The Lifestyle

The Escape: Habitas AlUla

Habitas Al Ula

AlUla's luxury glamping spot promises wellness, entertainment and more in a tranquil setting.

Words by Aneesha Rai in The Lifestyle · Apr 8th, 2022

Resting within an ancient oasis in the desert canyons of the Ashar Valley in AlUla, Saudi Arabia and surrounded by sandstone cliffs and palm groves, Habitas AlUla provides a selection of well-designed villas that offer you the ultimate rest and relaxation while simultaneously providing an immersive experience where nature inspires creative expression, human connection and the pursuit of adventure.

With 96 guest rooms, the serene resort spans three tiers: premium Celestial Villas, Alcove Villas and Canyon Villas, as well as the wellness and fitness centers, restaurant and swimming pool. The villas are sustainably designed to embrace the natural surroundings of the Ashar Valley and offer scenic canyon views. The hotel has been designed sustainably from check in to check out and all guided by nature.

Habitas Al Ula
Habitas Al Ula at night bed
Habitas Al Ula at night

Habitas AlUla also features interactive art installations from artists including Lita Albuquerque, Superflex and ManalAldowa-yan. The installations formed Desert X AlUla - the first site-responsive exhibition of its kind in Saudi Arabia. Desert X AlUla was an exploration of desert culture, taking its cues from the extraordinary landscape and historical significance of AlUla. 

Activities include visits to Hegra to experience Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll explore over 110 remarkably well preserved tombs set in a desert landscape, while learning about the ancient people and culture of AlUla. You can also enlist the help of a guide to stroll through the historical old town of Al Ula, where pilgrims, travelers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages.

Thuraya Wellness

Dining wise, you'll be treated to homegrown delights at Tama, where dishes infuse Global & Middle Eastern cuisine by using local, fresh ingredients and spices once traded along the incense route and bringing Saudi Arabia’s unique flavors to life. 

 The peace and serenity can be felt in every corner and is enunciated by Thuraya Wellness, the wellness space at Habitas AlUla, which offers a peaceful lounge space with an alchemy bar, spa treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor wellness agora, and a yoga studio.

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Images courtesy: Kleinjan Groenwalk for Habitas AlUla.