This might just be the most intriguing hotel that’s currently in the pipeline…
Six Senses opening Norwegian glacier hotel
Nature-focused luxury hotel brand Six Senses, which is owned by IHG, is planning on opening a hotel in a pretty spectacular setting. The 94-room Six Senses Svart is expected to open in 2024 in Norway, in the Arctic Circle. This property has been under development for a while, but it has just been announced that it will be branded as a Six Senses.
The word “Svart” means black and blue in old Norse, and is a reference to the natural heritage of the ancient Svartisen glacier. The hotel will be located in the Holandsfjorden fjord, right by the Svartisen glacier. Since the property is being built in the Arctic Circle, you can expect lots of sunlight in summer, and lots of darkness (and hopefully Northern Lights) in winter.
Sustainability is a focus for Six Senses, and given the fragile environment the property is being built in, even more effort has gone into that than usual. As Neil Jacobs, Six Senses CEO, describes this property:
“Sustainable properties call for extraordinary creativity, and Six Senses Svart takes us to a whole new level in terms of pushing boundaries. The concept has become bigger than the project itself, as it will provide a futuristic showcase for what can be achieved in terms of sustainability and energy solutions, and therefore a blueprint within our hospitality industry and the development sector in general.”
It’s stated that the property will be off-grid and carbon neurtal:
- It’s allegedly the first building in the Northern Hemisphere to be designed and built after the highest energy-efficiency standards
- The property will harvest enough solar energy to go back into the system, covering the hotel, adjacent operations, boat shuttle, and the energy needed to construct the building, rendering it independent from the power grid
- The property will be self-sustaining, complete with its own waste and water management, recycling, and renewable infrastructure
- Six Senses Svart is the northernmost implementation of the Paris Agreement, “demonstrating that carbon neutrality can be not only feasible in a sophisticated development at an eco-sensitive site, but can also be profitable”
This property looks amazing, and will be part of IHG
First of all, this is probably the most amazing-looking hotel I’ve ever seen. If it’s half as spectacular as it looks in renderings, it’ll be awesome. I had such a good time visiting Longyearbyen, Norway, several years back, which is the world’s northernmost settlement. However, it was far from luxurious.
To see a luxury hotel open in a setting like this seems so cool. This would of course be fun in summer, when there’s constant daylight, though it would also be special in winter, for the coziness and to hopefully get to see the Northern Lights.
The other cool angle here is that IHG now owns Six Senses. Six Senses properties are slowly being integrated into IHG’s loyalty program, so hopefully that process continues.
Suffice it to say that being able to redeem IHG points here would be incredible. And even if there isn’t any award availability, at least being able to earn points for stays here would be a useful opportunity.
Six Senses Svart is expected to open in 2024, and will be located right next to a glacier in Norway. Six Senses has some special properties that are off the beaten track, though this might be the coolest addition yet.
Personally I kind of view Six Senses as being the new Aman — Aman used to open hotels in remote locations, but since being sold, Aman is simply cashing in, and opening hotels in places like Los Cabos, Miami, and New York.
Anyone else super intrigued by the Six Senses Svart?