Six Senses to Open Two New Eco-Conscious Escapes in Costa Rica and Iceland

18 Jul 2019
3 min read
One of the world’s leading operators of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, Six Senses, has added two new, sustainability-centred resorts to their portfolio. Both in beautifully unique locations, the Six Senses Papagayo in Costa Rica and Six Senses Össurá Valley in Iceland are set to delight guests with the incredible hospitality that the brand is known for.

Six Senses Papagayo, Costa Rica

Set to open in 2021, the new Six Senses property will be set on a 930-hectare plot on the Papagayo Peninsula. Private, eco-conscious and adventurous, this new hotel will offer up an exciting new escape for discerning travelers filled with the love of life and health.

Working in partnership with the Canyon Group from California, as well as the Garnier Group from Costa Rica, the new establishment will remain anchored in its Central American roots while bringing in an ultra-luxury flair to the Papagayo Peninsula, which itself continues to remain ranked as one of the finest mixed-use luxury developments worldwide. 

Award-winning London-based architect  John Heah is set to oversee the resort’s design. Offering up a 360-degree panoramic view of the Guanacaste archipelago, this resort’s layout is unique on the peninsula. Stretching from Papagayo’s highest point right down to the forested beachfront, the resort will include 41 secluded, generously-sized pool villas as well as 31 residences which will be for sale. Owners of these chic residences will benefit from full access to all the resort’s amenities. 

One of the resort’s highlights will be the Six Senses wellness program accompanied by an extensive spa and fitness center. In the hotel brand’s true dedication to sustainability, an organic farm will be rooted at the heart of the property. Growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, this farm will provide fresh produce to the chefs as well as therapists for use in the restaurant’s dishes as well as in the signature spa treatments respectively.

Six Senses Papagayo will be located only 40 minutes from Liberia International Airport, granting easy access to travelers coming from the US, Canada and other Latin American Countries.  Set amidst a country that boasts kilometers of stunning tropical beaches, exquisite rainforests, majestic mountains, volcanoes and lakes, Costa Rica is a must-visit destination.

The Six Senses Papagayo property will be the hotel group’s debut in Central America. Fitted with the excellent hospitality and forward-thinking eco-consciousness that the group has become renowned for, their Costa Rican property will be a welcome addition to their portfolio.

Six Senses Össurá Valley, Iceland

Set to open in 2022, the new Icelandic addition to the Six Senses portfolio will be set on 4000 acres of privately owned land in Svínhólar in east Iceland, close to Lóni. 

The resort will host 70 rooms and private cottages, along with some private residences available to purchase. The resort, which will be well-integrated into the surrounding environment, will be built entirely using renewable and locally-sourced materials, as well as will adhere to strict water and energy efficiency criteria.

On site, the resort will boast a cinema, spa, specialty restaurants, a library, water bar and an Earth Lab, which will showcase the project’s sustainability efforts.

The property’s Six Senses Spa will contain a fitness center and yoga studio, and will be home to a comprehensive wellness programme. Like the new Costa Rica resort, Six Senses Össurá Valley will also grow its own produce at the farmhouse on site, which will feature its own organic garden as well as a cooking school.

The dining options at the new resort will be endless. From a specialty restaurant and bar offering cuisine in line with the Eat With Six Senses guiding principles, to a traditional boat house or romantic waterfall picnics, destination dining is what Six Senses Össurá Valley is all about.

With an expansive and diverse surrounding environment, nature-loving and active guests will be in paradise. Think dog sledding, horseback riding, ice and rock climbing, bird watching and boat trips to the backdrop of thick glacier tongues, craggy volcanoes, ice-filled lagoons, geothermal lakes, untouched highlands and long black beaches.

Only a 30-minute drive from the Hofn airport, the Six Senses Össurá Valley is easily accessible. Nestled between mountain ranges, the  Össurá Valley and Vatnajökull National Park, there is no more serene or dramatic landscape to escape to for a well-deserved break. 


To find out more, visit the Six Senses website