25 February 2019
The major international hotel, resort and spa company, Six Senses, has been acquired by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), in a deal worth $300 million.
Professional Beauty UK reports that the sale includes the management of 16 hotels and resorts, 37 spas and sister companies Evason and Raison d’Etre. Six Senses, which has properties in Seychelles and Maldives (among many other locations around the world), has announced plans for 44 more hotels over the next 10 years.
Says Six Senses chief executive, Neil Jacobs: ´This is an exciting new era for Six Senses. IHG believes in our purpose to merge the two platforms of wellness and sustainability to promote personal health, and the health of the planet.
“Joining forces with IHG means we can use a wealth of systems and operational excellence to grow our brand and reach new markets without losing our quirky personality and playful touch. It’s been a great pleasure to work with our former private equity fund, Pegasus Pegasus Capital Advisors, over the last six years and we would never have reached this milestone without their vision and deep involvement.”
Keith Barr, chief executive of IHG, adds: “IHG’s growing portfolio of luxury brands is a collection of the very best in the travel industry. Each one offers something unique to our guests, and together they offer an unparalleled choice of locations and experiences.
“We’re incredibly proud to welcome Six Senses into our family of brands and look forward to opening more stunning hotels, resorts and spas – each one staying true to Six Senses’ world-renowned reputation for wellness and an unwavering commitment to purposeful travel.”
The World Spa & Wellness Africa Convention, to be held on 1 & 2 September 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre alongside the Professional Beauty Johannesburg Show, is in negotiations with a senior spa executive from Six Senses to present the keynote address at the convention.