Explore Ashar Valley, a new bucket-list desert retreat

Habitas AlUla

Located in a stunning natural landscape of the ancient desert city of AlUla, Northwestern Arabia, Banyan Tree AlUla officially opened to guests on October 21, announcing the completion of the resort offer in the majestic Ashar Valley hub.

The five star all-villa resort is Banyan Tree’s debut property in the region and is designed to blend seamlessly into its environment. Infused with elements from the nomadic nature of Nabataean design and heritage, the resort epitomises the Banyan Tree commitment to local influence, drawing on both the breathtaking natural landscapes and the Bedouin culture, which has inhabited the area for centuries. The 79-villa resort offers an immersive, multi-sensory experience inspired by the tranquil and magnificent surroundings.

Banyan Tree AlUla joins the adjacent luxury property, Habitas Resort AlUla, which opened late 2021 and offers sustainable, experience-led hospitality. Habitas continues to fortify its status as an industry disruptor with its focus on community, music, wellness, arts, and creativity – pillars that perfectly embody a destination that has been the crossroad of civilisations and meeting point for cultures for millennia.

As well as the 96-villa resort, Habitas AlUla offers Caravan by Habitas, providing an accommodation offer with a difference. In the valley overlooking the oasis, these luxury retro RVs are perfect for intrepid travellers looking for an even more outdoor glamping experience, with the unique hospitality and F&B delivered by Habitas.

Both resorts are designed with respect to the nature with the minimum footprint into their desert canyon surrounds with sand-coloured canopies and landscaping accentuating the natural desert environment.

The completion of the accommodation at Ashar Valley, AlUla will put the destination on the radar of international travellers seeking an unparalleled, authentic, and private experience. Access to the area is for event or resort guests only.

The beauty of the Ashar Valley is millions of years in the making, with epic canyons and stunning rock formations offering unique panoramas, changing through the day with the shifting light from sunrise to sunset.

The resorts and RVs are perfectly positioned for guests attending an event at Maraya Events & Entertainment, also situated in the Ashar Valley precinct. The world’s largest mirrored building and a multi-purpose concert and entertainment venue, Maraya acts like a mirage in the desert with its mirror-clad exterior reflecting the beauty of the surrounding mountains and sand dunes.

Currently hosting the AlUla Moments winter concert series, Maraya can accommodate a diversity of events from the up-and-coming OneRepublic and John Legend concerts this November to business events such as the prestigious Hegra Conference of Nobel Laureates and Friends.

A visit to AlUla is easier than ever with international direct flights from Dubai and Cairo and daily flights from Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah or connect through Medina or Tabuk.