A Private Luxury Hideaway at Six Senses, Yao Noi
Words Jesse Arifien
It isn’t hard to get swept away by the luxurious details of Six Senses with the breathtaking views of Phang Nga Bay’s limestone pinnacles everywhere you look. But it is the resort’s DNA and philosophy that will really have a lasting impression on you after a few days spent in the spectacular hideaway.
The Six Senses has made a conscious effort to minimise it’s damage on the environment. The chefs pick daily from the 7 organic gardens at the resort, wastewater is treated in the resort’s own reservoir to be recycled and the only way to get around the large, jungle-like resort is by electric buggy.
Yao Noi remains a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket and the Six Senses is one of the island’s best offerings. The real luxury experience here is cruising around, discovering new islands and being at one with nature rather than hopping on a large boat with all the fancy trimmings.
Our favourite of all the villas and suites is the Ocean Panorama Pool Villa. Unobstructed views of Phang Nga Bay from your bedroom, spa bath and infinity pool leave you feeling secluded and completely relaxed. There is also outside dining, an alfresco shower and double spa pavilion for pampering massages. Call on your very own personal GEM (Guest Experience Maker) / butler for anything you may need at any time.
Indulge in the resort’s organic European restaurant with the chef turning local simple food into mouthwatering dishes. The restaurant welcomes guests to share the true and unique from the farm to plate concept with daily cooking lessons.
If you are wanting to try the local cuisine kick back at the beachside Living Room restaurant where traditional eastern favourites are not to be missed. We suggest the mouth watering Massaman curry and Pad Thai with local river prawns. If your trip is a romantic one, a champagne breakfast or an evening barbeque beneath the stars, with a personal chef and dedicated waiter can easily be arranged.
Infinity pool at The Hilltop Reserve
Ocean Panorama Pool Villa bedroom
Ocean Panorama Pool Villa bathroom
View from the Ocean Panorama Pool Villa
Inside the Spa treatment room
Dining at The Living Room
The pool at the Hilltop Reserve
The islands and waters of Phang Nga Bay boast some of the most spectacular emerald green waters and beaches in the world. If you are feeling adventurous the resorts experience team will tailor your journey to your schedule with snorkelling, diving and other water sports on offer.
Have your GEM organise a long tail boat day trip and island hop over to Lading (Thai for paradise) Beach. The beach is very busy with tourists at lunch time so plan accordingly. Request kayaks to paddle through mysterious caves to serene lagoons before hopping back on the boat for a lunch prepared by the staff.
Another must do is the Spa. The open air design nestled in lush surroundings was modelled on a typical village house from northern Thailand. All treatments are personalised and truly unforgettable.
If you are feeling more like kicking back poolside, head up to the Hilltop Reserve and sip on a cocktail and light snack by the resort’s world famous infinity pool. Although open to all resort guests, privacy prevails and you can easily spend all day there. In the evening head down to the resort’s private beach to watch a movie under the stars.
The resort’s effortless and forward thinking service matches the splendour of the surroundings. It’s well-considered details are difficult to top with wifi available everywhere (even in your private car transfer) and your complimentary GEM at your side 24/7.
Your trip from Phuket airport will be made seamless by the resort’s impeccable service. An airport representative will greet you and guide you to a private car. The car trip to Ao Por marina is roughly 20 minutes. From Ao Por Marina, a speedboat will take you directly to the resort’s pier in 45 minutes.
WHAT TO PACK
With most time spent by the pool, beachside and on a boat include some stylish swimwear and a good hat. The feel is relaxed with a need to dress down and the environment encourages you to feel comfortable above all. So pack some lightweight tees and that pair of shorts you live in.
Six Senses, Yao Noi
56 Moo 5, Tambol Koh Yao Noi, Amphur Koh Yao, Thailand | www.sixsenses.com