Six Senses appoints Julian Crane as Director of Sales & Marketing, Maldives

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announces the appointment of Julian Crane as director of sales & marketing, Six Senses Laamu Maldives and Seychelles. He brings to the role more than 20 years of international experience in the high-end hospitality sector.

Julian joins Six Senses from his previous role of director of marketing for Four Seasons Hotel Doha. He originally joined Four Seasons in 1993 at the Regent Kuala Lumpur as front desk manager before moving into sales. He then became director of sales in the Four Seasons properties in Chiang Mai, Tokyo and Sydney before becoming director of marketing in Damascus and then Doha.

The broad experience of his hotel career began in 1990 as a trainee at The Ritz Hotel London. He then joined the opening team of the Sheraton Towers in Melbourne as a guest service agent before joining Four Seasons.

Julian holds a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – Hotel and Business management from Portsmouth University, UK. In addition to his native English language, he also speaks Chinese (Hokkien dialect).

Julian is accompanied by his wife, Sandra and their two children. He will be based at the Six Senses home office in Bangkok.

About: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 30 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas.

Six Senses resorts are set in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks, and an uncompromising level of service that will stay with you long after you’ve left. Each property has a distinctive personality, but shares a commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. This award-winning approach extends to new openings, including the urban concept premiering in New York in 2019.

Six Senses Spas incorporate local healing traditions with holistic rejuvenation treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists and visiting practitioners. They constantly explore and rethink the typical spa model to offer pioneering wellness, not only in all resort spas, but also in standalone spas in prestigious hotels and premium class lounges.

Evason properties continue the philosophy to protect their natural environments and cultures. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences.

Six Senses Laamu Partners with Leading Surf Pioneer Tropicsurf

Starting in August, Six Senses Laamu will build on its already thriving surf culture by partnering with Tropicsurf. This Australian-based surf company has been operating internationally for over 30 years and has built a roster of 50 specialist coaches stationed in nine different countries.

Tropicsurf is positioned as the masters of high-end surfing. Regardless of age, experience or competency, Tropicsurf asserts that everybody can enjoy surfing’s ultimate thrills in safety, comfort and style. Over the course of 30 years Tropicsurf has combed the planet to present surfers with an intimate selection of the world’s leading surfing resorts. These are all acclaimed five-star properties operated by the best hotel brands in the world, each selected because of its proximity to quality breaks that cater to a broad range of abilities.

Both Tropicsurf and Six Senses Laamu share a common vision: reconnecting people with themselves, others and the world around them and at the same time delivering out of the ordinary guest experiences. Tropicsurf locations are chosen because they offer appealing activities that the whole family can enjoy. With professional guides based on properties around the world, year round, it is assured there’s an expert smiling face upon arrival dedicated to delivering surfing triumphs.

Surfing the Yin Yang, Six Senses Laamu
Surfing the Yin Yang, Six Senses Laamu

In keeping with Six Senses widely recognized commitment to sustainability and obligation to the environment, Tropicsurf will extend its collaboration with Firewire surfboards and exclusively supply eco-friendly Timbertek boards to guests. Firewire remains the only global surfboard production to carry the Sustainable Surf Ecoboard certification and is headed up by 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

“A partnership with Tropicsurf feels like a natural progression for a resort already preferred by an enthusiastic faction of annual surfers,” says Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu. “Those in the know have been surfing with us for years. Not just the pros, but families and first timers who have come to enjoy our privacy, nature and connect with the ocean. You can’t come to the Maldives and not try surfing. Partnering with Tropicsurf will enable us to extend our current program and offer more bespoke experiences commensurate with each guest’s ability and surfing appetite.”

Six Senses Laamu being the only resort in the atoll, offers the chance to its surfing guests to almost exclusively enjoy the surrounding surf breaks. One of these breaks is the Yin Yang, a renowned surf break in the Maldives which is just a five-minute boat ride away. For those who want to discover the surfing experience a beginner’s break is just off the shore.

“Tropicsurf has a long and proud association with the Maldives, having been guiding surfers through Laamu and to Yin Yang since 1988,” explains Mark Winson, the company’s general manager. “Without a doubt the area is a surfer’s paradise. There are so many waves to choose from.  Add to that the seclusion of Six Senses Laamu as the only resort on the atoll, plus expert guiding, and you have a quintessential Maldives surfing experience in the making.”

Aerial, Six Senses LaamuTropicsurf will also be operating a purpose-built state of the art surf center at Six Senses Fiji, which is scheduled to open in late 2017. The surf center will be perfectly positioned for strike missions to waves such as Cloudbreak, Restaurants, Wilkes and many more five star breaks.

For additional details and bookings, please contact [email protected]

Farm to pool at Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu features an organic garden where 40 different herbs, vegetables, salad leaves and micro-herbs are grown. Chef Martin and his culinary team have teamed up with the gardeners to create a daily-changing menu, entirely based on fresh and organic ingredients, served by the pool at Sip Sip.

The menu features a different starter, salad, pizza and dessert every day for guests to choose from. “The idea is to offer guests an additional healthy set of light dish options to enjoy by the pool with locally sourced ingredients. Everything is prepared simply with no addition of processed or modified foods,” says Martin, executive chef.

Chef Martin shares one of his favorite, so far, Farm to Pool recipes for Six Senses Laamu Garden Salad.

Mixed lettuce
Baby spinach
Micro herbs
Three carrot slices
Sliced red radish
Four avocado slices
Lemon Juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Flaxseed cracker

Wash and picked lettuce, spinach and micro herbs.
Make the dressing by mixing lemon juice, salt and pepper, slowly pour the olive oil.
Dress the lettuce and avocado, arrange in the bowl, garnish with micro herbs and flaxseed cracker.

For the flaxseed crackers

50 grams golden flaxseed
60 ml water

Pour the water over the flaxseed, mix and stir thoroughly.
Leave to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, stir regularly until the mix becomes thickened.
Spread the mix thinly over one dehydrator tray and score lightly with a spatula.
Dry for 12 to 36 hours.

From all the Farmers and Chefs at Six Senses Laamu: Meerukon’ Kaalacchey (Bon Appétit).

Chefs and gardening team working together, Six Senses Laamu
Chefs and gardening team working together, Six Senses Laamu

 

Six Senses Laamu Garden Salad, Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu Garden Salad, Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef.

Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however, beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view of the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, a swimming pool with a sunken bar, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.

Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both overwater and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 29 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. Aggressive development plans will triple the portfolio over the next five years with the resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Six Senses operates resorts in far-flung locations of incredible natural beauty known for their distinctive and diverse design personalities. Each of the nine properties is supported by a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. Six Senses hotels which share the same vision and values found at their award-winning resorts will premiere in urban locations in 2019.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spas are located in all Six Senses and Evason resorts; 18 additional standalone spas are located in prestigious hotels and resorts as well as the premier class lounges of two major airports.

Evason introduces a collection of two unique resorts that follow the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and to the community. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus while offering a vast array of guest services and personal attention.

Celebrating Festive Season At Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is ready to welcome the 2015 Festive Season with special events and out of the ordinary experiences for everyone to enjoy. Special celebrations for guests of all ages will be taking place between December 23, 2015 and January 3, 2016 and these include the following holiday highlights:

Six Senses Spa experts suggest to start the day with a laughing yoga session or a Six Senses Mindfulness Meditation. A variety of classes and workshops have been added to the extensive range of signature treatments. For those seeking to discover yoga, aerial yoga, asanas, yoga nidra, pranayama and many more sessions will be available to choose from. The spa is also delighted to have Dr. Gopal, a naturopathic doctor and yoga expert from India, back. Dr. Gopal specializes in Ayurveda, wellness, and nutrition and will be offering, among others, Ayurveda workshops, royal Indian head massage and Chinese acupuncture.

Six Senses Laamu
Treatment Room, Six Senses Laamu
Ayurveda Aromatherapy – Abhyanga, Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu

Chef Martin and his team offer various culinary suggestions for this season; from a wine journey around the most famous vineyards of the world to an evening of authentic curries and spicy dishes from India and Sri Lanka or a Thai street market experience setup on the beach. And for more culinary adventures, the chef will be hosting another sought after pop-up dinner. While the details of the pop-up will remain a surprise until the actual start of the dinner, be assured that the pop-up will be Festive!

Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu

Making marshmallow snowmen, sandcastles and decorating festive ornaments is not an easy job for younger guests. A variety of creative, educational and sports activities will be organized by the resort’s hosts for children of all ages, along with a pirate snorkeling adventure.

Des Mitchell will be adding a soul twist to our sunsets on the decks of Chill Bar and Sip Sip and he will be jazzing it up with his good friend and fellow performer Sara France.

Everyone will be wishing Maruhaba aa’aharu, (Happy New Year) in the local language, in a locally-inspired New Year’s Eve setting. Des Mitchell will be hosting the New Year’s Eve party on the beach, inviting all to dance the old year away and to welcome a prosperous new year.

Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu

For those setting out for an adventure, there are plenty of excursion options available. Whether it be hopping on a boat to experience life in Maldives by visiting a nearby local island or  having a deserted island to yourself for a day, boat captains are ready to take guests there. It is a great time for families to get together and spend some quality time.

But not everything happens on land. Discover the colorful underwater world of the Laamu Atoll with diving and snorkeling excursions or try the skills in your favorite watersports. The hosts are ready to be challenged in volleyball, football, water polo and other sports activities and games.  Clear and starry skies away from the city lights are truly beautiful, so if you are fascinated by the universe with its stars, planets, comets and moon, join astronomer Dr. Parag for stargazing sessions on the beach at night. He will also be offering sun gazing sessions in the mornings.