Marriott to Bring the First Ritz-Carlton Reserve to the Middle East with the Red Sea Development Company

Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Marriott International has signed an agreement with The Red Sea Development Company to introduce its distinguished Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand off the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Set to open in 2023, Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will be part of The Red Sea Project, an exclusive travel destination offering island escapes, resort holidays, mountain retreats and desert adventures. 

Nujuma joins the exclusive collection of only five Ritz-Carlton Reserves worldwide and will be the first property from the brand in the Middle East, offering highly personalised experiences that combine intuitive and genuine service with enchanting natural beauty and indigenous design. 

“We are thrilled to bring our most luxurious brand, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and its exemplary experience to the Middle East. Perfectly situated on one of the most anticipated regenerative tourism projects globally, the resort will blend seclusion and sophistication to provide a highly personalised luxury escape,” said Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.

Located on private islands, part of the Red Sea’s Blue Hole cluster of islands, Nujuma will be encircled by natural beauty and designed to blend with the landscape. The property will feature 63 one- to four-bedroom water and beach villas and luxurious amenities, including a lavish spa, swimming pools, culinary venues, a retail area, and various other leisure and entertainment offerings, such as a Conservation Center.

The Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand provides a getaway to the unexpected: a private and transformative travel experience focused on human connection, bringing together unique elements of the local culture, heritage and environment. Reserve properties are tucked away in carefully selected corners of the world for the most discerning travellers seeking a distinct and luxurious escape, featuring contemporary, relaxed and intimate settings that interweave indigenous flavours with highly responsive and personalised service. Existing Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are located in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

Nujuma is also expected to comprise 18 Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded residences, offering owners a unique, exclusive living experience.

Villa at Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Villa at Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

“I am excited to welcome Ritz-Carlton Reserve into our luxury collection of brands for The Red Sea,” said John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company. “Around the world, Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are synonymous with providing unique luxury experiences and creating personalised meaningful escapes, underpinned by a commitment to sustainable practices. As we inch closer to opening our first resorts early next year, this world-class brand will excite and entice future guests.”