Need To Know
56 villas, including four suites and two residences.
Midday, but flexible (up to two hours extra is free; after that it costs 50 per cent of the room rate). Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $812.37 (THB26,327), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include buffet breakfast.
Every villa receives special attention from a 24-hour personal butler. Need tea and toast at 3am after a long flight? Fancy putting down the book and playing a board game instead? Your wish is their command.
At the hotel
Free broadband throughout, DVD/music library, spa, gym, yoga platform, complimentary bike hire. In rooms: flatscreen satellite TV, Bose stereo, CD player, preloaded iPod and dock, Six Senses toiletries, minibar, wine fridge, pool, meditation sala.
Our favourite rooms
It’s hard to choose just one villa, as they’re all rather special. We love the aptly named Ocean Panorama Pool Villas, though, which boast breathtaking views of Phang Nga Bay from the bedroom, bathroom and infinity pool, and also star outdoor dining, an alfresco shower and double spa pavilion for pampering massages.
Drink in those views of the craggy limestone islands jutting from the ocean as you lie beside the placid infinity pool. Dip in and you really will feel as though you’re about to swim right off the edge.
A wafty chiffon kaftan for her, a trés masculine sarong for him, and a collection of designer swimwear for both. Lying by the pool, stretching out on the beach and exploring the underwater world are high on all guests’ agendas on Koh Yao Noi.
The Six Senses Spa resembles a traditional long house and offers a holistic menu of Thai-influenced treatments. If you want to sleep like a baby, have a Deep Dream Massage; if you want a moonlight massage, opt for the Full Moon treatment.
Children are welcome, and there are plenty of activities to keep them occupied. Baby cots and beds for under 12s are provided for free, and babysitting can be arranged with hotel staff from THB412 a child an hour.
Six Senses has an impressive environmental record and this is evident at Yao Noi. The property is designed using natural materials to harmonise with the landscape, and villas have been built to reflect the sun’s heat yet utilise natural light.