Six Senses has opened its first resort in Saudi Arabia. The resort, located in the Red Sea Destination, is enveloped by the majestic Arabian desert.
“Where Innovation Meets Adventure and Heritage” is the tagline of the new Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea resort. The resort blends visionary tourism with sustainability and heritage. Inspired by the pillars of innovation, adventure, and heritage, the resort embodies the brand’s trademark wellness formula and respect for centuries past.
Location and Accommodations
Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea is located in the highly-awaited The Red Sea destination. The resort is a 45-minute drive from the new Red Sea International Airport. The scenic drive takes guests southeast along the coastal highway before turning east inland through serene desert mountains and narrow wadis and on to the resort.
Alternatively, guests can opt for a domestic flight from Yanbu Airport followed by a two-hour transfer to the resort. AlUla Airport can be reached within 4.5 hours and Jeddah Airport within 5 hours.
The 36 guest rooms and 40 pool villas are dotted in strategic locations to maximize the expansive views of the dunes and wadi. Constructed using locally sourced materials, they were designed by British architectural firm Foster + Partners, renowned for its eco credentials. As beautiful on the inside as the outside, the soft furnishings draw from the rich colors and patterns of traditional Bedouin dress.
As with all Six Senses properties, sustainability is also at the forefront of the resort’s operations. Aiming to be the first LEED Platinum resort in Saudi Arabia, its electricity is powered entirely by its own solar farm.
Still and sparkling water are bottled at the on-site water plant and follow a plastic-free policy. The Earth Lab offers workshops that bring conservation to life in playful and engaging ways. True to the Eat With Six Senses ethos, the essence of the gastronomy is to use ingredients grown in the Chef’s Garden or sourced locally and focus on health and well-being while celebrating the flavors and aromas of the region. The resort houses four restaurants, including a cooking school and private chef’s table, plus a Gelato Pod.
Everything we’re doing here reflects our unwavering commitment to sustainability and cultural preservation, while also pushing the boundaries of adventure and wellness. This part of the world holds much intrigue for visitors and immense potential for regenerative tourism. We aim to showcase the unique beauty and cultural richness of this region, while promoting sustainable tourism practices that contribute to economic growth and heritage conservation.said Fredrik Blomqvist, General Manager, Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea.
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The honeycomb walls of Six Senses Spa mirror the familiar undulating patterns of the dunes, guiding guests to a salon, barber, biohacking recovery lounge, and onwards to three single and two double treatment rooms (the Frankincense Suite offers Rasul treatments), and a hammam. There’s also an Alchemy Bar to handmake clean skincare products using the rich spices and fragrances once traded by the Nabateans and the Arabic influences continue on the Desert Bliss quartz sand treatment bed and during the anti-aging Deluxe Gold Hammam.
On the floor above, there’s a fully equipped gym, separate spin studio, and suite for yoga and aerial yoga, all with golden views. Each changing area offers various saunas as well as a cold plunge pool, steam room, and relaxation room.
For the wellness-minded, meditation and yoga sessions in a desert or oasis setting are designed to help guests connect with inner peace and offer a unique and immersive way to connect with the natural world. For those interested in cultural heritage, a range of activities and experiences will showcase the rich history and traditions of Saudi Arabia, including artisan workshops. The resort’s architecture, design elements, and landscaping reflect the harmonious coexistence between Nabataean cultural roots and contemporary amenities. Guests can get involved in everything from sadu weaving to local fishing and cooking, and the on-site Artisan Village recounts the story of the region’s history by showcasing arts and crafts, dance, and music.
Featured image of The Oasis at the heart of Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea by Six Senses
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