Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas planned to open Six Senses Fort Barwara in late 2018 with 48 suites in Rajasthan, India as the group's first hotel in the country. Near Jaipur, the temple Chauth ka Barwara Mandir and the Ranthambhore National Park, the property is in Chauth ka Barwara on the site of a 700-year-old fort previously owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family.
The Barwara Fort was constructed in the 14th century by the Chauhans (Indian Rajput caste) and was conquered by the Rajawat Dynasty from the Hadas in 1734. During World War II, Raja Man Singh from the noble family of Barwara along with Jaipur State Armed Forces fought alongside the British. In appreciation of his services, he was given the title of Rao Bahadur. His grandson, Prithviraj Singh, is now restoring the fort with Espire Group. Panika, under the leadership of Nimish Patel and Parul Zaveri, is overseeing architectural design.
The 5.5-acre site is encircled by a 5-foot thick rock wall that rises up to 20 feet in some sections. Inside the fort, three buildings for common areas, palaces for men and women and two temples are being preserved and restored. Outside the fort, the property faces the local village to the west and protected land that will be reforested to the east.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 31 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. In 2019, the group is also set to add an urban concept property in New York to its portfolio.