To translate the Six Senses vision of reconnection into an urban environment, the brand looks for iconic landmarks in some of the world’s most breathtaking downtown addresses and then weaves wellness, sustainable design, bespoke hospitality, and community into the guest experience.
Following Istanbul, and with upcoming properties in Rome, New York, London, and Bangkok, Six Senses is now celebrating its entry into the heart of Lisbon. This also adds a second prime destination to its Portuguese portfolio after Six Senses Douro Valley in the heart of the country’s wine region.
Authenticity in the City
As is true with all of the brand’s urban properties, Six Senses Lisbon has been designed with outstanding craftsmanship, comfort, natural materials, and light in mind to ensure both an epicenter and an escape, with spacious seclusion on the inside and seamless access to the city on the doorstep. This time, the heritage buildings are the converted 17th-century Palácio Lavra and the remarkable Palácio de Pedrosas. The latter was built in 1764 for an Italian merchant and then later sold to the Portuguese postal service. Adjacent to the famous Elevator do Lavra funicular railway, Six Senses Lisbon is close to all the city’s cultural highlights including the Coliseu Theater, Politeama Theater and, for fashionistas, the emblematic Liberdade Avenue is just a few meters away.
Once open, Six Senses Lisbon will offer 114 guest rooms within the two buildings. The Palácio de Pedrosas is a journey through time with pieces acquired by the original merchant still in situ, along with classic and modern art, book collections, antique rugs, maps, and handmade textile sculptures. The vibe is contemporary and fresh, juxtaposed with exposed classic architecture and traditional Portuguese furniture. The generous room proportions, large windows and doors, and high ceilings give the hotel a breezy and contemporary flow. The suites feature separate fitted kitchens and outdoor terraces with a dining area and comfy sofas, perfect for a relaxing escape at the end of a busy day spent shopping or visiting the city’s attractions.
The ground floor of the Palácio Lavra has the aesthetic of an artist’s atelier, complete with carved wooden counters and handmade tapestries. Rooms are decorated in warm and earthy tones to envelop guests in comfort, with traditional Portuguese touches such as hand-painted ceramics.
In the main communal areas, the soaring ceilings, playful candelabras, exotic frescos, striking sculptural features, and lush artisanal palette add to the friendly elegance of the space. The design is sharp and the plants are soft, to keep guests connected to nature even when dressed in Donatella.
Six Senses Lisbon is also blessed with unique outdoor spaces including a rooftop terrace with views over the city and a private central garden featuring vine-covered glass atriums, cozy corners, and communal seating with Portuguese fabrics and natural fibers. Separated from the chaos of the city, guests could be forgiven for closing their eyes and believing they can hear waves lapping on the shore.
“What emerges from our latest urban project is not just a collection of individual hotel rooms but a vibrant community and mutual enjoyment of the rooftop bar, library, boutique, Earth Lab, and lounge areas,” says Six Senses Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “The offering includes differentiated service standards too, with a dedicated on-site team and personal Guest Experience Makers, private catering, in-room spa treatments and catered event planning.”
The joy of good food permeates all aspects of Portuguese life, emphasizing simple ingredients that are lovingly and impeccably prepared. The main street restaurant will be guided by the Eat With Six Senses philosophy, where flavors are fresh, and ingredients are seasonal and wholesome. There will also be a specialty organic restaurant in the pretty courtyard, a lively lounge bar, a relaxed greenhouse bar, and an all-day coffee bar.
The 1,000 square-meter Six Senses Spa will blend signature therapies and wellness programs for guests and locals alike. Along with eight treatment rooms, there will be indoor and outdoor wet areas, a fitness center, a dance studio, and a yoga pavilion set up for aerial yoga. The tinctures and detox mocktails brewed at the Juice Bar work their magic on the inside while the natural botanicals blended at the Alchemy Bar take 10 years off the outside.
Emotion in Motion
To bring its urban vision to life, Six Senses collaborates with innovative experts in architecture, sustainable engineering, design, hospitality, and development, in this case, Key International and ARD Investment and Development, who together bring over 30 years of experience in global investments and developments. Their expertise focuses on real estate projects that improve customers’ lifestyles through forward-thinking considerations for everyday life, work, convenience, entertainment, and leisure.
“It is a great responsibility for us to restore these magnificent and unique properties in Lisbon,” says Jaime Ardid, Partner at ARD Investment and Development. “We are fortunate and grateful for this opportunity to bring the essence of the two palácios back to life, joining forces with the professional Six Senses team. We’re focusing all our energies on giving Lisbon a cultural landmark the local community can feel proud of and that shines bright for our international guests.”
Six Senses Lisbon is set to open in 2025.