10 Of The Most Exciting Regional Travel Openings
10 Of The Most Exciting Regional Travel Openings

10 Of The Most Exciting Regional Travel Openings

You don’t have to cross the world for a special holiday in 2024. From the latest developments within the Red Sea Project to some chic new hotspots in Dubai, there’s a lot to get excited about within the Middle East this year…
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Siro One
Siro One

Siro One

Za’abeel

In the skyscraper that conjoins One Za’abeel, Siro is Dubai’s first dedicated fitness and recovery hotel from Kerzner International. It will offer state-of-the-art Fitness and Recovery Labs and private training sessions built around plans tailored to individual health and fitness goals and nutritional requirements. A long list of studio classes and curated programmes features big names in fitness such as Core by British Olympian Adam Peaty, Boxing by Ramla Ali and Functional Fitness by AC Milan. Stepping outside the hotel, guests can try deep sea diving, mountain treks, skydiving and quad biking. Suites and rooms – dubbed ‘urban recovery cocoons’ – will be set up to complement your chosen fitness programme. The Fitness Suites will provide private workout areas with epic views across Dubai, while the Recovery Suites include a dedicated spa area and massage table. Both come with two complementary 30-minute treatment sessions with each booking.

Opens February 2024

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Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort

Ras Al Khaimah

Within protected mangroves in a natural reserve, and set against the backdrop of the Al Hajar mountains, the Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort opened this month. Forty-five minutes by car from Dubai and a 15-minute transfer from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, the resort has been built in part using eco-friendly materials such as recycled fabrics, plastics and wood, and features sustainable initiatives such as solar panels and thermodynamics to heat water, greywater waste recycling and a water bottling plant. Every room showcases a balcony or terrace on which to relax with something chilled, while taking in the surrounding lagoon or sea view. The overwater villas – a first in Ras Al Khaimah – bring the Maldives much closer to home with the potential to see dolphins, turtles and dugongs from the deck. 

Open now

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Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort
Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort

St Regis Red Sea Resort

Saudi Arabia

Part of The Red Sea Project, on a private island in the protected Ummahat archipelago, the ultra-luxury St Regis Red Sea Resort is now open. It’s only accessible by boat or seaplane, giving it a distinct Maldives feel. There are 90 villas, overwater and beachfront, with up to four bedrooms. Guests are encouraged to explore the surrounding pristine waters – home to the world’s fourth largest barrier reef – through diving excursions, PADI courses, snorkelling trips and educational expeditions. Three restaurants will keep guests catered to throughout their stay: modern Japanese will be served at Gishiki 45; Middle Eastern food is celebrated at Nesma; and Tilina, perched over the top of one of the reefs, is a fine-dining steakhouse. Days can be spent luxuriating in the spa or by your private pool while children play in the kids club. 

Open now

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Rosewood Doha

Qatar

In Lusail City, Rosewood Doha is housed in two towers enclosed in sculptural white casing inspired by the surrounding coral reefs. Inside one tower is serviced apartments and luxury residences; in the other are the rooms and suites that comprise the Rosewood Doha. There will be eight eating options and an elegant wellness concept called Asaya, which will offer VIP guests absolute discretion, cutting-edge treatments and unrivalled fitness facilities.

Opens later this year

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Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Saudi Arabia

This ultra-exclusive resort has only 63 seashell-shaped villas and is surrounded by the crystal-clear Red Sea within the Ummahat archipelago off the coast of Saudi Arabia. One of only six Ritz-Carlton Reserves across the world, Nujuma is also part of the ongoing Red Sea Project. The resort will debut Neyrah Spa, where luxurious treatments executed using natural ingredients will be offered, the Galaxea Diving Center, where guests can experience the best of what the surrounding sea has to offer through watersports and diving courses, and a Conservation House to educate on Saudi Arabian heritage and the conservation goals of The Red Sea Project.

Opens later this year

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Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Chedi Hegra

AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Within the historic Nabataean site in AlUla, north-western Saudi Arabia, the Chedi Hegra will be the first resort of its kind hidden within the ancient walls and tombs of this Unesco World Heritage Site. Cleverly melding modern design and all mod cons, while preserving the rich heritage of its surroundings, the property will showcase only 33 rooms, three fine dining restaurants, a spa and a pool.  

Opens later this year

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Clinique La Prairie Resort

Amaala, The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

Amaala is a family wellness destination within the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve. It’s partnered with Swiss experts Clinique La Prairie on an exclusive resort comprising suites as well as branded residences guaranteed to attract true spa junkies. The resort is created around four pillars – medical care, nutrition, movement and wellbeing – divided around a central Longevity Plaza. Expect an abundance of treatments, fitness programmes and self-discovery journeys throughout.

Opens later this year

Visit RedSeaGlobal.com

Six Senses Southern Dunes

The Red Sea

In Tabuk on Saudi Arabia’s west coast, Six Senses Southern Dunes is another part of The Red Sea Project. It’s a 45-minute drive from the recently opened Red Sea International Airport, which is serviced by Saudi airlines direct from Riyadh and Jeddah. This desert resort is a 45-minute drive to the Red Sea – and surrounded by breath-taking dunes as far as the eye can see. In lieu of the sea, there’s a central swimming pool and 40 villas with private pools. Inspired by Saudi’s Bedouin heritage, the resort blends with its desert surroundings and displays traditional artworks and artefacts to remind you where you are. As health is at the heart of all Six Senses, the expansive spa houses a gym, yoga studio and state-of-the-art facilities including an infra-red sauna, biohacking area and hammam.

Open now

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Six Senses Southern Dunes
Six Senses Southern Dunes

The Lana, Dorchester Collection

Dubai

Right in Downtown Dubai on Marasi Drive, The Lana is first Middle Eastern outpost of the Dorchester Collection – parent company of iconic properties such as The Beverly Hills Hotel, Le Meurice in Paris and The Dorchester in London. The Lana was designed by Foster + Partners with interiors by Gilles & Boissier that blend tradition with cutting-edge design at a waterfront location within the new Marasi Business Bay Marina. The hotel will have four restaurants in collaboration with three award-winning chefs: Martín Berasategui, who holds 12 Michelin stars, will introduce Jara, which will champion cuisine from the Basque region; Jean Imbert, who leads the culinary team at Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, is launching modern Mediterranean restaurant Riviera and rooftop lounge High Society; and pastry chef Angelo Musa is in charge at Bonbon Cafe.

Opens February 2024

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One&Only

One Za’abeel

The third One&Only in Dubai is a departure from the beachside resorts with which the luxury hotel chain has made its name. This is the brand’s first vertical urban property. Housed in one of two conjoining skyscrapers slap bang on what was Trade Centre roundabout in the Za’abeel district, the resort is set to become a hub not just for travellers, but for locals who will appreciate the new culinary concepts it houses. Michelin-lauded names like Anne-Sophie Pic, Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones, Mehmet Gürs, Paco Morales and Tetsuya Wakuda all appear within The Link, a dining destination within the cantilever that connects the two skyscraper towers. Also set to be a star attraction is Tapasake, which offers Japanese-Peruvian cuisine around the UAE’s longest suspended infinity pool – expect a unique view across the city to the Burj Khalifa. Spa junkies are catered to with the Longevity Hub by Clinique La Prairie, a three-storey space offering a holistic approach to wellness.

Open now

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One&Only
One&Only
The Lana, Dorchester Collection
The Lana, Dorchester Collection

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