Banyan Tree Alula

Private, Peaceful, Plush

Rubenslaan 3, De Haan 8420

At a Glance

Banyan Tree is the latest luxury resort to open in the desert oasis of AlUla. It is located in Ashar Valley, a 45-minute drive from the AlUla airport and just a five to ten minute drive from Habitas.

Indagare Loves

  • The rock pool and spa
  • The plunge pools in select villas
  • The pop-up chef's table experiences in the canyons surrounding the resort

Review

The Banyan Tree philosophy hinges on three concepts: “In-Villa, In-Valley and En-Voyage.” The aim is to immerse guests in a multi-sensory experience throughout the property and its magnificent surroundings. Space is a given at Banyan Tree, and a golf cart is necessary to traverse the resorts sprawling six square kilometers. The ground include 47 tented villas, two restaurants and two reception areas, as well as a beautiful spa, gym and small tranquil rock pool (which was literally created by carving into the canyon).

All villas are done up in desert tones and adorned with authentic, Arabian-inspired handicrafts. The high ceilings are canopied, complementing the ample amount of space: the 28 one-bedroom villas (half of which have a pool) are 829 square feet, the 15 two-bedroom pool villas are a bit larger and the four three-bedroom pool villas are up to 2,583 square feet. Each villa has a terrace with a fire pit and views sweeping either the mountains, valley or Maraya in the distance—and all were angled with privacy in mind. The two- and three- bedroom villas have living areas, outdoor dining and rooms for personal staff. The plethora of villa options make this a great property or families, and all guests desiring a pool would be best off opting for a villa with a pool and the property pool is quite small (though very atmospheric).

The resort has two dining outlets: Harrat, which is open all day and serves a range of cuisine, from Middle Eastern specialities to pastas; andSaffron, Banyan Tree’s signature Thai Restaurant and the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. Banyan Tree offers a wide experience menu, from the open-air treatments, such as soothing massages in a hidden cave, to pop-up chef’s table experiences in hidden nooks around the canyon. No ask is too large for the staff here.

Who Should Stay

Families and other travelers seeking more plush and traditional luxury in a resort experience

Written by Kathryn Nathanson

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