Source: The Bench

Riyadh, KSA - ENVI Lodges, the recently launched ecolodge brand, and Al Rasim Hotels & Resorts, have announced plans to develop a waterfront ecolodge project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Red Sea coast.

The announcement took place at the Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) in Riyadh, the most important industry conference in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was signed between Eng. Aiad Mushaikh, Managing Director of Al Rasim Hotels & Resorts, and Chris Nader & Noelle Homsy, co-founders of ENVI, in the presence of Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of The Bench, the organiser of FHS.

“We are very excited to bring the ENVI Lodges brand to the booming market of Saudi Arabia,” said Eng. Aiad 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 project. 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 be made of approximately 40 modular pods, prefabricated and transported to the site, where they will be 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 which have been 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 Chris Nader, ENVI’s co-founder. “I would like to thank Eng. Aiad for giving us this amazing opportunity for an ecolodge in the Western region.” Nader adds: “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 organisations for tourism, to create multiple circuits of lodges across the Kingdom.”

ENVI is currently working on 2 other lodge projects in Saudi Arabia which it will reveal soon.

About ENVI Lodges

ENVI is a luxury experiential ecolodge brand and management company born in the GCC. The company operates eco-friendly lodges that are immersed in nature and located in remote destinations. ENVI specializes in tented camps and eco-pods and follows high standards of sustainability. In fact, every lodge is designed, developed, and managed on the basis of ENVI’s seven sustainability pillars which include the protection of wildlife, the mindful use of resources, and the support for local communities. The company believes that the future of tourism relies upon the creation of meaningful nature-centric lodges that regenerate the environment and create purpose-driven experiences that are transformational for its guests.

ENVI is a member of Beyond Green, the world’s leading alliance of eco-hotels and adopts the I Prefer loyalty programme of the Preferred Hotel Group, allowing guests to earn and redeem points in 650 hotels in 80 different countries. Read more about ENVI Lodges on www.envilodges.com.

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FHS Saudi Arabia

Date: 24-25 May 2022

Location: Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel, Riyadh, KSA

Sponsors: Dur Hospitality as Strategic Partner; Tourism Development Fund (TDF) as Enablement Partner; Accor, Construction Products Holding Company (CPC), Hilton, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotel Group and The Red Sea Development Company as Platinum Sponsors; Diriyah Gate Development Authority, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, NEOM, Rotana, Royal Commission for AlUla, and Taiba Investments as Emerald Sponsors; Aleph Hospitality, CBRE, Colliers, Compass Project Consulting, ELAF Group, ENVI Lodges, GG&Grace International, Insignia, Interior 360, Keane, Knight Frank, Leslie, Louvre Hotels Group, LXA, MAPAL, OBMI, Sophos Hotels SA, SSH, STR, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and Voltere as Gold Sponsors; Deutsche Hospitality, HVS and Katch as Silver Sponsors.

FHS Middle East

Date: 19-21 September 2022

Location: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Sponsors: Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts as Host Sponsor; Tourism Development Fund (TDF) as Enablement Partner; Accor, Dur Hospitality, Hilton and Radisson Hotel Group as Platinum Sponsors; Emaar Hospitality, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, NEOM, Rotana, SMIT Morocco and Taiba Investments as Emerald Sponsors; Aleph Hospitality, CBRE, Colliers, Compass Project Consulting, ENVI Lodges, Insignia, Interior 360, Ishraq Hospitality, Knight Frank, Louvre Hotels Group, LXA, MAPAL, Minor Hotels, OBMI, QUO, SSH, STR, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and Voltere as Gold Sponsors; Deutsche Hospitality, HVS and Katch as Silver Sponsors.

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