To the south of the Negev Desert in Israel, is the small community of Shaharut, nestled in the Arava Valley. This is where you will find Six Senses Shaharut, nestled into a dramatic cliff.
With a focus on sustainability and wellness, the 58 suites and villas, many with private pools, are designed to blend in with the desert topography and preserve the terrain.
Why we like Six Senses Shaharut
To maintain the tranquillity of the desert, the hotel’s exterior lighting was carefully considered to protect the clarity of the Negev’s famed night sky, prized by stargazers.
Offering a choice of suites or villas, all with outdoor space and offering views of Negev Desert and Arava Valley with the Edom Mountains in the background. The pool suites and villas have an outdoor dining area and a private pool. The villas offer a bedroom separate to the lounge area which suits families wishing to share accommodation.
For that special occasion request the private reserve. This is a three-bedroom retreat with fab outdoor living space with a good-sized pool. It also includes a spa treatment room, steam room, private fitness plus a fully-equipped and semi-outdoor Boffi kitchen.
The Six Senses Spa Shaharut includes four single and two double treatment rooms, male and female saunas, and hammams. Six Senses Spa also offers an 18-metre indoor pool, 25 metre outdoor lap pool, fully-equipped gym and yoga studio with desert views. There is a nail bar for manicures and pedicures and the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled glass of wine. An Alchemy Bar and Juice Bar are on hand for those looking for an energy boost.
Dining at Six Senses Shaharut combines the best of Israeli and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s all about local, fresh and seasonal. Fresh seasonal ingredients are harvested from the resort’s own organic gardens when possible and from local farmers at the nearby kibbutzim.
- Midian, the main restaurant, has an innovative show kitchen and taboon oven producing progressive ethnic cuisine with Mediterranean and Israeli influence.
- Zula is an outdoor mezze chill featuring Middle Eastern-style mezze and tapas together with light bites, snacks and sweets.
- The Pool Grill is the place to go for snacks and light bites, deserts and a mouth-watering array of homemade ice cream, all served outdoors beside the pool.
- Elbiel serves classic bar food, light bites and afternoon high tea with loose tea selections. These are served together with crafted cocktails and a range of premium spirits and liquors highlighted with a variety of homemade infused liquors.
- The Six Senses Water Bar is located at the Camel Farm, there are light bites together with an array of local artisan’s crafts set within Earth Lab’s water plant.
- On-site is a desert activity centre incorporating the fascinating Earth Lab, where the property showcases its sustainability initiatives to reduce consumption, produce locally and support communities and ecosystems.
Why not create a dining experience in unique desert settings, whether it is a casual picnic or a romantic dinner for two?
The Arava Valley and the surrounding region features several historic, archaeological and natural landmarks together with the opportunity to participate in extreme sports such as off-road driving, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and rappelling. More leisurely family-inclusive activities are hiking, camel or jeep safaris, craft workshops, bird watching and wine tours.
- There are functioning camel stables with an arena and grooming area and from where early morning and twilight camel rides set out.
- Within the resort is Grow with Six Senses, a dedicated kid’s hangout for younger guests who may not be joining their parent’s adventures.
- Eilat, which is located on the Red Sea, is ideal for families. A 60 minute drive from Shaharut, the resort town features calm waters, abundant sea life and excellent snorkelling and diving.
- Camel camping overnights are arranged with flair and comfort, while dune walking with Bedouins includes fascinating storytelling and desert lore.
The journey to Shaharut is part of the story, travelling through the timeless landscape steeped in history. The drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem taking around three and a half hours, or three hours from Petra in neighbouring Jordan. Flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat are 50 minutes, followed by a 45 minute transfer to the resort from the new international airport, Ramon. This new airport serves domestic flights and major carriers. Helicopter flights from Tel Aviv to Shaharut are available and must be booked in advance.