· Location: This stunning resort sits in an ideal part of Thailand's Andaman sea, surrounded by towering limestone pinnacles seemingly straight out of a pirate movie.
· History: Upon its opening less than a decade ago, the Six Senses brand took extreme care not to destroy the beautiful nature on the grounds upon which they were building, and actually built the resort around the nature, so that the resort thrives amongst the forest.
· Service: Electric buggies transport guests to and fro, guests are given a welcome glass of champagne at check-in, and each villa has its own personal butler.
This Six Senses property is spread over almost 24 acres of Yao Noi Island amidst the dramatic limestone pinnacles of Thailand’s stunning Phang Nga Bay. All villas have infinity pools with sundecks, with sea-view villas overlooking the bay and mountain-view villas nestled in the island’s tropical forests. As with all Six Senses properties, the spa is world-class, offering a range wellness treatments and high-end natural products. The Dining Room restaurant offers fine-dining with an emphasis on Italian cuisine, as well as the special Chef’s Table private dining experience (maximum eight guests). The Living Room, meanwhile, presents a range of international dishes, specializing in Thai and including tandoori ovens for Indian fare. Six Senses Koh Yao Noi is situated half way between Phuket and Krabi and accessible from either airport. From Phuket, it is a 20-minute drive followed by a 45-minute speedboat ride; from Krabi, it is a 45-minute drive followed by a 20-minute speedboat ride.
There is not a single villa at the Six Senses that would disappoint. They are all stunning, unique, and contain that rustic-yet-luxurious signature of the Six Senses brand. Nearly every villa has its own private pool, and provide stunning panoramas of Phang Nga Bay.
The one-bedroom 1,722-square-foot Beachfront Pool Villa accommodates up to three guests and, as the name suggests, boasts direct beach access via a staircase. This villa type is ocean-facing and also offers views out to Phang Nga Bay.
The spacious one-bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa Suite covers 2,454 square feet and can accommodate up to five guests. This villa type includes a large garden with direct beach access, a private pool and ocean views.
The Hideaway Four-Bedroom Pool Villa is ideal for families or large groups traveling together, covering 3,229 square feet and accommodating up to eight guests. This lifestyle villa is nestled in the jungle, offering discretion and privacy, with lush garden views.
The one-bedroom Hideaway Pool Villa covers 1,658 square feet, including a private pool and terrace, and accommodates up to three guests. There are lush views out to the heritage plantation.
The Hideaway Two-Bedroom Pool Villa covers a generous 2,454 square feet, accommodating up to five guests. There is also a private pool and a spacious deck area.
The one-bedroom Ocean Deluxe Pool Villa is slightly more spacious than the Ocean Pool Villa, covering 1,948 square feet, and is ideal for two guests. This split-level villa type offers beautiful views out to Phang Nga Bay, as well as a private pool.
The one-bedroom Ocean Panorama Pool Villa covers 1,658 square feet and can accommodate up to three guests. There are 180-degree ocean views, as well as a private swimming pool and large terrace.
The one-bedroom Ocean Pool Villa covers 1,658 square feet, including a private infinity pool and terrace, accommodating up the three guests. This villa type is ocean-facing and offers incredible views out to Phang Nga Bay.
The Ocean Two-Bedroom Pool Villa covers 2,454 square feet and can accommodate up to five guests, showcasing lovely sea views and a private pool too.
The Ocean Retreat is Six Senses Yao Noi's superlative property, covering a vast 5,382 square feet of space, accommodating up to five guests. There are two well-appointed bedrooms, incredible views of Phang Nga Bay and a large private pool.
The View is a romantic and private one-bedroom villa, best suited for couples look to spend quality time together. The 2,422 square feet of space includes a private pool and panoramic ocean views.
Spend evenings curled up under the stars watching a great movie, with Six Senses' signature outdoor Cinema Paradiso.
Keep on top of your fitness goals at the Six Senses' ample gym space, surrounded by tranquil jungle foliage.
There are a variety of activities that the Six Senses Yao Noi specifically caters to children aged four years old and up, including tuk tuk village tour, batik painting, bicycles, kick boxing, ice cream, mangrove, tennis, kayaking, and cooking classes.
The resort features its own Muay Thai (Thai traditional boxing) ring, complete with professional Muay Thai trainer. There are also fantastic hiking and biking trails that surround the resort. Guides and equipment, including bikes, can be rented from the resort.
The Six Senses Yao Noi spa is practically a destination in itself, with a beautifully-built wooden structure containing a lobby area, complete with juice bar and international magazines, and a series of treatment rooms, one of which contains its own waterfall.
All of the villas at Six Senses Yao Noi feature private pools, but if you're looking to mix things up, there's also a resort pool at the Hilltop, which offers sweeping views out to Phang Nga Bay.
The Six Senses Yao Noi can satisfy watersports fanatics with their variety of water-bound activities available, from diving with their own certified PADI Dive Master, to kayaking excursions, to snorkel gear, and more.
Exercise mentally and physically with yoga and meditation sessions, either in the Six Senses' yoga studio, or outside on the pavilion.
With villas this beautiful and private, guests may choose not to leave their rooms. The Six Senses is happy to accommodate such requests. Guests may also have their villa butler arrange a private picnic or barbeque beneath the stars.
This exotic bar has a fascinatingly chic set-up: an intricate maze of lily pad speckled ponds works its way throughout and around the seating areas, giving the illusion that the booths are actually islands surrounded by calm water. Plush blue cushions seem to blend in with the azure sea in the near distance, while candles and paper-covered lanterns overhead provide soft mood lighting. An extensive drinks menu lists innovative and delicious cocktails, as well as imported wines and beers.
This is the main dining area, where guests will feel truly connected to nature, with private pavilions tucked into the lush vegetation. Here, guests may enjoy cooking classes, as well as wine tastings and special degustation menus.
Here, guests will discover what is potentially one of the most scenic and serene pools in the world. A freeform pool provides swimmers with expansive views of Phang Nga Bay, while super plush sun loungers are provided for guests who may perhaps care to order a poolside cocktail or light snack.
This restaurant offers guests all-day alfresco dining, including a sumptuous and diverse breakfast buffet, and special dinners. A deli and patisserie are provided, where guests may dive in at any time to get free scoops of delicious gelato.
Here, guests may choose from enjoying a cocktail at a choice of two sunken bars, or for something more intimate, they may find seating nooks spread over two levels.