We just had to include this resort in our last Thailand trip. Six Senses Yao Noi seduces with the brand’s well-rehearsed “rustic luxury chic” style and makes a great use of its unique location. The pull was as irresistible as with other Six Senses hotels we wrote about.
A casual reader or a traveller less familiar with the style trends in the luxury hotels industry might be compelled to wonder why we are so fond of the Six Senses resorts. We are of course drawn to the Six Senses hallmark rustic style and a barefoot luxury vibe… But there is more.
Six Senses Chic
The 56 villas of Six Senses Yao Noi, all with private pools, are made from a high-quality teak, bamboo, raw wood and are topped with palm-leaf thatching. The earthly tones are always punctured by splashes of colour, sizzling oranges, reds or greens that bring vibrancy into the interiors.
The wood, the details, the fringy thatch, the sun-kissed decks blend together effortlessly and form a holistic design system that we’ve seen repeated in all Six Senses resorts—yet with a unique personality and character in each hotel.
The Six Senses design is an impressively style-conscious effort, resulting in interiors that are eminently liveable. It takes a great effort to do the “rustic chic” well—of which the Yao Noi is perhaps the best example yet.
The spacious villas of the Yao Noi resort are set among lush tropical greenery, some right by the beach, other high up the slopes, with views over rainforest and sea. The foliage provides privacy, but is also part of a consistent “eco” theme.
The resort, built on a site of an old rubber palm plantation, took upon a stewardship of the forest, improving and re-generating the tropical flora, with heavy re-planing of local plants, fruit trees and mangroves.
Today the reinvigorated forest and gardens are attracting wildlife and a large family of the rare Hornbill can be frequently seen.
Our favourite things
But is really the “eco chic” we will remember the most from our Six Senses Yao Noi stay?
Or rather, maybe it will be the privacy of our beautiful Ocean Panorama Pool Villa? Spacious, with outdoor shower, sunken bath and incredible views—they are among the best Six Senses villas we tried (rivalling our Water Villa at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay).
Or will we remember the free home-made ice cream, or the stupendous breakfasts? The phenomenal spa treatment? A place of tranquility, the spa is a perfect place for a blissful break from reality.
Actually, come to think of it, it will have to be the Hilltop Reserve. The views steal the show—surely this has to be the one thing defining Six Senses Yao Noi.
And yet, all the above wouldn’t work if not for the staff. Always smiling and courteous, providing the highest level of personalised service, in which nothing is too difficult a problem and where the greatest care is taken to make us, the guests, feel privileged.
Since visiting Six Senses Yao Noi we also had a pleasure of visiting Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives—and this resort just might be stealing the crown of our favourite Six Senses resort ever. Make sure to check our review!