NEOM has unveiled Zardun, an exclusive luxury ecotourism resort along the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.
Zardun is to feature four ultra-luxury buildings and 3 distinct boutique hotels offering 100 rooms and suites that integrate modern luxury with the surrounding landscape.
Zardun spans four square kilometers with a 360-degree observation deck and features activities including trekking, mountain biking, and rock climbing for visitors to explore the natural environment.
What is Zardun?
Zardun Neom is an exclusive sanctuary resort developed by NEOM on the captivating Gulf of Aqaba. It marks a significant advancement in the luxury ecotourism sector, offering discerning visitors an unparalleled experience.
This exceptional destination is the latest addition to NEOM’s coastal assets, illustrating the ongoing development across the region.
The Vision Behind Zardun
NEOM’s Board of Directors envisioned Zardun as a harmonious blend of modern luxury with nature. This unique sanctuary resort is meticulously designed to coexist with its natural surroundings, acting as a contemporary emblem of environmental integration.
“Zardun’s sustainability strategy encompasses all aspects of environmental stewardship. These life-giving water sources will facilitate the re-introduction and nurturing of native animals, trees, and plant species. Along its coast, Zardun will support a vibrant ecosystem, including the conservation of coral reefs and other marine life in the Gulf of Aqaba, emphasizing NEOM’s continuing commitment to environmental preservation.” – NEOM Board of Directors.
Location and Landscape
Situated along the crystalline waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, Zardun is a marvel of nature-based luxury. The resort features four ultra-luxury buildings that seamlessly blend with the landscape, offering guests an immersive experience in an eco-friendly context.
Zardun’s Unique Features
Zardun stretches four square kilometers, providing a meticulously restored haven for indigenous flora and fauna. From mountainous terrains to the seashore, the beauty of Zardun is immediately apparent, making it an ideal destination for discerning travelers seeking a unique ecotourism experience.
Zardun’s Experience Center
Upon arrival, visitors are welcomed at a state-of-the-art experience center with a 360-degree observation deck. Here, guests can take in breathtaking views of the resort, stretching from the mountains to the seashore.
Witnessing the landscape as it once existed, from tiny creatures to birds and mammals, guests can observe species like the Nubian Ibex and Arabian Oryx that have faced extinction in the region – similar to time travel.
In the experience center, some scientists live and work there. At the same time, people come to see what is happening and learn from it.
Zardun’s Boutique Hotels
Zardun comprises three distinct boutique hotels, offering 100 rooms and suites. The Hotels are:
- The Tower Hotel
- The Wedge Hotel
- The Nature Hotel
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel is one of Zardun’s boutique hotels, providing an unparalleled retreat for those seeking serenity and calm. Guests can meditate, do yoga, and indulge in amenities like spas, pools, and more.
The Wedge Hotel
The Wedge Hotel is one of Zardun’s three unique boutique hotels, offering an exclusive opportunity to partake in indigenous leisure activities. Guests can indulge in camel trekking, falconry, hiking, outdoor dining, and other experiences.
The Nature Hotel
The Nature Hotel is a trio of boutique accommodations in Zardun, allowing guests to indulge in the captivating natural splendor of NEOM. Additionally, the hotel will provide various activities, including ziplining, biking, rock climbing, and more.
Each hotel reflects a unique theme, promising a diverse array of experiences. The accommodation options are designed with a vision of a sustainable future, enhancing guest comfort while minimizing environmental impact.
Activities and Wellness at Zardun
Zardun extends beyond luxury accommodation, offering its guests a range of sports and leisure pursuits. From adventurous trekking and mountain biking to tranquil stargazing, meditation, and yoga, the resort offers something for every visitor.
Zardun offers wellness activities like stargazing, meditation, and yoga for those seeking serenity and relaxation. These pursuits allow guests to unwind, restoring balance and promoting overall well-being.
Educational Programs at Zardun
In line with its commitment to environmental stewardship, Zardun offers educational and field programs on nature protection, conservation, and rewilding. These programs aim to raise awareness about the importance of environmental preservation and foster a sustainable culture.
Zardun’s Sustainability Strategy
Zardun’s sustainability strategy encompasses all aspects of environmental stewardship. The resort is committed to supporting diverse habitats and reintroducing native wildlife, illustrating NEOM’s dedication to environmental preservation.
Zardun plans to create a series of oases to support diverse habitats. These life-giving water sources will facilitate reintroducing and nurturing native animals, trees, and plant species.
Along its coast, Zardun is committed to preserving the Gulf of Aqaba’s marine life, including coral reef conservation. This initiative further emphasizes NEOM’s ongoing commitment to environmental preservation.
Zardun’s Place in NEOM’s Vision
Zardun joins several other developments in the Gulf of Aqaba, including Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, Norlana, and Aquellum.
Leyja is a forthcoming destination featuring three luxury hotels on the Gulf of Aqaba overseen by the Habitas group, scheduled to open in 2028.
Epicon unfolds as a novel luxury coastal tourist destination in Saudi Arabia, featuring awe-inspiring skyscrapers, a hotel, a luxury resort, and residences on the Gulf of Aqaba.
Siranna is an exclusive tourism escape on the Gulf of Aqaba coastline in northwest Saudi Arabia. The futuristic and ultra-luxurious hexagon-shaped hotel is due to feature a 65-room hotel and 35 exclusive residences designed in hexagonal pillars with uninterrupted views of the Red Sea.
Utamo emerges as an immersive, cutting-edge arts and entertainment destination along Saudi Arabia’s Gulf of Aqaba coastline, nestled amid mountains and seamlessly blending nature with technology. The entrance boasts a lush garden promenade leading to a 64m high entry into the grand hall.
Norlana is a premier, world-class waterfront locale on the picturesque Gulf of Aqaba. Crafted as an exclusive community, Norlana encompasses an ultra-luxurious hotel, deluxe mansions, beachfront villas, residences, a superyacht marina, and an impressive 18-hole golf course.
Aquellum is an innovative lifestyle hub on the Gulf of Aqaba, seamlessly integrating luxury and nature. This distinctive retreat is concealed within a 450-meter-high mountain sanctuary, harmonizing majestic architecture with state-of-the-art technology to offer visitors an avant-garde experience.
Collectively, these projects embody NEOM’s vision for sustainable tourism, marking a significant step forward in the region’s development.
Zardun, with its unique blend of luxury and sustainability, is a testament to NEOM’s innovative approach to development. It symbolizes a new era of luxury ecotourism, offering discerning guests an exclusive haven to indulge in luxury while embracing environmental stewardship.
As Zardun opens its doors, it invites the world to explore a new paradigm of sustainable luxury in the heart of Saudi Arabia.