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.
These 505-square-foot villas look out onto a lush plantation. Inside, there is a separate bedroom and sitting area, as well as an expansive double-vanity bathroom. A private bar complete with specialized wine fridge is one of the villa's many luxe touches. Outside, guests may take full advantage of a private 59-square-meter infinity pool.
These 594-square-foot villas provide stunning panoramas of Phang Nga Bay. The inside area is split into two levels, with the entrance and sitting area on the top level, and the bedroom and dressing area on the bottom level, as well as an expansive double-vanity bathroom. A private bar complete with specialized wine fridge is one of the villa's many luxe touches. Outside, guests may take full advantage of a private 59-square-meter infinity pool.
These 505-square-foot villas provide stunning panoramas of Phang Nga Bay. Inside, there is a separate bedroom and sitting area, as well as an expansive double-vanity bathroom. A private bar complete with specialized wine fridge is one of the villa's many luxe touches. Outside, guests may take full advantage of a private 59-square-meter infinity pool.
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.
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.
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.