Six Senses Duxton is designed by Anouska Hempel and will open this April, followed by Six Senses Maxwell, designed by Jacques Garcia and set to open in July.
Both properties are in Singapore’s Chinatown and the group said the projects were “the last heritage buildings in Singapore to be developed into hotels” and also marked a new urban era for Six Senses as it moved into city hotels; a New York project is planned for 2020.
“Such unique properties do not come to market often and we are delighted to be working with Satinder Garcha and Harpreet Bedi of Garcha Hotels on this project,” said Six Senses chief executive Neil Jacobs.
Anouska Hempel is known for her iconic boutique properties such as The Hempel Hotel and Blakes in London, while Jacques Garcia is famed for work including The Peninsula and Hotel Costes in Paris and La Mamounia in Marrakech; he is also working on the upcoming L’Oscar in London.
Six Senses Duxton has 49 rooms and suites, with the hotel designed with a strong Oriental feel, including a restaurant focusing on Chinese cuisine, while an antiquarian library-themed lobby bar will also feature.
The property will also be home to a traditional Chinese doctor offering readings, health recommendations and a medicinal herbal dispensary.
Six Senses Maxwell is opposite the traditional hawker centre of Maxwell Market and sits on the site of what was once a nutmeg plantation. Much larger than Duxton, the Maxwell will have 138 rooms and suites as well as a Six Senses Spa, outdoor pool, champagne bar and lounge, whisky bar, club lounge and alfresco dining, as well as a restaurant offering a “colonial meets modern Europe” menu and style.
“Each building has its own distinct personality, but what makes Six Senses Singapore so special is that guests can enjoy all the offerings of both locations plus the neighborhood when staying with us. It’s all about community and being part of the rich, local culture of Singapore,” added Jacobs.
Both properties have already received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award and the hotels will also launch a sustainability programme to make them carbon-free after purchasing United Nations-certified carbon credits, and striving to save up to 20% in energy costs.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 31 spas in 20 countries.