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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to open on the Galápagos Islands

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Goes Wild slated to open in 2021 on the Galápagos Islands.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will open on the world-famous Galápagos Islands, home to some of the world’s most amazing wildlife encounters. Guests at the upcoming Six Senses Galapagos will be able to experience a one-of-a-kind (literally-anywhere-on-earth) natural environment in addition to wellness focus activities and high-end accommodation.

What is the Galápagos Islands famous for?

The 19 isolated islands emerged alone from the rest of the world with unique animals and fauna. The Galápagos Islands were named by 16th-century Spanish sailors after the saddle-shaped shells (“galápago”) of their most famous resident, the giant tortoise. The eldest of these creatures was born long before any living human, and it will hopefully be a while before it grows old and dies. It is unlikely tortoises arrived on the island as giant animals, so from an evolutionary standpoint, it is quite unique to witness the environment that triggered such adaptations. Darwin’s Origin of Species will forever be linked to the islands, as it was the wildlife he saw here that inspired him to develop his Theory of Evolution. All is explained at the island’s giant tortoise reserve “La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado”, a short bike ride from the resort. From there, it is not far to the enchanting and secluded Puerto Chino beach, where the narrative arrives back full circle to wildlife encounters. Guests can swim in close proximity to sea lions, manta rays and turtles, a thrilling and emotional experience no matter how many times it is done or head up a path to the right where the blue-footed boobies hang out.

Six senses Galapogas Island
The Galápagos Islands are famous for their marine iguanas.
Photos credit: the architect, Hitesh Mehta Design.

Sustainability in focus at Six Senses Galapagos

Six Senses Galapagos is located a 35-minute drive from the San Cristobal airport at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This is the
quietest of the main islands, blessed with a relaxed, tranquil vibe. UNESCO recognized 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.

Sustainability is the core for Six Senses and the focus is on restoring the original endemic Miconia ecosystem, eradicating invasive species and maintaining a native plant nursery on site. Plans are already underway for an Earth Lab and Experience Center. 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.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas manages 18 hotels and resorts and 30 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas, and has signed a further 19 properties into the development pipeline. Six Senses is part of the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) family.

 

Ole Henriksen

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