Inside Saudi Arabia’s Brand New Six Senses Southern Dunes

Offering an authentic taste of timeless Arabian desert culture and serenity in one of Saudi Arabia's most breathtaking wild locales, the new Six Senses Southern Dunes marries luxury with nature.

By Ziyad El-Helbawy

09/12/2023
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Tucked amidst the vast expanses of Saudi Arabia's unspoiled desert landscape lies a luxury oasis devoted to tranquillity and holistic well-being. A 45-minute drive from the sparkling waters of the Red Sea, the newly opened Six Senses Southern Dunes offers guests an authentic desert escape peppered with sustainable holistic living.

Situated on the edge of a vast natural plain teeming with wildlife including endangered species such as hawksbill turtles and sooty falcons, the low-rise structures of the new Six Senses Southern Dunes blend effortlessly into the surrounding sand dunes. Smooth contours and earthy materials recall the area's Bedouin heritage, while strategically placed canopies and plantings help regulate the desert climate. Inside, airy layouts and light-filtering fabrics create a calm atmosphere.

The 76 guest rooms, suites and villas marry modern conveniences with stunning local influences. Smooth waves of warm-coloured stone nod to the surrounding terrain, overarching curved rugs embroidered with Arabic motifs are hung above beds, and floor to ceiling windows allow guests to let their imaginations roam upon gazing at the neverending vistas.

Oasis-inspired bath products and plush robes beckon rest and renewal amidst this reality-bound mirage. And so of course, wellness is a core focus at Southern Dunes. The expansive spa emphasises holistic therapies and relaxation, with treatment programs including a holistic anti-ageing centre and a biohacking lounge. Daily activities ranging from yoga to guided hikes promote healthy living in sync with nature.

Dining options champion nutrition and the region's flavours, with the all-day Bariya restaurant incorporating filling Saudi breakfast staples and plant-focused creations by visiting chefs. Fine dining venue Al Sarab's panoramic perch is ideal for sunset dining on locally-sourced seafood and small plates, and snacks and drinks are aplenty at the indoor-outdoor Merkaz lounge.

Committed to sustainability and staying true to the luxury hotelier's efforts, the Six Senses Southern Dunes operates on 760,000 solar panels with a goal of full renewables by 2030, implementing heat recovery technology, energy-efficient appliances, and grey water irrigation systems alongside myriad other practices. The resort also supports environmental preservation through community contributions, donating a percentage of their annual revenue to surrounding community projects.

Seamlessly integrating well-crafted luxury with respect for the natural setting, Six Senses Southern Dunes offers travellers an authentic taste of timeless Arabian desert culture and serenity in one of Saudi Arabia's most breathtaking wild locales.


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