Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Six Senses Shaharut is set in the Arava Valley of Israel’s enchanting Negev Desert, at one with the almost-supernatural panorama of biblical proportions. Travel through the timeless landscape by comfortable transfer from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem in three-and-a-half hours or three hours from Petra in neighboring Jordan. Alternatively, take a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv to nearby Eilat and then a 45-minute transfer. Helicopter transfers can also be arranged from Tel Aviv.

Hosted by the small traditional desert community of Shaharut, where hospitality is expressed by generosity of spirit, the resort occupies a total footprint of 46 acres. It comprises just 60 suites and pool villas, with accommodations highlighting the panoramic desert views from private outdoor terraces. The groundbreaking Sleep With Six Senses standards feature handmade mattresses, cotton bedding that breathes, and all the fundamentals required for a good night’s sleep. Guest services include 24-hour multilingual GEMs (Guest Experience Makers).

The resort’s creative approach to cuisine combines the best of Israeli and Mediterranean influences while embracing the Eat With Six Senses philosophy of local, fresh, and seasonal produce. The main restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating and a show kitchen. There’s a relaxed outdoor mezza space for light bites and sweets, while the poolside grill features butcher’s cuts prepared to perfection, and a mouthwatering array of house-made ice cream. Destination and in-villa dining create completely unique experiences, whether it’s a casual picnic or romantic dinner for two.

Six Senses Spa Shaharut offers several single and double treatment rooms, male and female saunas and hammams, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fully equipped gym and yoga studio. In addition to the resort’s many diverse on-site attractions, the extraordinary desert setting presents a host of activities for guests who choose to be out and about. The Experiences center can make all the arrangements.