Slated to debut in mid-2025, the eco-luxe property will be centered on a heritage-listed country home.
Six Senses will be opening its first-ever Australian outpost at rural Victoria’s Burnham Beeches, the heritage mansion and 22-hectare estate designed by architect Harry Norris in 1933 for the Nicholas “Aspro” Family. Located 40 kilometers from Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges, and adjacent to Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, the three-story art deco mansion in a Streamline Moderne style will be carefully restored ahead of its transformation into Six Senses Burnham Beeches.
The initial plan is for 43 guest rooms and communal spaces including a welcome lounge and terrace, a restaurant with outdoor seating, a library bar, and a rooftop venue. A two-bedroom cottage with a rustic-luxe vibe will be built within the site’s Hilltop Retreat. There will also be high-end glamping options in and around the Hilltop Retreat for a non-intrusive and non-permanent alternative to staying at the mansion, bringing the total number of accommodations to 82.
The expansive farm gardens will provide fruit and vegetables for the on-site restaurants, while a separate herb garden will produce healing and aromatic plants used in the Alchemy Bar workshops and treatments at Six Senses Spa. The latter will take up the lower ground floor of the mansion, where facilities include relaxation spaces, treatment rooms, a tea lounge, gym, sauna, and hydro area.
For younger guests, a tactile nature playground will connect children with nature through play and interactive learning experiences. The project brings together architecture studio Woods Bagot; Australian builders Hamilton Marino, who will manage the restoration and build; and landscape architects Oculus. Six Senses Burnham Beeches is slated to open in mid-2025.