Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas have signed a resort and residential property in Belize which will include a private island with overwater villas, spa and wellness facilities. Six Senses Belize will be the ultra-luxury hospitality group’s second resort in the Caribbean.
Six Senses Belize will be located in two areas: “Secret Beach” – a sun-drenched stretch of secret beachfront on Ambergris Caye where residences will be located; along with the “Private Island” accessed by boat and 5-minutes from the core precinct, where the 45 villa resort will be positioned.
“Throughout, the emphasis has been placed on sensitive integration of landscaping to connect guests with nature and allow for greater privacy and coveted ‘desert island’ appeal,” says Neil Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of Six Senses. “We’ve drawn inspiration from local craft and Belizean life, capturing the spirit and history of Mayan architecture and local heritage.”
Secret Beach is a 7-hectare part of the resort featuring a private beachfront, not far from lively San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. It offers a mix of daytime and night-time amenities, anchored by the Experience Center. There are plans for organic gardens complemented by a labyrinth, mushroom hut, cooking school, food market and teens’ club. Secret Beach will also be the main location for watersports.
Along the islands’ eastern and western shores will be 44 one- and two-bedroom resort villas and a three-bedroom retreat villa, most of which will be overwater bungalows accessed by jetties, with the Six Senses Spa and Wellness Village located at the centre.
Sustainability will form a key focus of the resort, like all Six Senses’ properties, with the natural vegetation along the beach zone to be left intact to preserve this natural barrier. There are also plans to re-vegetate red mangroves and plant species to further preserve the beach and serve as a roosting and foraging habitat for birdlife. The overwater structures are built in such a way as to provide a benthic habitat to enhance productivity and biodiversity as well as fish life.
Six Senses Belize is targeting an opening by mid-2025. Belize is just 1.5 hours from Miami and 5 hours from New York. Guests will be able to transfer to the resort via boat or helicopter.
Meanwhile, Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada has been flagged to launch in late 2022.
Lead image: Six Senses Belize’s private island on Ambergris Caye