|16 May, 2019

Six Senses Zighy Bay revitalises wellness by appointing New Director

Andrew Barge as Director of Wellness

Dubai – Striving to provide the guests with an ultimate resort wellness experience, Six Senses Zighy Bay has appointed Andrew Barge as the Director of Wellness, with responsibility for all Spa, Sleep and Wellness programs. Barge will drive the core values of Six Senses and reinforce its reputation as a wellness destination and the perfect retreat for true body and soul balance seekers. With 17 years of experience in wellness and nutrition, Barge promises a transforming and rejuvenating journey to guests, exercising his international expertise with renowned hospitality and wellness brands.

Barge’s role is the first of its kind for Six Senses Group, overarching multiple key areas in the resort’s daily operations. From ‘’Eat With Six Senses’’ to the ‘’Sleep With Six Senses’’ program, Barge’s mission is to cultivate a wellness culture among guests and resort hosts as well, turning it into a daily lifestyle choice.

Barge joins Six Senses Zighy Bay from his last role as the Director of Leisure and Spa at Dead Sea Marriott, Jordan, where he led a team of 40 individuals through new marketing approach resulting in tremendous upselling and guest satisfaction results.


On his appointment, Barge said “Six Senses brand expresses wellness definition the way it should be, a complete body and soul experience, something I have believed in and exercised throughout my career, which is why it has been a privilege to join Six Senses Zighy Bay, where I can pour my expertise into enhancing the existing programs while I take from Six Senses deep heritage fulfilling Six Senses Wellness mission and growing the team”.

Barge started his career as a personal fitness trainer after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, he moved later to become a Spa Manager at Bailiffscourt Health Spa, West Sussex, UK, in charge of driving sales and memberships, where he developed his passion for wellness as a wide concept. Taking his career to the next level, Barge chose Temple Spa @ Palmerston hotels, Sicily, Italy where he worked as the Spa Operations Manager, involved in the spa architecture and experience design, and developing the standard operating procedures for all spa and membership operations used currently in their spas around the world.

Barge’s business-oriented mindset led him later on to take the position of Memberships Manager at David Lloyd Leisure, and Golf Membership Sales Manager at The Tytherington Golf Club, Cheshire, both in the UK. It was then that he joined Huvafen Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives as Director of Spa, where he introduced a tailor-made wellness program incorporating fitness, nutrition and treatments, winning him the Condé Nast Traveler Award for Best Spa in 2013.

With a rich background and a long-life passion for wellness, business and people management, Barge will continue to design and implement new wellness programs and concepts under the guidelines of the Six Senses Zighy Bay philosophy.

About Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The 82 pool villas are set in a spectacular bay, between the dramatic Hajar Mountains and private sandy beach.

Guests have a diverse selection of memorable dining experiences including Sense on the Edge, a contemporary fine dining venue with the best views of the Arabian Gulf and Dining Beyond the Bay, located on a wow-worthy private sandbank. Regional specialties are served up at the Shua Shack, Spice Market, and Wine Cellar. For a change of pace, in-villa dining is an intimate and enjoyable experience, which GEMs (guest experience makers) will be pleased to arrange

Adventures start with an adrenaline-charged paraglide arrival into Zighy Bay, which provides guests with a birds-eye view of the resort’s dramatic setting and breathtaking scenery. Dhow cruises, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and customized tours await active guests. Those who prefer to sit back and relax, can take in the rich and vibrant culture of the destination at their own pace. 

Six Senses Spa Zighy Bay is a refuge for mind and body, a sanctuary of ultimate well-being committed to delivering integrated wellness experiences. The spa combines peace, tranquility, fitness and health with ancient and modern holistic treatments from expert in-house and visiting practitioners. 

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates one hotel, 15 resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. 

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them. 

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love.

For further information, please contact:
Hiba Alioua
Senior PR Account Executive
TCApr on behalf of Six Senses Zighy Bay
M +971 52 450 5277

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