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Six Senses to open property in Iceland in 2022

15 Jun 2019 by Hannah Brandler
Eystrahorn mountain on the east corner of Lon Lagoon

Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas will open a property in Iceland in 2022.

Six Senses Ossura Valley will occupy 4,000 acres of privately owned land on the southeastern coast of Iceland in Svinholar, near Loni, and will be a 30-minute drive from Hornafjorour Airport.

The development will comprise a 70-room resort and private cottages, overlooking the Lon Lagoon and Vestrahorn mountain range.

Sustainability is at the forefront of architect John Brevard’s agenda, with all the residences built using renewable and locally sourced materials. The resort also promises to adhere to high standards of energy and water efficiency.

Brevard has considered the “implications of human bioenergy, electromagnetism, astrology, sacred geometries and the principles of Feng Shui” in his design.

A waterfall in the Ossura Valley

The development will have a welcome lounge, which will house a library, cinema room, water bar, and “Earth Lab” showcasing the property’s sustainable undertakings.

Dining options will reflect the natural surroundings, with possibilities to dine on over-water wooden walkways, beside a waterfall, or in a traditional boathouse. The development will also have an all-day bar and restaurant specialising in seafood, and a farmhouse featuring an organic garden and cooking school with farm-to-table seasonal recipes.

The property will also have a Six Senses Spa with a fitness center, yoga studio and wellness programme.

Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas, said:

“This development epitomises our commitment to finding locations where guests can be right in the heart of nature and where they will come face-to-face with the raw beauty, power and soul of this magical destination. It will also appeal to experience-seekers looking for something uniquely joyful and playful.”

The Six Senses Ossura Valley site

The development will have a range of guest activities on offer, including dog sledging, horseback riding, ice and rock climbing, bird watching and boat trips. The resort is also ideally located close to the Vatnajokull National Park, Europe’s largest glacier and home to Iceland’s highest peak, the Oræfajokull volcano. Guests hoping to get a peek at the Northern Lights can also visit the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, located just an hour’s drive from the resort.

Six Senses Ossura Valley will also be involved in the monitoring and protection of a neighbouring black sand beach, which happens to be the biggest gathering space for swans in Iceland.

The property is owned and being developed by the Alfaland Hotel ehf with partners including Brevard, fashion entrepreneur Aslaug Magnusdottir and cultural entrepreneur Jakob Frimann Magnusson.

Commenting on the partnership, Magnusson said:

“Joining forces with Six Senses represents a great alignment of visions: a passion for protecting Iceland’s natural habitat while affording guests the opportunity to connect with pristine nature. We’re excited to be creating a special place dedicated to wellness, self-development and sustainability in a breathtaking location. It is a first of its kind resort in Iceland.”

Earlier this year, Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas became part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

sixsenses.com, ihg.com

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