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SIX SENSES SOUTHERN DUNES, THE RED SEA TO MARK A LANDMARK OPENING IN SAUDI ARABIA, INSPIRED BY THE HISTORIC INCENSE TRADE ROUTE, DESERT PLAINS AND MIGHTY HIJAZ MOUNTAINS

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea will take guests on a journey into seldom-experienced nature, wildlife and culture, setting new standards in sustainability and desert hospitality as Saudi Arabia drops its pin on the global tourism map.

SIX SENSES SOUTHERN DUNES, THE RED SEA TO MARK A LANDMARK OPENING IN SAUDI ARABIA, INSPIRED BY THE HISTORIC INCENSE TRADE ROUTE, DESERT PLAINS AND MIGHTY HIJAZ MOUNTAINS

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea will take guests on a journey into seldom-experienced nature, wildlife and culture, setting new standards in sustainability and desert hospitality as Saudi Arabia drops its pin on the global tourism map.

Category: Middle East - Saudi Arabia - Industry economy - Hotel projects
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2021-10-29


The Concept

Untouched and enticing, this part of the world remains relatively unknown. In ancient times, however, it was a busy trading route, used by the Nabataeans to transport luxury goods like silk, incense and textiles.

Along the way, they would set up camp and gather around the fire under a starlit night. In 106 CE, the Nabatean Empire was annexed by the Romans, and Red Sea routes overtook land trading routes. Nabatean cities were no longer centres of trade, and so began their decline.

Six Senses is now recreating these elements to write the next chapter in the region’s story, combining an architectural approach that pays homage to the Nabataean heritage and majestic desert surroundings along with the brand’s trademark wellness formula and respect for centuries past.

This vision is being realized in collaboration with the British architectural firm, Foster + Partners, renowned for its eco credentials and responsible design development.

The transfer route from the new Red Sea International Airport will take guests southeast along the coastal highway before turning east inland through serene desert mountains and narrow wadis and on to the 76-key resort.

The Oasis

The heart of the resort is the Oasis. Inspired by a desert flower, the canopy is a self-shading structure, blurring the lines between the natural finishes inside and the native plants and water features outside.

The base structure is a modular, precast system that ensures the building only touches the ground lightly to leave most of the site undisturbed, with minimal paving to ensure the surrounding pathways remain natural and authentic.

The plan for the Oasis is to gather vibrant activities and functions under one roof, including the reception, lobby lounge, boutique, meeting spaces and prayer rooms, plus a community lounge and Earth Lab.

The Artisan Village will host four pods to tell the story of the region’s history and cultural heritage through arts and crafts, dance and music.

The all-day dining restaurant is complemented by a chef’s table and cooking school, along with a juice bar, brew bar, and water bar.

Guest Accommodations

Surrounding the Oasis is a collection of guest rooms featuring an open-plan bedroom and living area, and an outdoor terrace allowing guests to enjoy the serenity of the pristine landscape and become one with nature.

Clusters of villas occupy strategic peaks to offer prime aspects over the landscape.

Ranging from one to four bedrooms, the villas are inspired by the sandy dunes, with their double-layered undulating roofs creating their own unique scenery. Inside, the interiors also reflect the tones and textures of the desert, with soft furnishings drawing from the rich colors and patterns of traditional tribal dress.

Six Senses Spa

A vision of its own, the spa features self-shaded water surfaces and deep cold pools creating a contrast to the hot climate. Highlights include a Holistic Anti-Aging Center, male and female grooming centers and indoor zones with wet facilities, sensory suite, outdoor treatment cabanas with a relaxation area, and a pool bar.

“The mission of early travelers was to trade, document, observe and see things in a new way,” says Six Senses Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs.

“Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea is an invitation to explore a region that is undiscovered and untrodden. Our job here is to tread very lightly. This has been a unique opportunity to see how we can bring to life wellness and sustainability – two great values of Six Senses – in an exciting new destination that is opening to a wider global audience. It is going to receive a huge amount of interest so we’re making sure we’re working with very talented people, who are in tune with creating beautiful structures that are healthy and sustainable, to deliver this vision to our guests.”

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea is one of two inland locations that together with coastal and marine initiatives form The Red Sea Project that spans 10,800 square miles (28,000 square kilometers) on Saudi Arabia’s west coast.

It is set to pursue high environmental standards to demonstrate to the world that development can serve to preserve and enhance the region’s biodiversity and beauty.

“With its world-leading approach to sustainability and wellness, and of course, famed for providing ultimate luxury, Six Senses mirrors our development's ethos. The Red Sea Project is set to deliver a new type of barefoot luxury experience, underpinned by a commitment to regenerative tourism development. We are proud to be partnering with a brand that is renowned for its high level of hospitality and uncompromising commitment to protecting the environment. We look forward to leading the way together in setting new standards for the industry,” said John Pagano, Chief Executive Officer of The Red Sea Development Company.

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea is set to open during the first phase of development of The Red Sea Project, which is well underway and on track to be completed by the end of 2023.

About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas manages 19 hotels and resorts and 27 spas in 19 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas, and has signed a further 34 properties into the development pipeline. Six Senses is part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts family.

Six Senses Hotels and Resorts: a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, emotional hospitality, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the vision remains the same: to reawaken people’s senses so they feel the purpose behind their travels and ultimately reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas: a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 8 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Six Senses Residences: indulgent living as nature intended, providing all the unique amenities of a resort life community, while retaining the intimacy and personal touches of a beautifully-appointed private villa or apartment. Each is an appreciating long-term investment to be cherished for generations to come with immediate benefits including fine dining, pioneering wellness programming and exclusive status at other resorts worldwide.

Evason: a strong value focus with a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love, while sharing the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised social and environmental responsibility.

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea to Mark a Landmark Opening in Saudi Arabia

Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea to Mark a Landmark Opening in Saudi Arabia
Photo credit © Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas




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