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Uncompromising sustainability is in the soul of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. Being environmentally friendly and socially responsible translates to meaningful and measurable actions. Each year since 2012, sustainability figures are gathered from all operations.
Everything, from reducing, reusing and recycling waste to farm to table goodness and sustainable food sourcing, caring for communities, house-bottled water, eliminating plastic and protecting marine ecosystems and birdlife is scrutinized. Understandably, it takes quite a while to collect all the results. Year on year, they indicate the brand’s vision is audacious, but flourishing.
Individual properties monitor their environmental efforts and contributions to local communities, led by the group’s Vice President of Sustainability Jeff Smith, “The travel industry is growing at a rapid rate on a planet that has limited natural resources. That means all hospitality leaders have a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for making a sustainable difference and achieving measurable results. Our health and wellness ethos is around making our guests feel better inside and out, so it makes sense for our social and environmental policies to make them feel good about their choice of vacation too.”
All of the group’s hotels and resorts participate in Cornell University’s Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking program, which compares their performance against a global dataset of their peers. Each Six Senses resort and hotel features an Earth Lab, which promotes sustainable living in inspirational and innovative ways. The space is used to host workshops that empower guests and community members to learn about and connect more closely with the natural world.
Individual Six Senses properties manage their own Sustainability Funds with sales added directly from house-bottled water and popular stuffed animal mascots that reflect each location. Sponsored projects in 2018 totaled USD 635,422.39.
Jeff Smith summarized, “Our aim is to eliminate our resorts of waste, toxins and plastic, and to go beyond this to make measurable positive impacts in our local ecosystems and communities.”
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas manages 18 hotels and resorts and 30 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas, and has signed a further 19 properties into the development pipeline. Six Senses is part of the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) family.
Six Senses Hotels and Resorts: a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, emotional hospitality, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the vision remains the same: to reawaken people’s senses so they feel the purpose behind their travels and ultimately reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.
Six Senses Spas: a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 14 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.
Six Senses Residences: indulgent living as nature intended, providing all the unique amenities of a resort life community, while retaining the intimacy and personal touches of a beautifully-appointed private villa or apartment. Each is an appreciating long-term investment to be cherished for generations to come with immediate benefits including fine dining, pioneering wellness programming and exclusive status at other resorts worldwide.
Evason: sharing the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised social and environmental responsibility. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love.