Six Senses has announced plans for a new resort in Grand Bahama.
Six Senses Grand Bahama will offer a hotel, villas and branded residences. The company says the new resort will “create employment opportunities for Grand Bahamians, encourage sustainability and regenerative activity on the island, and engage the surrounding community while protecting the land for future generations.”
Designed by architects 3XN, the resort village will feature 45 waterfront and canal villas with 2,400 feet of beach frontage and water on three sides. It will always have a signature restaurant, beach venue, boathouse, and pool bar. Future development of the 36-acre site will see direct access to a new marina.
Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs said, “We’re eager to reflect the authenticity of Bahamian lifestyle, culture and landscape through organic pathways and architectural design to create a community blended with our signature ethos of wellness, sustainability, crafted guest experiences, and emotional hospitality.”
Units are planned to be modular and prefabricated to minimize on-site impacts and adhere to the high sustainability targets. “This is a great opportunity to investigate new construction methods and define a specific and new approach to sustainability in The Bahamas – both for the buildings and to respect the exceptional local nature.”
The resort village will host an Experience center along with artist studios, relaxed meeting spaces, a fitness center, and Six Senses Spa. There will also be a Marine Research and Dive Center focused on coastal resiliency, native plantings, and land restoration. Additional land and sea areas will be designated as preserves, further enhancing the local biosphere.
The development of Six Senses Grand Bahama will see a team of experts in coastal resilience, marine ecology, and sustainable design collaborate with Bahamian consultants to ensure their knowledge is incorporated and applied to all aspects of the project.
The develoment and investment team, led by Weller Development Partners and Pegasus Capital Advisors, has a track record of environmental sustainability and a reputation for delivering transformative projects.
One priority is to recreuit from the communities directly surrounding the project and the aim is to partner with Blue Action Lab to collaborate with the local community on job training and skills enhancement. With a formal launch expected to kick off within weeks, the project will create hundreds of jobs for Bahamians, both in the construction phases and when the resort opens.
The development will also receive an investment from the Global Fund for Coral Reefs to provide capital and technical assistance leading to increased resilience of reefs and the communities that depend on them. Creating a resort with a hurricane-insulating coastline, while minimizing environmental impacts through self-sufficient energy and waste ambitions, will serve as an example for future sustainable tourism models on Grand Bahama and across the Caribbean.