The Indian-British hotelier Sonu Shivdasani (Founder of Six Senses Resorts) and his Swedish wife, Eva, rewrote the rules of hospitality in 1995 when they introduced the barefoot luxury resort Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and launched Six Senses, a pioneering brand in sustainability and wellness.
Their thoughtful innovations range from producing their own drinking water, to a commitment to employ as many women as possible. Soneva Namoona is a partnership initiative with authorities on the local Maldivian islands to introduce “waste-to-wealth” practices and recycle 90% of the waste. They are pioneers in sustainable luxury with 25 years of experience, and in the episode we discuss some of smart commercial models they have implemented to fund their ongoing sustainability initiatives.
We also spoke about the new trend of regenerative travel, longer stay periods post covid. Listen to Kash and Bart Knols share their passion and the success they have built at the resorts. My favourite take away from the episode is when Kash and Bart share about Sonu and Eva’s leadership at the resorts, and how all hosts are inspired and invited to take on ideas.