Six Senses acquired by Inter Continental Hotels Group

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has been acquired by Inter Continental Hotels Group (IHG), in a deal worth $300 million (approx. £233m). 

Included in the sale is the management of 16 hotels and resorts, 37 spas and sister companies Evason and Raison d’Etre.

Now part of IHG, having changed hands from former owner private equity fund Pegasus Capital Advisors, Six Senses has announced plans for 44 more hotels over the next 10 years. 

Planned openings over the next 12 months include properties in Rajasthan, the Negev Desert in Israel, China; and the group’s first foray into North America with a hotel in Manhattan, New York City. 

“This is an exciting new era for Six Senses,” commented Six Senses chief executive Neil Jacobs. “IHG believes in our purpose to merge the two platforms of wellness and sustainability to promote personal health, and the health of the planet. 

“Joining forces with IHG means we can use a wealth of systems and operational excellence to grow our brand and reach new markets without losing our quirky personality and playful touch. It’s been a great pleasure to work with Pegasus over the last six years and we would never have reached this milestone without their vision and deep involvement.”

Keith Barr, chief executive of IHG, said: “IHG’s growing portfolio of luxury brands is a collection of the very best in the travel industry. Each one offers something unique to our guests, and together they offer an unparalleled choice of locations and experiences. 

“We’re incredibly proud to welcome Six Senses into our family of brands and look forward to opening more stunning hotels, resorts and spas - each one staying true to Six Senses’ world-renowned reputation for wellness and an unwavering commitment to purposeful travel.”

Six Senses' corporate operations director Kent Richards is speaking on the "Can spa concepts transcend oceans? – Spa brands based on short term trends need to customise their approach to survive in overseas markets" panel at the World Spa and Wellness Convention in London on Sunday, February 24. Book your delegate pass here