Against the backdrop of the lunar-like Arava Valley in the south of the Negev Desert, the highly anticipated Six Senses Shaharut will finally open its doors today, August 5, offering guests 60 suites and private villas, complete with a signature spa for some much-needed respite, as well as the breathtaking natural beauty and an authentic desert adventure that promises to satisfy this year’s pent-up wanderlust.
Around three-and-a-half hours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, or three hours from Petra, in neighboring Jordan, the hotel is spread across the desert landscape, offering guests complete privacy in a luxurious setting, along with traditional desert hospitality and rich Nabataean history, meticulously delivered with eco-conscious care and attention.
“Six Senses Shaharut marks a new milestone for the brand as it enters another magical destination. After months of anticipation during these unprecedented times, I am very excited about this new opening. It brings the Six Senses ethos of sustainability, local sensitivity, and wellness together with our unique desert culture and traditions,” noted General Manager Thomas Fehlbier. “With a passionate team, we’ll work to create out-of-the-ordinary guest experiences in a setting of biblical proportions.”
Six Senses Shaharut’s interior design draws inspiration from the patterns and textures of the ancient Incense Route, stretched across the Levant to India and beyond. All fittings have been sourced from local artisans to complement the unique rock formations of the desert and use natural stone, wood, and copper. The interior doors are custom made from reclaimed teak, salvaged from disused boats, houses, and footbridges.
On-site, guests will also enjoy two pools, with a freshwater infinity pool overlooking the desert and a bar serving refreshing juices, an Earth Lab showcasing the resort’s approach to sustainability, as well as camel stables, surprisingly lush gardens, and an open-air amphitheater. In addition, the Six Senses Spa offers six treatment rooms, a variety of wellness programs, and visiting practitioners specializing in Chinese medicine, osteopathy, energy healing, and more.
On the culinary side, guests can choose between the main Midian restaurant, the Edom View mezze and tapas venue, Jamillah lounge, or a poolside grill. Other options include a private chef for in-villa dining or venturing outside to enjoy a Bedouin-style desert picnic by Chef Amir Kalfon.