Sense of Purpose

by Anton D. Javier
Photos courtesy of Six Senses Duxton
26 Apr 2018

Singapore welcomes its first Six Senses property at Duxton Road, which brings with it more than just beautifully furnished rooms — it aims to introduce a sense of purpose to the community through sustainable practices and community building

With its façade painted black, it’s hard to miss the new Six Senses hotel along Duxton Road, particularly with the technicolor signs and shophouses that are characteristic to the neighborhood. “I’m finally here,” it says, without having to utter a single word. And of course, we take notice.

Inside the Anouska Hempel-decorated property, guests are transported to a cozy enclave, almost like a classic bar inside a luxury sleeper train. Rich tones of yellow and gold, complemented by black fixtures and finishes are the norm here, save for the Pearl Suite, which is a hidden all-white sanctuary.

Of course you’d expect a Six Senses property to look this stunning, but what surprises us most is that it doesn’t just look good, it does good as well.


Sustainability At Its Core

Spanning a row of sustainably restored shophouses, Six Senses Duxton seeks to engage the surrounding neighborhood, and at the same time, provide a new level of sustainability practiced in Singapore. “Six Senses Duxton aims not only to deliver a five-star luxury hotel experience, but to actively improve the surrounding neighborhood and natural environment as we do so,” shares Neil Jacobs, Six Senses Chief Executive Officer.

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There is also no environmental effort too big or too small for Six Senses Duxton, with the hotel practicing something as simple as refraining from using plastic straws to more complex efforts like a well-executed waste management system and treating, purifying, mineralizing, and bottling its own drinking water.

“We are focused on the creation and operation of self-sustaining hotels that are supportive of social equity and leave a legacy for future generations,” reveals General Manager Murray Atiken. “Numerous processes and procedures are in place to ensure that we truly ‘walk the talk’ in terms of adhering to our commitments to sustainability and conservation.”


A Community Comes Together

With the Duxton Road property up and running and another one opening later this year at Maxwell, Six Senses took it upon itself to engage the neighborhood it calls home.

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Guests can look forward to community-based wellness activities like nature discovery walking tours and fitness classes through neighborhood partners. Other offerings include tea and coffee workshops, in collaboration with nearby cafes and traditional teashops.

Also notable is Six Senses Duxton’s partnership with Long Zhong Tang, a successful Traditional Chinese Medicine practice across the road. Professor Zhang Mao Ji will offer consultations and medicinal herbal dispensary for in-house guests, as well as receive two chilled 30ml glass bottles of complimentary tinctures that he formulated in the in-room mini bar. One tincture is designed to be taken in the morning, which helps improve appetite and body detoxification, while the night concoction helps prevent insomnia, improve **** circulation, and reduce anxiety.

Six Senses Duxton is located at 83 Duxton Road, Tel: 6914 1428,