The ongoing pandemic may have spelt an end to Six Senses' presence in Singapore, but two heritage properties formerly part of IHG's luxury portfolio will soon be reflagged to another boutique brand with another hospitality giant – this time under Marriott's Autograph Collection.
Six Senses has since May 31 ceased management of the 49-room Six Senses Duxton and the 138-room Six Senses Maxwell and Six Senses, which marked the luxury hospitality and spa operator's first foray into city resorts when both properties opened in 2018.
The two 19th century shophouse properties will now change hands to Marriott International, which will reopen the hotels in early 2021 as The Maxwell Reserve Hotel, Autograph Collection, and The Duxton Reserve Hotel, Autograph Collection.
There are currently no plans to renovate both properties, whose architecture and aesthetics were the work of acclaimed designers Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia under the design direction of Satinder Garcha – owner and visionary behind Garcha Hotels.
“Both the hotel’s look and feel, and most importantly the vibe, spirit and energy, will remain unchanged,” said Gautam Bhandari, regional vice president, hotel development, Marriott International, Asia Pacific.
With addresses giving guests access to Singapore’s unique culture and heritage, “both hotels blend elements inspired by Singapore’s early days with modern touches, making them the perfect fit for the Autograph Collection” said Bhandari.
Covid-19’s “seismic effect” on the tourism industry globally and the ensuing exit of Six Senses from the Singapore market is lamentable, said Lucy Jackson, co-founder and director of luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel. She told Travel Weekly Asia: “It's a shame to lose such brilliant brands, especially ones that we work so closely but we wish Marriott every success with the rebrand."
However, Jackson is confident that boutique or unique accommodations will remain top choice for a high proportion of her guests. "The range of experiences on offer at these more unique accommodation options is also often second to none, allowing guests a deeper connection to the destination they are discovering,” she added.