to protect and preserve its environment, enabling guests to connect with the region’s nature and local culture.

“We wanted to create a destination that allows guests to experience Saudi Arabia’s untouched beauty. Desert Rock will provide guests with uninterrupted spectacular views while preserving the natural landscape for future generations to enjoy, We have drawn inspiration from the surrounding environment, while providing unparalleled luxury, allowing guests to connect with nature and create memorable experiences.” Said John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG.

Red Sea Global unveils spectacular Desert Rock mountain resort

The interior, designed by Paolo Ferrari, complements the architectural vision, offering a range of accommodations from intimate ground-level dwellings to exclusive crevice suites and unique excavated rooms within the mountain itself. To further enhance the guest experience while preserving the natural ambience, most resort access roads are discreetly located at the wadi’s edge, hidden by landscape mounds to reduce sound and light pollution.

With state-of-the-art facilities like a world-class spa, fitness centre, remote dining areas, and a lagoon oasis, guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, dune buggies, and stargazing. The resort also plans to celebrate the site’s ancient history by involving the local community as land stewards and educators on the area’s rich past.

Committed to achieving the highest LEED certification level, Desert Rock exemplifies RSG’s commitment to regenerative tourism. The resort’s architecture promotes energy efficiency and native flora regeneration. Innovative water systems and the use of site-excavated materials for construction reflect a deep respect for the environment.

As construction began in July 2021, the Desert Rock Resort marks a significant milestone in the development of The Red Sea destination. Expected to feature 50 resorts, over 8,000 hotel rooms, and numerous residential properties by 2030, this destination promises luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, and leisure facilities, alongside an international airport, setting a new standard for luxury eco-tourism in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

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