Sharing a passion for wellness, community, and sustainable travel, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has joined the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of brands. Other luxury brands in the global hotels portfolio include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
“This is an exciting new era for Six Senses,” says Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses. “IHG believes in our purpose to merge the two platforms of wellness and sustainability to promote personal health, and the health of the planet. Joining forces with IHG means we can use a wealth of systems and operational excellence to grow our brand and reach new markets without losing our quirky personality and playful touch.”
IHG purchased Six Senses from the private equity fund Pegasus Capital Advisors for $300 million. The sale includes the management of 16 hotels and resorts, 37 spas, and sister companies Evason and Raison d’Etre. “It’s been a great pleasure to work with Pegasus over the last six years and we would never have reached this milestone without their vision and deep involvement,” says Jacobs.
The focal point of each Six Senses property is a Six Senses Spa, developed specifically to reflect the environment and location of each property, providing personalized wellness support at each spa location. Each spa offers a menu of Six Senses signature treatments and therapies plus locally-inspired specialties, yoga programs, and a range of bespoke offerings. Six Senses’ Visiting Practitioners also bring an extra depth of knowledge to each spa guest. Outside of the spa, Six Senses guests can experience a host of integrated-wellness initiatives, including Sleep with Six Senses, Eat with Six Senses, and the Grow with Six Senses, which is aimed at helping guests learn something new and reconnect with themselves, others, and the world around them.
Following the acquisition, Six Senses is expected to open 60 hotels within the next 10 years. Over the next 12 months, Six Senses is slated to open properties in a number of unique locations, including the private island of Krabey, Cambodia; a circuit of five lodges in Bhutan; and a 14th-century restored fort in Rajasthan. Down the road, the brand hopes to open a desert hideaway in Israel’s Negev Desert; a series of 19th-century mansions in Istanbul; and the group’s first project in North America, a contemporary duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles located in New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood and along the High Line. Additional projects are currently under way in Austria, Brazil, China, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand.
“IHG’s growing portfolio of luxury brands is a collection of the very best in the travel industry,” says IHG chief executive Keith Barr. “Each one offers something unique to our guests, and together they offer an unparalleled choice of locations and experiences. We’re incredibly proud to welcome Six Senses in to our family of brands and look forward to opening more stunning hotels, resorts and spas—each one staying true to Six Senses’ world-renowned reputation for wellness and an unwavering commitment to purposeful travel.”