A Guide To The Best Hotels In AlUla

There’s no shortage of luxurious stays in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. Here are six places to check into when you’re in town.

Banyan Tree AlUla

AlUla, the Saudi Arabian oasis steeped in legend, is fast emerging as a haven for luxury travel and experiences. Nestled in the Northwest region of Arabia, AlUla has plenty to offer with year-round cultural happenings, awe-inspiring natural wonders and home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s no surprise why the destination has been branded “The World’s Masterpiece”.

While peak travel season usually starts from April to October when the temperature slightly drops, there’s still plenty to do in the hotter summer months, especially if you plan to unwind in one of AlUla’s luxurious hotels. We round up the top places to stay to take in the scenic views and unique atmosphere of AlUla. 

Sahary AlUla Resort 


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For those hoping to get away from it all, the Sahary AlUla Resort is set in a remote part of the terrain where you get to stay amidst the majestic sandstone rock formations of AlUla. It may seem like you’re in the middle of nowhere, as the resort is designed in a way to let visitors feel as if they are back in time in an ancient Arabian village with its mudbrick-style bungalows, but the resort is brimming with luxury amenities (and air conditioning!) such as an indoor pool, a Bedouin-style tent for lounging, a state-of-the-art gym, a games room and two on-site restaurants. 

Banyan Tree AlUla 


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The vast 10,000 square feet Banyan Tree AlUla offers a luxury experience renowned for the Banyan Tree brand. Nestled in the vast desert landscape of the Ashar Valley, each one of the resort’s 47 standalone villas offers sweeping views of the rugged landscape.

Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant Saffron, offers authentic Thai cuisine, something unexpected in the vast deserts of Arabia and a first of its kind in AlUla. As with the Banyan Tree name, the spa facilities here are on a different level. The adult-only naturally treated rock infinity pool tucked away in between the sandstone mountains transports visitors to a dreamlike world. 

Ashar Tented Resort 


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Situated close to the Banyan Tree AlUla in Ashar Valley, guests at this glamping spot will be given access to the facilities of the five-star hotel. Inspired by the nomadic Bedouin culture, the deluxe tents take inspiration from the nearby ancient Nabatean architecture that blends beautifully in harmony with the surroundings.

The open-decked terraces on each deluxe tent present the perfect setting to lounge and view the magnificent sunsets in this region. There are also villas with private pools on site. Guests can also opt to dine at the on-site restaurant that highlights local produce or jump on one of the resort’s electric buggies to dine at one of the neighbouring restaurants at Banyan Tree. 

Habitas AlUla


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Also located within the Ashar Valley, Habitas is a sanctuary for those looking to unwind with its state-of-the-art wellbeing amenities. The Habitas name is known for its sustainable hospitality, so expect surroundings and activities that are thoughtfully curated with local culture in mind.

Nature lovers can take part in art and culture walks and fitness activities such as canyon trekking and yoga. If you’re not up for working up a sweat, there are also cultural events curated by the resort from weekly outdoor cinema screenings to a concert series, an initiative that aims to champion local musicians and talents. 

Shaden Resort 


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When it comes to location, Shaden Resort is strategically located just five kilometres from the Old City and a short car ride away from the heart of AlUla City, perfect for those looking to explore the city for a spot of shopping and café hopping with the whole family.

There are plenty of other attractions nearby too, mainly the iconic Elephant Rock area and the UNESCO heritage site which are all easily accessible from the resort. The resort’s Japanese restaurant serves up favourites from sushi and sashimi dishes to teppanyaki. 

Cloud7 Residence 


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If you’re looking for a cosy home away from home, the Cloud7 Residence is perfect for remote workers or those yearning for a longer stay. The secluded bungalows are well equipped with everything you need for a luxuriously comfortable stay including a kitchenette area, a private terrace and an open-plan living room.

The property also aims to highlight the local community in the region through a series of experiences and activities for guests to really immerse themselves in the local culture.

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