Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has just revealed it will be venturing into the wild to open the very first resort in the Galápagos Islands in 2021.
The news comes with the firm promise that sustainability will be at the heart of the project.
The isolated chain of 19 islands are home to some of the world’s most amazing wildlife encounters and the sensitivity of the environment will be considered throughout every stage of the new resort.
Six Senses Galapagos will be located in Cerro Verde on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. This is the quietest of the main islands a relaxed, tranquil vibe.
The resort will be just a 35-minute drive from the San Cristobal airport at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
While the final build is currently being finalised, the architectural direction by Hitesh Mehta Design is said to “balance economic, environmental, social and spiritual aspects of the project”.
UNESCO recognised the Galápagos Islands as a World Heritage Site in 1978 and a Biosphere Reserve in 1985, and development is only permitted on three percent of the total area.
In accordance with strict local laws, and with strong involvement from the local community during the project’s early design and visioning stages, allowance has been granted to develop the resort on a beautiful hill with unspoiled views of the ocean.
Plans are already underway for an Earth Lab and Experience Centre. The first will showcase the project’s sustainability efforts and the second will host research and educational activities by well-respected academics and NGOs already engaged in the Galápagos
There are also plans for Observation Post for stargazing and fine dining. All three facilities have been designed by world-renowned bamboo architect Simon Velez.
Wherever Six Senses goes, its spa is sure to follow along as well as a fitness centre, yoga studio, wellness programming, Alchemy Bar and local healing and herbalist treatments.
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