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Six Senses honoured with prestigious awards from Wine Spectator

Category: Worldwide Rewards
Press release published on 2009-08-19

Several Six Senses resorts were recently included in the prestigious Wine Spectator Awards 2009. The annual special issue lists the publication’s choice of outstanding wine-friendly restaurants around the world, focusing on outstanding wine lists and wine programmes.

Soneva Fushi by Six Senses – in the northern Maldives Baa Atoll on the island of Kunfunadhoo - was awarded Best of Award of Excellence for Fresh in the Garden and Sense by the Beach restaurants. Head Sommelier at Soneva Fushi, Sebastien Gaudin created a unique and extensive wine list with more than 600 labels, strong in French origins which allowed him to achieve the ultimate recognition - an upgrade from the Award of Excellence, for the first time.

Soneva Gili by Six Senses – on Lankanfushi island in the Male Atoll - received an Award of Excellence for the wine list at The Restaurant at Soneva Gili. Sommelier Jasper Kok created innovative chocolate and wine pairings with artesian handcrafted chocolates made with local ingredients.

In Thailand, Into the Med restaurant at Evason Phuket received the Award of Excellence under the leadership of Thomas Jakobi and Sommelier Monika Bielka-Vescovi. Wine Spectator noted that “logical cuisine served at the restaurant shows new dimension of food and wine pairings”.

Sense on the Edge at Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, on the Musandam Peninsula of Oman, has also won its first Award of Excellence. Opened for little more than one year, the resort is already being recognized for its unique style, worldwide.

The wine cellars at Six Senses are fast becoming identified with their niche offerings of organic and biodynamic wines, supporting the group’s philosophy of SLOW LIFESM (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wholesome Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences). Essential and Sensation wine list programmes, which include many small boutique wineries focused on indigenous grape varieties and biodynamic practices, were recently launched.

Unique wine events regularly take place at all Six Senses’ properties. To learn more, visit the Culinary Calendar at

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