Port Ghalib shaping up as luxury destination

Six Senses is the latest hotel group to sign up to the Red Sea project

Al Kharafi Group vice president Ibrahim Saleh (left) and Six Senses chairman & CEO Sonu Shivdasani.
Al Kharafi Group vice president Ibrahim Saleh (left) and Six Senses chairman & CEO Sonu Shivdasani.
Six Senses will open a spa at Port Ghalib.
Six Senses will open a spa at Port Ghalib.

Port Ghalib is shaping up to be one of Egypt’s most luxurious resorts having just signed up the Six Senses hotel and spa group.

Egypt’s first Six Senses Spa will be hosted by InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort - one of the top hotels integral to this Rea Sea project.

The Six Senses Spa will service the three resorts located at Port Ghalib Resort and is scheduled to open next month (April 15).

It will occupy 1700m² and comprise 16 treatment areas including three couples rooms, two Thai treatment rooms and one wet treatment room with classically-designed stone beds.

The spa includes a sauna, steam room, changing rooms, fully equipped gym and traditional hammams, as well as a separate wet room and a “state-of-the-art” ice room.

The spa menu delivers spa experiences that support Six Senses’ commitment to SLOW LIFE Sustainable-Local-Organic-WholesomeLearning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences by utilising local ingredients including organically-grown herbs, spices and fruits.

Time-honoured Red Sea healing therapies will be combined with Asian and Six Senses’ signature treatments, with signature treatments including body wraps using protein-rich Red Sea algae and freshly crushed Egyptian olive oil.

The Six Senses Spa at Port Ghalib is located just five minutes from Marsa Alam International Airport on the Red Sea and is only two-and-a-half hours by road, from the Valley of the Kings.

The Port Ghalib development includes four- and five-star resorts, a marina and a residential and retail component – all pitched at the luxury traveller according to general manager international sales and marketing Mike Booker.

“This is unspoiled Egypt,” he said. “We are located two hours south of Hurghada on the Red Sea coast – we are a purpose-built resort with an international airport and are already receiving chartered and scheduled flights.”

Booker, said airlines from Kuwait were currently flying into Marsa Alam International Airport and noted that tour operators from Jordan were already showing interest in sending clients to the resort.

“We are looking to attract more Middle East business because the resort really lends itself to this market – it’s such a short flight from the Gulf and is perfect for a long weekend break.”

Facilities at Port Ghalib will include water and theme parks, a tennis academy, golf courses and “world-class dining”.

Booker said the diving opportunities at the new resort were “phenomenal” and stressed Port Ghalib would be Egypt’s “newest quality destination”.

Six Senses currently operates two resorts in the Middle East - Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, Oman and Evan Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa, Jordan - and one spa at Sharq Village, Doha.



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