The Telegraph Travel Awards were announced this week with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas winning in the category of Best Hotel Group. Considered one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging and reliable travel surveys in Britain, the world’s best destinations, hotels, airlines, tour operators and cruise lines were recognized at a ceremony on April 13. Votes were submitted in 14 categories by more than 75,000 readers of the UK’s The Daily Telegraph. The paper has a circulation of over 500,000 readers.
“On behalf of everyone at Six Senses we are honored by the votes from The Telegraph readers,” said President of Six Senses Bernhard Bohnenberger. “The results reflect the great service, amazing activities and fabulous design that we work so hard to deliver at all of our resorts and spas. We are excited to open on the private island of Felecite in the Seychelles in the fall featuring one of our greatest sustainability stories yet and in 2017 we will open five small resorts in Bhutan. Each resort takes advantage of the land and its geographical site, and the architecture and design celebrate the stunning locations. The Six Senses Spa division is booming and this year seven new spas will premiere – two in Doha, plus Dubai, Mumbai, Pune, Seychelles and Courchevel. It’s an exciting time for Six Senses.”
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas was established in 1995 with the opening of the group’s first resort in the Maldives. Six Senses resorts and spas represent a refreshing reinterpretation of five star travel for today’s sophisticated traveler and spa goer. Well-being combined with ethical responsibility for the world we live in genuinely forms the central tenet to Six Senses philosophy.
In 2012 the company was acquired by Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. a private equity fund manager in New York. Pegasus partners with management teams of growth companies with a focus on those that benefit from the business implications of global resource scarcity. Sectors where this trend is most pronounced are food, water, energy, health & wellness and security. Through ownership Six Senses is working with a variety of innovative companies and experts to elevate the offerings presented at its spas and resorts.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles scheduled to open in the fall 2016
Six Senses Spas has a global following due to the group’s ability to consistently pioneer new standards and innovate. Six Senses Integrated Wellness was recently launched; the multi-dimensional wellness program starts with a wellness assessment that evaluates a number of different and important bio-markers. Results allow Six Senses wellness experts to determine behavioral and lifestyle change and create a personalized program based on the needs of the guest. Created by the Six Senses Spas team along with respected medical doctors, each guest’s personalized program may include spa treatments, exercise, yoga, meditation and sleep tips and guidance. The four programs are called: Sleep & Resilience, Trim & Fit, Cleanse & Detox and Full Potential.
The wellness assessment has launched at Six Senses Douro Valley, Six Senses Laamu, Six Senses Yao Noi and Six Senses Zighy Bay. In addition it is available at third party Six Senses spas in Koh Kood, Thailand (Soneva Kiri) and Muscat, Oman at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Additional Six Senses resorts and spas will launch the program later this year.
Sleep with Six Senses is a resort-wide experience that allows guests to receive personalized guidance on improving their sleep. Sleep with Six Senses is currently launching at Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal and will be available at more resorts this fall. It features Six Senses sleep ambassadors at each property and in-villa items including: beds by Naturalmat, Beaumont and Brown bed linens, Valley Forge moisture wicking linens, Hanse pillows and duvets plus two sleep machines – one that blocks disruptive ambient noise and another with LED lighting (red awake and blue sleep light that tracks sleep). Each guest receives a sleep bag that contains pajamas, a sleep journal, sleep mask, ear plugs, neti pot and nose strips. It is one of the most innovative and in-depth sleep experiences any hotel group has ever launched.
Nutritional guidelines are also underway and this includes looking at all menus and improving them so guests can enjoy the same great taste experienced in the past at Six Senses restaurants, but delivers even healthier dishes than before. Chefs are creating low sugar and low sodium items, gluten free and hormone free options, plus offering home grown and organic ingredients where possible.