Six Senses has signed a hotel management agreement with AlUla Development Company to open Six Senses AlUla in Saudi Arabia in 2027.
Six Senses AlUla will open in a prime location "within an oasis dotted with palm groves and framed by red-sandstone cliffs." Home to the ancient Nabatean civilization, this once-important trading destination, strategically placed along the historical spice route connecting east and west, pays homage to centuries of human history and culture. The well-preserved monumental tombs, replete with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to 1st century AD, make AlUla the kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Six Senses AlUla will serve to enhance this destination by preserving the cultural and architectural treasures within its 300-acre landscape.
Plans call for 100 guest villas and 25 residences, besides dining possibilities among natural geological rock formations and caves. The walls of the restaurants will be surrounded by rock drawings dating back thousands of years. Six Senses will showcase the region’s cuisine and seasonal produce: From chef’s tables to exciting pop-ups, and one-off special moments to cultural cooking classes, there will be something for everyone.
Six Senses Spa will offer locally inspired treatments, taking guests on a unique Arabian wellness adventure.
Immersive guest experiences will include strolling freely and witnessing the echoes of history etched on tomb walls, sunrise yoga and meditation classes, moon bathing, evening singing bowl ceremonies and dining under the stars. Six Senses AlUla will also host international music and artist collaborations, global wellness, yoga and retreat programming.
There will also be opportunities to help preserve the Arabian leopard—an important and symbolic creature in the kingdom’s culture and ecosystem—as part of the brand’s initiative towards preserving the wildlife that inhabits its communities.