Situated inland from the Red Sea coast, in the expanse of the Arabian desert, is the new Six Senses Southern Dunes, the Red Sea.
The luxury resort, designed by architectural firm Foster + Partners, combines innovation, adventure, and heritage. In line with Six Senses’ ethos, the resort also employs the highest environmental standards of sustainability in an effort to protect the region’s natural biodiversity.
Nestled where the dunes meet the mountains, Six Senses Southern Dunes’ entrance boasts a distinctive flower-shaped canopy surrounded by local flora that creates a welcoming oasis with natural cooling properties.
The 36 guestrooms and 40 villas were strategically constructed across the property to capture sweeping views of the sand dunes and wadi. The resort’s mountain villas draw inspiration from the undulating sand dunes and traditional desert tents. Their lightweight roof forms harmonize with the natural topography, blending seamlessly with the sand and the color of the soil. Crafted with locally sourced materials, the interiors mirror the beauty of traditional Bedouin dress with rich colors and patterns.
The onsite spa, pool, and F&B venues each place emphasis on local crafts, cuisines, and traditions. The spa, for instances, offers a range of traditional treatments, while restaurants are located at the highest point for sunset dining experiences.
With the goal of becoming the first LEED Platinum resort in Saudi Arabia, the Six Senses Southern Dunes relies solely on its own solar farm to power all electricity. Carefully planned structures and site layouts also minimize environmental impact, while thoughtful landscaping preserves the area’s original landscape.