Reading the last couple of negative reviews on this resort before we left for our honeymoon left us a little concerned. Luckily there was nothing to worry about. This resort is top class and an excellent destination for a relaxing honeymoon.
In short the main points to note:
(1) We stayed in Villa 50 (pool villa) and were very happy with it. It was well located near the beach and short cut to dining area meant that we had 2 min uphill stroll to dining area. In any case the staff were always willing to provide buggy transport so no problems if you cannot be bothered walking. A small issue we had was with privacy whereby the location of the villa near the main path around the island meant that staff could see into our pool area from the road. In addition there was a staff storage area nearby so there was some traffic during the day to this. Nevertheless we did not feel like this majorly impacted on us. I could see though how some villas have less privacy than others so am receptive to why others would have a worse experience than us. For the record villa 50 is on the sunrise part of the island.
(2) Resort Location - in our opinion one of the biggest benefits of this for fresh honeymooners is its location relatively tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng. If couples are out there for a relaxing few days were they can lounge in their villas then six senses is the place to go. The offside though is that being tucked away means that transport to the main strip is "relatively" expensive. Taxi was 600 BAHT one way which is crazy and instead you could take shuttle bus from resort which was 200 Baht one way per person. Alternatively you can hire cars and bikes but again not that cheap as you have to go to resort as it is not practical from a pick up and drop off point of view to hire transport from other vendors ont he island. THAT SAID If you don't want lounging and relaxation and go stir crazy after 1 day then six senses is prob not for you for reasons mentioned above. You pay a fortune to stay there and then pay a fortune to travel out of there. Not much sense in that.
(3) Facilities - Amazing. We loved the thai/eco decor and our rooms were great. From the funky outdoor showerss to the spas, to the day beds, and personal lap pool we thought it was great. The dining facitlites were also great and one could not help but adore the view on the ocean from the reception area and from the dining on the hill. The beds were great and the fact that you can choose from 10 different pillows shows that these guys are serious about your relaxation. The library is also a good touch so no need to bring books. The library has lots of books/magazines/dvds/music cds/ipod adaptors. Sat TV in room is ok (not heaps of channels but key ones like sport / CNN / bloomberg etc are included). Rooms have Wifi access as well which is handy although one gripe was the speed was VERY slow (forget about uploading your photos on facebook). The beach is ok - as other travellers alluded it is far from the wide stretch of sand that is Chaweng beach but it is quiet so those that don't want to the hustle and bustle of Chaweng can still relax and go for a swim. One small point is that given resort is a little aged now it could use a coat of paint in some parts (but not a big deal really ...)
(4) Food - Food was good altough as other reviews have noted overpriced. We had breakkie included in our package and it was delicious and heaps of choice. By far the best breakfeast I have ever experienced in a hotel. Dinners are overpriced so best to head into town for a better deal. We also had one dinner and the dining on the rocks (we booked table 99 for the honeymooners but could not get it as it rained just before we went there so we ended up eating at another table). Dining on the rocks prides itself as the top culinary establishment in Samui and it did not dissapoint. Food was amazing (we had 5 course with matchinng wines) and wine was sublime too. That said be ready to pay up for it (we ended up dusting $500 AUD on our dinner that night so not cheap). One other point to mentioned is that room service is relatively inexpensive for those wanting to dine in the rooms (100 BHT pp) and we used this a number fo times for breakkie. The stuff do a great job of setting up for you as well.
(5) Staff / Service - Service was excellent. We had a buttler called Nick (recommend him) and we was very nice and accomodative to us. As other reviews mentioned English is definitely lacking for some staff however we found this in numerous places we stayed at in Thailand so not a huge deal. Plus the lack of English is MORE than offset by the hospitality of the Thai people and if you were to fill the resort with all non Thai workers I strongly doubt you would get same warmth of service as we received. One point to note is that we had a motorbike accident whilst at the resort and the staff were very very good in assisting us and ensuring we were ok.
(6) Prices - prob the only major gripe we have is that everyhting is very expensive as you would expect in this resort. We might be a little more sensitive with the AUD depreciating recently however it will be curious to see whether their prices hold up in the next few months with the global credit crunch. In any case the key point is that if you get a package with breakkie icldued then you should be fine it you don't want to spend too much more at the resort. For us money was a bit of an issue but i am sure other guests would have no qualms. The SPA for example was very nice and we had free 30 min massage but again it was 1000 Baht for another 30 mins compare to 200 bht for 1 hour at the beach in Chawen.
(7) Mosquitoes - ok so this seemed to be a gripe of numerous other travellers. Our view is Yes they are there, yes they do bite (even in shower) BUT if you burn the coils and put on you repellent (something we do as habit in Australia in Summer) then you won't get badly bitten. Also sensible closing of external doors as soon as posible also helps. In short our view is that those complaining about mosquitoes on this website are overdoing it (caveat being that seasonality may affecft how bad tbey are but this was our first trip to Samui so cannot comment on other seasons).
Okay this review is vyer long so I'll cut it there. In short a great resort for a relaxing honeymoon with classy facilities and the location and views to match. Be prepared to pay up but then if you are shopping for these kind of resorts you should be willing to. We had a great time there and have many memories to take back for our honeymoon. Five Stars from Us.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- 6 Senses Samui
- Six Senses Samui Hotel Bophut
- Six Senses Hideaway Samui
- Six Senses Samui Ko Samui/Bophut