Indulge in luxury at these Riyadh spa hotels, complete with sparkling indoor pools and decadent treatment menus.
With its Middle East locale and as Saudi Arabia’s wealthy capital city, Riyadh perfectly pulls together wellness traditions from the east and west, delivering world-class spa experiences. Add to that the echoey desert calm and a dollop of Arabian decadence, it’s no wonder this city is fast becoming an invigorating zen destination. Here is Culture Trip’s guide to the finest spas and wellness hotels.
This five-star property sits on 154,000 sq m (1,657,642 sq ft) of lush green space; it feels more like a luxurious village than a resort. Choose between several swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) for your morning dip. The two-storey spa has a menu of candlelit treatments and experiences – from bubbly jacuzzis to yoga classes. There’s also a beauty salon for men and women.
This bling hotel has 280 palatial apartment-style rooms, plus six Riyadh Spa Suites, which put you within easy reach of the gorgeous Narci spa. Each one has its own whirlpool bath, steam room, massage beds and relaxation area with impeccable VIP service. The kids’ club includes two maids to take care of your children while you enjoy your spa treatments. Inside the Narci spa itself, there are hydro pools, jacuzzis, steam rooms and various sensory experiences open to all guests.
This 17-storey luxury Marriott hotel towers above King Fahd Road. All 349 rooms and suites are designed to suit modern travellers with tasteful nods to traditional Najdi architecture. The luxurious marble-clad bathrooms have deep-soak bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. Inside the spa, you’ll find ladies and gents wellness lounges, saunas, steam rooms, and outdoor swimming pools. Treatments include massages and facials as well as manicures, waxing and anti-ageing eye treatments.
A sense of wellbeing comes from knowing you are being well-looked after. At the Crowne Plaza Riyadh Al Waha, you can bank on just that. After a shopping spree in the designer stores at the Al Nakheel Mall, a full-body massage in the spa is just what you’ll need. For those who unwind by getting active, there’s an impressive modern gym, outdoor tennis courts and a jogging track.
At Voco Riyadh, the hotel is set across two unassuming towers on King Fahd Road. Rooms come with up-to-the minute technology, powerful rain showers in marble bathrooms and super-comfy beds. Head down to the Rio Health Club for a workout in the gym, complete with a personal trainer. Alternatively, head to the outdoor pool or basketball court. Then melt away an afternoon in the Aurora Spa By Joelle. Choose from the vast spa menu of 70 treatments or enjoy a detox sauna.
A leisurely stroll around the gardens of this former royal palace will nurture your senses as you pass by 600-year-old olive trees. Inside, the grand marble-clad lobby packs a luxe punch with its ornate water fountain and dramatic gold accents. The strictly men-only spa offers luxurious facilities, plus high-end treatment packages such as The Royal Extravaganza, a full-body exfoliation and body wrap, followed by hydrating body massage and an olive facial mask.
Riyadh’s original boutique hotel has luxurious guest rooms that blend Arabian touches with Andalusian architecture. The Mashreq Spa is a tranquil space with a Moroccan hammam, steam room, sauna and sparkling blue-tiled indoor swimming pool. All treatments use organic ingredients to leave your skin feeling revived. There is also a huge fitness centre with personal trainers on hand offering expert advice.
Rooms here are top-tier deluxe – they soar to 28 storeys with expansive views of the Riyadh skyline. All 261 rooms and 40 suites have a Hyatt Grand Bed and pillow menu to invite deep sleep, while other wellness features include the hotel’s Sokoun Spa, a 24-hour gym and an impressive indoor swimming pool. Don’t miss a drink at the Regency Club lounge on the 26th floor.
A stay at the Shaza Riyadh is designed to be totally tranquil. Each opulent room is warmly lit and decorated with a soft colour palette. Downstairs, the Afiya health and wellness centre is inspired by traditional Moroccan hammam with a magnificent indoor pool and full treatment menu. Short on time? Head over to Barrani where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while indulging in a short treatment, such as a scalp massage.