HotelsPreviously owned by royals, Six Senses Fort Barwara offers 48 suites housed amid palaces and temples.

A royal Indian entry for Six Senses

Six Senses Fort Barwara
After more than a decade of restoration works, the 14th century-built Six Senses Fort Barwara has opened.

Once owned by a Rajasthani Royal Family, Six Senses Fort Barwara has reopened as a 48-suite resort, following more than a decade of restoration works.

The 14th-century resort incorporates two original palaces and two temples within the walled fort. Ranging from 70-280sqm and set in contemporary Rajasthani design, East Wing suites overlook the countryside, while West Wing suites look out to the Barwara village.

Amenities include the 2,800sqm signature Six Senses Spa and fitness center, which on top of its menu, also offers personalised wellness programmes.

On the sustainability front, spa ingredients — from indigenous essential oils, muds, clays, gels, to vegetable oils — are sourced directly from the resort's garden before being blended at the Alchemy Bar.

Dining at Roohani also taps on in-house produce as well as farms in the nearby village, led by chef Matthew Cropp. For drinks and casual gatherings, there's the Viewing Gallery or Rajawat Room, sommelier included.

Planners or groups can also book the Barwara Royal Ballroom for events or celebrations.

The main facade of the14th-century Six Senses Fort Barwara.
The main facade of the14th-century Six Senses Fort Barwara.

The original Barwara Fort was constructed in the 14th century by the Chauhans, and for this reopening, a team of conservation experts were brought in to retain the traditional gardens and water features, local native flora, and fauna.

Looking ahead, the team is also working to restore the area's Barwara Lake — including speaking to the community regarding water management — to ensure villagers have easy access to fresh water.

And as part of the luxury hotel company's plastic-free vision by 2022, the resort has its own reverse osmosis plant to produce top-quality still and sparkling mineralised water, which is provided to guests in reusable glass bottles.

India recently reopened doors to foreign visitors after 19 months, allowing fully vaccinated foreign travellers to now skip quarantine upon arrival. However they must produce a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours earlier.

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