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What's the story of Six Senses?

We’ve grown a bit since our story began in 1995, but we’ve always based our growth on the same ambition: to take you beyond destinations into new experiences and cultures, so you feel the purpose behind your travels. Whether you’re a guest at one of our hotels or resorts, a residence owner or spending time at one of our spas, you’ll see that being environmentally friendly and socially responsible is not just a vague promise. These elements are the magic that brings them all to life, while promoting personal well-being, and the health of our planet.

Yao Noi Thailand Ocean_Panorama_view
Laamu Maldives Private island SSL_R

Baby steps

The Six Senses ethos was first established in 1995 with the opening of our first resort and a whole lot of questions. What if we could take people beyond destinations and reawaken their senses so they can disconnect, yet be reconnected … to themselves, others and the world around them? This consciousness around personal well-being and the well-being of the planet flowed through everything – from the way we designed our buildings to the way we prepared our food and treated our guests and hosts.

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam Spa_Organic_Garden

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do

As more properties opened under the Six Senses brand, they all shared the same commitment to balancing economic, environmental and social profitability. They were created with a vision that was both meaningful and measurable and resolutely harmonious with local communities and ecosystems.

We worked with our property owners to make smart use of the land topography, orientation and renewable building materials to create spaces that were vibrant and alive. We also started to bottle our own still and sparkling drinking water. By building onsite filtration and bottling facilities we could eliminate the transportation impacts and use of plastic bottles.

It also made sense to dig an organic garden, providing each resort’s kitchens with fresh herbs, fruit and veg as well as a range of ingredients that could be used in spa treatments. Before long hens were producing eggs from their comfortable coops and goats and camels were keeping our breakfast bars stocked with fresh milk.

Six Senses Spa Meditation hanging nest rest

Healthy investments

From the beginning, we recognized the role that pioneering wellness could play in our story. Early on, we had incorporated a Six Senses Spa into each of our resorts and at prestigious properties other than our own. Our acquisition by Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm in New York in 2012, meant we could expand both our international footprint and our offering, building on our reputation of delivering holistic treatments and locally-inspired therapies. We introduced yogic programs and smart technology to our guests and developed advanced anti-aging and bespoke programs as part of our overarching Six Senses Integrated Wellness Philosophy.

We also saw the opportunity to take wellness out of the confines of the spa and infuse it into the entire Six Senses experience. To this day, Sleep With Six Senses is one of our most innovative sleep initiatives in guestrooms. And nutritional guidelines don’t just belong in detox programs but are incorporated into all menus so that guests can enjoy the same great taste as always in Six Senses restaurants, just healthier. With the dawn of Eat With Six Senses, taste and color are in, while flavor enhancers, lectins, lactose, gluten and glucose are out!

  • Off to play with the pandas

    Off to play with the pandas

    Turning (temporarily) away from pristine beaches and tropical paradises, Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain marked the brand’s entrée into China in 2015. It was created to complement the UNESCO World Heritage & Natural Cultural site at nearby Dujiangyan.

Six Senses Douro Valley from the west panorama

New places, new spaces

From a mountain to a valley. In 2015, we arrived at a 19th century quinta (wine estate) in the UNESCO heritage-listed Douro Valley in Portugal. This was our first venture in Europe and first non-villa offering.

We also expanded our Six Senses Residences offering from Con Dao in Vietnam to the world-famous French ski resort Courchevel. Since then, Six Senses Residences are available for purchase in further locations such as Fiji, Seychelles, Turkey, New York and Austria, with many more in the pipeline. Each one represents a synergy of simple design and beautifully spacious lifestyle investment with the potential for appreciating returns in years to come as well as immediate in-resort benefits and additional exclusive benefits when staying at other Six Senses resorts worldwide.

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Earth Lab and Grow With Six Senses

In 2017, we took sustainability one step further with the launch of Earth Lab. Every property started to showcase their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems. The venue was named Earth to celebrate our home and source of all life, and Lab for laboratory, experimentation, innovation, and exploration. But it’s not so much about what it’s called as what it does in terms of eliminating our impact on the planet and providing hard data to show us how we can continue to improve.

By 2018 grownups were stepping aside so the kids could gain useful life skills and knowledge through Grow With Six Senses. The approach was to learn through natural play and a host of physical activities, yoga and mindfulness, local culture, sustainability and social experiences were specifically designed for each resort.

Six Senses Duxton Exterior Night

Fun with your shoes on too

Although Six Senses took its first (barefoot) steps on remote beaches and tropical hideaways, we always tried to show that purposeful travel and emotional hospitality is not formulaic and could be successfully replicated across a diverse property portfolio. 2018 marked our first urban adventure with the opening of two city hotels in Singapore’s Chinatown.

Zighy Bay Oman Paragliding

Never taking ourselves too seriously

Although we never joke around when it comes to our environmental responsibility or community projects, there’s also plenty of time for fun. From our paragliding Father Christmas at Six Senses Zighy Bay to turtle hatching at Six Senses Laamu or the Songkran water festival at Six Senses Yao Noi, our Guest Experience Makers come up with endless ways to put a smile on your face and laugh in your belly!

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New year, new era

On February 13, 2019 Six Senses became part of the IHG family of brands. Joining forces with IHG means we can use a wealth of systems and operational excellence, which is a good job as we have so much planned. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be opening properties in surprising locations, from a desert hideaway in Israel’s Negev Desert to a 14th century restored fort in Rajasthan.

2020 will mark the opening of our first project in North America, a contemporary duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles located in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood and along the High Line.

Additional projects are currently underway in Austria, Spain and Switzerland. There are so many, in fact, we must remember to come back and update our story!

  • Plastic free 2022

    Plastic free 2022

    It’s a shame it doesn’t rhyme but why wait until 2023? Any brand worth its salt has to listen, not just to its customers and stakeholders but also the forces that are crucial to our very existence. With that in mind we give Mother Nature a major say in everything we do. That’s why we’ve owned no plastic straws since 2016 and we’ve been able to eliminate millions of plastic bottles through our water program. Plans are now well underway to eliminate the rest and we thank you for your positive support in joining in too.

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