Sonu Shivdasani (Six Senses)

Sunday, 11 January 2009 19:18

A descendant of Indian parents, Sonu was born and studied largely in England, with some periods of his education being in Nigeria and Switzerland. He is an alumni of Eton College and a Graduate of Oxford University where he received an MA in English Literature.

During his time at Oxford, Sonu met his Swedish-born wife, Eva. They fell in love with the Maldives and leased an island there in 1990. After considerable effort and some good luck their first resort, Soneva Fushi, opened in 1995. As the pioneer luxury and environment friendly resort in the country, Soneva Fushi redefined tourism in the Maldives and soon became known as the premier beach destination.

In 2000, Soneva Fushi was awarded "Best of the Best" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller UK, an indication of the numerous travel and environmental awards with which the company would receive in the future.

Soneva Fushi also opened the first spa in the Maldives and one of the first in Asia; thus Six Senses Spas was born.

The signing of agreements to manage resorts and spas of third parties lead to what is now the Six Senses group; a company whose "Core Purpose" is: "To create innovative and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment".

With this goal in mind the Six Senses portfolio currently boasts 26 resorts that are either open or under development, and 41 spas that are in Six Senses’ own properties or hosted by third-party managed properties. Six Senses also operates retail outlets at most of its resorts under the brand - Six Senses Gallery.

Whilst the evolution of Six Senses keeps Sonu quite busy, he enjoys reading, art, architecture, wine, travelling, wellness and "Six Senses Living".

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