There was quite a delay from arriving at the airport to the boat transfer to the resort, given that we had flown so far and had been travelling for just under 24 hours sitting in a restaurant for a couple of hours waiting for the transfer was wearying. The transfer itself was excellent, the staff on the boat offered water and refreshing towels then handed round an iPad with images of the resort and on arrival at the resort Pier we were welcomed and introduced to our GEM.
We had an upgraded room which was lovely for our honeymoon, it was a Hideaway Two Bedroom Pool Villa with the second bedroom set up as a lounge and it was fantastic. It was set into the plantation so it was really private surrounded by amazing jungle and we got to see lots of wildlife, it was completely perfect for us. The room was very romantic and on arrival the bed had been decorated with petals which looked very pretty. We had also been left some handmade chocolates which were delicious.
There were tea and coffee facilities (didnt always get along with the coffee machine, and on occasion had to request extra milk) lots of complimentary water and a good selection of drinks in the minibar. You can choose the fragrance of the complimentary toiletries- shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, we had lemongrass and I think I will now always associate the smell with our holiday. There was also a supply of insect repellant and aftersun, and the resort information lets you know that it is all made by Six Senses and has suitably "green" credentials.
There were a wonderful selection of places to sit in the room and admire the view with not only the second bedroom set up as a lounge but also sofas in the bathroom (semi open air), the bedroom and on the veranda. Bathroom wise you had the best of both worlds, the main part of the bathroom with sinks and bath was undercover but with bamboo shutters that could be opened to the view. There was an indoor shower room and also a wonderful outdoor shower. One of the highlights for me was our pool which I loved and spend an inordinate amount of time in looking out at the view. We felt very spoilt.
Food was slightly confusing, there are menus in room that tell you what you can get where but actually when you get there most things can be ordered at any of the food areas and there is quite a lot of cross over in the menus. We could have done with a simple chart that said what you could in theory get at which restaurant (eg "Thai" or "bar snacks"), what time that restaurant was open, and if we needed to book. As it was after a couple of days we settled into a bit of a routine of taking our dinner at the Den while having a cocktail and watching the sun go down. All the food we had was very good, we had room service as well as eating at the den and the food arrived surprisingly warm and equal quality to dining 'out' as it were. We did get an "In Villa Dining" experience as honeymooners and it was beautiful, they came and set up lights on our veranda and by the pool and made it look very romantic and the food was lovely. Our only real niggle with the food related to afternoon tea - when we stayed at the Six Senses in Vietnam we had a wonderful afternoon tea in our villa and we were hoping that they would do something similar at Yao Noi but unfortunately not. I cant talk about food and not mention the homemade ice cream, we were there for 15 days and still didnt get through every single flavour but it was amazing some really divine flavours and free.
We got a free couples spa treatment as honeymooners, which was arranged for us in the very pretty "waterfall room" and was thoroughly enjoyable, only thing that would have improved it would have been being served with our after treatment drink in the room so we could enjoy the view rather than back in reception. We went back to the spa for a Thai Massage lesson which was hysterical from the point of me being a total failure at it but it did give us a much better appreciation of not just the skill of the masseuses but also the amount of strength they have and we really enjoyed it.
We borrowed kayaks from the watersports centre (free) and went for a paddle along the coast and into the mangroves and we also got bikes and went for an explore on land, if i have any regrets it would be that we did this in our second week and we should have done it earlier and then gone out more as both were very enjoyable.
All the staff at Yao Noi were excellent, they were welcoming, they got to know our habits very quickly and couldnt do enough to please us and this was particularly the case with our GEM Annie who was delightful. She checked in with us and made sure we were ok but without ever being intrusive and was very helpful as well as being great fun !
The Six Senses at Yao Noi is in an old rubber plantation, you walk through the grounds past where the vegetables you eat for dinner are grown, there is lots of wildlife, you can walk through the mangrove area that is part of the resort to try to spot it but, some of it will come to you ! We saw Hornbills in the trees right next to the villa (very amazing) and big land monitors, lots of birds and squirrels. There was an Indian common toad who lived under the villa and came out occasionally to say hello and numerous lizards and skinks. We had a green tree snake on the veranda a couple of times (soon removed by the lovely gentlemen from housekeeping) and we did come across a quite large snake as we were walking home after dinner one evening. We (mostly) enjoyed being so close to nature once we got used to the occasional scuffle in the ceiling at night !
Would we go back ? Yes, tomorrow if we could, it was amazing and unforgettable and I would happily recommend it especially for a 'special' holiday.
We loved the privacy of the hideaway villa
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