Six Senses has announced it will be making its Japan debut in 2024 with an all-new wellness resort drenched in idyllic natural views, shinrin yoku (forest bathing) vibes and Zen traditions. Set in the rich cultural capital of Kyoto, Six Senses Kyoto will open beset serene shrines and temples while also being within walking distance of the vibrant Gion entertainment district.
An Urban Sanctuary for Wellness and Nature
A total of 81 guest rooms will provide accommodations for the resort. These spaces will then be organized a central courtyard, connecting guests to organic spaces designed to engage the senses across each season.
This natural element continues throughout the sanctuary through elegant designs and meandering outdoor spaces. Contrasting simple lines with earthen tones, BLINK Design Group is even able to bring this calming and welcoming energy into the interior spaces while also maximizing openness, seclusion and atmosphere.
“The hotel journey is designed to mirror the different energies of the city life, from the sensory stimulation and movement of the street to the stillness and calm of a Zen garden,” Six Senses states on its site.
Zen in the City
In addition to the living and outdoor spaces that optimize human health, Six Sense Kyoto will also feature spa and wellness facilities that blend traditional healing and Japanese Zen culture into a nourishing wellness experience for body and mind.
Guests can join traditional Ryokan-style welcome to tea ceremonies that set the mind at ease and open to signature treatments, with a particular focus on healing rituals. These, as the company states, are to help induce calm and wellbeing.
The spa lounge will also incorporate a retail offering that includes vibrant and fun fashion and homeware collections, as well as a variety of skincare and lifestyle products.
On-Site Environmental Engagement
Owing to the sustainably minded focus of the resort, Six Senses will also be using its presence in Japan to help the local environment. The on-site Earth Lab sits central to this thesis. An entire space dedicated to environmental engagement, the Earth Lab sits as an innovation space that will help communicate the work happening on and off site at Six Senses Kyoto.
“We’re delighted to announce our entry into Japan’s cultural heart, Kyoto. Together with our partners, Tokyo-based Wealth Management, we’re tapping into Kyoto’s rich cultural significance and our brand ethos of sustainability and uplifting experiences to develop a premier wellness-focused destination. The food, impeccable and thoughtful service, gardens, lanes, architecture, and healing and bathing rituals create an exciting addition for us, and downtown location for guests to relax and reconnect. See you in 2024!” says Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs.