Enter the world of Neom, Saudi Arabia’s ambitious project that’s pushing the boundaries of design and sustainability. The latest jewel in its crown is Leyja, the project’s fifth region, nestled in an ancient valley hugged by 400-meter-tall mountains, and boasting an awe-inspiring trio of luxury boutique hotels.
Architectural Icons by Nature’s Design
At Leyja, architecture and nature intertwine harmoniously, creating a serene and sustainable environment. Three world-renowned architects—Chris van Duijn, Mario Cucinella, and Shaun Killa—have been entrusted with crafting these architectural gems that will comprise just 40 rooms and suites each.
Adventure, Oasis, and Wellness: Luxury in Every Detail
The journey in Leyja begins with the Adventure hotel, a creation by Chris van Duijn. The hotel is a testament to modern design with cantilevered terraces, stunning swimming pools, a sky lounge, and a wellness spa. As van Duijn highlights, “Neom is founded on a very sustainable approach; every building designed is in balance with nature.”
Next, the Oasis hotel designed by Italian architect Mario Cucinella rises from the rock with geometric grace. It showcases lush mineral gardens, hanging gardens, an observation deck, and a rooftop pool. Cucinella emphasizes the return to a harmonious relationship with nature: “Our work is to find this friendship with nature.”
The final masterpiece is the Wellness hotel by Shaun Killa, composed of two vertical mirrored volumes dedicated to wellness. Rooftop pools crown these mirrored structures. Killa remarks, “One of the greatest challenges is creating beautiful buildings that are timeless and sustainable.”
A Balance with Nature: The Future of Sustainable Luxury
Beyond the architectural splendors, Leyja offers guests a 73-kilometer hiking trail to the Trojena ski resort, part of the broader Neom project. Mountain and adventure sports await the daring. Remarkably, Neom commits to preserving 95% of Leyja’s natural beauty, a testament to its sustainability ethos.
As Neom takes shape, it represents one of Saudi Arabia’s grandest “giga projects.” With a total of ten regions sprawling across 10,200 square miles, it’s redefining luxury and sustainability on a grand scale.
While innovation and architectural splendor take center stage, it’s important to note that the Neom project has faced criticism over human rights concerns. As this visionary endeavor continues, it remains essential for stakeholders to balance innovation with human rights and environmental preservation.