IHG’s Two Singapore Six Senses Switch To Marriott’s Autograph Collection

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IHG acquired Six Senses hotels back in early 2019 (read more here), and they are slowly being integrated into IHG Rewards Club.

Six Senses tend to be resort hotels, but the group had two city properties in Singapore that decided to exit the IHG system in early June. These hotels are switching flags to Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

You can access Marriott here.

The hotels will reopen in 2021:

  • The Maxwell Reserve, Autograph Collection
  • The Duxton Reserve, Autograph Collection

The same owner already has the Vagabond Club hotel under Marriott’s (previously Starwood’s) Tribute Portfolio, and I took the following of the suite I had there.

Here’s what the owner told to CNA (access their piece here):

Following Six Senses’s exit from Singapore, the two colonial properties it used to manage will reopen under the Marriott International flag, the hotels’ owner, The Garcha Group, revealed to CNA Luxury.

“The two colonial-era gems in the heart of Singapore’s buzzing and dynamic Tanjong Pagar enclave have been rechristened The Maxwell Reserve Hotel, Autograph Collection and The Duxton Reserve Hotel, Autograph Collection. We are very proud to announce that we are now part of the Autograph Collection, a curated collection of remarkable independent hotels across the world by Marriott International,” said Harpreet Bedi, CEO of The Garcha Group.

Conclusion

If these two hotels are equally good as the Vagabond Club, they will do well under Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Perhaps they were a wrong match to IHG’s Six Senses brand that should be more wellness and relaxation than city center hotels. IHG also has not traditionally been strong in the luxury segment that is an entirely different game than select service Holiday Inn Expresses. Marriott is, in this regard, a better match for these two hotels.

Let’s hope that there are no other Six Senses exits in the pipeline like what happened with Kimpton exodus once IHG took over the chain.

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