World-renowned for their innovative style and commitment to sustainability, Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas boasts an admirable philosophy dedicated to guest wellness and holistic wellbeing. With generous private villas, built using local resources, creating a haven of space and barefoot luxury, guests are encouraged on a path of relaxation and self-discovery. Synonymous with a unique, authentic and ethical approach to hospitality, each resort provides an exceptional level of service – one which actively encourages guests to take a digital-detox and re-connect with their natural surroundings. Privileged guests can enjoy tailored cuisine, embark on bespoke wellness programmes, embrace signature spa treatments and re-balance their busy lives – within the most incredible of hillside settings.
Dale, Hayley, Carmen and Leanne were fortunate to stay at Six Senses Samui and Six Senses Yao Noi properties - each resort effortlessly blending within their scenic surroundings. Verdant jungle and towering palm trees hide sprawling private villas with their tiered teak decks and lavish infinity-edge pools. It is however, the awe-inspiring vistas and welcoming staff which left the greatest imprint. For Dale, it was the five-course dinner, expertly prepared by Executive Chef, Ihaka Peri, tailored to a wellness level of his liking, which really impressed. Designed around his personal requirements, his desert had no-added sugar and he personally helped to pick the fresh ingredients from the kitchen herb garden.
Keeping with the cuisine theme, he welcomed the opportunity to cook alongside the Head Chef during a traditional cooking class. Having been talked through the ingredients, Dale learned to cook four traditional Thai dishes and having enjoyed the fruits of his labour, he later received the recipes in order to return home and replicate his achievements. The spicy seafood salad, including prawn, squid, crab and green chilli, known as Yum Talay, is perfect for alfresco dining this summer! Leanne also enjoyed a flavoursome wellness lunch, with Chef Ihaka, plus an interactive cookery class. She particularly valued the farm tour to see the locally produced and farmed ingredients. However, it was the barbecue dinner at ‘Dining on the Rocks’ and stunning views from The Retreat that really impressed her most. For Carmen, the 45-minute Singing Bowl Workshop with Spa Manager, Keerana at The Library was a highlight, as was the sound and healing reiki. The opportunity to try the 60-minute Senses of Aroma spa treatment was a real treat and she would certainly recommend this to future guests.
The second part of their journey took the group to the mesmerising scenery of Six Senses Yao Noi on Koh Yao Noi. Overlooking the famed Phang Nga Bay’s monolithic limestone islands, this remarkable, awe-inspiring setting allows guests to soak up the magnificent bay and forest views from the privacy of their infinity-edge pool. Again, the wellness theme prevails, the service is warm and friendly and the activities revolve around the striking scenery. Carmen recommends island-hopping by traditional longtail boat, exploring the local villages and markets and, of course, indulging in the serene spa! Perfect for couples, the stars are incredible at night and dining under the stars is a must-do experience here.
In addition to the two resort attractions, there are a plethora of island tours or water attractions to inspire guests. For those keen to venture beyond the resort and to immerse themselves within the local culture, there are a series of cultural tours, such as visiting Plai Laem Temple, Laem-Sor Pagoda, Tong-Krut (local fisherman’s boats) or morning markets in Koh Samui. For watersports enthusiasts, there is Ang Thong Marine Park, sea-kayaking or snorkelling in Koh Tao, plus incredible boat cruises in Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman archipelago from the Yao Noi resort. Thailand has so much to discover and the gentle Thai people are wonderfully welcoming - Six Senses embody the very essence of Thailand.