Saudi mega-project Neom introduces Xaynor, a beachfront members’ club on the Gulf of Aqaba, designed by Mexican studio Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos. It’s part of Neom’s tourism plans for the region, offering a private club experience in a valley setting.

Xaynor is the newest Neom resort planned for the Gulf of Aqaba. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro, a partner at Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, describes it as the “ultimate members’ club” intended to draw an exclusive community of fascinating individuals worldwide. The club will feature a beach on the Gulf of Aqaba, along with pools, restaurants, and a spa housed in a building topped with large rock-like structures.

The club is being designed by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos. According to Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Xaymor is a luxurious beach club seamlessly integrated into the natural surroundings. He describes it as if tectonic plates collided to form this impressive structure rising in the Gulf of Aqaba.

It will be surrounded by big rock-like shapes, and the studio aims for it to blend well with the landscape. Sordo Madaleno de Haro emphasized that Xaynor is fundamentally about embracing nature’s design.


“We take inspiration from nature’s mathematical language and apply it to our architecture,” he explained. “Xaynor isn’t just designed to fit the landscape, it becomes part of it.”

The building will have a pool, cafes, and restaurants. Xaynor’s announcement comes after Neom revealed several resorts along the Gulf of Aqaba. These include a set of hotels surrounding an exclusive sanctuary resort by Dutch studio OMA, and a unique skyscraper called Aquellum. Other projects in the area include the luxury hotel Leyja, hexagonal-pillar hotel Siranna, jagged skyscrapers Epicon, Utamo designed by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, and the coastal yachting town Norlana.

The projects are all part of Neom, one of the world’s largest and most controversial developments. Neom will include a 170-kilometer-long city called The Line, flagged as a risk to migratory species, an Octagon-shaped port city by Danish studio BIG, and a ski resort named Trojena.

Critics have raised concerns about human rights violations, including reports from ALQST that three men were sentenced to death after being forcibly removed from the Neom site. Last year, UN experts expressed concern over the impending executions, but Saudi Arabia denied any wrongdoing.

Photo credit: Neom.