IHG Buys Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas For $300m


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IHG has announced the purchase of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for the sum of $300m. The purchase covers all the Six Senses brand and operating companies but dies not include any physical real estate assets.

Six Senses currently manages 16 hotels and resorts (most of which are located in Asia and the Indian Ocean) and, according to IHG, it has 18 further management contracts “signed into its pipeline”.

Six Senses Samui – Image courtesy of Six Senses

Six Senses also operates 37 spa locations across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean under both the Six Senses brand and the LivNordic brand.

IHG’s plan is to integrate the Six Senses brand into its existing portfolio of properties and to have it sit alongside the likes of InterContinental and Kimpton as one of its more luxurious brands.

The hotelier has ambitious plans for the brand with an expectation that there will be in excess of 60 Six Senses properties across the globe in ten years time.

The expansion plan includes a new resort in a restored 14th century fort in Rajasthan and the brand’s first property in the US which is currently under construction in New York (by the High Line).

Six Senses Hotels & Resorts

Six Senses Fiji – Image courtesy of Six Senses
Six Senses Laamu – Image courtesy of Six Senses
Six Senses Con Dao – Image courtesy of Six Senses

Evason resorts & Spas

Thoughts

Assuming a smooth integration into IHG and that the Six Senses properties will be incorporated into IHG Rewards this is very good news.

IHG has some very nice upscale hotels but it’s definitely short of upscale resorts and that’s where Six Senses will shine so I can see the logic behind this purchase.

Having taken a look at a few of the Six Senses properties on their websites they look very nice indeed and the idea of being able to book some of these with points is definitely exciting….but we still have to hope that IHG actually makes rooms available for points bookings in the first place (I suspect we may see IHG add a new top-tier category especially for some of these resorts)

It will be interesting to see how long the integration of Six Senses into IHG takes and how quickly the properties are part of the IHG Rewards program – I can’t wait to see how easy or hard these properties will be to book with points.