Six Senses will add a second property in India to its portfolio this autumn with the acquisition of the Vana wellness retreat center in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The center in Northern India will be rebranded as Six Senses Vana.
“Vana comes to us with a strong philosophy and loyal Vanavasi clientele manifested by founder Veer Singh,” said Neil Jacobs, the CEO of Six Senses, in a press statement. “The seed was sown in Veer’s mind through his deep interest in and respect for sustainable farming, traditional wisdom, and nature, which we will continue to nurture under the Six Senses brand. This marriage made in the Himalayas allows us to build on what exists with some of our signature experiences.”
Veer Singh, who founded the 82-room, 20-acre center in 2014, called Six Senses’ acquisition of Vana “the most natural and logical progression” for the retreat. “I am humbled by the care and sensitivity Six Senses has shown to protect and nurture everything good about Vana. I am excited to see how they will deepen and strengthen our current offering and complement it with signature experiences they have successfully tried and tested around the world. I see no reason why Six Senses Vana will not become what we set out to be when Vana first opened: the most iconic wellness retreat in the world.”
Six Senses plans to expand and enhance upon the center’s current top-notch offerings. At Six Senses Vana, guests will be able to make their own spa products, play sports in new courts, watch films in a Cinema Paradiso-style movie house and view exhibitions by visiting artists. They will extend the existing organic garden to give guests more choice, so the cuisine can “be grown in, not flown in,” according to a press statement.
Six Senses already has a retreat at Fort Barwara, a 14th-century fort in Rajasthan once owned by the Rajasthani royal family. Six Senses Vana will be the group’s 12th property in the Asia & Pacific region (it has an additional site in Vietnam under the name Evason), and joins a sizable portfolio of properties in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
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