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Find Solitude Amidst the Dunes at These Saudi Desert Escapes

Saudi Arabia has some of the world’s most breathtaking desertscapes: time to add it to your bucket list with these lux retreats…

Lana Mawlood

Find Solitude Amidst the Dunes at These Saudi Desert Escapes

With the Saudi tourism industry rapidly expanding over the past few years, the kingdom is turning eyes with its pioneering desert stays. From luxurious resorts to glamping, there are many options for those who want to escape the city and enjoy the peacefulness of the sand dunes. Here are six of our favourite desert escapes in Saudi Arabia that offer a serene atmosphere and a sense of timelessness…


Set to open by the end of 2023 as part of the Red Sea Global project, Desert Rock's philosophy is based on the principle of building with the land, not on it, honouring and preserving the natural surroundings. The breathtaking retreat will provide guests with a range of accommodation options such as ground-level dwellings, mid-ridge crevice hotel suites, and excavated rooms within the rock. All rooms offer uninterrupted vistas of the horizon, enabling guests to take in the breathtaking desert landscape. You'll also be able to enjoy its world-class spa and fitness centre, and a feature lagoon oasis.


Nestled in the stunning AlUla region of Saudi Arabia, Banyan Tree is an all-villa resort that takes inspiration from the natural surroundings of the Ashar Valley. From exploring ancient tombs and ruins to hiking in the desert, this is the perfect place to disconnect and reconnect with nature.


For a more eco-friendly option, head to Habitas in AlUla. This sustainable resort features unique domes that blend seamlessly into the desert landscape. With a focus on wellness and sustainability, Habitas offers a range of activities, including yoga, meditation, and stargazing.


For a more authentic desert experience, head to Ashar Tented Resort. This luxury campsite features spacious tents with modern amenities and is located in the heart of the AlUla desert. Take a camel ride, watch the stars, or simply enjoy the tranquillity of the desert.


Located in the Tuwaiq mountains, Pauseaway is a minimalist retreat that offers a unique blend of luxury and nature. With spacious villas, an infinity pool, and stunning views of the desert landscape, this is the perfect place to unwind and recharge.


If you're looking for a desert escape closer to the city, Al Faisaliah Resort is the perfect option. Located in the heart of Riyadh, this luxurious resort features a private golf course, a spa, and a range of dining options. Spend your days exploring the city and your evenings relaxing in the comfort of your own private villa.


Offering convenient access to some of Saudi Arabia's most extraordinary attractions, such as Madain Saleh Tombs, this vast necropolis comprises 131 Nabataean tombs carved into immense rocks, spanning 21 square kilometres/8 square miles. Additionally, Elephant Rock, a magnificent natural structure resembling an elephant, is within easy reach. The resort is a great option for those on a budget and features cosy accommodations clustered around a central pool, as well as an outdoor dining area, gardens, and picnic facilities.


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