Coming in 2020: Six Senses Hotels and Resorts Opening This Year
January 21, 2020 by Allison Reiber DiLiegro
Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is slowly but surely conquering the world, bringing their beloved blend of sustainability, sense of place and pioneering wellness to new corners of the globe. The award-winning brand was founded in 1995 with the goal of bringing responsible practices to the highest echelons of the hotel industry. Today, there are 18 hotels and resorts and counting. In 2020, a new wave of properties are set to raise the bar in five unique destinations. Here’s what Six Senses has on deck.
While already in soft opening, Six Senses Kocataş Mansions will come into its full glory in 2020. The 45 rooms and suites are housed in two Ottoman-era mansions along the Bosphorus Strait. The design is inspired by the original Kocataş Mansions, which were built in the 19th century and destroyed in a fire. Contemporary Six Senses style mingles with the deep history of the site and the spirit of the destination. While the vibrant Sariyer neighborhood is at its back, Six Senses Kocataş Mansions considers itself an urban resort rather than a city hotel. The spa, set to open this spring, will feature 16,150 square feet of wellness facilities as well as a Turkish Bath experience and a top-tier gym.
Six Senses has been raising the bar in Bhutan since early 2019. With the opening of the Bumthang lodge, the Six Senses journey through the country will be complete. Bumthang is the fifth and easternmost lodge, set in the spiritual heart of the country. It’s an eight-hour drive from the next closest lodge (Six Senses Gangtey), but the journey is well worth it. This country feels magically remote, with terraced farmland, river valleys and herds of yak. Aside from the wilderness, this valley is home to some of the country’s most ancient, sacred temples. There is an airport nearby, which allows travelers to fly back to Paro at trip’s end. This lodge is designed to be a “Forest within a Forest,” with recycled wood furnishings, natural surroundings and a luxurious hot stone bath.
Arava Valley, Israel
Six Senses is making a home in the Holy Land. Six Senses Shaharut, named for the local desert community, is surrounded by biblical landscapes just south of the Negev Desert. Starting early June, guests can spend their days mountain climbing and biking, setting out on camel safaris and walking through the dunes with Bedouins. Of course, staying on property is tempting as well. The design, inspired by the local rocks and pigments, blends naturally with the surrounding landscape. Many of the 60 villas and suites come with private pools, and all feature incredible views of the Negev Desert. The spa is set to offer a pampering list of treatments that mix Eastern and Western medicine. At night, a highlight is the starry sky, crystal clear in the darkness of the desert.
New York, New York
And then there are openings a bit closer to home. Six Senses New York will be the brand’s first hotel in the United States. Set to open at the end of the year, the property will be an essential element of The XI, two twisting towers designed by world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Set just off the High Line, it’s an exciting addition to the buzzing West Chelsea neighborhood. The rooms will be calm and contemporary, with the most advanced amenities. The spa is set to be cutting-edge, with treatments that blend science with human awareness and top technologies with human connection.
To call Six Senses Fort Barwara historic is an understatement – the resort is set inside a 14th-century fort that was originally owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family. In addition to preserving and transforming the palace, conservation work incorporates two temples within the walls. There will be two restaurants, two swimming pools and a sprawling spa with a fitness center. The design is regal yet understated, with breezy white linens, cusped arches, natural woods and terraces that look over the Barwara Heritage village or the Chauth ka Barwara Mandir Temple. A three-hour drive from Jaipur, Six Senses Fort Barwara offers a plush, atmospheric base for exploring the lesser-visited corners of Rajasthan.
Contact Hidden Doorways at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on these properties and the entire Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas portfolio.