Ritz-Carlton Reserve Makes Grand Entrance in the Middle East


The Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand has unveiled its first property in the Middle East, Nujuma, situated on the serene Ummahat Island in the Red Sea. This exclusive retreat is part of the captivating Blue Hole cluster of islands, where pristine coral reefs thrive and the night sky is a breathtaking spectacle of stars.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Ritz-Carlton Reserve

A Unique Journey Inspired by the Stars

Embracing the Spirit of Nujuma

Inspired by the Arabic word for “stars,” Nujuma invites travelers on a unique journey to one of the world’s most secluded and protected archipelagos. Here, amidst the azure expanse of the Red Sea, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions, exploring an environment where nature and luxury coexist harmoniously.

Jenni Benzaquen’s Vision for Nujuma

Jenni Benzaquen, Senior Vice President of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, expressed her excitement about this new addition. “As more travelers seek new corners of the earth, we are thrilled to reveal our newest Ritz-Carlton Reserve amidst the natural beauty of the Red Sea. Nujuma offers discerning travelers an unparalleled experience where every encounter deepens their connection to the destination.”

The Red Sea: A Luxurious and Regenerative Destination

The Natural Splendor of the Red Sea

The Red Sea is home to the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef system and an archipelago of over 90 untouched islands. This luxury regenerative tourism destination on Saudi Arabia’s west coast is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, revealing vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life, including endemic reef fish, dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays.

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Rich Mangrove Ecosystems and Desert Adventures

The island’s shores are lined with rich mangroves, one of the most productive ecosystems globally, home to sea birds, marine invertebrates, and guitarfish. Beyond the turquoise waters, guests can explore the coastal mainland through guided trails across majestic desert dunes.

Architectural Elegance and Cultural Design

Foster and Partners’ Innovative Design

Designed by Foster and Partners, Nujuma’s architecture features shell-inspired structures and interiors crafted with natural materials in sea and sand tones. The design incorporates geometric patterns and Arabic artifacts, traditional ceramics, woven Saudi rugs, and intricate wall hangings, celebrating local craftsmanship.

Seamless Integration with Nature

Lush landscaping with indigenous plants frames pathways between pavilions and villas, enhancing the serene environment. Guests can access Nujuma via a chartered boat or seaplane, adding to the exclusive experience.

Luxurious Accommodations and Personalized Service

Overwater and Beach Villas

Nujuma offers 63 overwater and beach villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, with spacious living areas and private pools overlooking the sea. Overwater villas provide panoramic views and direct sea access, while beach villas offer seclusion and natural light. Each villa features a dedicated personal host to ensure every detail of the stay is perfect.

Stargazing and Unique Amenities

Guests can marvel at the starry night skies from their villas, equipped with telescopes for an unforgettable stargazing experience. The overwater villas, connected by an elevated ring walkway, and the beach villas, nestled on soft white sand, provide a tranquil retreat.

Immersive Cultural Experiences

Insights into Saudi Arabian Culture

Local experts offer insights into Saudi Arabian culture and traditions, preserving and sharing their heritage with guests. The Conservation House, an integrated space for creative pursuits, hosts hands-on activities led by resident sustainability, environmental, and cultural experts, fostering a deep connection with the destination.

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Dining Inspired by Tradition

Nujuma’s dining philosophy is rooted in the Arabian tradition of sharing stories and meals. The Reserve features five culinary experiences, each celebrating the region’s rich history and culinary heritage. From seafood specialties at Tabrah to relaxed alfresco dining at Jamaa, each venue offers unique flavors and dining experiences.

Holistic Wellness at Neyrah Spa

A Sanctuary for Rejuvenation

Neyrah Spa is a tranquil sanctuary dedicated to holistic wellness, offering treatments that rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Guests can enjoy ceremonies and methods from around the globe, incorporating regional ingredients like oud and moringa peregrine tree oil.

Bespoke Wellness Journeys

Wellness experts design personalized journeys, guiding guests through breathing techniques, meditation, lunar yoga, and sound healing therapy. The spa features sea-facing treatment rooms, outdoor treatment cabins, vitality and lap pools, a hammam, and a fitness center.