fbpx DAN | Daily Architecture News Plesner Architects delivers decadence at the Six Senses Shaharut resort in Israel - DAN | Daily Architecture News
Plesner Architects delivers decadence at the Six Senses Shaharut resort in Israel

Plesner Architects delivers decadence at the Six Senses Shaharut resort in Israel

Architecture
Hospitality Design
Interior Design
News
18-08-2020

Yoga classes as first light magnifies the copper hues of the Arava Valley and the Edom mountains. A day journeying through undulating ancient valleys on camelback. And late-night stargazing sessions after sundowners in the dunes. For many, right now, these are the activities of an unreachable desert-holiday dream. But as international airlines look to ramp-up flights at the end of this year and beyond, Israel’s soon-to-open Six Senses resort will no doubt capture the imagination of luxury-seeking adventurers around the globe.

Six Senses in Israel
The view from Six Sense Shaharut

Located toward the pointy end of the map in Israel’s south, the new Six Senses Shaharut hotel by Tel Aviv firm Plesner Architects, founded by Danish architect Ulrik Plesner in the 1970s, is due to open to guests in December. While the highly anticipated opening comes a little later than first planned, the hotel promises to make up for the unexpected lag by providing guests with “uplifting experiences at every turn”.

Intimate in scale, the peaceful desert oasis will host guests in its 60 suites and villas against a backdrop of breathtaking rock and sand formations. Each of the resort’s suites presents guests with private outdoor decks, and the large villas feature relaxed living rooms and individual swimming pools. A generously sized three-bedroom villa also offers guests a spa, steam room and gym.

Accommodation at Six Senses in Israel
Interior detailing

The quiet Shaharut community where the new Six Senses property is located was once home to the Nabataeans, a nomadic people who travelled this region over 2000 years ago, with their livestock, to wherever they could be sufficiently fed and watered. The Nabataeans are known for being skilled traders in these parts and for the magnificent cliff carvings of Petra in neighbouring Jordan.

Awed by the history and vast natural beauty of the region, the architects say, “the main idea of the hotel is to keep the spirit of the desert”. As such, the organic architecture employs textured limestone, locally excavated flint and thatched roofs in its contemporary reinterpretation of the ancient nomadic structures of the area. “All buildings are located half dug into the land, so we keep the desert skyline clear,” says the architects. “The materials used for the hotel are mostly from the area, the local stone is used for the walls and roofs.”

Interior detailing
Limestone walls in Israel

The design of Six Senses Shaharut aims to synchronise guests with the natural dunescape by maintaining a consistent relationship between indoor and outdoor living experiences. Six Senses says the interiors of the dwellings draw on the spoils of the incense trade route – ancient trails that stretched from Mediterranean ports across the Levant to India and further afield – as the inspiration to create spaces and experiences that reflect the essence of the locale.

The main idea of the hotel is to keep the spirit of the desert.


Plesner Architects

Throughout the property, the furniture and fittings have been thoughtfully curated to include copper and timber, and natural stonewares hewn by local artisans, ensuring parallels with the colourway of the weathered rock and sand formations that define the site. The interiors are lavished with intricate local textiles, while the internal doors are beautifully crafted from 200-year-old reclaimed teak which was sourced from disused boats, houses and footbridges.

Exterior view of villa at Six Sense Shaharut

Getting there

The journey to Six Senses Shaharut is part of the storytelling experience as guests travel through the history-rich landscape. The drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem takes around three-and-a-half hours or it’s a three-hour drive from Petra in Jordan. Alternatively, guests can book a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv to the Ramon International Airport (ETM) near Eilat. From there, it is a 45-minute car trip to the resort.

Private villas at Six Senses
Poolside at Six Senses Shaharut
The view from Six Senses in Israel

Related stories

Advertisement
Login to join the conversation

Subscriber comments are moderated first. Respect others. Criticise ideas, not people. No offensive language View commenting guidelines

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Further Reading
View all in Architecture
Pascoe Vale Primary School in Melbourne by Kosloff Architecture
Led by co-founders Julian Kosloff and Stephanie Bullock, the Kosloff Architecture team responded to the brief by creating a generous annexe with a gently curved facade, largely realised in traditional red brick to mirror that of the original structure. Panels of perforated brick detailing adorn its exterior, continuing the framework established by the street-facing windows […]
Architecture
26-11-2121
Neri&Hu unveils The Chuan Malt Whiskey Distillery in China
Located in the Emeishan region of China’s Sichuan Province, in the country’s south-west, the revered ground upon which The Chuan now sits was a natural source of inspiration for the building’s design. For more than a thousand years, the nearby Mount Emei has persisted as one of the most deeply spiritual places in China, leading […]
Architecture
25-11-2121
This birch-clad pavilion in Germany frames views via an arched 'experience portal'
More specifically, the new archway mirrors the architecture of Coudray’s wall – a barrier designed by and subsequently named after Clemens W. Coudray. The German-born architect originally created a series of five basket-handle arches in the wall, both in the north and the south, to furnish the simple wooden stables on the way to the palace […]
Architecture
19-11-2121
'Not just another museum': M+ in Hong Kong by Herzog & de Meuron
The 33 galleries within the M+ building range from the conventional white cube and reconfigurable spaces, screening rooms and multipurpose facilities, to what the architects call “third spaces” (those areas in-between others) and even a reimagined industrial space that forms the foundation of the entire project. “It was the special request for this industrial space […]
Architecture
18-11-2121
The Depot in Rotterdam unlocks 151,000 pieces of art and design
Breaking away from a tradition of concealment, the design of the Depot shines a light on “previously invisible” artefacts by unlocking its storage vaults for public access. “Currently many international museums can only showcase six to seven percent of their collections in exhibitions,” the MVRDV team explain. “The remaining 94 percent is [usually] hidden in […]
Architecture
12-11-2121
'Green oasis': Foster + Partners reveals new Apple store in Istanbul
The Bağdat Caddesi Apple store in Istanbul is the result of a close collaboration between the integrated architecture and engineering studios at Foster + Partners and Apple’s in-house design teams. The building responds to the site and its unique environmental conditions to create a simple and harmonious form. “The structure spans the entire width of […]
Architecture
04-11-2121

Back to Top