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Thuwal Private Retreat is Saudi Arabia’s buyout-only island destination

The new island destination will offer travellers accessible luxury and hyper-personalised private experiences from early 2024.

With the development of regenerative tourism destinations such as Amaala and The Red Sea now underway on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, Red Sea Global (RSG) is turning its sights to a much more exclusive offering: Thuwal Private Retreat. The buyout-only island destination is set to welcome guests next year.

Located on a pristine 1.7-hectare sandy islet in a coral archipelago on the Red Sea coast, the intimate destination offers stunning natural beauty complemented by discreet architecture, offering ultimate luxury in complete privacy. The island resort boasts a spacious main three-bedroom villa, three one-bedroom suites, a beach club, a gym and a wellness centre. The curated travel experience begins as soon as guests arrive, entering via a private jetty to be greeted by the guest experience team at the welcome centre.

Thuwal Private Retreat

“Thuwal Private Retreat has been created to allow guests the chance to disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and instead reconnect with their closest companions,” says John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG. “Our belief is that the sublime Red Sea coast combined with tailored luxury experiences will deliver a peerless escape for the most discerning travellers.” The creation of Thuwal Private Retreat represents a new phase for RSG, with the destination sitting separately to The Red Sea and Amaala, and as a wholly RSG-owned brand. There are no third-party hospitality or hotel operators involved for the first time in RSG’s development history.

Thuwal Private Retreat

“This is a milestone for us personally. It is the latest project we can reveal since we announced our expanded portfolio of projects last year, and it is significantly advanced in terms of delivery. It is also the first time we are creating a destination owned and operated end-to-end by the expert team here at Red Sea Global, from development and planning to accommodation and guest services,” added Pagano. In line with RSG’s broader vision and commitment to both people and planet, Thuwal combines absolute luxury with conscious sustainability.

Thuwal Private Retreat

The resort’s executive chef will prepare gourmet meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, working with food producers in the area wherever possible, as well as partnering with local artisans and restaurants to offer one-of-a-kind experiences. Guests at Thuwal Private Retreat can expect an island sanctuary that connects them with nature and local culture alike — with thriving coral reefs nearby, they’ll have the opportunity to snorkel amongst stunning marine wildlife and visit the nearby village of Thuwal.

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A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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