Six Senses to operate its first resort in Iceland: Travel Weekly

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is continuing its rapid expansion, planning to open an Iceland resort in 2022.

The Six Senses Ossura Valley will be located near Loni, in proximity to the Lon Lagoon and roughly a 30-minute drive from Hornafjorour Airport. Set on 4,000 acres of privately owned land, the development will be built using renewable and locally sourced materials. Energy- and water-conservation techniques will be deployed.

The first phase of the project will comprise a 70-room resort as well as an unspecified number of private cottage accommodations and Six Senses-branded residences. At the heart of the resort will be a "welcome lounge" space, which will include a library, cinema room, water bar and an "Earth Lab" area dedicated to showcasing Six Senses Ossura Valley's sustainability efforts.

On the culinary front, guests will have access to an all-day dining venue, an indoor-outdoor bar and a specialty restaurant focused on seafood. More unique F&B experiences will also be available, including options to dine on over-water wooden walkways, near a waterfall or in a traditional boat house. 

Additional amenities will include a fitness center, yoga studio and other wellness programming, including a farmhouse with an organic garden and cooking school.  

In addition to its first Icelandic outpost, Six Senses recently unveiled plans to open its inaugural Caribbean resort, the Six Senses La Sagesse in Grenada, in 2022, as well as its first Central American location, the Six Senses Papagayo in Costa Rica, by mid-2021. 

The expansion efforts follow InterContinental Hotels Group's $300 million acquisition of the luxury wellness brand earlier this year, with IHG pledging to grow the flag's footprint to around 60 hotels over the next 10 years.

Six Senses currently has 19 hotels, with an additional 18 in the pipeline.