Banyan Tree has launched its first luxury well-being and spa resort in Saudi Arabia.
Developed by the Royal Commission for AlUla, The Banyan Tree AlUla resort, located in historical AlUla in Saudi Arabia, marks the Group’s debut in the Kingdom. The resort is attracting the attention of the world’s affluent travellers as it turns Saudi Arabia into a new spa and wellness destination but also for the mix of history, culture, and entertainment, all set against a breathtaking desert backdrop dating back millions of years.
Inspired by the nomadic nature of Nabataean architecture, the all-villa, tented resort epitomises Banyan Tree’s commitment to local influence. The fundamental principles of the resort are designed around three concepts that allow guests to immerse themselves in the resort and the destination:
- ‘In-valley’ takes guests into the essence of AlUla through exclusive outdoor treatments, nomadic chef’s tables, active adventures, and private events staged in spectacular setting
- In-villa’ provides guests with made-to-measure offerings brought to life by the talented cast of Banyan Tree hosts.
- ‘En-voyage’ brings guests through privileged immersions crafted with local talents, continuously unlocking new facets of AlUla’s rich legacy. Bespoke wellbeing and adventure excursions show a glimpse of the ancient landscapes of AlUla and the lives of the people who call the region their home.
“The Banyan Tree AlUla opening marks the completion of the final development phase of Ashar Valley, which also houses the world-famous Maraya Hall,” said John Northen, executive director, head of hotels and resorts at the Royal Commission for AlUla.
“The selection of BanyanTree to operate this resort was driven by the brand’s synergy with the vision of the Royal Commission for AlUla for the destination. The ethos of Banyan Tree is to provide a sanctuary for the senses in an awe-inspiring location with a great sense of place, which is a perfect match for us in AlUla.”
Curated wellness experiences at the Banyan Tree Spa
The resort offers 79 luxurious tented villas in one of the world’s most mysterious and exciting new destinations. Infused with elements from the nomadic nature of Nabataean design and heritage, the resort offering includes one-bedroom villas with spacious outdoor living space, as well as one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas with private pools, showcasing stunning views of the rock formations in the Ashar Valley. Guests can also enjoy the resort’s infinity rock pool.
The resort features two restaurants, including Saffron, Banyan Tree’s signature Thai restaurant, offering contemporary Thai cuisine.
The renowned Banyan Tree Spa welcomes guests with carefully curated wellness experiences that combine Asian traditions and local elements. It is a sanctuary for the senses, a place for physical, mental, and spiritual renewal with a holistic approach based on the fusion of local and Eastern rituals with time-honoured traditions dating back centuries.
“We are thrilled to have launched Banyan Tree in the beautiful valley of AlUla in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Founded in 6th century BC, AlUla is filled will so much history and we are honoured to be part of its heritage efforts,” said Eddy See, president and chief executive Officer, Banyan Tree Group.
“Since we started our journey 28 years ago, we have been pioneers of the all-pool villa concept, and now we bring our purposeful, sustainably designed concepts to AlUla with all-tented villas that complement the existing eco-destination.”