When considering what to write about Six Senses Yao Noi in the Koh Yao Noi District of Thailand it became clear fairly quickly that I would need to get my thinking cap on. Not because there was little to discuss but quite the opposite because there was just so much. From its natural design to its phenomenal location, where do you start unpacking a place like this?
I must admit that if you like breath-taking beauty in your surroundings then you’ve definitely come to the right place. Six Senses Yao Noi is not just nestled it’s integrated, one if you like, with its surroundings. There’s a symbiotic relationship going on here that you almost feel you’re interrupting. A romance between natural architecture and nature itself. It’s lovely to stroll through a resort that hasn’t been built from plundering its surroundings but rather lives to give back.
Sustainability is massive here and ties into the excellent environmental commitments of Six Senses that focusses on energy efficiency, water and waste management, social commitment, air quality, noise control and protecting natural surroundings. You can really feel a part of this as you take the Nature Trail through the mangrove forest connected to the resort.
Six Senses Yao Noi was built where a rubber plantation once stood and many of the rubber trees now give excellent shade to the resort and protection from erosion for the soil. The landscape and gardens are a real testament to the philosophy of re-generation, as the flora within them really does appear as if it has never been touched. There’s also plenty of wildlife to enjoy around here, especially birds. Hornbill anyone?
Dining continues the embrace of the natural neighbourhood in its own special way. The Living Room places you beside the beautiful sandy beach, The Dining Room envelops you in a forest of trees and The Hilltop Reserve perches you at the top of the resort overlooking the stunning Phang Nga Bay. It’s not just views it grabs from nature either but also plenty of green goodies for its meals from the resort’s organic garden. So you know whatever you eat here will be fresh, pesticide free and grown in harmony with nature.
Unsurprisingly, Six Senses Yao Noi favours locally sourced and environmentally sound products and supports the community around it by purchasing goods and crafts, like batik painting products, from them to sell onto guests as souvenirs. You can even take a batik-painting lesson at the resort, all the time knowing you’ll be helping to support the local craftspeople.
Six Senses Yao Noi also has some perfect experiences to get you up close and personal with nature. They have an experiences team totally dedicated to helping you get the most out of your stay here. Some of the finest dive sites call this area home and whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro there are PADI certified excursions a-plenty for you to enjoy. On these trips you’ll discover myriads of fish inching their way between coral reefs full of colour.
You could get into the warrior spirit with the Viking cave, a natural limestone cave or check out countless swathes of cheeky monkeys on Monkey beach. The calm, narrow channels of the Lane and Lam Taeng are considered by many to be the best place in the world to go kayaking, so it’s no surprise that the resort offers a kayak tour in which an experienced guide will navigate you around the wildlife and fauna.
The Experience team can also tailor make an island hopping expedition in a beautiful classic long tail boat so you can check out all the deserted islands with their amazing sandy beaches, lagoons and snorkelling friendly shorelines.
Family adventures can also be planned whether you’re looking for activities on the water, a simple bit of mountain biking or seeing your precious little angel learn to kick box. Finally, if you’re a climbing enthusiast you might want to consider a real climber’s paradise – the National Geographic classified limestone karsts.
We’ve just skimmed the surface of the experiences available to you via Six Senses Yao Noi and we’ve just got time to take a quick look at the accommodation. These villas and suites get you about as close as you can be to nature with all the views of the ocean, forest and beachfront, whether you take them in from your expansive terrace with its infinity pool or the large comfortably furnished interior.
So, that’s it, a whirlwind tour of Six Senses Yao Noi from a natural perspective. It’s probably the easiest way to view this stunning resort because it just does so much right when it comes to the environment. Nature ceases to be something far off and abstract and becomes something up close and personal. You can’t really stay here and not be touched by the effort put into making this place soothingly natural and personal. So much so, in fact, that it feels naturally yours.