Six Senses has announced that it is bringing its wellness and sustainability formula to a sanctuary in Napa County, an agricultural haven producing some of the world’s most sought-after wine.
Six Senses will undertake an old resort which thrived until the 1970s as a natural spa destination. Named after the natural thermal Aetna Springs discovered in the 1870s, the resort also sold Aetna Mineral Water throughout the American West.
Details of the resort
Conveniently located a two-hour drive from San Francisco, Six Senses Napa Valley will welcome guests to the western edge of a vast 3,000-acre estate. The existing structures will be sensitively preserved, and the landscape regenerated to bring back the beauty and functionality of the natural mineral springs, with a focus on native planting.
Olson Kundig, an architecture firm, alongside California-based Architectural Resources Group and renowned developer of multiple historic projects, Weller Development Partners, will work on the historic resort to ensure the structures are preserved and adapted to suit the next chapter in its story.
The resort, scheduled to open in 2026, will have 95 guest rooms and suites, including ten tent-style structures, with interiors designed by 1508 London, known for their knowledge and unique capabilities in luxury hospitality. There will also be 16 branded residences, which will be serviced by Six Senses and, alongside all the resort amenities, enjoy access to a dedicated lounge.
Six Senses Napa Valley will marry the region’s beauty with the unique natural resources of the original Aetna Springs. Working with Weller Development Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, and committed sustainability partners, we have the right energy in place to revitalize this precious jewel in the Napa crown as a destination to rewild our guests back to a connection with nature, each other, and ultimately themselves.said Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses.
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Six Senses Napa Valley will feature four restaurants and bars. One of them will be an open-plan Dining Hall animated by long communal tables and cozy corners among the totem poles for intimate dinners, popping corks, or questions.
The (unsurprisingly named) Well will tempt guests to an informal and open-air space to celebrate the history of Aetna Springs with mineral water bottling and distilling. To dilute all that water will be the region’s best wines, including Napa’s famed Cabernets.
The Juice & Brew Bar will offer further taste sensations, with in-house alchemists of the liquid kind crafting homemade and herbal tonics and tinctures, detox juices, artisanal and draft beers, and original and classic cocktail recipes.
Wellness and Sustainability
With a retreat vibe and location, wellness will be front and center in luring local and international guests. Programming will include yoga, meditation, mindfulness, Visiting Practitioners, and various treatments and therapies, all inspired by nature. Personalized longevity programs will work on the mind-gut-skin connection, fusing scientific advances in neuroscience with ancient wisdom worth remembering.
The historic mineral springs will be revived with indoor and outdoor thermal experiences and bathing. For anyone new to natural swimming, this is the place to experience the joy of pond floating, belly and spirit buoyant as the sun cuts through the morning mist. Restored greenery will ensure pockets of privacy for a secluded post-swim lounge on the surrounding decks.
Layered onto this will be pioneering indoor bathing facilities incorporating local herbs and essential oils into hot and cold therapies as guests relax and rejuvenate, privately or socially, to tap into the positive vibes of the whole community.
The sensory Alchemy Bar is the place to blend spa scrubs and soaps to suit the season and mood, using natural ingredients picked from the resort’s organic garden.
The company will work on sustainability at the resort to restore the recreational green spaces, vineyards, and agricultural activities supporting the resort. The water bottling program will tap into the natural springs and offset operational water requirements. Practices such as rewilding zones and the use of sustainable design and materials will help the resort achieve LEED certification.
Featured image by Six Senses
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