Anyone yearning for an escape to a romantic hideaway will enjoy the thatch-roofed suites, superb bay views and delicious food sourced from homegrown produce at Six Senses Yao Noi in Phuket on the Thai island of Phuket. Six Senses is a stylish resort that shows a great respect to the territory it is settled on and for its inhabitants.
Cascading across the hillside in Koh Yao Noi, Six Senses gazes out over the magnificent turquoise waters and limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay, between Phuket and Krabi. The hotel’s speedboat departs from Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket and takes around 45 minutes to reach the island.
Style & character
With its swaying butterfly-filled gardens, honey-coloured beaches, swish hilltop infinity pool and Zen garden spa, Six Senses is a tropical island dream scene. Golf buggies nip guests up and down the hillside, while bicycles, kayaks and boats are available to explore local villages and secluded seashores under your own steam.
Service & facilities
An army of smiling staff clad in lavender, white and coral cotton are on hand to attend to your every need. Personal butlers can organize everything from spa appointments to luxury yacht charters.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Tennis court
Rooms are actually vast thatched-roof suites with huge private terraces, where mosquito nets fashioned from driftwood are suspended above huge beds and sensual indoor/outdoor bathrooms beckon. The ocean view villas are the ones to opt for if you can afford it, as the abundant light and island views give them a particularly special atmosphere.
Food & drink
Menus are fresh and seasonal with much of the produce coming from the hotel’s organic vegetable gardens and cute little mushroom hut – including the all-day free ice-creams. The split-level Dining Room is sophisticated and romantic and has a chef’s table and a notable wine list. There’s also a relaxed beachside eatery, the swoon-inducing Hilltop Reserve and a sexy bar with sunken seating.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, Six Senses Yao Noi is surprisingly offspring-friendly for such a romantic spot. As an all-villa property there are no connecting rooms but the villas are enormous so extra beds can be rolled out without ever getting under your feet – and come at no extra charge for wee ones under 11. Children’s menus are also discounted, with kids aged one to six eating for free, and seven to 11-year olds receiving a 50 per cent discount – although just try and keep them away from the complimentary ice-cream parlour. Elsewhere, the beach is silk soft and the sea flat calm making it ideal for splashing around with tots, while activities for older children include everything from Muay Thai boxing sessions in a beachside ring to kayaking around shady mangroves to messily-brilliant batik painting classes.
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