Hospitality giant Marriott International has unveiled the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Middle East on Ummahat Island, Saudi Arabia.

Nujuma, a word which is Arabic for “stars”, has a secluded location in the Red Sea’s Blue Hole archipelago, renowned for its coral reefs.

The ultra-luxury resort caters to travellers seeking bespoke service, unique cultural immersion opportunities and a deep connection with the surrounding natural beauty.

Nujuma sits within a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef system.

The surrounding waters offer world-class snorkelling and scuba diving adventures.

Beyond this, guests can explore mangroves teeming with birdlife or embark on guided desert excursions.

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Designed by Foster and Partners, Nujuma features 63 overwater and beach villas, each offering one to three bedrooms, private pools and sea views.

Every villa comes with a dedicated host to ensure a seamless and personalised stay.

Nujuma prioritises showcasing Saudi Arabian culture and heritage. A dedicated team of local experts leads activities that allow guests to gain unique insights into the region’s traditions.

The Conservation House serves as a space for educational programmes led by resident sustainability and cultural experts, fostering a deeper understanding of the destination.

Nujuma’s five restaurants celebrate the region’s rich culinary scene. From fresh seafood specialties at Tabrah to open-air dining with light dishes at Jamaa, each venue offers a distinct experience.

Neyrah Spa provides a haven for holistic wellness. Guests can enjoy a variety of treatments that incorporate regional ingredients and techniques.

Its general manager Tony Coveney stated: “Nujuma is unlike any other property in the region, a pinnacle of luxury with discovery and sustainability at its core, offering guests a transformative journey into the extraordinary set within the picture-perfect backdrop of Ummahat Island’s natural beauty.”