Six Senses Shaharut, a 60-suite resort and spa in the Negev desert in southern Israel, is scheduled to open in May 2020. Six Senses Shaharut, a 60-suite resort and spa in the Negev desert in southern Israel, is scheduled to open in May 2020. Six Senses Shaharut, a 60-suite resort and spa in the Negev desert in southern Israel, is scheduled to open in May 2020. (Photo: Six Senses Shaharut Hotel Resort Spa)

This hotel is already winning praise, and it's not even open yet

The Six Senses Shaharut resort in southern Israel, set to open in May 2020, is being called a must-visit destination for its exotic location and ultra-lux design.

In the south of Israel's Negev desert lies the small village of Shaharut, which in 2018 counted a population of 138. As of this spring, it'll also house the Six Senses Shaharut, a hotel and resort that's already generating buzz before it even opens.

The 60-suite hotel, featuring private pools and a full-service spa, occupies roughly 46 acres in the Arava Valley, comprising a unique landscape and setting that's earned it a spot on CNN's list of 20 best new hotels to visit in 2020.

Accommodations range from junior suites to one- and two-bedroom villas and even a three-bedroom retreat. Accommodations range from junior suites to one- and two-bedroom villas and even a three-bedroom retreat. (Photo: Six Senses Shaharut Hotel Resort Spa)

The news outlet called Six Senses Shaharut "the perfect destination for the intrepid luxury traveler."

With all it's got to offer, the honor comes as no surprise. Amenities include an all-day restaurant, a poolside bar and grill, and a juice bar and alchemy bar. But perhaps the most standout feature on the property is its own array of functioning camel stables, where guests can reserve camel rides.

A hand-carved stone stairway allows access to suites. A hand-carved stone stairway allows access to suites. (Photo: Six Senses Shaharut Hotel Resort Spa)

Hotel executives said the architecture of Six Senses Shaharut has been designed to integrate into the local topography and preserve the natural terrain. The villas are built from, and inspired by, local rocks and pigments, with the landscaping utilizing regional cactus and indigenous desert blooms.

Room amenities include a private outdoor terrace with views of the surrounding Arava Valley. Room amenities include a private outdoor terrace with views of the surrounding Arava Valley. (Photo: Six Senses Shaharut Hotel Resort Spa)

The hotel also said the resort will only feature electric cars throughout the property, "out of respect to the environment."

The spa offers a 262-foot indoor pool, 80-foot outdoor lap pool, fully-equipped gym and yoga studio with grand views. There is a nail bar for manicures and pedicures.

Another onsite attraction is an open-air amphitheater, where guests can dine and socialize under the stars in a Bedouin-inspired setting, complete with a fire pit for late-night feasting.

Expansive desert panoramas are available at almost every overlook on the property. Expansive desert panoramas are available at almost every overlook on the property. (Photo: Six Senses Shaharut Hotel Resort Spa)

There's also a dedicated kids hangout for younger guests who do not wish to join their parent’s adventures. Guests can arrange excursions for extreme sports like off-road driving, mountain climbing, mountain biking and rappelling; or more leisurely family inclusive activities like hiking, safaris, craft workshops, bird watching and wine tours.

If all of that sounds appealing (and how could it not?), be advised that getting to the resort might be an adventure in itself. Flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat are 50 minutes, followed by a transfer to the resort from newly opened Ramon National Airport. Alternately, driving to the resort from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem takes around 3 1/2 hours.

The resort is scheduled to open in May 2020.

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