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Six Senses Plans Its First Foray Into the UAE With the Six Senses the Palm, Dubai

Conde Nast Traveller Middle East - January 10, 2022

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With resorts in majestic settings spanning the globe from Cambodia to Brazil to the Seychelles, Six Senses Hotels & Resorts are synonymous with serenity in far-flung destinations. But with last month’s announcement of the upcoming Six Senses The Palm, Dubai, the brand continues to grow its portfolio of urban resorts; when it debuts in 2024, it will join Istanbul’s Six Senses Kocatas Mansions and the upcoming Six Senses New York as properties bringing the brand’s signature approach to tranquillity to vibrant metropolises across the globe.

When it came time to choose a location in Dubai, Palm Jumeirah was a perfect fit: the island’s sandy seafront crescents feel a world away from the city, but the dynamic skyline is a always stone’s throw away. “Six Senses’ strategy has always been based on looking for unique and wonderful locations in destinations that tell a story,” Rahail Aslam, founder and CEO of Select Group, told CNT Middle East. “The Palm is Dubai’s symbol of creativity and ambition and an immediately recognizable landmark in the UAE.”

When it opens, it will join the jaw-dropping Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman and the forthcoming Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea in Saudi Arabia to form a circuit of Six Senses retreats throughout the GCC. “Each project is imbued with the core values of sustainability, wellness, a fun and quirky vibe, crafted experiences and localness,” said Aslam. While united by the Six Senses ethos, each property will be completely unique from the next; the village-inspired Zighy Bay retreat is set against the jaw-dropping coastline of the Musandam fjords, while the Red Sea resort will make a largely untouched part of the Kingdom accessible for the first time: “It is an invitation to explore a region that is undiscovered and untrodden,” said Aslam.

What further sets the Dubai property apart, aside from its urban setting, is the addition of branded residences – with 121 penthouses, 32 sky villas and nine signature beachfront villas that give residents the chance to own their own slice of Six Senses. The residences will be managed by Six Senses, and grant anyone living their access to the resort’s restaurants, gyms, spa, library and more, spanning a vast 5,600 square metres.

While the final look of the Six Senses The Palm will be revealed in due time, Aslam shared a few details about what we can expect from the Dubai debut of a brand known for its sleek, contemporary aesthetics. According to Aslam, the design will be modeled after one of the region’s most precious natural resources: coral. “Coral is the main inspiration for the architectural narrative, with the undulating rooflines, silhouettes and cellular facades resembling its natural form and beauty.” Construction on the Six Senses The Palm, Dubai begin this month, and the resort is scheduled to be unveiled by the end of 2024. sixsenses.com