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Six Senses Samui
Ranked #14 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
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Beirut, Lebanon
2 reviews
“Could never be better.. just amazing!!”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

we had a lovely stay at six senses! this resort is like a dream.. the views, the villas, the pool, the beach.. the serenity there! the service was outstanding.. the staff so lovely.. the service is personalized means we had one of the crew "TONG" responsible of our stay! every morning and every night he makes sure that everything is great: our stay, our plans..just everything! this hotel exceeds the standards of excellent resorts!
we had experienced a problem the first day which was finding lizards in the room 2 times! and this was annoying us! the manager acted directly and solved this problem by moving us to another villa: he has upgraded us to a private pool villa with a see view! also he sent us the room service staff to help us pack and unpack our things to move to the other villa! thank u!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Dear Montitou
Thank you for your great feedback regarding your stay with us. I have passed your comments to your butler Tong who was so delighted it really meant a lot to him. Thank you once again and we hope to welcome you back again in the not so distant future.
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

We have just returned from a holiday in Thailand and Hong Kong, and I wanted to review our stay at Six Senses, Koh Samui, not just to pass on our observations, but also to pay our compliments to the staff, and to thank everyone for a memorable stay!

My wife and I always try to take our “big” holiday in the UK winter time, as an escape, but also to get the best weather in South East Asia (but not Hong Kong!). Previously we have stayed in Malaysia at the Pangkor Laut resort, and that has become our benchmark for judging these holidays. Our 8 nights at Six Senses, Koh Samui were a revelation! We have not stayed at a Six Senses resort before, but we certainly will do so again. It was initially a bit of a surprise to see no flowers growing around the resort, but I think this was, on reflection, part of the rustic and “wild” atmosphere, natural and “Earthy” rather than just pretty, so it works well with the ethos of the resort.

Six Senses Koh Samui resort is probably best regarded as an “island”, like Pangkor Laut. It is on a headland in the North of the island, and once there you really don’t need to leave until your return to the airport. We went on three evening trips, one to “Chaweng”, and two to “Bophut, Fisherman’s Village”. Although we had good meals in Fisherman’s Village at the “Krua Bophut” restaurant, we found Chaweng very tacky, and would not recommend it. The food at the resort can be pricey, but at least it is consistently good, and an equivalent meal outside the resort is almost as expensive (wine is the same price within a few Baht), and because you will spend money on a bus or car out and back (probably around 700-900 Baht a trip), this pays for 2/3 of a bottle of good wine at Six Senses, so no contest, in our opinion!

One observation on the food: for our taste, as regular travellers to South East Asia, we found some of the dishes too sweet (too much palm sugar?). We asked about this, and were told that the sweetness is added to make the food more acceptable for a Western palate, but it didn’t work for us. We requested (on our last night), that the chef cooked the Thai food with less sugar, and this was accommodated, and resulted in a delicious meal. I just wish we’d thought of it before! That is typical of the resort, they are only too happy to tailor things to suit you, and the service is, without exception, superb. Another plus was the condition of the wines served. We have previously sent back up to three bottles at one meal (in Malaysia), just because the wine was “off” due to bad storage or old age. No such problem at Six Senses! The dinner that we had on Valentine's Day, by the pool at “Dining on the Hill”, was exceptional, a truly memorable evening, with Vlad’s exquisite Saxophone playing adding to the atmosphere.

While on the subject of service, our “butler”, Pui, was delightful! She got to know our individual preferences, and could not have been more helpful. Her smiling face when she visited our table at breakfast to see if there was anything that we needed, was extra sunshine to start the day!

The villa (we had Ocean Front Pool Villa 17) was very comfortable, and had a great view of Kho Phangan and other islands. Because it faced North-West, the sun was not full on the private pool deck, but by moving our sun-beds around we were able to have sun for most of the day whenever we wanted. The villa was better than the equivalent at Pangkor Laut, and the in-room facilities were also superior (wifi and TV). We don’t go on holiday to watch TV, but the wifi access was useful for keeping in touch with home. Another plus:- the gym at the spa is very well equipped, is clean, well air conditioned and has great views.

Some reviewers have mentioned the aircraft noise from traffic into Koh Samui airport. The approach path is not over the hotel, but over the sea West of the resort. We did not find the noise unbearable, but it was worse when takeoffs were to the North. As a pilot myself, I did not find this too bad, but it is something which guests should be aware of. We found the noise from the construction site on the headland by the beach to be more intrusive, and the beach is one of the less attractive parts of the resort. It is not exclusive to Six Senses, and we found the food served at the beach “restaurant” to be very limited, and not as good as elsewhere on the resort. We thought it over-priced for the quality offered.

In conclusion, we had a thoroughly superb stay, and with hindsight we should have probably not extended our trip by going to Hong Kong (to visit old haunts), but stayed and chilled out at Six Senses for longer. One last thought, if we went to Six Senses Koh Samui again, we would stay on the Six Senses “virtual island” for all of our time, and not bother to venture out, certainly not to Chaweng. We would probably choose next time to have a private dinner at our villa, or maybe dinner at “Dining on the Rocks” instead.

We did not get the opportunity to meet the General Manager, even at the cocktail party, but I would like to thank him now for the quality of our stay. We are already planning our next winter holiday, and at the moment Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam, seems to be winning!

Room Tip: Choose an Ocean Front Pool Villa for views and comfort., Some airport noise on West side of resort...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SixSensesSamui, Manager at Six Senses Samui, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear Geoffuren
Thank you very much for your very detailed feedback regarding your stay with us. It made for very pleasant reading and it's great to see all the points highlighted. This is our life...we eat, breath, smell, feel, think and dream daily how to be better hoteliers and reading such a fantastic review makes it all worth it. We have noted your comments about the sweetness of the Thai dishes and our chefs will add less palm sugar in the future. Thank you once again for a fantastic review.
Dawid Koegelenberg
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband and I booked a week here for our honeymoon. The location is idyllic – we definitely felt hidden away amongst the trees.

We stayed in a Pool Villa and if I'm honest, I could have stayed in it the whole time! The walls are glass on three sides (with blinds) and so we left these up in the evening and were woken by the sunrise over the ocean every morning. Definite honeymoon material! The villas are all set at different heights within the forest and although we intermittently heard our neighbours, we weren't overlooked at all. The resort is quite hilly and has many wooden steps and paths so I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. The planes fly across to/from the airport but I didn't really notice them most of the time (only when I could see them during breakfast).

I can't fault the service at all – our butler, Fai, was available for anything and everything (although we hardly used her). Room service was quick, tasty and well presented. All staff were courteous every time we passed them.

We ate in the main restaurant (Dining on the Hill) twice but both times it wasn't very busy and so lacked atmosphere. The food was pretty good – nothing amazing but tasty. The wine seemed very pricey (maybe imported?) and worked out about £10 a glass. Cocktails though were reasonably priced (£6) and at the beach bar they had Happy Hours each day between 3-5pm. The breakfast, however, was amazing! Extremely varied choice with an egg station (made-to-order), quick service and a great start to each day.

Mosquitos were a large issue for us. I got 21 bites during our trip, despite using body cream, body spray and room spray! The housekeepers also burn candles in the room for prevention. Not sexy!

The only thing I really feel is lacking at the resort was any kind of evening entertainment – we often took trips to Fisherman's Village and Chaweng (10/15 mins drive for 400/500Baht).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SixSensesSamui, Manager at Six Senses Samui, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear Marie
Thank you for your fantastically detailed review. It's really great to see such a descriptive detailed review and it really means a lot to us. Feedback however small or big is very welcome and it's the only way for us to better ourselves. I have passed your comments on to your butler Fai who was very happy upon receiving the news. Marie you are quite right, wine in Thailand is terribly expensive due to the 420% import duty. This means that an ordinary bottle of wine will set you back a lot more than what it would cost back home. This is really sad but unfortunately it is out of our control but our resident wine expert Andrea has worked really hard to compile a wine list with unique limited editions in order to offer great wines at affordable prices. I am sorry to see that you thought the evenings were uninteresting and we are particularly glad to announce that as of last week we offer complimentary "cinema under the stars" complete with popcorn 3 nights per week. Thank you once again for your fantastic feedback and we sincerely hope that we would be able to welcome you back again in the near future.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

My husband and I visited a few years ago and I almost forgot to review this hotel. It is truly in a class of its own and is an absolute standout. The hotel was very quiet at the end of August and most of the guests were European, which is a pleasant change for Australians as it made the holiday even more exotic. Our Butler Max, when out of his way to make our trip extra special and managed to reserve table 99 at their spectacular restaurant, this is not to be missed if you are planning to stay here. We didn't leave the hotel much and enjoyed daily yoga and pilates classes (all included). We had most of our lunches by the pool at it had a very relaxing vibe. We spent no time at the beach as the sand was not nearly as nice as other parts of the Island. The room service is also great for a night in.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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SixSensesSamui, Manager at Six Senses Samui, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Dear Simone
Thank you for your great review, it's always wonderful to read such feedback and it makes us very proud. We will relay your words of encouragement to your butler Max, who will be thrilled. Don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything we could do to make your next visit even more comfortable.
Dawid Koegelenberg
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London
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We stayed at Six Senses for 12 nights, 18th-31th Jan 2014.
This was not intended to be a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, more a case of "if we have this holiday, we put the marriage off for another year, as we can't afford both". (This isn't as serious as it sounds, as we've been together, very happily unmarried, for nearly 35 years).
Anyway, on to our holiday experience. Simply put, the holiday defined every holiday we've had to date and puts future holiday plans under immense pressure to get anywhere close. We had the time of our lives and have never been so pampered or well looked after. From the General manager and Resort Manager down, all the staff took infinite care to ensure we enjoyed ourselves. The resort is beautifully laid out, with individual villas situated within tropical forest, overlooking the bay of Siam. As there are only 67 villas, all the facilities of the resort are available at all times - no having to wait for a table, sun bed, space in the gym or pool etc. Most touching was the fact that the people genuinely cared that we were happy and comfortable, without this being any kind of BS act to encourage tips. Suffice to say, it's the first time ever that we've put aside the last day of a holiday to say goodbye and thank you to all the staff involved with our stay.
As it turned out, this was a once-in-a-lifetime (so far) experience and we are already discussing how we can get back there. Marriage in 2016 might be the answer!
Michael Brown

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SixSensesSamui, Manager at Six Senses Samui, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear Michael
Thank you for your detailed feedback. We are so glad you overall enjoyed your stay and that we were responsible for lifting your holiday experience to another level . I see that you are well traveled and it feels good that our initiatives and hard work gets recognition. If you are thinking of postponing your marriage in order to fit in another holiday, why not come and get married at Six Senses Samui and we will take care of everything. All the best and thank you once again for the glowing review.
Dawid Koegelenberg
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London
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

I'll say this right up front as I'm amazed people don't mention it - this hotel is absolutely idyllic and the staff are amazing but it sits right under the flight path and planes take off and land right over the hotel from about 06.30 through to 22.00. To be honest it's an irritant that detracts from what is an absolutely beautiful hotel.

We stayed for 10 nights, most people seem to pass through for 3-4 nights, and had the most wonderful break. Out butler, Tong, was charming and has the patience of a saint. David, the General Manager, was always around and on hand to make sure everything was in order - to see a GM so visible is so refreshing these days and his attention to detail runs through every aspect of this resort.

We paid extra for the ocean view pool villa on the frontline of the resort which was definitely worth the extra money. I know some people have said the resort feels a bit worn but we thought that this worn in feel was part of the charm. The resort nestles into the landscape seamlessly and lacks the polish and chintz of other resorts but that "eco" feel adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

Don't forget to pack mosquito repellant and bite creme!!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SixSensesSamui, Manager at Six Senses Samui, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Dear Demading
The Six Senses Koh Samui team is always happy to hear from guests. So it gave us great pleasure to read your overall fantastic positive review and we are delighted that you found the ocean front pool villa satisfactory. You are correct in pointing out the landing & taking off of planes, this is not an unique issue for our resort alone and most resorts will experience this. There is really as such no specific flight path due to the small size of the island and planes land and take off in all directions depending on the wind. On your next visit please let me know if there is anything i can do to make your stay more comfortable. Thank you once again for the great feedback and feel free to reach me at rm-samui@sixsenses.com
Dawid Koegelenberg
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Braunston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights at the end of a 2 week holiday as the final treat...having stayed at Six Senses Yao Noi a couple of years ago, we had high expectations and hoped it would live up to them!

We were not disappointed, this brand knows what works and delivers. Service is excellent, food fantastic, and the place is so well thought out and geared up for total relaxation that it's the perfect place to go to unwind.

Yes, as some other reviewers have noted, there are signs of wear around the resort and within the villas, but with it being a rustic, eco style this was not an issue for us, and I'm sure that there will be plans to upgrade and renovate at some point in the future. They could do with getting some new towels though, as they were often a bit thin and had loose threads. Linen and beds were amazing though, so comfy and lovely to wake up to a beautiful view!

Food was very good, and we went to Dining on the Rocks one night, excellent and unusual dishes, and they were happy for us to mix and match the set menus to get the dishes we wanted. Unfortunately the weather was terrible and it was too windy to sit outside, but inside was lovely, candle lit and with the sound of the wind and crashing waves it was very dramatic and added to the overall experience.

The spa was excellent of course, and the main pool area is stunning with lovely big day beds to lounge on. It's a bit more sheltered that side too, so actually some days when it was windy we preferred the main pool to our villa pool.

There were a couple of niggles with service, nothing major, but worth noting. The resort was full, so breakfast was busy (all other times it felt quiet and half empty though, the beauty of the villas is that most people spend a lot of time in them so it never feels crowded in the resort). Anyway, breakfast was busy, and we usually had to chase up coffee orders, as well as getting cutlery etc. Also, at check out - we'd had a detailed itinerary, along with a bill to pre check, the night before we left...what time our luggage would be collected, when we would be collected to go to reception to settle up, when the car would take us to the airport etc. On the day nobody came to get the luggage so we ended up going to reception ourselves, and our butler was there and looked a bit surprised to see us, so clearly something had been forgotten and we we sitting there for a bit while they sorted things out. No major dramas but meant we did cut it a bit fine at the airport!

Some people reading may be deciding where to go in Thailand, and may be comparing Samui with Yao Noi...so I thought I'd summarise what each did better (although you really would not be disappointed with either):

Food - Both excellent, but Samui has the edge with Dining on the rocks
Bar/restaurant areas - both excellent
Main pool - Samui
Spa - Yao Noi (private relaxation area after treatments, each with is own waterfall!)
Transfer (time) - Samui (15 mins from the airport)
Transfer (fun) - Yao Noi (speedboat)
Privacy/seclusion of villas - Yao Noi, more spaced out
Standard of villas - Yao Noi, newer
Service - both excellent, probably Yao Noi had the edge but we were there in low season and at Samui in high season
Things to do near the resort (if you can force yourself to leave it) - Samui
Peace and quiet - Yao Noi (Samui has frequent aeroplane noise being so close to the airport)
Check-in/check-out - Yao Noi, no reception, it's all done in your room by your butler

Overall, a wonderful luxury end to our holiday, and we are definitely going to be loyal Six Senses customers in future, can't wait to start planning the next visit!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SixSensesSamui, Manager at Six Senses Samui, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Dear Jaykay
Thank you for the great review and it makes us proud and happy to hear that you found Six Senses to be exactly what you need on holiday. We are delighted that you visited 2 of our properties already and we hope that you will continue to explore what's on offer from Six Senses. As you mentioned wear & tear, we are constantly looking where to improve the overall experience but as you rightly pointed out the resort is incredibly Eco friendly and the "weathered" look, recycled wood, bamboo bathrooms, coconut fixtures & fittings and rustic charm is not to everyone's liking. please accept my sincerest apology for the delayed check out you experienced, this is not normal and we are looking into this so that it does not happen again. Thank you for listing the differences in Ya Noi and us, the properties are indeed very different, each with individual charm, grace & harmony. Thank you once again and we hope to welcome you back again in the not so distant future.
Dawid Koegelenberg
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Property: Six Senses Samui
Address: 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#13 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#14 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#43 Family Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Six Senses Samui 5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Six Senses Samui is set on a headland; with glorious panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand. The 66-villa resort, many with private pools, is 45 minutes south of the Bangkok. The resort serves some of the best food on the island, offering regional and international cuisine and a wine cellar. A Six Senses Spa delivers a comprehensive menu of treatments together with spectacular views across a rock-fringed bay. However one gets around Samui, by foot, elephant or with wheels, a wealth of natural beauty is to be found. Boat trips also show you this most beautiful island. ... more   less 
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