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New opening: Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

A first look at the new hotel, hidden in the dunes of the Negev desert in Israel

9 March 2020

MUNICH/BANGKOK, 5 March 2020 (l/f). - Soon it will be time: In June, the long-awaited Six Senses Shaharut will open in Israel. It is located in the Arava Valley in the legendary Negev desert and has only 60 suites and villas. 

One with nature - ecologically well thought out

The resort is a modern interpretation of the nomadic structure and reflects the unique character of the landscape. It is also reminiscent of the Nabataeans who made their home here over 2,000 years ago. The construction method is completely ecological and nestles perfectly into the natural surroundings. Seemingly seamlessly, the architecture blends with the desert landscape; the boundaries between inside and outside appear fluid. The model for the details of the interior design was the former incense route that stretched from the ports of the Mediterranean across the "Levant" - i.e. the eastern countries of the Mediterranean - to India and far beyond. Rooms and moods reflect local cultures. Furniture and furnishings were specially created by local artisans to ensure that everything blended skilfully into the weathered rock formations. Natural stone, wood and copper were used. The interior doors are made from recycled teak sourced from beached ships, old houses and jetties. Over 200 years old, each piece tells its own story.

Experiences - embedded in desert and culture

The Six Senses Shaharut offers its guests an authentic desert adventure with impressive experiences. The declared aim is for guests to get away from it all and take unforgettable, new impressions home with them.

Multifacetedness is the order of the day, even in the desert landscape; fittingly: Yoga classes at sunrise, encounters with the local people and the possibility of stargazing at night. Impressive are the hikes through the Negev Desert, which seems to glow in all colors; camel rides are also offered and the camel stables can be visited with pleasure. Adventurous are certainly the camel camping with overnight stay, hiking tours, jeep safaris or the excursions to the neighbouring kibbutz. Of course, there is also a typical "Earth Lab" at this Six Senses as well as an open-air amphitheatre. There is a lot to do in the desert landscape. Extreme sports are also on offer.

Another unique destination on the Six Senses map

"Six Senses Shaharut is a new milestone for the Six Senses brand as it finds itself in another unique destination. I am very excited about this new opening, which combines the Six Senses philosophy of sustainability, sensitivity to the local community and wellness with the desert culture and traditions of the region," said Manish Puri, General Manager Six Senses Shaharut. "With our passionate team, we will create extraordinary experiences for our guests. In an environment of truly biblical proportions."

Six Senses Spa tells of the journey through the region

The Six Senses Spa has also been influenced by the majestic landscape; it pampers with relaxing treatments and a wide-ranging wellness programme. The design and numerous treatments are also locally inspired.

Already the journey leads through historical worlds of experience

The journey to Shaharut is part of history, as guests travel through a timeless landscape steeped in history. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, the comfortable transfer takes three and a half hours; from Petra in neighboring Jordan, it's three. Alternatively, guests can take a domestic flight from Tel Aviv to the new Ramon International Airport (ETM) near Eilat (flight time 50 minutes). The new airport is already served by major airports in Europe. From here, the transfer takes another 45 minutes to Six Senses Shaharut. Bookings from 1 June 2020 can already be made today.

Opening bid

For all bookings of three nights or more until the end of August, Six Senses Shaharut will surprise guests with an exclusive desert excursion to experience the Negev Desert up close. As dusk falls, a truly magical desert experience begins. High on camels - or with the "desert ship" on a leash - we head towards the sunset. The sky glows in a variety of copper hues. Impressive are the weathered mountain ridges and the undulating dunes, which seem to merge into each other in the evening light. Against this spectacular backdrop, one enjoys a drink to end the day before heading back to the resort. For more information and bookings:  www.sixsenses.com/shaharut - reservations-shaharut@sixsenses.com.

Fascinating sunset from the Panorama Pool Villa, Six Senses Shaharut in Israel.

About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is a hotel and spa management company that currently operates 18 hotels and resorts and 30 spas in 21 countries under the Six Senses, Evason, Six Senses Spas and Raison d'Etre brand names. A further 22 hotels and resorts are currently in the planning and construction phase. Since February 2019, Six Senses is part of the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) family. 

Each and every Six Senses property considers it a prime obligation to take responsibility for society, sustainability and well-being. They are all known for their characteristically unique, unconventional design. Whether island resort, mountain hideaway or city residence - everywhere guests should be able to find sustainable access to themselves, others and the world around them again.

Six Senses Spas offer a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments under the guidance of professional therapists; this applies equally to the resort spas and the 14 additional Six Senses Spas. With carefully selected techniques and treatments, guests are accompanied on their journey exactly as far as they wish to go for their personal sense of well-being. 

Six Senses Residences truly offers the best that life has to offer. From tastefully designed beachfront villas, to rustic alpine chalets, to lavish private city retreats. Six Senses encompasses a wide range of private properties. Whether in a stand-alone location, integrated into the resort or part of the hotel building, the promise itself is completely independent of location. The idea is to create a community where you experience something new and grow every day. This naturally includes good food and drink, restful sleep and innovative wellness programmes; a sustainable life, led with fun.


Picture credit: Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

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