Fascinating, enchanting and of biblical proportions, the Negev Desert, in Israel, captures the very essence of the most beautiful arid landscapes. And it is in this boundless horizon, often described as the nexus between heaven and earth, that Six Senses Shaharut came into being, integrated into a dramatic cliff. Almost supernatural, this is the stage for a wonderful sunset that merges with the orange dunes, only to find itself under a canopy of stars. This place, Shaharut, which translates to the moment before dawn, is one of the latest paradises in the Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas portfolio.
Six Senses Shaharut, in Israel, has just opened its doors in an otherworldly setting. Located in the Arava Valley, former home of the fascinating Midianite tribe, in the southern Negev Desert, the resort enjoys an entirely secluded environment, boasting the obvious advantage of total privacy. The aim is to lift guests to a feeling of complete harmony with nature.
The interior design is inspired by patterns and textures paving the ancient Incense Route, which stretched from the Mediterranean, through the Levant, to India and beyond. Inside, furniture and pieces have been sourced from local artisans to complement the unique rock formations of the site. The internal doors are made from reclaimed teak, salvaged from boats, or abandoned houses. More than 200 years old, each piece has its own secret to tell.
The interior design is inspired by patterns and textures paving the ancient Incense Route
One of this resort’s greatest assets is the abundance of space, essential to meet the highest security standards required today. There are only 60 suites and villas. The breath-taking natural beauty and desert adventures are beyond measure. From immersive experiences in the Kibbutz (a form of Israeli communal living), to stargazing sessions, camel rides or floating in the Dead Sea, the aim is to leave here enriched and reconnected.
The best way to get there is by car. The journey from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Petra, in neighbouring Jordan, takes about three and a half hours. Alternatively, you can make the journey by private helicopter from Tel Aviv. A Six Senses GEM (Guest Experience Maker) will also meet guests on arrival and remain on hand throughout their stay. And in the Earth Lab you will learn all about the resort’s philosophy on sustainability and the circular economy.
The Six Senses Spa also offers a variety of wellness programmes, while the Alchemy Bar mixes botanicals and visitors specialising in Chinese medicine, osteopathy, energy healing and much more. There are also two pools, including a freshwater infinity pool overlooking the desert, and a bar serving the most refreshing natural juices, with local produce
And speaking of food, most of it comes straight from garden to table. The resort’s kitchens are inspired by the ‘Eat with Six Senses’ philosophy, with delicious and nutritious menus so guests can fill their plates without restriction with fresh Mediterranean fish, roasted beetroot, almonds, raw tahini, Samar date honey and olive oil to Tabun smoked lamb ribs, freekeh, etc. Visitors can even choose to have a private chef to venture out for a Bedouin-style desert picnic, accompanied by the region's finest wines.
Six Senses Shaharut
Biblical heritage of the Arava Valley