Located in Arava Valley in the south of the Negev Desert, Israel – the epitome of desert landscapes – Six Senses Shaharut will open on August 5. There are just 60 suites and villas spread across the expansive desert scene along with a signature spa. Besides the stunning natural beauty, the resort will offer guests truly authentic desert experiences – from immersive Kibbutz experiences to stargazing sessions, camel treks through the Negev desert, or floating in the Dead Sea.
To get to the resort, guests can enjoy a scenic route from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem that takes around three-and-a-half hours, or three hours from Petra in neighboring Jordan. Alternatively, they can opt for a private helicopter transfer from Tel Aviv, or a 45-minute car transfer via the new Ramon International Airport (ETM) near Eilat, which also directly serves key European markets. A Six Senses GEM (Guest Experience Maker) will meet guests on arrival and will assist throughout the stay.
The interior design of the resort is inspired by patterns and textures lining the ancient Incense Route, which stretched from the Mediterranean across the Levant to India and beyond. Inside, the furniture and fittings have been sourced from local artisans to complement the unique weathered rock formations and use natural stone, wood, and copper. The interior doors are custom made from reclaimed teak, which was rescued from disused boats, houses, and footbridges.
On-site, the Earth Lab showcases the resort’s approach to sustainability and the circular economy, camel stables, surprisingly lush gardens, and open-air amphitheater. The Six Senses Spa features six treatment rooms, a variety of wellness programs, Alchemy Bar for mixing botanicals and Visiting Practitioners specializing in Chinese medicine, osteopathy, energy healing and more. There are also two pools including a freshwater infinity pool with desert views and a bar serving refreshing juices.
The resort’s kitchens are inspired by the Eat With Six Senses philosophy of delicious and nutritious menus. Guests will have a chance to taste fresh Mediterranean fish, roasted beetroot, almonds, raw tahini, Samar date honey, and olive oil to Tabun smoked lamb ribs, freekeh and garden kale. These meals are served at the main Midian restaurant, the Edom View mezze and tapas venue, Jamillah lounge, or poolside grill. Guests can also choose a private chef for in-villa dining or enjoy a Bedouin-style desert picnic by Chef Amir Kalfon.