BANGKOK – Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas plans to increase its portfolio by seven resorts and two further spas from now until early 2019, with a continued focus on sustainable practices and a deep commitment to pioneering well-being. The destinations are new, but the quirky take on hospitality and signature programs will be familiar, including Sleep With Six Senses, Eat With Six Senses and Six Senses Integrated Wellness.
Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali is scheduled to open in March 2018. Set atop a rugged cliff in Pecatu, close to the Pura Uluwatu temple, the resort enjoys sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. 103 keys comprising of suites and villas inspired by Balinese culture, embrace nature and offer every creature comfort. Six Senses Spa features locally inspired specialty treatments, multi-day Integrated Wellness programs and complimentary morning yoga sessions. The resort features multiple swimming pools, an open air event venue, function space, three restaurants including a chef’s table, a cooking school and an extensive organic garden and farm.
March 2018 also sees the opening of Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island, known for its idyllic crystal waters, mountainous landscape and excellent climate. The property enjoys a 650m stretch of pristine private beach, two restaurants, three bars plus a gourmet deli and water bottling plant. The cuisine will feature sustainably-sourced ingredients gathered from local markets and fishermen as well as the resort’s own garden. Activities on offer will include all water sports imaginable plus a well-appointed Six Senses Spa, gym, club house and kids club. The 66 residences and all facilities will be 100 percent solar powered by the first microgrid in Fiji to use Tesla batteries.
In May 2018, Six Senses will open Six Senses Kaplankaya on the Turkish Riviera, which alternates between rugged rocks, secluded golden beaches and undulating hills clad in wild olives and cypresses. The resort has a total of 141 guestrooms and suites (75 in the main building and 66 Ridge Villas), plus 154 private adjacent residences ranging from 175 to 600 square meters in plots of 1,000 to 4,000 square meters each. Each accommodation has been designed to complement the landscape using natural and responsibly-sourced materials. The resort will also feature an expansive 107,640 square foot (10,000 square meter) Spa, Fitness and Health & Healing Center offering an integrated approach to optimal wellness. Explorers of antiquity will be rewarded with Aegean archaeological sites, the cities of Didim and Bodrum, plus the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – which are both among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
A journey through the colorful Kingdom of Bhutan will launch in August 2018 with the opening of three of the five lodges that make up Six Senses Bhutan. The remaining two lodges will open by the end of 2018. Moving through the spiritual Himalayan Kingdom that lives by its ethos of gross national happiness, each of the five unique settings identifies with a specific theme for an uplifting journey through the senses. Beginning in the capital of Thimphu, the emphasis is on culture. The second stop is Punakha which is referred to as the flying farmhouse amidst the rice fields. Gangtey features a unique bird-watching bridge and is home to the fascinating black necked cranes while Bumthang has been created as a forest within a forest. The fifth stop, Paro, is on the site of old stone ruins, which have been playfully brought to life through the interiors.
Cambodia comes to the forefront in September 2018 with the opening of Six Senses Krabey Island, comprising 40 pool villas set around a naturally landscaped 30-acre private island. Master bedrooms have an ensuite with generous bathtub, with some also offering an outdoor shower. The private plunge pool has decking for sunbathing and dining. There is an all-day restaurant, a deli with ice cream parlor and an elevated bar with the choice of dramatic sea views or cozy sunken area. Six Senses Spa Krabey Island features signature therapies as well as ancient Cambodian healing traditions, multi-day rejuvenation journeys and an Alchemy Bar. The romance continues with a wide range of under and over-water activities, outdoor cinema and an observatory for stargazing.
For out-of-the-ordinary experiences in a setting of biblical proportions, Six Senses Shaharut opens in November 2018, south of the Negev Desert and featuring just 58 suites and villas with one Retreat Villa. Designed to integrate into the desert topography and preserve the natural terrain, the villas are built from, and inspired by, local rock and pigments, and the landscaping features cacti and indigenous desert blooms. Six Senses Spa Shaharut includes single and double treatment rooms plus male and female steam, sauna and hammams. On-site attractions include the fascinating Earth Lab, camel stables and an open-air amphitheater. The extraordinary desert setting presents a host of activities from overnight camel camping to extreme sports, hiking, jeep safaris and wine tours.
The excitement will continue into 2019 with the opening of the regal Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan, India. Constructed in the 14th century and once owned by Rajasthan royalty, Fort Barwara is being restored to its former glory, led by a team of conservation experts. There will be two restaurants, bar and lounge, two swimming pools, banqueting space and a kids club. Six Senses Spa Fort Barwara, located in the original women’s palace, will feature an extensive Ayurveda program, meditation and local specialties to treat body and mind. The resort is just 30 minutes from the Ranthambhore National Park, famous for its tiger population.
Six Senses will also be launching standalone spas, notably in the Middle East with the soon-to-be-opened Six Senses Spa Dubai and also Six Senses Spa Manama, Bahrain.
Six Senses Spa Dubai is the first of its kind to offer treatment suites that are each dedicated to a different sense. Opening in February 2018, the spa is located on level five of the Renaissance Downtown Hotel and is swathed in a palate of sand and light naturals. It is the first of its kind to offer treatment suites that are each dedicated to a different sense. Guests can enjoy a variety of holistic therapies and sensory experiences based on sound, sight, touch, taste, smell and intuition, helping them rebalance their body, mind and spirit.
Entering Six Senses Spa Manama feels like stepping inside a natural pearl, a source of national pride and commerce for Bahrain. Opening in mid 2018, on the 9th and 10th floors of the Wyndham Grand Manama, the spa is set against a calming theme of the mystical underwater world with textures and materials inspired by the features and curves of the pearl. The spa journey mirrors the different energies of the city life, from the sensory stimulation and movement of the street to the stillness and calm of a quiet park. This achieves spaces that are both relaxing and re-energizing to achieve wellness, fitness and a total escape.
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