Six Senses announces location of Napa County sustainable sanctuary

by: Felicity Cousins | January 26, 2023

US: Six Senses Hotels and Resorts has announced its plans for its next wellness and sustainability sanctuary in Napa County.

Named after the natural thermal Aetna Springs discovered in the 1870s, the location was home to a popular resort until the 1970s, and Aetna Mineral Water, which is sold throughout the American West. 

Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs said: “Six Senses Napa Valley will marry the region’s beauty with the unique natural resources of the original Aetna Springs. Working with Weller Development Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, and committed sustainability partners, we have the right energy in place to revitalise this precious jewel in the Napa crown as a destination to rewild our guests back to a connection with nature, each other, and ultimately themselves.”

The resort will be located a two-hour drive from San Francisco, on a vast 3,000-acre estate. The existing structures from the previous resort will be sensitively preserved, and the landscape regenerated to bring back the natural mineral springs, with a focus on native planting.

Award winning architects Olson Kundig will be working on the design and regeneration of the old resort buildings. 

Tom Kundig, owner and founder of Olson Kundig said: “There’s so much about this site that I find deeply inspirational, from its layers of history as an agrarian and resort community to its stunning natural beauty. This new project provides a great opportunity to craft an authentic experience for visitors that centres around deepening connections to this special landscape. 

The sanctuary will offer 95 rooms and suites, including ten tent-style structures. There will also be 16 branded residences, which will be serviced by Six Senses and, alongside all the resort amenities, enjoy access to a dedicated lounge.

The investment group, comprising Weller Development Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, and IHG Hotels & Resorts, will work with expert partners in sustainability to restore the recreational green spaces, vineyards, and agricultural activities supporting the resort. 

The water bottling program will tap into the natural springs and offset operational water requirements. 

Practices such as rewilding zones and the use of sustainable design and materials will help the resort achieve LEED certification. 

David Cogut, Partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors said: “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Six Senses, as they embody our ethos of sustainability, health, and wellness,” said “Six Senses Napa Valley will create an extraordinary experience that will stay with guests while restoring and revitalising the property.” 

Six Senses Napa Valley is slated to open in 2026.

Sustainable Hotel News reported recently of Six Senses opening a sustainability focused resort in Grand Bahama also in 2026.

Image: Previous resort buildings on the site, which will be developed