Six Senses announces expansion into Costa Rica and Iceland

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the expansion of its portfolio with new projects in Costa Rica and Iceland.

Opening in 2021, Six Senses Papagayo in Costa Rica is billed as an eco-conscious destination occupying a site stretching from the highest point on the peninsula down to a forested beachfront home to 41 pool villas.

With design overseen by London-based architect John Heah, the project will incorporate an extensive spa and wellness programme and an organic farm growing produce for use by chefs at the resort’s restaurant. Six Senses has partnered with California-based developer Canyon Group and Costa Rican real estate firm Garnier Group for the project, where 31 private residences will also be available for purchase.

A year later will see the opening of Six Senses Össurá Valley in Iceland, a 70-key property developed by the Álfaland Hotel ehf an located within 4,000 acres of privately-owned land in Svínhólar. Created in collaboration with architect John Brevard, fashion entrepreneur, Áslaug Magnúsdóttir and musician Frímann Magnússon, the hotel will be constructed using renewable and locally sourced materials, adhering to high standards of energy and water efficient.

A welcome lodge comprising a library, cinema room, water bar and Earth Lab showcasing sustainability efforts will be integrated into the surrounding environment, whilst a gym, yoga studio and a farmhouse with a cooking school will also feature. Destination dining options will include an over-water wooden walkway, a waterfall setting and traditional boathouse alongside a signature restaurant.