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Checking In: Six Senses Shaharut

Six Senses Shaharut is a sensory oasis in Israel’s mystical Negev Desert. Take in humbling vistas of seemingly infinite and untouched landscapes at this lavish sanctuary.

Enjoy the sweeping and dramatic views of the Negev Desert, serenade in the utter silence, and enjoy an unparalleled experience of desert hospitality. This boutique-esque resort took more than ten years to build, but it was worth the wait. Here’s why you should add it to your hotel bucket list. 

The Vibe

Desert serenity meets refined luxury.

The Rooms

Six Senses Shaharut features 60 luxury accommodations and villas. The spacious rooms exude soothing beige hues and boast a comfortable bed, a luxe steampunk-styled bath, and unique furnishings with elements from local community artisans. The stand-out feature is the outdoor terrace; a perfect place to enjoy unobstructed views of the Negev Desert and its wildlife. Take time to marvel at the serenity, or gaze at the stars. 

Adorned next to the entryway are a beach bag, walking sticks, hats, and a yoga mat – it’s a nice touch.

The Little Extras 

The resort’s outdoor pool is where many guests congregate during the peak-sun hours of their stay. Open from 8 am ’till sundown, it offers panoramic cliff top views of Jordan’s mountains: catch up on some R&R while sipping fabulous cocktails and refreshments.

The Food + Drink

The hotel has its own garden where they grow organic ingredients such as lavender and Thai basil herbs, as well as fruits and vegetables – all of which are infused into executive chef David Bitton’s dishes. The home-grown food adds a special touch to the delicious – and beautifully presented – dishes served across the property.  Breakfast is buffet style – boasting local cheeses including Hameri, accompanied by fresh salads, fruit, pastries, smoothies, and juices. 

Lunch can be eaten at the Pool Bar or Jamillah Bar & Lounge. Choose the Pool Bar to wine and dine without leaving your sun-lounger: feast on succulent grilled specialties from steak to fish, served with with a range of salads and eggplant, tahini, and hummus. Meanwhile, at Jamilla, the focus is on light bites and finger food – we loved the mini hamburgers inside delicate brioche buns. 

For dinner, visit Midian, where you can enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine, and the sommelier will ensure you have the perfect matching glass of Israeli Garage De Papa wine to elevate your meal.

The To-Do List

The Six Senses Shaharut is a champion of wellness and sustainability and has been awarded the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the American Green Building Council. This is the first hotel in Israel – and the first Six Senses – to receive the certificate. Yoga enthusiasts will enjoy the complimentary hatha yoga available daily at 8AM. There’s room for only 12 people, so make sure to sign up in advance. 

The workshop at the Alchemy Bar is not to be missed. Here you can make your own spa oils, mud masks, or body rub with herbs from the resort’s organic garden. The lotions and oils can be used during your spa treatment or taken home as a souvenir. 

For those looking for adventure, the resort offers a host of activities including trekking through the Negev Desert, biking, stargazing, camel riding at the property’s private camel stable, and 4X4s through the desert dunes.

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