ENVI Lodges, the recently launched ecolodge brand, and Al Rasim Hotels & Resorts have announced plans to develop a waterfront ecolodge project on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Red Sea coast.
The agreement was signed between Eng. Aiad Mushaikh, managing director of Al Rasim Hotels & Resorts, and Chris Nader and Noelle Homsy, co-founders of ENVI.
“We are very excited to bring the ENVI Lodges brand to the booming market of Saudi Arabia,” said Mushaikh, upon signing the agreement. “We want to invest in unique hospitality projects and develop immersive lodges that offer both domestic travellers and international tourists the opportunity to discover the natural beauty of the kingdom. As a Saudi company, we want to contribute to the implementation of the Saudi tourism strategy through investing in high-end tourism projects. ENVI’s proposition and approach to hospitality is exactly what we were looking for, and this project will become a reference for experiential lodging on the shores of the Red Sea.”
The lodge will consist of approximately 40 prefabricated modular pods, which will be transported to the site and installed on individual decks, hence lowering the impact on the environment and minimizing any disturbance on the site.
The project will adhere to ENVI’s thorough sustainability standards vetted by Beyond Green, the sustainability alliance that ENVI is part of.
The facilities of the lodge will include a restaurant, a beach club, private pools, an experience hub, a wellness sanctuary and a kids’ club. The lodge is expected to open by mid-2023.
“We are entering the Saudi market with an exciting project that completely reflects the ENVI brand,” said Nader. “ENVI Lodges is receiving a lot of interest from Saudi investors who have a strong desire to develop responsible hospitality projects, in line with Vision 2030, and we are collaborating closely with the tourism authorities, municipalities and major financing organizations for tourism, to create multiple circuits of lodges across the kingdom.”
ENVI is currently working on two other lodge projects in Saudi Arabia, which it will reveal soon.