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Life’s not always a beach

August 30, 2019 - Six Senses has a track record for discovering out-of-the ordinary destinations. If your habitual vacation ventures no further than a beach towel, why not dust off the sand and set off for forts, skyscrapers, chateaux and mystical elves!

  • The château at Six Senses Loire Valley

Although Six Senses took its first (barefoot) steps on remote beaches and tropical hideaways, purposeful travel and emotional hospitality is not formulaic. That’s why we have successfully applied our brand’s DNA to a diverse property portfolio, which includes a quinta (wine estate) deep in the UNESCO heritage-listed Douro Valley in Portugal and two sister hotels in Singapore’s Chinatown.

The future non-beachy list also includes Six Senses Gangtey and Six Senses Bumthang, our two upcoming lodges in Bhutan, a 14th-century restored fort in Rajasthan, a series of 19th-century mansions in Istanbul and a duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood in New York.

Loire Valley, France

The breathtaking Loire Valley, another UNESCO World Heritage region, has captivated us. It is renowned for historic chateaux, medieval towns, fine wines, great food and unspoiled landscape. At the heart of the region sits the village of Saint-Laurent-Nouan, which will be home to Six Senses Loire Valley.

The development is surrounded by an abundance of natural lakes and hosts one of Europe’s premier golf courses. Plans are afoot to incorporate a second 18-hole golf course, a meeting and conference center, equestrian and tennis centers, an organic farm and both biking and walking trails.

Guest arriving at Six Senses Loire Valley will be welcomed at a beautifully preserved chateau with an elegant restaurant and bar serving cuisine that reflects the Eat With Six Senses guiding principles. There are also event facilities including function lawns, a Six Senses Spa, Alchemy Bar and Earth Lab.

Encompassing 88 generously-sized guest suites and villas, accommodations are clustered as enclaves in the woodland landscape and built alongside streams and waterways. Provision is being made for 70 residential villas, which are offered for private ownership, with the opportunity to include them in the resort’s inventory. Owners will enjoy all the unique amenities and privileges of Six Senses Loire Valley while retaining the intimacy and personal touches of a private home.

Six Senses Loire Valley is expected to open in May 2022.

Össurá Valley, Iceland

We’re also spending more time than we probably should daydreaming about the country of fire and ice, where we will be opening Six Senses Össurá Valley, the first of its kind resort in Iceland.

It will be a 70-guestroom resort and private cottages dotted on the surrounding land serving as an icon for sustainable living. Six Senses-branded residences will offer residents the opportunity to call this exquisite location home and tap into all the unique amenities and privileges of the Six Senses resort.

The rugged southeastern coast of Viking country has an expansive and diverse natural environment. From glacier tongues, craggy volcanoes, ice-filled lagoons and geothermal lakes to untouched highlands and long black beaches; many of these natural wonders have become famed for their beauty and are visited throughout the year (via the single ring road).

The Össurá Valley’s multiple waterfalls and surrounding landscape lend themselves to dog sledging, horseback riding, ice and rock climbing, bird watching and boat trips. The Vatnajökull National Park boasts Europe’s largest glacier and Iceland’s highest peak, the Öræfajökull volcano. The dramatic southern landscapes have also provided breathtaking settings for many movies.

To say Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs is excited is an understatement: "This development epitomizes our commitment to finding locations where guests can be right in the heart of nature, and where they will come face-to-face with the raw beauty, power and soul of this magical destination. It will also appeal to experience-seekers looking for something uniquely joyful and playful. Legend holds that mystical elves still occupy the rocks and cliffs of this land."

Six Senses Össurá Valley is also expected to open in 2022.

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