Nujuma, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Middle East, opens in Red Sea


Today marks the grand opening of Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the first of its kind in the Middle East, located in the tranquil waters of the Red Sea on Ummahat Island. This exclusive retreat is set within the Blue Hole cluster of islands, renowned for their untouched beauty and vibrant marine life, offering guests an unparalleled luxury experience amidst one of the world’s most secluded archipelagos.

A Haven of Luxury and Natural Beauty

Nujuma, which draws its name from the Arabic word for ‘stars’, provides a sanctuary where guests can indulge in the untouched natural beauty of its surroundings. The private island resort is nestled amidst pristine coral reefs and boasts an exceptional view under the star-filled night sky. It offers an escape not only into nature but also into the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the region.

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Unrivaled Accommodations and Amenities

The resort features 63 opulently designed overwater and beach villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms. Each villa offers spacious living areas, private pools, and direct access to the turquoise waters. The architecture, designed by Foster and Partners, incorporates shell-inspired structures with interiors that reflect the serene sea and sand tones, adorned with Arabic artifacts and local craftsmanship.

Nujuma, a new pinnacle of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Red Sea, offers unique cultural and sustainable experiences.

Nujuma, a new pinnacle of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Red Sea, offers unique cultural and sustainable experiences. Photo courtesy of PRNewswire/Marriott International, Inc.

Exquisite Culinary Experiences

Dining at Nujuma is a reflection of Arabian hospitality, with five unique culinary venues. ‘Tabrah’ offers a modern take on a fisherman’s home, providing a communal seafood experience, while ‘Jamaa’ serves light alfresco dishes by the pool. For those interested in the night sky, ‘Maia’ offers astrology-inspired refreshments on an open-air terrace, enhanced by insights from the resort’s astrologer.

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Wellness and Sustainability at Its Core

The Neyrah Spa within Nujuma offers a range of treatments that incorporate traditional methods and local ingredients, focusing on holistic wellness. The Conservation House on the island serves as a hub for environmental and cultural education, emphasizing the resort’s commitment to sustainability and community engagement.

A Landmark in Luxury Tourism

Jenni Benzaquen, SVP of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, expressed her excitement about the launch: “As travelers continue to seek new destinations, Nujuma offers an exploration into a rare and preserved environment. This Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a sanctuary where luxury meets discovery, designed for those who seek a deeper connection to their surroundings.”

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The opening of Nujuma is not just a significant addition to the luxury travel landscape but also a forward step in promoting regenerative tourism in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea region. It highlights the potential for luxury resorts to contribute positively to conservation efforts and cultural preservation while offering top-tier hospitality and unique experiences.

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