Six Senses has announced its first sub-Saharan African project, which will front Princess Elizabeth Island on the approach to Victoria Falls. The partially concealed, tree-level lodges at Six Senses Victoria Falls will be ecological, tactile and understated to provide a bird’s eye platform for an authentic connection with nature and wildlife.
The resort is part of The House of Chinhara initiative to assist with the recovery of Zimbabwean tourism by raising the available accommodation count and quality for visitors to the Victoria Falls National Park, besides providing host accommodation facilities and hospitality training opportunities. Victoria Falls comprises five individual falls, four of which are located in Zimbabwe. Elephants, pods of hippos, buffalo, big cats and primates are among the animals that may frequent the resort.
With its trademark ethos of conscious travel, Six Senses is working with the development team of Worth International, comprising SIP Project Managers, DSA Architects International and CKR Consultant Engineers, on a modular scheme consisting of a series of stilted wooden structures. This will ensure the lightest possible footprint while still withstanding the potential heavy knock from a passing elephant. Fabricated off-site to minimize construction impacts, the arrangement of lodges and villas will be connected by raised walkways and bridges.
From the main welcome pavilion, guests will transfer to the lounge lobby, where facilities will include a raised restaurant and lounge, specialty dining and braai bar, and sunset look-out bar. The Six Senses Spa and wellness facilities will include four treatment rooms, a gym, a yoga deck, outdoor hot pools, a panoramic sauna, and an integrated retail and concept store. There will also be a literal "jungle gym," which is to be supervised by a ranger.
Besides the 22 lodges with private terraces, there will be 15 deluxe lodges with suspended pools. Some of these lodges can be inter-connected. Plans are afoot for 17 individual pool villas, nine of which offer multi-bedroom accommodation. The blurring of the interior and exterior design evokes reconnection to nature.
Six Senses Victoria Falls will offer on-site signature experiences such as the Earth Lab, Alchemy Bar and Grow With Six Senses children’s activities, besides access to the river on the Six Senses cruiser, the falls and the game reserves.
Six Senses Victoria Falls is slated to open in 2025.