Six Senses London appoints Taffryn Kinsey Ellis

She joins the brand as director of wellness, tasked with delivering the Six Senses vision and values in the new London spa


By Wendy Golledge

20 February 2024

Taffryn Kinsey Ellis has been appointed as the new director of wellness at the hotly anticipated Six Senses London.

Kinsey Ellis joins Six Senses from the Four Seasons London Park Lane, where she was senior director of spa, taking care of six properties across the UK and Europe.

Her role will be to deliver the Six Senses vision and values in London, honouring the brand’s two primary pillars – wellness and sustainability – at the new site.

“My focus will be to fully embrace and safeguard Six Senses’ wellness philosophy, concepts and programmes for this this stunning new project. I will also be focusing on developing my team so that every wellness offering, be it for guests or our team, can reach its fullest potential.”

Taffryn Kinsey Ellis

Director of wellness, Six Senses London

An experienced spa director

Kinsey Ellis began career as a beauty therapist in South Africa, working at one of the world’s most iconic health farms – High Rustenberg Hydro – for five years.

She then pursued the management side of spa, opening the Spa at Royal Swazi Sun for Sun International as well as several five-star luxury spas for the Red Carnation group in South Africa.

After moving to the UK in 2018, Kinsey Ellis was appointed director of spa for Four Seasons London Park Lane before being promoted to senior director of spa.

Hairless man smiling in the sunshine

“Taffryn’s remarkable journey from a distinguished therapist to a multiple award-winning operator make her the perfect leader to inaugurate our expansive spa and wellness space in London.”

Nick Yarnell

General manager, Six Senses London

Sustainability as a core spa principle

Six Senses’ vision is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

“This will be extended to my team and colleagues, as well as our guests, and will be the driving force behind delivering exceptional experiences,” said Kinsey Ellis.

“Sustainability is at the very core of everything we do at Six Senses, so I will be ensuring all directives on environment protection and preservation, re-use and wastage, are practiced with a sensitive approach to our environment and cultural surroundings.

“I am hoping to bring emotional hospitality to Six Senses London through my experience, personality and personal passion for wellness and sustainability.

“I want to create an environment of fun, genuine care and authenticity – with a dash of quirkiness!”

An underground swimming pool
The 20m subterranean indoor pool at Six Senses London

Six Senses London

Located in the former Whiteleys department store on Westbourne Grove, Six Senses London is set to open in late 2024.

In a space reminiscent of an old-fashioned underground station, Six Senses Spa will include 325sqm dedicated to fitness, a 20m indoor pool, the Alchemy Bar and a relaxation room with vaulted ceilings.

On the second floor, a new kind of social and wellness club will feature co-working spaces and wellness and treatment rooms.

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