Israel’s Six Senses Shaharut Promises Desert Luxury

Panorama Pool Villa outdoor terrace, Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Panorama Pool Villa outdoor terrace, Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Located in the Arava Valley in the Negev Desert, Six Senses Shaharut will celebrate its arrival this June with a special offer for trips before August 2020

The highly-anticipated Six Senses Shaharut in Israel will open in June offering just 60 suites and villas along with a plethora of experiences, from sunrise yoga workshops to late-night stargazing sessions, hikes and camel treks through the Negev Desert.

Israel has been pegged as ‘hot’, must-visit destination on various worldwide travel lists over the last few years.

Conceived as a modern reinterpretation of nomadic structures, reminiscent of the Nabataean community which occupied the area over 2000 years ago, Six Senses Shaharut has been constructed in an eco-friendly manner, with the masterplan introducing architecture and interiors that blend with its desert environment. Inside, the furniture and fittings have been sourced from local artisans to complement the natural rock formations and utilise natural stone, wood and copper; the interior doors are custom made from reclaimed teak, which was rescued from disused boats, houses and footbridges.

“Six Senses Shaharut marks a new milestone for the brand as it enters yet another unique destination,” said General Manager Manish Puri. “I am very excited about this new opening which will bring the Six Senses ethos of sustainability, local sensitivity, and wellness together with this region’s desert culture and traditions.”

On-site experiences on offer include the Earth Lab, camel stables and an open-air amphitheatre. The desert setting presents a host of activities from overnight camel camping to extreme sports, hiking, jeep safaris and neighbouring Kibbutz tours. Treatments, together with a variety of wellness programs, will be on offer at Six Senses Spa, which draws its inspiration from the majestic landscape in which it is situated.

Located a three-and-a-half hour drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, and three hours from Petra in neighbouring Jordan, the resort can arrange transfers for guests, or alternatively, guests can opt for a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv to the new Ramon International Airport (ETM) near Eliat. From there, it is a 45-minute transfer to the resort.

Reservations are being accepted now for stays from June 1, 2020, onwards, with Six Senses Shaharut offering a complimentary Dusk Camel Trek experience in the Negev to guests who book three consecutive nights or more by the end of August.

Six Senses is in the midst of rapid expansion, with the wellness and sustainability-focused luxury hotel brand having been acquired by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in early 2019. On acquiring Six Senses, IHG announced that up to 60 Six Senses hotels will open by 2029, with other projects currently underway in Austria, Brazil, Mainland China, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. Six Senses will make country debuts in Iceland in 2022, England in 2023 and Costa Rica, which will also be the first Central American hotel for the brand, in 2021. In addition, IHG opened the last of the five lodges that make up Six Senses Bhutan, just this month.

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