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February 5, 2024

Thuwal Private Retreat: Your Very Own Red Sea Island

This private island destination is a first for the GCC.

By Elite Traveler

Red Sea Global, the multi-project developer behind some of the world’s most ambitious tourism destinations, recently announced a new site that will bring an entirely fresh experience to the Red Sea.

Thuwal Private Retreat is an exclusive-use island where guests will have the entire property and its surroundings to themselves. The key benefit to a stay of this nature is the extent to which it can be customized, as each visitor’s experience will be completely tailored to their preferences.

Unlike Red Sea Global’s other destinations — such as The Red Sea and Amaala, which feature properties owned and run by some of the biggest names in the luxury travel sector — Thuwal Private Retreat will be the first destination to be entirely owned and operated by Red Sea Global. This represents a new stage in the multi-project developer’s evolution and a completely different ultra-luxury offering in what is fast becoming one of the most exciting tourism destinations on the planet.

Thuwal Private Retreat
The first guests are expected to arrive in mid-2024 / ©Red Sea Global

At the forefront of the island’s new development is Saudi national Sara Almarghalani, the island manager for Thuwal Private Retreat tasked with ensuring it meets ambitious expectations.

Sébastien Carré the group head of hospitality at Red Sea Global, highlights the essential role of Saudi leaders in the Kingdom’s burgeoning tourism and hospitality sector, as well as the crucial impact of wide-ranging leadership expertise. “In our pursuit of excellence, we recognize that diversity in leadership is not just a value; it’s a strategic imperative,” says Carré. “Sara’s visionary leadership at Thuwal Private Retreat is a testament to the richness and dynamism diversity brings to our industry.”

“This private-use island promises a distinctive experience from other Red Sea destinations,” says Almarghalani. “While its geographical proximity to coastal destinations rivals that of The Red Sea and Amaala, it stands out as the first bookable private island destination in the GCC. For a privileged few, this represents an entirely novel and exclusive experience.”

Thuwal will offer a highly customized private island experience conveniently close to Jeddah yet capturing the essence of private island luxury living on the beautiful Red Sea coastline. “Friends and families booking the island will experience Saudi hospitality extended with a genuine heart under the leadership of Sara Almarghalani and her team,” says Carré.

Red Sea Global is preparing for the first guests to arrive at Thuwal Private Retreat in mid-2024. This exclusive-use retreat is almost ready to bring an entirely new style of vacation to Saudi Arabia’s west coast.

[See also: Discovering the unmatched thrill of Red Sea watersports]

Make the island yours

Exclusive use properties give guests the freedom to experience the island on their own terms / ©Red Sea Global

Exclusive use properties have risen in popularity over the years. As travelers become more decerning about their stays, they expect more options and an experience that is entirely bespoke to their wants and needs. On a private island with only one group of guests in attendance, an experience tailored entirely to individuals’ preferences is far more achievable than at a larger hotel.

“The potential for flexibility is what’s really driving guests towards this style of vacation,” says Almarghalani. “On the island, there are no mealtimes. If you want to have a massage at 3 am and then go straight to breakfast at 4.30 am, that’s absolutely possible.”

“Privacy is also a major draw for our guests,” adds Almarghalani. Thuwal Private Retreat is set to target the very upper echelons of the luxury travel industry. For affluent guests that will visit Thuwal Private Retreat, privacy and security are of the utmost importance, an exclusive-use island is much better positioned to ensure these needs are met.

“As the only guests on the island, most of the activities will be made available around the clock, i.e. there will be no waiting around for your allotted time to go diving or use watersports equipment,” says Almarghalani. “We are also working on tailored experiences with the local community and quality service providers, to ensure a broad array of unique offerings.”

[See also: How The Red Sea is Becoming the Next Adventure Travel Hot Spot]

A property surrounded by nature

The island can sleep 12 guests spread out across a main three-bedroom villa and three standalone one-bed villas / ©Red Sea Global

Thuwal Island stands as a pristine natural isle adjacent to a lively and scientifically notable coral reef, teeming with a rich array of wildlife.

In an area that was once barely visited, Red Sea Global has developed a property that reflects its natural surroundings. On an island spanning 1.7 hectares, a main three-bedroom villa in addition to three standalone one-bedroom villas has been constructed with a design that blends exquisite modern luxury with ancestral tradition. “The house we have built is incredibly beautiful, it’s a true homage to the natural beauty of this area,” says Almarghalani.

With the potential to house up to 12 sleeping guests on the island at a time, Red Sea Global believes the property is suited for a variety of visitors, including family and friends. A private island is perfect for those with children as younger can explore the island without worrying their parents. It is also suitable for romantic getaways, or honeymooners, looking for that exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“We’re also focusing on a distinct lifestyle category, which we refer to as bis leisure,” says Almarghalani. “Picture CEOs accompanying clients or a board of directors. The inherent privacy of this property provides a secure environment for confidential discussions, allowing exclusive guests the flexibility to come and go at their leisure — making it an ideal setting for an executive corporate retreat.”

[See also: How Red Sea Global is Re-writing Sustainable Development]        

An experience unlike any other

The interior design featured on the island is modern but also pays homage to traditional Saudi Arabian decor / ©Red Sea Global

To achieve such a high level of luxury, meticulous planning and preparation are key. Prior to guests’ arrival, the island ensures that every aspect of the stay is tailored to meet their expectations and preferences.

With such a high level of personalization, Thuwal Private Retreat will be a home away from home for guests before they have even arrived.

For those interested, the surrounding natural environment will play an important part in the stay. “Guests will be able to explore the surrounding area both on and below the water alongside scientific experts in their respective fields,” adds Almarghalani.

[See also: The Hotels and Resorts Bringing Luxury to The Red Sea]

“We also want the island to be infused with the local atmosphere. This area is known particularly for its fishing, so one experience would see guests go fishing with a local fisherman and then the island chef can cook anything they catch.”

By working closely with the local population, from fishermen to artisans and craftspeople, Thuwal Private Retreat will have a strong positive impact on its surrounding area.

The enchanting allure of Thuwal Island beckons those in search of a truly bespoke and luxurious retreat. From its pristine natural surroundings to the thoughtful details of personalized experiences, this private haven stands as a testament to the seamless fusion of exclusivity and hospitality. As the island awaits the arrival of discerning guests, it promises not just a destination, but an immersive journey into refined living.

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