In the majestic setting of the Ashar Valley, the Banyan Tree AlUla is a secluded desert sanctuary. Blending harmoniously with the surrounding swathe of sand, 47 standalone villas offer a cool and spacious retreat, their sweeping canopies a reflection of the heritage of Saudi Arabia.
Within, minimalism and desert colour schemes keep things calm, while elements of local culture add authentic accents to the décor. Many villas feature a private pool that shimmers invitingly like a desert oasis, and all have a shaded terrace from which to watch the valley’s towering rock pinnacles change from early morning honey hues to the pinks of the setting sun.
Eco sensitive in its philosophy, thoughtful and caring in its service and reverent to the heritage of its surroundings, the resort brings a new level of luxury to the desert setting. Each villa has its own local host to see to your every need, while two excellent restaurants, Saffron and Harrat, serve authentic Arabic, Asian and international dishes.
The spa offers an escape for the mind, body and spirit, its numerous choice of treatments incorporating Arabic rituals and traditions, and native ingredients. An unforgettable element of the resort’s wellbeing offering is the rock pool, an infinity edge pool set in a canyon between sheer cliffs. With enchanting views, cool waters and the utmost privacy it’s easy to float away, both literally and figuratively, from the bustle of the outside world.