Leyja, the latest ecotourism destination in NEOM, the sustainable regional development being created in northwest Saudi Arabia, was announced yesterday by The Board of Directors of NEOM.
Leyja starts from the Gulf of Aqaba coast in the west and then winds inland to form a natural valley carved between 400m-high mountains. Building on NEOM’s ongoing commitment to becoming a multi-faceted destination, it supports the Kingdom’s efforts to build a strong and sustainable tourism industry under Saudi Vision 2030. Aligned with NEOM’s strategy to designate the majority of its land across its destinations and cities as a nature reserve, 95 percent of Leyja will be preserved for nature and will combine innovative, ecological design and construction techniques to ensure the development seamlessly blends into the landscape.
Leyja will feature three hotels, each of which has been designed by world-leading architects to complement the surrounding nature, operate sustainably, and provide distinct experiences. Together, these hotels will offer 120 boutique rooms and suites, split equally with 40 keys at each.
The first property is tailor-made for active adventure. The deconstructed design ascends the walls of the wadi like a staircase, its structure effortlessly tracing the topography with minimal disturbance of the terrain’s natural lines. Its unique location, folded into the cliff top and valley sides, lends itself to those seeking rock climbing and other high-octane experiences in the surrounding area.
The second property rises from the rock to sit prominently at the heart of the wadi’s largest oasis, functioning as a gateway to discovery and exploration of the valley that continues beyond. The staircase ascending from the canyon to the entrance of the property offers unrivalled views of the valley.
The third property is an immersive wellness retreat that promotes longevity, with a high-tech, reflective façade mirroring the surrounding beauty and valley walls. This allows the wadi’s natural passage through the property’s center, providing visitors with a unique and interactive experience.
Once developed, Leyja will offer an extensive selection of refined experiences and activities, including fine dining and contemporary restaurants presented by world-renowned chefs. Wellness facilities and rooftop infinity-style pools across the three properties are also key features. Extensive guided wadi walks, and enthralling hiking trails set in the valley’s dramatic mountain landscapes await guests, with mountain biking and climbing on offer for those looking for adventure.
Leyja is NEOM’s latest development and follows the announcement of the project’s flagship regions, including Sindalah, its luxury island; THE LINE, a cognitive linear city that represents the future of urban living; Trojena, its year-round mountain destination and the first outdoor ski experience in the GCC region; and Oxagon, the reimagined industrial city and home to advanced and clean industries in NEOM.