Saudi Arabia‘s fabled Red Sea is one of the most beautiful water masses in the world – documented from antiquity and famed for its, largely untouched, crystal-clear waters. Now, guests are able to explore these waters and the exciting new developments that fringe them, as ROAM, Saudi Arabia’s coolest destination management company, has launched a series of new ‘unforgettable long weekend’ experiences with its new “Secrets of the Red Sea” package. This meticulously crafted itinerary unveils the enchanting beauty of the Red Sea coastline and Saudi Arabia‘s mesmerising desert landscapes, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience within the Kingdom.
As part of ROAM’s captivating Winter campaign, the four-day “Secrets of the Red Sea” package embarks from Jeddah, traversing the captivating coastal towns of Rabigh and Yanbu before culminating in an immersive exploration of the Red Sea’s vibrant marine life. Prepare to be captivated by the Kingdom’s breathtaking diversity, where pristine beaches meet majestic deserts, creating an unparalleled tapestry of natural wonders.
Secrets of the Red Sea – Duration – 4 Days
Day One – Discover the Red Sea’s Bounty
The adventure begins on a CORE yacht, a stunning vessel with five elegant cabins and spacious dining and social areas. Embark on a private yacht from the ancient port city of Jeddah and sail towards the historic fishing town of Yanbu. Enjoy the luxury of your vessel, with stunning sea views and a marine biologist onboard to enrich your experience. Dive into the wonders of the Red Sea, with its diverse and vibrant marine life. Offshore of Jeddah, guests have the opportunity to snorkel and dive in some of the most remarkable sites in the world. Discover colorful reefs, mysterious wrecks, and rare species such as the blue-spotted stingray. Take a break on a secluded island, where you can stroll on the soft white sand and swim in the crystal-clear water. On your way to Yanbu, you’ll encounter the Five Sisters Reef, a pristine marine sanctuary composed of five coral atolls. Explore the varied underwater landscapes, from cliffs and plateaus to columns and anemone beds. Marvel at the schools of pelagic fish, the majestic hammerhead sharks, and the graceful manta rays.
As the sun sets, painting the sky in pink and red hues, it’s time to relax on deck with a mocktail sundowner. The private chef will prepare a delicious meal according to your preferences. As you dine, the stars will slowly appear overhead. Retire to your luxury cabin, where the soothing sound of the sea will lull you to sleep.
Day Two – Diving and Unwinding At a Sustainable Retreat
Wake up to the sight of Yanbu, a charming fishing town with a rich history. After a delicious breakfast onboard, you’ll have the chance to dive into the Seven Sisters Reef, a spectacular site where one can watch amazing animals in their natural habitat and admire the stunning coral formations in the warm water.
Guests can choose to end their yacht adventure here and continue their journey into the desert, or extend their itinerary and explore more of the hidden gems of the Red Sea. If you opt for the latter, you’ll enjoy more nights with your private chef and visit more of the pristine and uncharted reefs that dot this remarkable marine region.
If you decide to disembark, you’ll be greeted by your ROAM car transfer. A scenic two-hour drive will take you to a stunning resort, Six Senses Southern Dunes, nestled on an ancient trade route. This five-star resort is the first of its kind to open in the Red Sea Development Project, a pioneering initiative for regenerative tourism in Saudi. The hotel offers exquisite suites that reflect the ancient Arab history, an infinity pool that overlooks the stunning scenery, a state-of-the-art spa that rejuvenates the senses, and workshops on Sadu Weaving and conservation activities that immerse the guests in the rich culture and nature of the desert dunes.
Check in to this sustainable retreat, your luxury oasis in the sand for the next two nights. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the centuries-old Bedouin culture by learning the UNESCO-recognised Sadu Weaving. Create intricate geometric patterns with the guidance of an expert. Or join the sustainability-themed workshops and learn about conservation and community outreach in this dazzling desert location. As the evening sky turns into a peacock blue, prepare for a sumptuous dinner. Savour a menu inspired by the region’s rich culinary heritage, blending spices, flavours, and techniques from across the Persian Gulf. After dinner, take a stroll in the warm night, enjoying the tranquillity of your luxury desert outpost.
Day Three Itinerary – Discover the Silk Route
Start your day with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and rich Saudi coffee, then head out to explore the historic fishing towns. Visit Al Wajh, Umluj, and Yanbu, which have been vital Silk Route hubs for over 2,500 years. Enjoy a lunch of ultra-fresh catch-of-the-day, harvested using traditional handline methods from the Red Sea.
Return to your desert retreat and pamper yourself in the spa, infused with the aroma of frankincense. On the top floor, you’ll find a fitness centre with stunning views over the desert. On the lower floor, you’ll discover a Holistic Anti-Aging Centre, a meditation dome, a sensory suite, and outdoor treatment cabanas with a pool bar.
After a satisfying dinner of traditional cuisine with modern twists, treat yourself to some homemade popcorn and watch a movie under the desert’s star-lit sky. Relax on a sun lounger and enjoy the open-air cinema experience in the desert night.
Day Four Itinerary – Bid Farewell with a Decadent Breakfast and Panoramic views
Enjoy a final breakfast with views of the dunes and the mountains, a feast for the eyes and the palate. Say goodbye to this enchanting place, as you follow the footsteps of the ancient silk and incense traders on your way back home.
To enquire about Roam’s Saudi Arabia packages and book your spot, visit experiencesbyroam.com