HotelsNew resort in a setting of ‘biblical proportions’

Six Senses heads to the desert in Israel

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A Six Senses sunrise at Yotveta, a kibbutz in southern Israel.
A Six Senses sunrise at Yotveta, a kibbutz in southern Israel. Photo Credit: Six Senses.

BANGKOK – For lovers of exotic destinations, Six Senses has a treat in store in a remote area of southern Israel.

Located in the Arava Valley in the south of the Negev Desert, Six Senses Shaharut will open in June, promising  an authentic desert adventure.

Activities at the 66 suites and villas resort include sunrise yoga workshops and local community experiences, late-night stargazing sessions, and hikes and camel treks through the Negev Desert.

A modern reinterpretation of nomadic structures, the resort’s interior design draws on the ancient Incense Route's assets, stretching from Mediterranean ports across the Levant to India.

Furniture and fittings have been sourced from local artisans to complement the unique weathered rock formations, utilising natural stone, wood, and copper.

The interior doors are custom made from reclaimed teak, which was rescued from disused boats, houses, and footbridges. Over two-hundred years old, each piece has its own story to tell.

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Pool villa and outdoor terrace, Six Senses Shaharut.

“Six Senses Shaharut marks a new milestone for the brand as it enters yet another unique destination," said general manager Manish Puri.

"With a passionate team, we’ll work to create out-of-the-ordinary guest experiences in a setting of biblical proportions.”

The journey to Shaharut is part of the story as guests travel through a landscape steeped in history. A transfer can be arranged to the resort, with the drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem taking around three-and-a-half hours, or three hours from Petra in neighbouring Jordan.

Alternatively, guests can opt for a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv to the new Ramon International Airport (ETM) near Eliat, which also directly serves key European markets. From there, it is a 45-minute transfer to the resort.

TWA TAKE: Cool desert nights  under the stars, drinking French champagne while guiding  a camel to a date palm-fringed oasis…we had better stop dreaming and get back to work.

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