We were spending three weeks in Thailand, having already spent three nights in Chiang Mai we were ready for our twelve nights in Yao Noi. Upon arrival at Phuket airport we were greeted by a Six Senses representative who swiftly put our luggage tags on the bags and ushered us to our awaiting Mercedes Benz, Chauffeur driven too. Our driver gave us cold towels and water to comfort us as we were driven to the port. From the airport to the port our driver made sure that we knew where we were, he told us as much as he could about the island of Yao Noi. We couldn't wait to get there. As we arrived at Ao Po Grand Marina we were greeted by another Six Senses staff member, her name we have forgotten. She was very professional. She greeted us and walked us to the nearby bar and restaurant,which was stunning. Overlooking the port we were served a welcome cocktail. very refreshing! we waited for about one hour, we didn't mind as we drank our cocktail ordered some food and just watched the world go by. The lady that greeted us at the port told us our boat was ready. As we walked to the boat the feeling was quite surreal, arriving at a resort by speed boat isn't something you get to experience every day! And what a speed boat journey it was, nice comfortable seats, beautiful scenery all around through the forty minute journey just heaven. We went up to the front of the boat and the staff took photos of us. Then as we approached the resort our speed slowed right down, that's when we got our first view of Six Senses. From the moment we saw the view, we knew we were going to be in paradise for the next 12 days.
As we arrived at the port we were greeted by the Resort Manager Jordi and our GEM (albeit for one day) Am. Am took us straight to the Library as our Villa wasn't quite ready. We were served with two chilled glasses of Champagne, Just what we wanted! Am took us to our Villa after waiting only a short time. He had arranged for our bed to be covered in rose petals and shaped as a heart for our honeymoon. At this point Navada (my Wife) was in floods of tears.
We stayed in a Hideaway Villa, Villa nr 34. I have read some reviews on here that suggest that you either stay in an ocean villa or don't bother coming. Well, I can assure you that the Hideaway villa we had was just superb. We had a beautiful outlook at the mountains and we had ultimate privacy in this villa. If you want to look at the view without paying for an ocean villa, you can walk to the Hilltop, which is breath taking and the staff, well I will mention them later.The whole outlook at Six Senses is that of relaxation. No luxurious marble bathrooms, no bright LED lights, just minimal but to us still luxurious. The Villas are amazing without the 'City Gimmicks'. We loved it! Our Villa was everything we could have hoped for and far more. It's not everyday you get to slide open your bedroom door and dip your toes into your own pool and showering outside is a fantastic feeling.
The following day we were introduced to our new GEM JoJo. And what a GEM he was. JoJo was new to Six Senses so was still learning. Manish/Jordi he is going to be very good at his job with his mentor Alice who was a delight to meet. JoJo did everything for us, diner reservations, excursion bookings, to name just a few. My only gripe with the GEM's workload is that they have to bring ice. I believe that the room service staff should bring ice, the GEM's work very hard but to ask them to bring ICE on top of what the do is asking a little too much. They never stop smiling and JoJo was always a pleasure to talk to. He would always come to speak to us at breakfast to see what our plans were. I hurt my foot whilst we were away and I had to see the nurse both DaDa and Ju were very professional, and again JoJo would always be there making sure everything was ok.
Whilst at the resort we did three excursions. Phi Phi on a shared speed boat was our first. This was very much worth the money we spent. We had a local island trip as a wedding present, this too was very special. We had lunch on our own island just the two of us. Our final trip was a sunset island trip. Our own island to ourselves with champagne, and food. Just magical. Special recognition needs to be given to the guys from the water sports from the guides to the Captains. They go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your trip. Thank you.
We ate in all of the restaurants bar the dining room. I did however do the cooking class here in the dining room at the chefs table. Very enjoyable and interesting to see the gardens where all the fresh herbs are grown. The Hill Top was extra special. Katie, Nu and Sky were brilliant. Nu was always there willing to talk and was a pleasure to talk to. Navada loved the signature cocktail at the Hill Top. A must try! On our last night we ate at the Hill Top and Katie went out of he way to make Navada a flower arrangement. Just perfect.
The living room was also a favourite. The manager in here Nor is brilliant. At breakfast we also spoke wit Pota. Again he was very attentive. The Den was also good for food and drinks. We think that the Den should be a lot busier than it is. The bar staff here work very hard, and when they make the cocktails the enjoyment they get from it is visible.
Navada had a private cocktail lesson with Son. Who is the best cocktail maker I have seen. He out shines many of the bar staff we have seen making cocktails here in the UK. He even showed her how to make the special Lemon Grass straws and we have since found Lemon Grass in our local supermarket
Special recognition must go to Mai who was our maid. She would arrive at the same time every morning at also in the evening to turn the room down. She was extremely friendly and attentive on our last day she bought us fried bananas from the village. Also the gardening team work extremely hard to maintain the lawns, flowers and herb gardens. Very well done!
We used the spa twice. I had two massages and Navada had a pedicure and a massage. Our couples massage was in the waterfall room. Just magnificent. A truly unforgettable setting.
There are no negatives about this resort its beautiful just like its staff and they made our honeymoon unforgettable. We did suggest that the resort would benefit from a beach bar as the weekly GEM cocktails go down so well. The beach bar is already a work in progress. If you want luxury on a unspoilt island this is the place to go.
Thank you for an unforgettable experience
- 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:
- Six Senses Yao Noi Hotel Ao Phang Nga National Park
- 6 Senses Yao Noi