Red Sea Project reveals new Desert Rock mountain resort

New 60-key luxury development to be carved into stone in Saudi Arabia's east

An uber-luxurious inland resort integrated into a mountain of rock is set to be constructed in Saudi Arabia.

The first renders of Desert Rock mountain resort – a 60-key property comprised of 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms  – were revealed this week by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC).

Created by the architectural design firm, Oppenheim Architecture, Desert Rock is designed to protect and preserve the environment and will allow guests to connect with the nature and local culture of the region.

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“Desert Rock will provide guests with uninterrupted spectacular views while preserving the natural landscape for future generations to enjoy,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

“We have drawn inspiration from the surrounding environment, while providing unparalleled luxury, allowing guests to connect with nature and create memorable experiences.”

Guests will enter the resort through a hidden valley nestled between the mountains. The resort’s architecture will be fully integrated into the rock to preserve its striking silhouette.

A range of accommodation will be available, from ground level dwellings to crevice hotel suites midway up the mountain, and a select number of excavated rooms within the rock massif itself.

The resort will feature state-of-the-art facilities, including a world-class spa and fitness center, remote destination dining areas as well as a feature lagoon oasis. Guests will be able to hike, use dune buggies, and star gaze as part of the site-wide activities program.

As part of TRSDC’s commitment to regenerative tourism, Desert Rock will be designed to achieve the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification level.

Materials excavated from the site will be used to create the infrastructure. Stone will be used for interior and exterior walls and floors, while ground stone and existing sand will be used for concrete aggregate, which is the main building material for all the architecture.

Desert Rock resort is one of two inland sites being developed as part of the Red Sea Project. By 2023, the project will also encompass 3,000 rooms across 16 hotels and including five island sites. By 2030, the Red Sea Project will total 8,000 rooms at 48 hotels, including 22 islands and six inland sites.

Renders courtesy of TRSPC/Oppenheim Architecture

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