Six Senses will open its first Australian property in Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne. Six Senses Burnham Beeches will be located inside the heritage mansion and 22-hectare estate designed by architect Harry Norris in 1933 for the Nicholas “Aspro” Family. The mansion, that was added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 1991, is one of the finest examples of domestic Art Deco in Australia, while the extensive Alfred Nicolas Memorial Gardens are now managed by Parks Victoria.
Six Senses Burnham Beeches will feature 43 guest accommodations and hospitality venues, including a welcome lounge and terrace, a restaurant with outdoor seating, a library bar, and a rooftop retreat encased by garden planters. The guest rooms will boast individual layouts and will be spread over the mansion’s three main wings. There will also be a separate two-bedroom cottage with interconnecting one-bedroom suite within the site’s Hilltop Retreat.
The sprawling farm gardens will supply the restaurants with fruit and vegetables, and the herb garden will produce healing and aromatic plants for use in Alchemy Bar workshops and Six Senses Spa treatments. A nature playground is planned as part of the Grow With Six Senses approach to connecting children with nature through play and interactive learning experiences. There will be a premium glamping offering tucked in and around the Hilltop Retreat to allow for an eco-friendly alternative to staying at the mansion.
Six Senses Spa on the lower ground level of the mansion will feature a welcome lounge and boutique, tea lounge, treatment rooms, gym, hydro area and sauna, and relaxation spaces. The separate pool house complex will also accommodate the Earth Lab. The beating heart of the site will be a Village Square which offers hotel guests access to an additional collection of venues: The Hearth, The Barn, Steak House, The Baker, Brew House, and Providore.
Subject to receiving the support of all stakeholders, Six Senses Burnham Beeches is slated to open in mid-2025.
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