Need to know
113, including 102 suites.
12 noon; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $243.70 (CNY1,670), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.
Rates usually include buffet breakfast.
In addition to its trio of restaurants (and in keeping with its mock-village feel), the hotel has a series of food and drink ‘shacks’, including Wok Mee Shack, C+T Shack, a tea lounge and Farm2Straw Juice Bar.
At the hotel
Courtyard and organic kitchen gardens; tea house; snacks and dessert shacks; rooftop relaxation studio; spa; two pools; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
If you’re here with a gang, book out one of the villas (we loved their private entrances and sense of space and privacy). For easy access to the hotel’s courtyard, pick a room on the first floor; if you prefer a balcony with views, opt for second-floor sleeping quarters.
The pretty outdoor pool has little cabana nooks that offer waterbabies plenty of privacy; there’s also an indoor pool housed in a beamed building with a fleet of sunloungers.
Experience Taoism’s healing powers at the Six Senses Spa, whose treatments champion Amala products. Opt for the signature Daoyin Tao massage, try cupping, acupuncture or a shen, jing or qi spa ritual. Ask for lifestyle and holistic advice from the visiting practitioners, who offer personal consultations. The spa is open from 10am–10pm daily (the latest treatment slot is 9pm). Post-treatment, continue the health kick with a ginseng, ginger and bee-pollen juice from Farm2Straw Juice Bar.
The region is prone to drizzle, so bring a raincoat. Don’t fork out on plug adaptors at the airport – the hotel has a stash.
If you like a good brew, be sure to swing by the tea lounge, where you can experience a traditional tea ceremony. There’s also C+T Shack, where a variety of teas are on sale; try before you buy (and add a slice of cake or a pastry while you’re at it).
Six Senses is very welcoming to your cubs, with a free kids club, indoor and outdoor play areas and lifeguard-manned pools, and villas with room for the whole brood. Beds or cots can be added to rooms (for an extra cost); babysitting can be arranged.
Little Smiths aged 1–12 are invited (the hotel reckons it’s best for 6–12-year-olds, though).
Opt for one of the two-bedroom villas: some have a kitchen and dining area, some have both of the above, plus a pool. Extra beds (£51 a night) and cots (£18) can be added to all rooms.
There’s a free kids club by the swimming pool, open from 9am–9pm, which has games and entertainment for 1–12-year-olds. Meals aren’t served here, and it’s not used when it’s rainy. The hotel also has two family-friendly pools, an outdoor play area, a garden, an indoor play area and a stash of bikes for little Smiths (and larger ones). Tiny Gordon Ramsays/Nigellas can take part in cookery classes (they'll learn to make delicious cookies).
Both the outdoor and indoor pool are family-friendly and supervised by a lifeguard.
Six Senses has a stash of on-loan highchairs and bamboo cutlery made for tiny paws.
Staff can arrange babysitting (£6 an hour, per child); be sure to give at least three days’ notice.
In keeping with Six Senses’ signature philosophy of sustainable luxury, its Chengdu outpost purifies and mineralises its own drinking water, which is stored in reusable glass bottles. The hotel also uses a Tesla electric car for airport transfers and has free charging stations. Only earth-kind cleaning products are used; the restaurant champions organic, seasonal food, sourced from its garden or local suppliers.