Phang Nga, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi

Rates from (inc tax)$496.05

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21THB), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Rustic-chic castaway

Setting

Yao Noi island hillside

Situated on a cliff, with amazing views of Phang Nga Bay’s mystical limestone pinnacles, a stay in one of Six Senses Yao Noi hotel’s private villas feels like relaxing in your own luxurious treehouse. Each is built using local teak, topped with a palm-leaf roof, and tastefully decorated in bright linens and mango-wood accessories. It’s a perfect, rustic escape in one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful hideaways.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

56 villas, including four suites and two residences.

Check–Out

Midday, but flexible (up to two hours extra is free; after that it costs 50 per cent of the room rate). Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $496.05 (THB17,165), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB20,374.86), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast. A minimum five-night stay is required during peak season (22 December–10 January).

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Packing tips

A wafty chiffon kaftan for her, a <i>trés</i> 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.

Also

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

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.

Overview

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.

Best for

Under 12s; older teens may get bored.

Recommended rooms

The Garden Two Bedroom Pool Villa suite has plenty of space and separate bathrooms.

Activities

Depending on how old they are, kids will enjoy pool splashing, following the resort's nature trails, bowling with coconuts, trying out arts and crafts, climbing rock walls, playing table tennis and being pampered in the spa during special junior treatments. Beach and water sports are also great distractions for the smalls, as are local elephant rides.

Swimming pool

The infinity pool might look rather grown up, but there’s plenty of shallow space and a few pool toys for children.

Rates

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast. A minimum five-night stay is required during peak season (22 December–10 January).

Meals

A kids’ menu and high chairs are available in the restaurants. The staff can give a helping hand by heating up bottles and baby food, or packing a lunch for local excursions.

Babysitting

Hotel staff members also act as the resident babysitters. It costs THB412 a child between 9am and 11pm, and THB824 after 11pm. Make sure you book at least three hours in advance.

No need to pack

Cots, high chairs, strollers, car seats, sterilisers and a range of baby toiletries and children’s toys, books and DVDs are all on hand. If you require a nappy service, make sure you book it in advance.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

The split-level Dining Room is surrounded by natural vegetation with a waterfall at its centre. Romantic and sophisticated, it has an open kitchen where chef Alex Oddy and his team cook modern Italian food using seasonal ingredients, including salads and vegetables picked from the nearby garden, with a Chef's Table upstairs. Adjacent dining pavilions, nestled in mangroves and palms, are perfect for hiding away. Like all Six Senses properties, there’s an impressive wine list. Relaxed and rustic, the beachside Living Room and Terrace whips up global cuisine by day and Thai food at night. It’s also where the tempting breakfast buffet is served. For exclusive dining, head to the Hilltop Reserve, which offers light lunches and Thai dinners with wow-worthy bay views.

At the bar

With its mellow ambience and sunken seating and day-beds surrounded by water features, the Den, which occupies two floors of the Main House, is a cosy, sexy spot for backgammon as you sip a signature mojito.

Last orders

10pm for dinner; 12.30am or later at the bar.

Room service

A selection of Thai, Japanese and western dishes are available 6.30am–12pm; later nighttime snacks can be pre-ordered.

Location

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Address
Six Senses Yao Noi
56 Moo 5, Tambol Koh Yao Noi, Amphur Koh Yao,
82160
Phang-Nga
Thailand

Planes

There are regular flights to both Phuket and Krabi airports from Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Europe and Australia. Regardless of where you land, there’s a two-part transfer – car and boat – that takes about an hour. Scheduled return transfers cost THB2,500 a villa from Phuket Airport; THB11,000 from Krabi for up to two guests. Guests are met on arrival at the airport, before the 20-minute drive to Ao Por Grand Marina, where the 45-minute boat trip departs. Be aware that weather conditions may affect boat timings, and rates are subject to availability.

Worth getting out of bed for

Along with its remoteness, the appeal of Yao Noi is its access to some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkelling sites around Koh Phi Phi, Krabi and Phang Nga. Other water sports, such as sea-kayaking and sailing, are also readily available. Lost your water legs? Landlubbers can enjoy elephant trekking, mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing. The resort runs boats to Krabi and Phuket should you fancy shopping or sightseeing.  What you should definitely make time for, however, is a visit to the Six Senses Spa. At the long house, windows open on to lush gardens, although there’s also the option of taking a treatment in one of the salas to become fully immersed in the outdoor world. If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, a three-and-a-half-hour Signature Yao Noi Ritual – foot soak, steam, scrub, traditional Thai massage and spicy herbal bath – will have you feeling balanced and refreshed. To burn off some calories, ask staff to arrange an aqua yoga session in your villa's pool.

Local restaurants

Owing to its location, there isn’t much else on the island of Yao Noi. If you have a hankering for the fruity, spiciness of southern Thai food, it’s a short amble to local eateries Gai Phad Med Ma Muang, Yum Som O Goong and Gang Phed Ped Yang. Hotel staff can point you in the right direction. Phuket and its nighttime attractions are accessible by a 45-minute boat ride – although after a few days at Yao Noi, it’s unlikely that you’ll have the urge for a night out.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Everyone needs an Alice. Throughout my stay at Six Senses Yao Noi she is always there with a cheery greeting and her trusty notebook, ready to do my bidding. Nothing is too difficult for her. When I want to change my spa appointment – for the fourth time – she arranges it with a chuckle. When I realise Mrs Smith has the charger to the camera, Alice lends me her own camera. I almost expect her to be waiting to hand me a towel as I emerge from the bath. She becomes my de facto Mrs Smith (in a completely professional sense, of course), except that Alice performs every request with a smile and no complaints.

I should explain. It’s not like me to travel without Mrs Smith. Unfortunately, however, we’d arrived in Thailand during some bad weather. After five days of monsoonal storms on Koh Samui, the first stop on our dual-destination getaway, plenty of flights out had been cancelled and the airport was log-jammed with frustrated tourists battling to escape. I was assigned a seat on one of the first flights leaving for Phuket, but Mrs Smith was put on standby and promised the next available one. We (or maybe it was me) agreed: the show must go on, and I flew out, telling my beloved I’d be waiting for her when she arrived.

Arrival at the resort – secluded on Yao Noi island to the north-east of Phuket – via a 30-minute speedboat ride across the emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay is spectacular. From the dock, an armada of golf buggies collects guests to escort them to their rooms. My home for the next four days is an Ocean Pool Villa – Number One, in fact. I’d read the villas are based on traditional village dwellings, and I guess if I really squinted I could be in a hand-built wooden house in the thick Asian jungle. The timber floors and walls are raw, the roof thatched, and the furniture made from tree trunks and limbs. A mosquito net is draped over the bed and bamboo has been loosely tied together to make a screen. The feeling is natural and organic, although I’m not sure how many villagers have a luxurious private infinity pool or a fully stocked wine cellar and minibar.

The ultimate extravagance for me, however, is the bath. Now, there are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy wallowing in a tub and those who prefer the efficiency of a shower. Having removed the bath from my own house to make way for a coat closet, I would comfortably categorise myself as one of the latter. But this is different. The entire bathroom is a watery symphony: indoor and outdoor showers, a sunbed with nothing separating it from the outside world other than bamboo shutters (something that I have to be careful about at night to ensure honeymooners walking along the beach don’t get a dreadful fright), and an egg-shaped sunken tub that overlooks the ocean and the limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay. It is more outside than in, capturing the sea breezes and the sounds of birds in the morning, cicadas in the afternoon, and frogs and crickets in the evening.

In a few days, I have more baths than I’ve taken in an entire year. Before breakfast, after breakfast, before dinner, after dinner, sometimes with a book, other times just dreaming and watching longtail boats motor by. Suddenly, there’s no time when I’m not considering a dip in the tub. This becomes my place of contentment.

So what does one do, other than bathe, when waiting for Mrs Smith? Ask her and the answer is clear: mope, think of her and not partake in any activities, so she doesn’t feel left out. I do a few things I think she might not love or that I can easily do again: a swim off the beach, a dip in the plunge pool, a kayak around the island. Then I arrange a longtail boat to explore (and fish) around Phang Nga Bay, walk up to the yoga look-out to watch the sun set, and enjoy an oriental massage at the Six Senses Spa. And even a stranded Mrs Smith wouldn’t expect me to starve, so I eat Italian at the Dining Room, modern Thai at the Living Room and sample the room-service menu, all of which are excellent.

Still there is no Mrs Smith, so I borrow a bicycle for a 30-minute ride into the local village. Yao Noi is a one-street town, with the markets at one end. This is where I stumble upon a shack with a barely readable sign that has the words ‘roti canai’ written across it. Not even the family of seven cats playing on the entry counter, lack of patrons or two sleeping cooks can dampen my resolve to order the ghee-infused bread with curry sauce and rose syrup water. One bite and I am transported back to my childhood searching the back streets of Kuala Lumpur for this favourite dish. Four portions later, and I’m ready for the (slow) ride back to Six Senses.

Tragically, Mrs Smith never does make it (blame multiple flight delays, which make it not worth her coming in the end), but all the members of staff at Six Senses are keen to have a chat and make me feel like I’m surrounded by friends and am the most important guest at the resort. As I prepare for the journey home, I can’t help but think that it’s really great to be number one. Just don’t tell Mrs Smith…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Six Senses Yao Noi’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The views, the villa, the room, the amazing service and the incredible food. The island tours the hotel offers are very good, so are the water sports. 

Don’t expect

Loud crazy nights but a lot of relxation

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Stayed on 30 Aug 2016

We loved

The isolated resort, fantastic views and friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Lively evenings

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Stayed on 6 Aug 2016

We loved

views, private villa with plunge pool, service and kindness, food/restaurant choice, activities around the island.

Don’t expect

lively evenings.

Rating

Stayed on 30 May 2015

We loved

Everything! From the minute we arrived to the minute we left (after 11 days) it was just incredible. The villa we stayed in was beautiful, with a wonderful little pool and an outdoor living room which was sheltered, so perfect for the brief showers that came every so often. The main spaces are beautiful and the fact that there's quite a few different places to spend the day means that you never really leave the property, yet at no point start to feel stir crazy. The staff are wonderful and want to do anything to make your stay as special as possible. Any problems we had (there was a smell in our bathroom) were dealt with immediately and with great care and resourcefulness. The managerial staff are on hand the whole time and happy to come over for a little chat to see how you're doing, which leads to a very personable feel. We did a day trip to nearby islands to go kayaking in the sea caves which was a fantastic experience. Whilst we were there it was my husbands birthday and the staff put up decorations, made him a cake and sang to him! Oh and they give you free ice-cream every day... We are already taking about when we can go back!

Don’t expect

If staying there more than a 8/9 days, you might find the menu becomes a bit limited. The cocktails aren't quite up to Bangkok standards. Even though there is an extensive pillow menu which i tried all of, i didn't find a great one. But really these are small things, none of which caused us any big problems.

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Stayed on 4 Jan 2015