Six Senses has announced plans to open Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan, India in the last quarter of next year.

Situated 68 miles southeast of Jaipur, the property is located in the village of Chauth ka Barwara on the site of a 700-year-old fort which was owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family and sits directly opposite the temple, Chauth ka Barwara Mandir.

The Barwara Fort was constructed in the 14th century by the Chauhans (Indian Rajput caste) and was conquered by the Rajawat Dynasty from the Hadas in 1734. During World War II, Raja Man Singh from the noble family of Barwara fought alongside the British with the Jaipur State Armed Forces. In appreciation of his services he was bestowed with the title of Rao Bahadur. His grandson, Prithviraj Singh, is now restoring the fort to its previous glory in tandem with Espire Group.

The project team will seek the five-star green rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification, the highest classification of national sustainable design ratings in India. Design efforts are being led by a team of conservation experts to preserve and protect the original fort structure; inside the historic fort, three buildings which traditionally accommodated the common, men’s and women’s palaces and two temples are being preserved and restored.

Outside the fort, the property faces the local village to the west and protected land that will be reforested to the east.

The hotel group's presient, Bernhard Bohnenberger, said, “We are very excited to be working with Espire Group, our partner, on this wonderful project. This is the perfect complement to our resort portfolio which includes highly successful properties in China, Maldives, Oman, Portugal, Seychelles, Thailand and Vietnam."

The new property will feature 48 suites, two restaurants, a bar and lounge, a 30,000sq.ft spa and fitness centre, two swimming pools, banquet space, retail boutique and kids' club.

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