Like may other reviewers of this resort, I have been fortunate to stay in many top-ranked locations during my travels, but the standard and quality of staff service here - throughout the whole resort, from greeting at the airport, transfer to the Marina, boat, stay, and back again - puts SSYN at the top of tree.
As we have a policy of "eating local", we did not sample the offerings of Chef Anthony's Dining Room menus, but stuck instead to the "simple" fare of the Thai dinners at The Living Room and were not disappointed at any time as we worked our way through most of the menu options during our 10 night stay.
If one is seeking a vibrant night-life, then I suggest dispensing with the boat transfer and stay in Phuket - if, however, the prospect of days spent relaxing by one's pool at the villa, enjoying the sun (mornings only, for most of the villas...), a dip in the sea from the private beach (small, but plenty of sun-loungers on an immaculately raked sandy terrace), the odd excursion to/round the neighbouring islands, and of course the sheer relaxation luxury of the Spa, all wrapped up in a private verdant haven, then this is place to go.
The views from the main buildings complex, and those from the ocean view villas, across to the archipelago are quite spectacular and, as long as you ask your GEM to check that it's OK, a swim in the infinity pool at the Hilltop at dawn will take your breath away as the sun rises from behind the Krabi side of the bay and over the islands.
Our lasting impression will, I think, always be the friendly and helpful staff, for which Manish and his management team are to be commended. It doesn't matter how stunning the location is, if the service doesn't match (or, in this case, exceed)......
A milestone birthday to remember, and we look forward to returning (now where did I put that winning lottery ticket...?) soon....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yao Noi is a picturesque island in Phang Nga Bay - the unique environment for the Six Senses Yao Noi. It can be reached by motor boat from Phuket port or by the resort’s own helicopter. Six Senses consists of 56 Pool Villas and Pool Villa Suites, the Hilltop Reserve and the Retreat - set in natural vegetation and tropical landscaping, providing privacy between the elevated villas and allowing glorious views over Phang Nga Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 6 Senses Yao Noi
- Six Senses Yao Noi Hotel Ao Phang Nga National Park