Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
Hot off the press from Six Senses Yao Noi, a luxurious eco resort in Thailand.
Looking for that perfect spot for your honeymoon or romantic getaway? Look no further. Six Senses Yao Noi gets five stars across the boards. As a luxury travel blogger, I’ve been a guest in hundreds of top hotels across the globe, and Six Senses Yao Noi sits among my top three favorites. Why? The answer is simple and then not so simple… they have it all – everything I could possibly want in a vacation all wrapped up into one heavenly eco-resort. Views? Check. Top notch service? Check. Beautiful Design? Check. Location? Check. Adventures? Check. Eco-friendly and sustainable? Check. But it goes deeper than all of that. This place has something I really felt connected with. It has a heart and soul – a staff of people who live on property, who seem genuinely happy and welcomed me in as if I were part of the family.
Despite Six Senses Yao Noi’s secluded location, it is still very easy to get to from both Krabi and Phuket. Just a short (albeit very scenic) boat or helicopter ride set up through the resort will have you there in 45 minutes or less.
Many times I find that the most beautiful resorts in the world are situated on islands or in cities that are not equally as beautiful, which leaves me not wanting to venture out from the grounds of the property. This is not the case with Six Senses Yao Noi, which is positioned on a hillside on the Thai island of Koh Yao Noi. Located in Phang Nga Bay, it is one of the few Thai islands left that is not overrun with tourists. Authenticity can still be found everywhere you look. No chain restaurants, no big flashy / cheesy resorts, no crowds, no sales people haggling you to buy things. What I found was unspoiled beauty, beach shacks, and views in every direction. I found local villagers and homes and night markets where I was the only foreigner around. I found small, family run businesses and restaurants with some of the kindest people I’ve ever met on my travels. For example, at a local restaurant called Kaya, my team and I were treated as if we were old friends. They allowed us to go into the kitchen and watch them cook. The food was bursting with flavor and was some of the best Thai food I’ve had. There is plenty to experience without ever leaving the island. However, the area surrounding Koh Yao Noi is a spectacular place to explore by boat. Below, I’ve made a short video of some of my highlights from my adventures with Six Senses Yao Noi.
The villas are like luxurious tree houses scattered across the hillside, designed using natural materials and locally sourced decor. Each comes with its own 24-hour personal butler. The panorama pool villa was my personal favorite. The views are unbeatable and guests have their own private pool, cabana, outdoor dining area, bathtub overlooking the ocean, outdoor shower, and luxurious island style decor.
Activities & Adventures
There are so many wonderful activities offered by Six Senses Yao Noi, but here are my recommendations:
If you want some quiet time at the marvelous Hilltop Reserve infinity pool, they offer an option for a private sunrise breakfast. The sunrise over the islands is spectacular from up there and worth the early wake up call. You and your guests get private access until the pool opens around 11am. The breakfast spread is delicious and cooked to order.
Exploring Yao Noi is a must. This little island has so much to offer. You can do a self guided tour, or book a tuk tuk food tour with the chef from Six Senses, who will take you to all of the best local spots, sampling all of the foods along the way. Don’t miss the Rotee place, good heavens those things are amazing!
Spend at least one day adventuring around the nearby islands. A private speed boat can be booked through the resort. Slap on some sunscreen and be sure to visit Hong Island and the Phi Phi Islands. Go to the famous Maya Beach – but go early or you will get stuck with the crowds.
Do not forget to leave time for the evening movie in the outdoor theater on the sand. What a fun experience it was – order a fresh coconut and eat popcorn while sprawling out on a chaise and cuddling with your partner. Do wear mosquito repellant, long pants and light sleeves.
The spa is one of a kind. I could have spent an entire day there. The treatment rooms were separate pavilions, each overlooking a rainforest scene with a waterfall and pond. There were numerous picturesque places to relax making this the perfect spot to grab a book and unwind after a nice massage. Add it into the itinerary.
So this isn’t really an activity, but if you are an ice cream lover like me, Six Senses Yao Noi has a very special little ice cream parlor with some really unique homemade flavors. Why not do an ice cream tasting? The black sesame and passion fruit flavors were my favorite.
Six Senses Yao Noi is an eco-friendly resort. When I first arrived they introduced me to their director of sustainability (AKA Chicken Mama), who gave me a sustainability tour of the property. I found myself quite impressed by their commitment and efforts to be environmentally responsible. They have numerous practices that conserve energy and reduce waste. For example, they replaced all imported water bottles with water they produce in-house at their own water bar. They use their own recycled glass water bottles and donate 50% of all water sales to charities that deliver clean water to those without access. They also took me to their chicken farm, where they play classical music to a quite chipper flock of hens. I was able to pick out the eggs I’d have for breakfast, just laid and still warm. In an effort to waste less, they use their compost food to feed the chickens. Six Senses Yao Noi has their own organic garden, including a mushroom house where they grow a variety of mushrooms. To read more about the Six Senses sustainable practices click here.
- The best time to visit is between November and February when the weather is mild. March to June can be very hot, and July to October is the rainy season.
- Bring mosquito repellant and wear it
- Pack mostly casual beachy items with a few nice outfits for dinner.
- Don’t forget to budget for the boat transfers to and from the resort.
- Do book a day to explore the surrounding islands by Long Tail Boat
- Do explore the charming island of Yao Noi
- Try the local restaurants outside of the resort for an authentic Thai dining experience.