Six Senses to Open 121-Room Resort in Amaala, Saudi Arabia

Six Senses has plans to build a resort in Saudi Arabia’s Amaala. Spanning over 1,600 square miles of a nature reserve, this region offers coastal scenery, mountainous backdrops, white-sand beaches and coastal reefs.

Six Senses Amaala will offer 64 rooms, six suites, 30 villas and 25 branded residences, designed by architects U+A and interiors by Studio Carter, using locally sourced materials. The accommodations will be located along Amaala’s Triple Bay area, offering views across the Hijaz Cove to the Red Sea. The streets and paths that crisscross the site lead to plazas with glimpses of the Pura Cove and its lagoons.

The central feature of the site is Mesa, home to overhangs and caves. Wind and water erosion have scoured the limestone to reveal fossilized corals and mollusks. To the north, the village opens onto the long beaches of Hijaz Cove, home to a beach restaurant, family pool and branded residences. To the south, the village leads around the point to natural rock pools, pocket beaches, and a mangrove boardwalk to access the spa, which will set up home in a private cove.

Spa facilities will include a cryotherapy chamber, longevity clinic, and male and female thermal areas featuring Finnish and infrared saunas, herbal steam rooms, salt rooms, vitality pools, ice baths, Watsu pool, sound dome, yoga platform and multi-sensory relaxation areas.

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The resort will offer 64 rooms, six suites, 30 villas and 25 branded residences (Six Senses Amaala)

Activities at the resort will be based on Amaala’s three pillars of “wellness and sports,” “arts and culture,” and “sea, sun and lifestyle.” Facilities will include a coffee roastery, bakery, water bar, shisha tea house, clubs for children and teens, prayer rooms and communal lounges. Incorporating the “Eat With Six Senses” philosophy of natural ingredients, local and sustainable, and less is more, all-day dining menus will have Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. The juice bar, fermentation rooms and ice cream will all be fresh and artisan, and the signature restaurant will offer Southeast Asian cuisine and barbecue foods.

The 25 Six Senses branded residences, with three to six bedrooms, will offer privacy from other resort guests but a central courtyard has been designed to connect separate living pavilions while reflecting the architecture and lifestyles of the Arabian Peninsula.

Sustainability is at the core of the resort’s building and operating practices. This includes a dedicated desalination plant that has zero impact on the coral reefs and a ban on single-use plastics. All wastewater and organic waste will be used for agriculture and the organic farm. Energy requirements will be met using renewable sources in line with the development’s zero carbon footprint. In line with plans to become a top diving and yachting destination, emphasis has been placed on conserving the marine and coastal ecosystem.

Six Senses Amaala is set to open as part of the first phase of the Triple Bay development. 

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