Six Senses Shaharut – Israel

Six Senses Shaharut debut resort in Israel arrives this summer('21), bringing with it a boutique collection of pool villas that gaze out over the desert and immersive cultural and community focused experiences.

Six Senses Shaharut.

If you’re fond of sand dunes, you’ll fall wildly in love with the soon-to-open Six Senses Shaharut, a luxurious spa retreat set amid the bluffs and dunes of Israel’s breathtaking Negev Desert.

Detoxing and de-stressing comes in the form of hammams and massages or visiting practitioners who’ll read your aura and offer spiritual healing, accentuated by richly flavoured Israeli cuisine, house-infused liqueurs and riotously hued sunsets that sink into star-speckled nights.

The little ones are welcome too, and will thrill at camel rides or the chance to see local wildlife slink by the pool.

Location.

A three and a half hour drive from Tel Aviv, or three hours from Petra in neighbouring Jordan, the resort’s name Shaharut translates as the moment just before dawn.

Found in the enchanting Arava Valley of Israel’s enchanting Negev Desert, Six Senses debut resort in Israel, Six Senses Shaharut is set within a dramatic cliff, rising from its boundless desert landscape like a mirage.

Inspired by its almost supernatural surroundings the panoramic desert and its fascinating history set the stage for a resort steeped in local immersion.

Rooms.

The 60 suites and pool villas are perfectly positioned to highlight the panoramic desert vistas from spacious and secluded private outdoor terraces.

Six Senses Suites and Panorama Suites face out to the incomparable Negev Desert and Arava Valley, as well as the ever-changing hues of the Edom Mountains, while Panorama Pool Villas of one or two bedrooms come with the added benefit of an al fresco dining area and private pool.

The Private Reserve is a three-bedroom retreat spread across almost 7,000 square feet, includes an outdoor living area, generous pool, spa treatment room and semi-outdoor kitchen.

Poolside.

There are two pools: a heated, outdoor freshwater infinity pool with otherworldly desert views, a Jacuzzi and a bar serving refreshing juices – plus a shallow section for kids; and there’s an adults-only heated pool in the spa with a line of loungers and cosy cabanas.

Spa.

Six Senses’ signature spa has six treatment rooms (two for couples) for massages, facials, wraps and more holistic healing: alongside programmes for detoxing and health overhauls, visiting practitioners include Chinese-medicine practitioners, osteopaths, spiritual healers and aura readers.

There are male and female saunas and hammams, a gym, mani-pedi station, yoga studio (daily classes are free, on-demand for an extra charge). Plus, there’s a peaceful 25-metre pool.

Treatments use local products (olive oil, herbs and camel milk), but you can mix your own scrubs and masks from botanicals, fruits, salts and more ingredients from the hotel garden at the spa’s Alchemy Bar, too.

Packing tips.

Floaty dresses and summer tailoring will suit, plus more rugged wear for hikes and camel trains.

Camera-snapping is encouraged, but leave any drones at home – they’re not allowed at the resort.

TO SUMMARIZE

LOCATION
Sand-dusted serenity in the middle of the Negev Desert – Israel.

RATES
Double rooms from £878.99 ($1,215). Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of 17% per booking on check-out.

ROOMS
60, including 48 suites.

STYLE
Mindful luxury; ecologically built and designed as a reminiscence of early settlements, it blends gently into its biblical surroundings.

FOOD
A Six Senses signature, the culinary approach is rooted in local produce and suppliers, and the basis of each restaurant is local, fresh and seasonal produce.

Combining the best of Israeli and Mediterranean flavours, where possible, ingredients are harvested from the resort’s organic gardens and carefully selected farmers at the nearby kibbutzim.

X FACTOR
The hotel hosts alfresco film screenings in an amphitheatre nearby.

BOOK TO PACK
Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell” by G. Howell.

Six Senses Shaharut
Shaharut, 8886500, Israel
Telephone +972 8-615-0055
reservations-shaharut@sixsenses.com
sixsenses.com/en/resorts/shaharut

 

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