Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas will debut in southeastern Brazil in 2021 with a eco-friendly property.
The hotel formerly operated as the Botanique Hotel and Spa. It will be rebranded as Six Senses Botanique in 2021.
The property is a height of 1200 metres above sea level at the intersection of 3 river valleys in the Mantiqueira area. The Mantiqueira area is situated 2 and half hours from São Paulo and 3 and half hours from Rio de Janeiro.
The hotel will have the existing 7 suites in the main building and 13 private villas but Six Senses will add 14 villas built off-site using an echo-friendly modular approach and local materials.
Six Senses Botanique will maintain Fernanda Ralston Semler’s design of the existing hotel, which draws on local traditions, culture and the region’s topography. The hotel opened in 2012 and the local architects and designers used indigenous materials such as jacaranda wood, natural stone and chocolate slate. 120-year-old wooden beams were reclaimed from nearby farms.
The luxury hotel brand will also build 37 residences in the same sustainable manner which will be available for purchase.
The hotel offers excellent views of the surrounding scenery. It has maximised views in the dining room of the main building while glass panels throughout the hotel offer unlimited and uninterrupted views of the surrounding area and the mountains.
Six senses will add 2 more treatment rooms in its spa which currently has 8 treatment rooms. Other facilities include relaxation and wellness areas, a fitness centre offering activities including capoeira (the Afro-Brazilian martial art), signature Experience Centre, Alchemy Bar and an Earth Lab where the hotel will showcase its sustainable efforts. It also plans to open a Kids Club.
“Six Senses Botanique will appeal to guests seeking an eco-retreat in nature along with authentic Brazilian design, culture and cuisine. We’re also putting together a program of rituals, workshops and festivals, offering time out to focus on living at ease with oneself and others and in a more reciprocal way with the natural world. What a wonderful place to breathe in the peace and beauty all around to find harmony and reconnection.”, said Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses.
“Ironically, Brazil did not have a hotel that was profoundly and uniquely Brazilian. Botanique was built over many years to fulfil this niche, with entirely local architecture and interiors, and also a locally inspired library, gastronomy, spa and cosmetics, and even films in its in-house cinema. Added to this was a dedicated team of locals who learned their trade in a new format that eliminated departments. This resulted in what is considered Brazil’s utmost small luxury hotel – and nothing would be more fitting than joining forces with the world’s utmost luxury hotel brand.”, said Fernanda Ralston Semler.
Six Senses currently manages 16 hotels and resorts and 27 spas. Upcoming Six Senses hotels include: