When Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa, Durrat Arriyadh welcomed its first guests in the middle of 2016, it marked the beginning of a distinguished new chapter in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality story.
The sprawling real life oasis, set among lush greenery and rolling natural desert landscapes just 40 minutes from downtown Riyadh, is the first resort of its type in the Kingdom and is being developed by Dallah Al Baraka and Al Rawabi Company for Hotels and Tourism in partnership with Al Khozama Management Company (AKMC), itself renowned for its meticulous attention to detail, excellence and world-class service in Saudi Arabia.
As the Kingdom’s first ‘Country Club’-style retreat, two thirds of the 159,000 square metre estate is dedicated to green space and water, attracting a variety of wildlife and a perfect place for outdoor strolls.
'We are part of the lungs of the city,' says Fred Petry, general manager, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa who, with his team and the support of Al Khozama, has overseen the development of this exceptional destination.
By day, the surrounding gardens envelop the resort in a lush green blanket. By night, the black sky heaves spectacularly with stars above the gardens and terraces where guests can sample fine local and international cuisine. And all this on the doorstep of the city’s beating commercial heart at Olaya and just 15 minutes from King Khaled International Airport.
As a sister property to the iconic and award-winning Faisaliah Hotel in downtown Riyadh, considered one of Saudi Arabia’s finest hotels, the facilities are world-class. From the airy lobby, stairs cascade down to the beautifully-appointed restaurants, with doors which open out onto lounge terraces overlooking manicured lawns, three outdoor pools (including three pool chalets and one of the only Infinity pools in a hotel in Saudi Arabia), and 10 private villas. Soon a 5,000 square metre spa, which will be the largest in the country, will pamper both male and female guests in separate facilities.
The atmosphere of sanctuary, recharge and rejuvenation similarly extends to each of the 121 standard guest rooms which, at 68 square metres, are larger than the average hotel suite in Saudi Arabia. The 31 suites, including the 580 square metre, SR50,000 ($13,300) per night Royal Suite, are a homage to opulence.
Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa is already the preferred choice for a discerning clientele in Riyadh and beyond, and is expected to be the torch bearer for the Kingdom’s five-star resort sector for many years to come.
'At Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa we are closely aligned with the vision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Internal Heritage, under the Chairmanship of HRH Prince Sultan, to promote Saudi heritage and celebrate its rich culture, and our appreciation of this is reflected in the design, cuisine and service,' Petry explains.
'This is an entirely new concept for Riyadh and the Kingdom and we are proud to be creating history with the full support of Al Khozama, one of the most prestigious names in Saudi Arabia’s luxury hospitality industry.'
By Mark Lazell
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