The Dandenong Ranges is Poised to Get a New Luxury Resort Set Within a Heritage-Listed Mansion

The Great Gatsby-esque estate will bring a new dose of luxury to The Dandenongs.
Andrew Zuccala
Published on December 08, 2022

Burnham Beeches, an Art Deco mansion and 22-hectare estate in the Dandenong Ranges is getting a major makeover by Six Senses. The international luxury resort group has famous properties in Oman and Bali, but this will be its very first Australian venture. It'll also come with all the lavish trimmings you can expect from Six Senses.

This mansion, designed by Harry Norris in 1933, will first open with just 43 guest accommodations alongside a restaurant, library bar, large terrace and rooftop retreat covered in foliage — perfect for its forest location.

Six Senses is also planning to have a separate two-bedroom cottage and some glamping sites scattered throughout the property. But this is all subject to planning applications that are still in the works. If the project plan makes it through, it will be one of the best ways to experience the Dandenong Ranges. These campsites will be set with the native forest and conveniently located next to a truffle farm.

Design wise, new and old Art Deco features will reign supreme. And the flamboyant nature of this period will be ramped right up. Think of it as an Australian hotel of the Great Gatsby era, made for lavish champagne-filled parties.

But there will be a strong sustainable ethos throughout as well. The restaurant will source much of its produce from the on-site farm which will also be used for education purposes around sustainable farming and practices The herb garden is even set to produce healing and aromatic plants for use in the Alchemy Bar workshops and Six Senses Spa treatments.

Keppel Lookout, Mount Dandenong, Visit Victoria

Guests should also be able to explore the historical, ecological, cultural and indigenous stories from Burnham Beeches and the surrounding region. These lands originally belonged to the Wurundjeri and Kulin nations — and the Six Senses team plan to acknowledge this through the art, architecture, signage, and landscaping throughout the extensive grounds.

The Six Senses is putting a uniquely Australian stamp on this property, which is slated to open sometime in 2025. We will be patiently waiting.

Check out the Six Senses Instagram page for more updates.

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Published on December 08, 2022 by Andrew Zuccala
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