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Six Senses’ first city post at Dux­ton Road is about sus­tain­abil­ity of a dif­fer­ent kind; with 69 straps and 51 faces to play with, Ja­panese watch brand Knot makes true cus­tomi­sa­tion easy; and 100 per cent biodegrad­able straws.

Its first city ho­tel at 83 Dux­ton Road brings his­tory and con­ser­va­tion to­gether for a new kind of sus­tain­abil­ity.

When the owner of the for­mer Dux­ton Ho­tel asked Six Senses to take over its prop­erty, it sparked the idea of her­itage as sus­tain­abil­ity: a chance to turn a row of re­stored build­ings (trad­ing houses from the 1860s, and an opium and gam­bling hub in the 19th and 20th cen­turies) into some­thing rich in his­tory that would

also be green – with­out build­ing from scratch.

“Often, her­itage gets too mod­ern and stripped down,” says Mur­ray Aitken, the es­tab­lish­ment’s gen­eral man­ager. “Our fo­cus: main­tain what­ever it is from the build­ing that it was orig­i­nally in­tended for.”

First, this meant work­ing closely with the Ur­ban Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity to preserve the struc­ture’s in­tegrity (no walls were knocked down, re­sult­ing in dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions for all 49 rooms and suites).

Se­cond, it meant cel­e­brat­ing the ho­tel’s her­itage through de­sign (over­seen by de­signer Anouska Hem­pel) that would be a vis­ual homage to the past, as well as of­fer­ing com­pli­men­tary-for-guests walk­ing tours of Chi­na­town, and con­sul­ta­tions with an in-house tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine prac­ti­tioner.

The third thing: Six Senses Dux­ton’s big­ger vi­sion of sus­tain­abil­ity. “As much as pos­si­ble, ev­ery­thing pur­chased is lo­cal,” says Aitken. They visit farms to en­sure the pro­duce they buy is le­git­i­mately or­ganic, and only sus­tain­able fish species are pur­chased. The ho­tel is also look­ing into so­lar power, and chicken and ur­ban bee farm­ing. It re­fuses plas­tic prod­ucts (even straws), and sends sty­ro­foam boxes back to sup­pli­ers for re­use. Also, card­board and cans are prof­fered to the rag-and-bone aun­ties and un­cles who re­cy­cle for a liveli­hood. Aitken is con­fi­dent that the ho­tel “will be lead­ing in the in­dus­try when it comes to sus­tain­abil­ity”.

Along­side these quo­tid­ian prac­tices, Aitken and his staff (called hosts, given the ho­tel’s hos­pi­tal­ity ethos) in­form guests about its con­ser­va­tion ef­forts, shar­ing tips in the hope of in­cul­cat­ing a mind­set of sus­tain­abil­ity.

“If a guest leaves us af­ter a three-day stay and starts look­ing at plas­tic in a dif­fer­ent way, that to us is success,” says Aitken.

Rates start from $390++ a night. En­joy 15 per cent sav­ings un­til end June when you book through www.sixsenses.com on the ho­tel’s Best Avail­able Rate. Six Senses Dux­ton’s se­cond her­itage ho­tel, Six Senses Maxwell, will open this year end. Guests of both es­tab­lish­ments will be able to share ameni­ties, which will in­clude restau­rants, bars, a pool, spa and treat­ment rooms, and a rooftop gar­den.

PHOTOGRAPHY TAN WEI TE STYLING SHAN

1- 4 Each of the rooms has its own dis­tinct char­ac­ter: The nat­u­rally lit Pearl Suite has an­tique dressers, the Opium Room and Opium Suite have an en­closed op­u­lence, and the monochro­matic Dux­ton Du­plex has a bath­room and bed on the up­per level.

5 A black and gold pal­ette at the re­cep­tion and lounge area.

6 Also lo­cated on the ground floor and ad­ja­cent to Chi­nese res­tau­rant Yel­low Pot is the lobby bar. Its sig­na­ture tip­ple: Tan­queray gin and chrysan­the­mum cor­dial. 1

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