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Six Senses Southern Dunes: A Luxurious Retreat in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project to Open Soon
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Six Senses Southern Dunes. The Red Sea is the first hotel in the Saudi Red Sea Giga Project to take Bookings from the 1st of December 2023.

Set amidst the untouched beauty of the desert plains and the majestic Hijaz Mountains, a new luxury retreat is set to open its doors in Saudi Arabia. Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, promises to be a haven of nature, wellness, and cultural experiences.

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With a commitment to sustainability, this resort aims to redefine hospitality in the region.  Six Senses Southern Dunes, is due to be the first property to open in The Red Sea Global Giga Project, which owned by The Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Discovering the Hidden Gems

Located along the historic incense trade route, Six Senses Southern Dunes is situated in a part of the world that remains relatively unknown to many. However, in ancient times, this area was a bustling trading route used by the Nabataeans to transport luxury goods such as silk, incense, and textiles.

The resort recreates the essence of this bygone era, inviting guests to embark on a journey of discovery and immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of the region.

A Vision of Sustainability

Six Senses is renowned for its commitment to sustainability, and this is evident in every aspect of Southern Dunes. The resort is designed by Foster + Partners, a British architectural firm with a focus on responsible design development.

The architecture pays homage to the Nabataean heritage and blends seamlessly with the desert surroundings. The use of lightweight materials and offsite fabrication techniques not only reduces the resort’s carbon footprint but also ensures energy efficiency and minimal impact on the environment.

The Oasis: A Gathering Place

At the heart of Six Senses Southern Dunes is the Oasis, a central complex that brings together vibrant activities and functions under one roof. Inspired by the beauty of a desert flower, the Oasis features a self-shading canopy that blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Here, guests will find the reception, lobby lounge, boutique, meeting spaces, and prayer rooms. The Artisan Village within the Oasis showcases the region’s history and cultural heritage through arts, crafts, dance, and music.

The all-day dining restaurant offers a culinary journey that celebrates local flavors, while the chef’s table and cooking school provide immersive experiences for food enthusiasts.

Luxurious Accommodations

Surrounding the Oasis are 36 guest rooms and suites, each designed to provide a comfortable and serene space for guests to relax and unwind. With open-plan bedrooms, living areas, and outdoor terraces, these accommodations offer breathtaking views of the wadi and desert dunes.

The interiors reflect the colors and textures of the Saudi Arabian desert, with soft furnishings inspired by traditional Bedouin tribal dress.

For those seeking a more exclusive experience, Six Senses Southern Dunes offers 40 pool villas strategically positioned to offer prime aspects over the unique desert peaks. These villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms, are inspired by the shape of the dunes.

The double-layered undulating roofs create a visual spectacle, while the interiors provide a luxurious and comfortable retreat.

Indulge in Wellness

No Six Senses resort is complete without a world-class spa, and Southern Dunes is no exception. The Six Senses Spa spans across 3,974 square meters and is designed to reflect the surrounding landscape, incorporating elements of the sweeping dunes and sandy tones.

Guests can enjoy a wide range of holistic treatments, beauty therapies, and wellness programs. Highlights of the spa include the Holistic Anti-Aging Center, male and female grooming centers, and outdoor treatment cabanas with a relaxation area. The sensory suite, with its meditation dome, offers a tranquil space for self-reflection and rejuvenation.

Culinary Delights

Six Senses Southern Dunes boasts an array of dining options that cater to every palate. The all-day dining restaurant offers a blend of international and regional cuisine, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Guests can indulge in a variety of culinary specialties, from live cooking stations to a-la-carte menus. Merkaz, the Arabic tapas bar, offers a unique dining experience with a menu that showcases the flavors and traditions of the region.

The pool bar, with its charcoal barbecue and pizza oven, is the perfect spot for a casual meal or refreshing cocktails by the pool. And for those seeking an intimate dining experience, private in-villa dining is also available.

Commitment to Sustainability

Six Senses Southern Dunes is committed to setting new standards in sustainability. As the first LEED Platinum resort in Saudi Arabia, it operates entirely on solar energy, reducing its carbon footprint and promoting renewable energy sources. The architecture of the resort is designed to optimize natural light and reduce energy consumption. Smart filtration systems ensure excellent indoor air quality, while the pools are treated with copper-silver ionization, eliminating the need for chemicals. The resort follows a plastic-free policy and has its own water plant to produce bottled still and sparkling water. Additionally, fresh food sourced from local farms is served daily, further reducing the resort’s ecological impact.

Opening Doors to a New Chapter

Scheduled to open in December 2023, Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, is set to become a landmark destination in Saudi Arabia. With its commitment to sustainability, dedication to wellness, and celebration of local culture, this luxury retreat offers guests a unique and unforgettable experience. As the region’s story continues to unfold, Six Senses Southern Dunes is poised to write the next chapter, inviting visitors from around the world to discover the beauty and serenity of the Saudi Arabian desert.

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