Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Neil Bedford, final arbiter of Select Collection's portfolio of top luxury hotels, gives flying colours to this Thai hideaway an hour by car and boat from Krabi or Phuket…

Six Senses Yao Noi commands some of the most beautiful vistas in the world. Looking out east over Phang Nga Bay and its limestone karsts, the ocean suites enjoy simply outstanding views, while the main pool area (the Reserve) at the top of the resort boasts a breathtaking pool worthy of “top 10” status around the world.

At the same time the resort is a peaceful and secluded hideaway with a traditional Thai feel upgraded to Six Senses standards. The ambience differs from the more suave and contemporary feel of Trisara and Andara, and it is more barefoot and casual than Amanpuri, to name some of our most revered resorts on Phuket.

When it comes to the cuisine, the mouth can only water. The food is beautifully presented Thai cuisine with colour and flavour from homegrown produce in the organic garden. Uniquely the hotel boasts its own mushroom farm as well as chickens (for eggs only) and even goats (for milk/cheese). Having replaced all imported drinking water with in-house produced Six Senses Drinking Water, Six Senses Yao Noi has now opened its first water bar. The main reason behind this change is to become more environmentally conscious and to create a public awareness of “foodmiles” towards guests and hosts.

Typical ocean villa

The villas have a romantically rustic air, with fringy thatch, plunge pools and wooden decks, surrounded by jungle and built up a steep slope thus awarding its famous views to most of the villas.

Aerial view of Six Senses Yao Noi.
There is a pleasant beach, though that is not the main drawcard. You will probably dream around the high pool and its astounding views, morning, noon and night – if not hiding away at your own pool – especially if you have treated yourself to an Ocean Villa – or a Deluxe Ocean Villa even higher up the slopes.

View from the main pool at sunrise
To cap the experience of Yao Noi, paddle a kayak over the crystal waters of Phang Nga Bay or head off on a longtail boat amongst its golden islands. 

Main reasons to stay here: Seclusion, views and genuine Thai feel
No. of rooms: 55
Distance from airport: 20 mins drive then 40 mins boat from Phuket. 40 mins drive then 20 mins boat from Krabi
Distance from nearest town/shops/restaurants: Local village 5 mins by car, 20 mins by pushbike +  very simple local restaurants. Rayavadee 20 mins by boat. Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay 15 mins by boat.

Facilities: Renovated spa due to re-open mid July 2017. Watersports centre being upgraded, due to re-open summer 2017. 

More about Yao Noi at Selecct Collection HERE.

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