Six Senses Galapagos Islands

Six Senses announces its first resort in the Galápagos Islands

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced its first resort in the Galápagos Islands, opening in 2021.

Six Senses Galápagos will be located on San Cristobal Island, in the town of Cerro Verde on the Northeastern coast.

The nineteen islands of Galapagos are home to a rich wildlife. Guests at the new resort will experience a one-of-a-kind natural environment. UNESCO recognised the Galápagos Islands as a World Heritage Site in 1978 and a Biosphere Reserve in 1985, development is only permitted on 3% of the total area. Permission has been granted to develop the resort on a hill with views of the ocean and other landmarks. All building work is in accordance with local laws and with strong involvement from the local community. Plans are underway for an Earth Lab and Experience Center. The lab will showcase the project’s sustainability efforts and the Experience Center will host research and educational activities by academics and NGOs already working in the Galápagos. There will be a particular focus on restoring the original endemic Miconia ecosystem, eradicating invasive species and maintaining a native plant nursery on site.

The almost zero light pollution ensures night skies are some of the most spectacular on earth, and an Observation Post will offer guests stargazing and fine dining experiences. All three facilities have been designed by famous bamboo architect Simon Velez.

Neil Jacobs, CEO of the resort chain, said: "Sustainability is at the core of our brand, influencing everything from ongoing community engagement and conservation efforts to the local, repurposed materials used in the development. We are excited and delighted to work with the Orgal Group on this extraordinary project in such a special and environmentally sensitive place, staying true to our joint purpose of ecosystem restoration, scientific research of marine species and low-impact tourism.” The resort will have a fitness centre, yoga studio and Alchemy Bar and will offer wellness programmes incorporating  local healing and herbalist treatments.

The food and beverage programme will minimise the need to import any produce. The aim is self-sufficiency, with an organic vegetable garden complementing produce by local farmers or local fishermen. There will also be a Fermentation Room where guests can learn about pickling and preserving. Six Senses Galapagos is a 35-minute drive from the San Cristobal airport at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.


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