Three New ENVI Lodges in Saudi to Open in 2024
ENVI Lodges partners with Afyaa Group to add 3 more ecolodges to its Saudi portfolio, set to open in Al Ahsa between 2024 and 2026.
Dubai, 21st September 2022 - Seizing on the rise of tourism opportunities in Saudi Arabia in line with Vision 2030, the Afyaa Group has partnered with ENVI Lodges to open and operate a circuit of three distinct ecolodges in Al Ahsa: the largest governorate of the Kingdom and one of the top focus destinations of the National Tourism Strategy. Each lodge will offer a distinct experience, immersed in the different natural landscapes of Al Ahsa.
The first lodge, set to open in the first quarter of 2024, is located on a privately owned date farm and will offer 25 biophilic pods with private plunge pools, nestled between palm trees. Al Ahsa is considered one of the largest producers of dates in the world, and the lodge will offer guests the opportunity to discover and experience this very special fruit in various foods, spa and bath amenities, agricultural and wellness activities, as well as arts and crafts workshops. The lodge itself will be nestled in a serene environment, with facilities inducing guests to connect with nature, whether it is at the restaurant, the common pool area, or the wellness centre and yoga deck. The kids club will be well integrated into providing educational and fun activities respectful of our environment, immersing children into the world of date farming. All guests will arrive at the property in a special 4x4 vehicle, starting their immersive journey before arrival.
“We owe it to our beloved Al Ahsa to showcase its beauty to the world,” said Mr. Abbas Al Saleh, CEO of Afyaa Group. Following the recent formation of the Al Ahsa Development Authority, headed by Prince Ahmed Bin Fahd Bin Salman, the Afyaa Group is proud to be among the first investors to fully align with the Kingdom’s vision for this area.
“Al Ahsa is perfectly suited for boutique eco-retreats,” Mr. Al Saleh added. “With the support of hospitality consultant Colliers, we selected ENVI, who are experts in this niche market and can turn our aspirations into realities. Together, we embark on a project to develop a new lodge circuit in Al Ahsa, which will be unique in its kind.”
The second and third lodges planned for the next phase will have 40 keys each and will offer completely different experiences, with one focussing on adventure and the other on family beach activities. The sites have already been identified and the three lodges will all be within a short driving distance from each other, with the farthest location being a 50 minute-drive away from the other two.
“We are so excited to start working on these unique lodge projects”, said Noelle Homsy, Co-Founder of ENVI Lodges. “This is one of the first three lodges circuits to be launched in Saudi Arabia, and we couldn’t have hoped for a better time to announce it, as today marks ENVI’s 1 year anniversary. Chris, my co-founder, and I would like to thank Eng. Abbas Al Saleh for giving us this opportunity and we look forward to achieving his vision of making Al Ahsa one of the trendiest experiential touristic spots in the Kingdom.”
The three lodges will be designed by an award-winning experiential design firm. “We want unique projects that have the ability to attract domestic and international guests looking for a memorable immersive experience,” Al Saleh added. “So we are partnering with the best in their field to deliver a unique offering in support of our country’s tourism objectives, particularly in the Eastern Province.”
About ENVI Lodges
ENVI is a luxury experiential ecolodge brand and management company that operates eco-friendly lodges that are immersed in nature. The company specializes in tented camps and eco-pods and follows high standards of sustainability. Every lodge is designed, developed, and managed on the basis of ENVI’s seven sustainability pillars which include the protection of wildlife, the mindful use of resources, and the support for local communities. The company believes that the future of tourism relies upon the creation of meaningful nature-centric lodges that regenerate the environment and create purpose-driven experiences that are transformational for its guests. ENVI is a brand partner of Beyond Green, the world’s leading alliance of eco-hotels and adopts the I Prefer loyalty programme of the Preferred Hotel Group, allowing guests to earn and redeem points in 650 hotels in 80 different countries. Read more about ENVI Lodges on www.envilodges.com.