Six Senses Yao Noi
The idyllic charms of Phuket are best experienced when you have a characterful, boutique beachside resort to come back to, and that’s where Six Senses Yao Noi steps in. The charm of this wonderful property lies in its appearance, all thatched and stilted casitas flaunting exposed beams and wooden decking, a fitting nod to its lush green location, surrounded by coastal forest. And it’s that very setting which will simply take your breath away, particularly as you wistfully admire unbeatable views from the Six Senses Yao Noi infinity pool, which opens out directly over the iridescent waters of Phang Nga Bay. This view is nothing short of phenomenal, and will certainly set the scene for your luxury holiday to Thailand.
Elsewhere around the grounds, exclusive spa-standard touches exist throughout, staying true to the Six Senses brand which has a keen focus on wellbeing and wellness experiences. So, take one of the wooden walkways through thick foliage, past pretty pools filled with lily leaves, and you’ll soon find yourself either on a yoga plinth having a private class, or sitting down with a massage specialist. They will then unlock a personally tailored treatment plan, to be carried out during your stay. De-stressing, relaxation and rejuvenating are all essential elements of the spa service here, and the list of signature therapies, beauty salon treatments and traditional healing techniques is long.
Preened, pampered and ready to go, the Six Senses Yao Noi concierge will be only too happy to arrange a luxury yacht tour of the Andaman Sea, perhaps a romantic beachfront picnic, speedboat trip to nearby islands, a kayaking adventure or even Thai boxing class. Whatever it is you want to see and do while in Phuket, from biking trails to hidden coves or sunset BBQs; consider it done.
When it comes to accommodation at Six Senses Yao Noi, no matter which thatched villa or suite you call home, it will be a world-class affair of private plunge pools, beautifully furnished terraces complete with a shady gazebo and sofas, sunken bathtubs and, if choosing a larger multi-room villa, split-level living and several fittingly adorned rooms. Some of these enjoy panoramic sea views from every inch of the terrace, though all options are semi-open-air which creates a lovely sense of both space and light.
When night-time then draws in, the wonders of Phuket have been explored or your day has simply been spent enjoying the poolside service and vistas, prepare for what must be some of the most memorable dining experiences anywhere in Thailand. At the Hilltop Reserve, for example, the Thai food is exquisite but the setting is even better, as only a handful of tables benefit from an elevated, exposed position overlooking Phang Nga Bay below. There’s the Dining Room which feels nice and cosy – despite being structured only from bamboo pylons – thanks to the tropical trees and plant life which envelopes it. You can sample cocktails and local delicacies by the beach or, if celebrating a special occasion, why not have your fine dining food delivered straight to your villa? Nothing is too much trouble at the Six Senses Yao Noi, where indulgence, rest and recuperation is as good as guaranteed.
Six Senses Yao Noi Facilities
54 generously proportioned villas plus The Retreat.
Yao Noi, 70 minutes transfer by road and sea from Phuket International Airport.