From the moment you step onto the soft wooden polished floors, without your shoes, you feel a difference in this resort. Tucked into the jungle on Phang Nga Bay – above Phuket and across from Krabi- the resort’s vibration is serenity. One hears water flowing, smells the flowers, feels the breezes, and sees lush green all around. It is a small resort, only 50 Villas, but unless you are in one of their restaurants, pools or public places, you feel comfortably private. Hilltop, at the top of the property, is the main pool and lunch cafe. Drop dead views from there.
The main focus of Six Senses is a holistic way of life for the traveler. Organic beautifully prepared meals, spa services that are beyond excellent all work together to give the traveler a sense of serenity. Yao Noi seems to convey the idea of making their guests healthy and more conscious of their surroundings at every turn. They have organic gardens placed all over the resort, three gorgeous restaurants, and 3 bars. A nice touch is the espresso machine in the room. Among the special details is a homemade ice cream bar that is open all day. Ice cream and cookies are free to all guests. 30 selections- we had passion fruit.
Activities include movies, under the stars on the beach after dinner, yoga classes, cooking classes, meditation classes,rubber tree demonstration, Thai massage lessons, mango tours, sailing lessons, kayaking, windsurfing, island tours- on and on.
The breakfast bar is one the most extensive I have seen. It rivals the Oriental in Bangkok. They have an American buffet, a Chinese buffet, a whole room of yogurt and fruit choices and another room for pastries and jellies. Of course all jams and jellies are made on property.
We had the distinct pleasure of dining with the resort manager, Fernando Arroyo, and I see why this resort is running so well. We also had the pleasure of meeting the head chef, Anthony Reynolds and his brilliant co chef Sebastiaan Seegers. Five star chefs anywhere! The passion they display is a pleasure to encounter. Our biggest regret is not having time to do one of their cooking classes. They are fun as well as brilliant.
The most obvious asset of Yao Noi is the staff. Their enthusiasm is seen and heard everywhere. From the gardeners, the restaurant and bar staff, to our butler, Alice. Their greetings and efforts to please make the experience an unforgettable pleasure.
A very special destination, Yao Noi.
With a passionate commitment to supporting and protecting the environment, SS Yao Noi has been built as an all natural resort with a very light ecological footprint. They expect to be zero emmssion by 2012. A holistic resort that aims to change your outlook about your health and the environment. They even grow their own mushrooms! All food – except the goat cheese-comes from no farther than 10 miles from the resort, and spanking fresh. They are striving to make your life healthier as well as making you more aware of your environment. World famous for their Spa, treatments are certainly as good as I have experienced anywhere.
Six Senses Yao Noi is situated on a small island in Phang Nga Bay, an area famed for its natural beauty, especially its limestone island mountains in the sea which provide idyllic views from the resort. Built in an eco-friendly manner on and around almost 24 acres of natural tropical vegetation the resort exemplifies the Six Senses philosophy of Redefining Experiences from arrival to departure. Oversized daybeds, soft organic cotton linen, architectural tree-house and rustic timber furnishings, endless culinary options and all day butler service is your invitation to the Six Senses Slow Life* – at this pace, you may never want to leave. This paragraph is courtesy of thei website, but I could not have said it better.