InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) acquires Six Senses for $300 million

by | Mar 18, 2019 | Chains

IHG buys luxury hotel operator Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas from Pegasus Capital Advisors for $300 million.

Revealing a move which increases IHG’s global presence and adds a hefty number of luxurious properties in some of the world’s most desirable and exotic destinations, the purchase of Six Senses by the hospitality goliath has been announced.

We take a look inside this major acquisition.

IHG takes over Six Senses

Huge acquisitions are always a hot topic in the hospitality industry, and the latest news that industry giant InterContinental Hotel Group has bought luxury hotel group Six Senses from  Pegasus Capital Advisors certainly falls into that category.

For the cool price of $300m, IHG now takes control of all of Six Senses’ 16 hotels, 18 management contracts in the pipeline and more than 50 deals currently in negotiation.

The move reflects IHG’s ambition to expand further into the luxury market, and Six Senses’ portfolio of idyllic properties in the Maldives, Thailand, Oman and Portugal, to name but a few, fully cements this intention.

Six Senses will sit above IHG’s other luxury acquisitions of late, including Regent Hotels and Kimpton Hotels.

Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer of IHG, said, “Six Senses is an outstanding brand in the top-tier of luxury and one we’ve admired for some time. You only have to look at its iconic hotels and resorts to see how this acquisition will further round out our luxury offer. With a focus on wellness and sustainability, Six Senses has been voted the world’s top hotel brand for the past two years, which is a testament to its impressive management team who bring deep experience to IHG’s luxury operations.”

The scoop on the deal

The acquisition was conducted for $300m in cash and involves the sale of the Six Senses brand and its management business.

While Six Senses has been operating as an asset-light business, IHG intends to grow Six Senses substantially over the next 10 years to reach a total of approximately 60 properties.

The purchase does not include any real estate assets, but focuses on incorporating Six Senses spas, which total 37 under the Six Senses and LivNordic brands.

The process of acquisition is a complex one, further complicated by the spa element, so no doubt both IHG and Six Senses were grateful that consultancy firm Horwath HTL Health and Wellness were on hand to advise.

The company’s experience in wellness undoubtedly proved invaluable, and Ingo Schweder, Managing Director of Horwath HTL Health and Wellness, spoke of the trajectory of the wellness industry, saying, “With IHG’s acquisition of Six Senses, we see yet another major hospitality group making a large, strategic investment in wellness, signalling that wellness is not a fad but, in fact, the new reality and a necessary component of the hospitality business. People are becoming increasingly concerned about their health and wellbeing and investing in themselves to ensure an optimal status of health whether at home or while traveling.”

Fabian Modena, Manager at Horwath HTL Health and Wellness, added, “If we look just at the stand-alone spas, the purchase is very attractive for IHG as it gives the company a highly robust spa brand that it can now leverage in their other luxury hotel and resort properties.”

 

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts:

 

Intercontinental Sydney 

 

Hangzhou Liangzhu Intercontinental Hotel 

 

Intercontinental Wien 

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