Villa at Six Senses Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi
Phang Nga, Thailand

If big island resorts aren’t your thing you can go off the Phuket grid by taking a short boat ride to a neighbouring, smaller island. The Six Senses Yao Noi is a stunningly beautiful hideaway, its pool villas offer a high level of privacy, not to mention luxury, as each boasts its own infinity-edged pool and poolside sala, so you’ll only have to mingle with those you invite.

If like us you like getting away from it all, you’ll love the Six Senses Yao Noi. Away from the crowds of Phuket’s commercial getaways, a 45-minute speedboat ride whisked us to a private, jungle island village, with luxurious thatched roofs and huts built to make the most of the view of the limestone karst and rock formations of Phang Nga.

We actually came to the island long before the Six Senses Yao Noi appeared here and while there’s no doubt that this is a significant upgrade to our accommodation and experience as compared to back then, the vibe and atmosphere of an escapist haven remain unchanged.

Even from the early days of its construction, mindful sustainability drove the existence of this resort. The ethos continues on today in everything they do – from a high-level of self-sufficiency to proactive conservation of the natural environment and wildlife, to serious community engagement and development.

All this is not at the expense of top-end, barefoot luxury. Our tropically themed villa boasted jaw-dropping ocean views, but you can also choose from ones that have beach access (perfect for water-babies), or even a love-nest in the jungle. In any case, they offer private infinity pools and outdoor showers, all you’d expect from the brand’s exotic hideouts.

The food on offer is heavenly, you can choose to indulge or eat healthy meals aligned with Six Senses’ wellness philosophies, even opting for produce farmed onsite. If you’re a longstanding OutThere fan, you’ll know we tend to opt for more local dining options, so we enjoyed the beachside ‘The Living Room’ for Thai and Andaman fare. Make sure you try the home-made ice-cream!

In true Six Senses form, the spa was the icing on the cake (or ice-cream – do it)! Like a small village in itself, we tried out everything from reinvigorating Thai massages that took our flexibility to new levels; to sea-breeze meditation; to try-it-for-yourself aromatherapy at the resort’s Alchemy Room.

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While you’re Out There
The island is a small one, so you can grab a bike and discover it on your own, but for true OutThere explorers, there is much to be discovered out at sea. Six Senses Yao Noi offers a castaway experience that you can opt for a half-day or whole day … straddling either sunrise or sunset. The marine landscape is spectacular, and your crew will even find you a private beach on a private island, just to yourself, a loved one, or your family.

Photography courtesy of Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas