McIntosh and Sonus Faber hit all the right notes at Six Senses Ibiza
Written by Patrick Boyle
Ibiza, an island steeped in a rich history of music, hedonism and spirituality, is the perfect setting for the partnership between the world-renowned audio leaders and Six Senses Resorts.
Opened in 2021, Six Senses Ibiza was conceived by architect Jonathan Leitersdorf. Drawing on inspirations of spirituality and celebration, Leitersdorf has created a haven for guests seeking to experience local culture, music, wellness and relaxation. Located in the Bohemian North of the island, the resort is perched on the edge of Cala Xarraca’s winding coastline. Tonal colours, scattered plants and the rocky textures of the Balearics are incorporated into the structure, camouflaging the resort as it flows down the cliff face, culminating with an infinity pool that appears to pour into the sea. Interiors are airy and spacious, dominated by natural materials and decorated with luxury furnishings. Michael Ducaroy’s Togo sofas lay waiting in reception upon arrival, setting the tone for a stay that is equally rich in design and comfort. Such an environment is deserving of the highest level of audio experience, this is where McIntosh and Sonus Faber step in.
“The partnership between Six Senses Ibiza, McIntosh and Sonus Faber couldn’t be more synergistic as all three brands strive for the highest end experience from a visual and audio perspective” – Shivas Howard-Brown – music director for Six Senses Ibiza
The resort features McIntosh and Sonus Faber sound systems on-site for guests to enjoy unique listening experiences with the ultimate-quality sound equipment during their stay. Six Senses Ibiza is focused on remaining true to the island’s rich culture and positions music as central to the ethos of the hotel. This is evident in the Beach Caves music venue located beneath the panoramic infinity pool. Etched into the honeycomb cliff face, the Beach Caves have direct access to the ocean and offer regular live performances and events, Latin-inspired dining and two bars. Connected to the Beach Caves is the Xarraca Room, a private nightclub within the hotel where kindred souls can dance the night away. Boasting indoor and outdoor space, a large dancefloor, bar and of course an enviable sound system, the Xarraca Room embodies all that Ibiza should be.
“From the DJ booth to select Beach Cave Suites, the instalment of best-in-class McIntosh and Sonus Faber products allows for Six Senses Ibiza to provide the most immersive and engaging listening experience which adds to the regenerative focus of all the experiences on offer at Six Senses” – Shivas Howard-Brown – music director for Six Senses Ibiza
Following a night of revelry, guests can unwind and rejuvenate by making the most of the extensive wellness offerings in the resort. Six Senses Ibiza features 1,200 sq.m of wellness space including multiple treatment rooms, steam room, sauna, caldarium hot bath and an abundance of fitness facilities. Sunrise yoga is hosted on the seafront yoga deck, sound tracked by the gentle parps of Sonus Faber’s multi award-winning Omnia speaker. For those seeking a more up-tempo start, there is the state-of-the-art gym, cardio studio and even an outdoor boxing ring.
McIntosh and Sonus Faber amplifiers and speakers can also be found in many of the resort’s suites and mansions. For music lovers, the highlight is the Cave Royale. The ultimate luxury retreat is equipped with an oversized bed, large indoor and outdoor living space, full bar, outdoor tub and a secret entrance leading to the state-of-the-art recording studio. Designed by seasoned engineers who have worked with the likes of Pink Floyd and Lenny Kravitz, the studio aims to harness creative collaboration and facilitates music production and recording at a professional level. The suite allows artists to have complete creative freedom, away from the distractions of life.
The world-renowned audio leaders have also outfitted the resort’s two largest properties, The Cliffhanger Mansion and The South Mansion. The Cliffhanger Mansion, featuring 5 bedrooms, unobstructed views of the Mediterranean and a private infinity pool, boasts a transportive sonic experience thanks to Sonus Faber Amti Tradition speakers and McIntosh MA8900 integrated amplifier. The larger North Mansion is equipped with 10 bedrooms, private pool, ballroom, cinema and expansive terrace. Guests can watch the sunset in complete privacy, soaking up the last of the Ibizan sun while enjoying their favourite music through Sonus Faber’s multi award-winning Omnia speaker. The Italian ‘artisan of sound’ is known for its use of the highest quality materials such as wood, silk and paper to produce a natural sound, the perfect addition to what is one of the most extraordinary properties in The Balearics.
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognised as a symbol of quality audio. Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound”, McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music. For more information, visit www.McIntoshLabs.com
About Sonus Faber
Sonus Faber is an Italian manufacturer of handcrafted speaker, and other high-end audio equipment, born from the idea of a man who loved music and its correct reproduction, but also from a person with a special sensibility about handcrafted wood products and a true reverence for beauty. Sonus Faber brand tells a story by means of sound and materials. Each Sonus Faber product, be it past, present or future, is able to take the listener into a world of long-lasting tradition, Italian culture and craftsmanship. Their handmade musical instruments are true to Italian expertise, with an unforgettable voice that immerses you in a natural sound experience. Sonus Faber is a team of creative technicians, inventors of cutting-edge design solutions to carefully develop products that become everlasting works of art for any living style. Learn more at https://www.sonusfaber.com/
About Six Senses Ibiza
Six Senses Ibiza is the first sustainable BREEAM certified resort and residential community in the Balearics, occupying a breath-taking position in Xarraca Bay on the island’s Northern tip. With unobstructed views and surrounded by fragrant groves and artisan villages, the resort features 116 guestrooms, pool suites, townhouses, and beach caves. Three restaurants and a selection of informal dining settings and bars highlight natural, sustainable and local produce, much of which is sourced from the resort’s farm and gardens. Live layers of programming and experiences celebrate music, art, fashion, pioneering wellness, culinary exploration, and culture.
Photos: Sonus Faber and Six Senses Ibiza