One of the best things – if not the best thing – about Jeddah is its coastal location right on the Red Sea, making it the perfect place to experience everything from world-class diving to deep-sea fishing or simply the joy of doing absolutely nothing by those crystal-blue waters.
Obhur, the city’s go-to destination for all things aqua, is home to an array of private beach resorts. Most of these require an annual membership or invitation and give both locals and visitors the opportunity to escape the bustling city life, switch off, and recharge. Read on to discover Savoir Flair’s roundup of the most exclusive beach clubs in Jeddah.
Tucked away in Obhur, Indigo provides members with a much-needed luxury escape and offers annual memberships ranging from studio apartments to lavish four-bedroom bungalows right on the beach. With its lively atmosphere and killer views, Indigo serves as a private paradise that will transport you straight to the breathtaking resorts of Bali, after which it is modelled.
With cascading waterfalls and infinity pools, it’s no wonder this beach resort has become the new “It” spot for visitors lucky enough to be invited. Facilities also include a gym and a spa alongside an arcade and screening room. And if all that wasn’t enough, you can also arrange a beachside deep-tissue massage – all while still working on your tan.
If, however, you’re looking for something more adventurous, opt for a boat trip around Jeddah’s most stunning beaches.
Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Street, Obhur
(+966) 12 234 4624
Durrat Al Arus
About 45 minutes away from Jeddah, Durrat Al Arus – the oldest and and only non membership-based resort on our list – is more like another city made up of small little fronds. Talk about a community feel; Durrah hosts more than 1,000 houses, each uniquely designed by their residents. With an impressive repertoire of amenities such as its very own marina, diving school, golf course, and theme park, it’s no wonder that Durrah had become one of Jeddah’s most popular resorts.
With offers such as daily rentals, locals flock to this lively resort to celebrate Eid with loved ones, strolling through the shops by the marina or enjoying a neighborhood barbecue. The wide range of options is what makes this resort so special, and what keeps visitors coming back.
Durrat Al Arus, Dhahban
(+966) 12 618 0000
A little piece of Greek heaven, OIA takes inspiration from Santorini’s whitewashed stone houses with blue accents and wooden doors, translating those elements into a sleek and modern boutique beach club. The newly opened resort is already attracting a young and lively crowd with its relaxed and friendly environment, encouraging members to socialize and indulge in an out-of-Jeddah experience.
The main restaurant, Pareya, is located in the heart of the resort and serves plenty of poolside favorites – think: light quinoa salads and juicy cheeseburgers – that you can enjoy while taking in the ocean view. Start your day off by picking up your morning coffee at 21 Grams, OIA’s very own artisanal café, before heading to the beach where you have the option of kayaking, sailing, or even having a go at the floating aqua park that will blissfully take you back to your childhood days in no time.
8984 Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Street, Al Loaloa District
(+966) 55 532 5649
Everybody knows somebody at Salhia. Whether you prefer sipping on a chilled mint lemonade or playing a game of volleyball with friends, Salhia has long been – and still is – the perfect spot to have some fun in the sun. Loyal members have made a weekly habit of visiting this beach club, along with their children, cousins, and friends.
Under its iconic teal umbrellas shading the glittering shore, Salhia plays host to a varied demographic, from younger crowds playing music to veterans playing chess on the beach. For a more private experience, you can opt to walk a little further down the shore, where you can find low-key sunbeds in a remote spot away from the weekend commotion on the shore.
6863 Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Street, Al-Amwaj
(+966) 12 656 1900
Open-water swimming, windsurfing, and snorkeling are just some of the things you can expect to be doing at Silver Sands. This private beach resort – especially dedicated to expats and non-Saudis – might be a bit hard to spot from the outside, but once you drive in, it feels like you have escaped to a beach in the Caribbean. With no frills, this remote resort focuses on the beach and all possible aquatic activities.
With a view of a small, distinctive island that’s only a two-minute swim away, this tranquil destination is the best place to unwind with a book and a smoothie.
Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Street, Al Loaloa District
(+966) 55 446 6023