IHG Acquires Six Senses

Filed Under: Hotels, IHG Rewards

InterContinental Hotels Group sure is on a shopping spree lately! They’ve acquired Kimpton, they recently acquired Regent, and now they’re acquiring an even higher end hotel group.

IHG is acquiring Six Senses

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced their acquisition of Six Senses Hotels. This was a $300 million cash acquisition from Pegasus Capital Advisors, and it includes all of Six Senses’ brands and operating companies, but doesn’t include any real estate assets.

Six Senses currently manages 16 hotels and resorts, with an additional 18 management contracts in the pipeline, and more than 50 further deals under active discussion. IHG hopes that their acquisition of Six Senses will improve their position in the luxury segment.

While Six Senses properties are extremely luxurious, they’re also very nature focused. As they describe it, “Six Senses’ core is a commitment to guest rejuvenation and reconnection, with an expert focus on wellness and sustainability.”

IHG says they want to combine their scale, systems, and operational excellence, with Six Senses’ luxury, resort, and spa expertise, to grow Six Senses to more than 60 properties over the next 10 years. Interestingly this includes bringing Six Senses to urban markets, including a property already under construction in West Chelsea, Manhattan.

Six Senses Laamu Maldives

Where does Six Senses have properties?

Six Senses’ current properties include the following:

What does this mean for IHG Rewards Club?

Six Senses properties are for the most part really expensive (many retail for $1,000+ per night). Naturally one big question is whether members will be able to earn and redeem points for stays at Six Senses properties.

That’s not possible yet, though I imagine it’s something that could happen in the long run. You’d think they’d integrate Six Senses into IHG Rewards Club in some capacity, though nothing about it is mentioned in the press release.

I could see it being possible to earn points for Six Senses stays, though I question if they’ll allow redemptions at these properties. If they do, I imagine there will be significant capacity controls, and the award prices will be very high.

Six Senses Bhutan

Bottom line

It’s great to see IHG expanding as much as they are, by trying to grow some smaller hotel groups. Six Senses is their most luxurious acquisition yet, and I’ll be curious to see how that plays into the IHG ecosystem. I’m excited!

  1. I know where I’ll burn my Chase IHG free night certificate. Actually, pretty sure there’s no way in hell they would allow it.

  2. @Tommy Trash Too bad the free night certificate is capped at redemptions under 40k points going forward. Using my last one at Intercontinental Da Nang in a few weeks.

  3. I recently noticed that IHG now offers Allure, Royals Parc hotel, and Royals Parc Suites on the Orlando area. Definitely at the opposite end from these other luxury hotel groups, a couple of the lowest rated hotels in the market. They don’t seem to have been put into any of the ihg brands. I don’t know if they are part of a larger acquisition or just a few hotels under one ownership group, but it seemed odd to me that they are not branded.

  4. @Jules

    Some cardholders were grandfathered for 1 more year of uncapped anniversary certs. I would guess it will take a while (if ever) to integrate these properties to the award chart —making it unlikely that any uncapped certs can be used on these properties since the following year those certs become capped. Bummer.

    Also, the IHG Da Nang is an amazing property. We were there last April and loved it. Great use of your cert!

  5. The UK IHG credit card night is uncapped. It’s the one thing we have left. I hope this isn’t the push they need to follow the US lead.

  6. Don’t you think that’s why they reduced where the Chase annual night certificates were useable? To me, it was apparent they were purchasing a luxury brand.

  7. Yes! I’ve always wanted to stay at a Six Senses resort. Crossing my fingers that IHG will allow point redemption in the future!

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