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Six Senses has opened first resort in India

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas have opened their first resort in Rajasthan, India

October 20thIndia

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to have opened its first resort in Rajasthan, India, Six Senses Fort Barwara.

Set in a beautifully restored 14th century fort, with sensational views of the Barwara Lake and village, Six Senses Fort Barwara reinterprets the regal ambience and grandeur of a bygone era and is inspired by the surrounding ancient temples and ayurvedic tranquility of the countryside.

Previously a private residence to the Rajasthani Royal Family, the fort is composed of two restored ancient palaces and temples, home to 48 luxurious suites including the exclusive Raja Man Singh Suite which features a private dining pavilion, garden and pool. The resort has been designed to thoughtfully integrate modern luxury with the historic Indian architecture.

The contemporary Rajasthani style suites complement the traditional backdrop of the striking fort whilst showcasing sleek, state-of-the-art in-room technology. The rooms are all built to meet the Sleep with Six Senses standard, ensuring our guests the perfect night’s rest.

The world-class Six Senses Spa and fitness center is set in the women’s palace and offers a soothing escape from the everyday, with treatments based on preventative principles of Eastern medicine and result-oriented Western influences. Signature treatments include their extensive Ayurvedic “whole body” healing system, meditation and bespoke wellness programs. Indigenous essential oils, muds, clays, gels, and vegetable oils are blended to create an energy-boosting signature range of scrubs at the Alchemy Bar. Using fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients from the garden, to turn ordinary ingredients into the extraordinary. The spa also includes both a yoga and meditation pavilion, a state-of-the-art gym, steam and sauna rooms, a tepidarium, CrossFit outdoor circuit and nail bar too.

The restaurant Roohani, showcases the power of local produce from the resort’s organic garden and farms in the nearby village with an innovative menu expertly curated by Matthew Cropp. Guests can meet the sommelier in the Viewing Gallery or enjoy signature cocktails before dinner in the Rajawat Room. Rajasthani-inspired fresh, sustainable cuisine highlights Indian elements and flavors, all enjoyed beneath the iconic medieval domes of the restaurant.

The hotel has been carefully restored to incorporate Six Senses’ core ethos of sustainability by Architects Panika, under the leadership of the late Nimish Patel and Parul Zaveri. A team of conservation experts including landscape designer Savita Punde and renowned horticulturist Pradeep Kishen have ensured that the traditional gardens, water features and native flora and fauna were conserved during the design process.

The landscaping team is also working on Barwara Lake’s restoration project, which will remove invasive species of plants that lower the water table and re-introduce endemic plant species to bring back balance. This, alongside working hand in hand with the community on water management, will allow the water table to rise again and the village will have easy access to fresh water.

The carbon footprint of importing branded bottled water has been eliminated with the resort having its own reverse osmosis plant to produce top-quality still and sparkling mineralized water, which is offered to guests in reusable glass bottles.

The journey to Six Senses Fort Barwara includes a scenic 2.5-hour drive from Jaipur Airport in the luxury electric SUVs, and 6 to 7 hours from Delhi. Ranthambore National Park is only a 30-minute drive from the resort.

HOW: Rates at Six Senses Fort Barwara start from INR 63,168 (approx. £ 612) per night based on two people sharing including breakfast. www.sixsenses.com

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