Six Senses Yao Noi – amazing resort experience

On our second visit to Thailand, we went back to Phuket first. After 6 days in Phuket we went to Yao Noi and stayed in Six Senses.

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What can I say about this amazing resort? Had I ever seen such a luxury? I guess not!

We arranged with our first hotel, Burasari Resort, that they would take us to the Ao Po Marina in Phuket. We had a little trouble finding the right Marina, as there is another marina which is more touristic. But we did make it in time. We were kindly greeted by a staff member of Six senses and were offered a drink in the marina bar while we waited to go on board.
After a cold drink we could board on our private charter. There was my husband and me and another young couple with their adorable daughter.
A beautiful scenery passed by as we were approaching the Yao Noi Island.

We were, again, warmly greeted at the pier by the manager and our GEM Kate. The buggy, which takes you everywhere in the resort, was personalized with our names. They took our luggages and off we went to our pool villa.

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Number 22, that was our villa number. Kate opened the door to our villa and for a minute I couldn’t talk or move… Where was I?? Is this heaven?? A pool in front of us with the amazing view of the ocean! Kate gave us a short tour of the villa and she would come back later to show us around the resort.

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We stayed only 2 nights in this wonderful resort so we wanted to make the best out of it.
We went to the sports beach and tried out the Stand Up Paddles.
We went to see a movie on the big screen on the beach at night with yummy popcorn.
I got an amazing Thai Massage at the Spa centre (of course I did!) All credits to Oy!

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But the place we’ve spent the best time at in this resort, besides our villa of course, was the infinity pool.
This pool is one of the pools you see in those list of most beautiful pools around the world. We enjoyed a few milkshakes and fresh juices while enjoying the calming view you get here.

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The resort offers so many activities it’s almost impossible to choose!
Because we had only 3 days we chose a few ones and enjoyed them to the fullest.

I would strongly recommand doing the tuktuk tour. We drove around in the resorts tuktuk for about 2 and a half hour with O who guided us around the Island. It was by far the best thing to do when having a limited time here. It was so great I’ll write a seperate post about it!

The Spa experience was also very great. Daughter of a beauty therapist I love discovering Spa centres all over the world and enjoy a massage or any treatment. The location is amazing, the staff is very well trained and you should just enjoy a good massage every now and then.

We wanted to have a private dinner on the beach, but because we didn’t book this in advance, this was not an option during our stay. However, Kate our GEM, could arrange a private dinner in our villa. We had a chef and waitress all to ourselves. We enjoyed a 5 course meal in the romantic setting on our deck which was decorated with candles for this romantic moment.

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The breakfast is also a true experience! Every morning we were greeted by the manager, who remembers our names and country which, for me, makes me feel very welcome!
There is a coffee and egg menu, but even if you want something else you can always ask.
You find some hot dishes and there is also a shop – like place where you can get all kinds of cheeses, meats, breads and fresh juices. To top everything of there is a variety of fruits and yogurts. No need to wait for the chef to bake your fresh waffles or omelette, everything is served at your table.

The day of departure we were moved into a daytime villa, our villa was booked after us, but we had to return only in the early evening. In this villa you can find everything you need to enjoy even your last day in the resort. There is a shower, daybed and tv. So after we’ve spent our last hours by the infinity pool and eating a last ice cream (which is complementary all day, everyday) we could shower and take the plane feeling clean.

When we jumped on the boat who took us back to Phuket a whole lot of staff members waved us out at the pier. So warm, kind it almost made me cry this amazing adventure was over.
A Mercedes with private chauffeur awaited and took us back to the airport..

This resort has the most warm, kind and welcoming staff I have ever seen. You are respected in your privacy and you have your own GEM (‘butler’ if you want) but everyone is there to help. I felt very welcome here. The staff is not fake and really want to help you. This makes it even more of a perfect resort to go to!
They meet your expectations and even go beyond! That’s what makes it really worth it!

Goodbye Thailand! You were, again, amazing!

 

 

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Burasari – perfect location to explore Patong

On our second stay in Phuket we stayed in the Burasari resort at Patong city.

It turned out to be great pick! Here’s why :

It all begins at the airport, where a driver waits for you to take you to the hotel. Cold towels and drinks are given followed by a 45 minute drive to the hotel.

At arrival we got welcomed by again cold towels (which we appreciate due to the heat) and a drink. After this we got to our room, on the first floor.
We’ve booked the elite room, this room is a bit bigger than the standard room. We had an outdoor terrace with cosy bed and a pool view.

The hotel has 2 pools, both perfect to enjoy the sun and look for some cooling down when it gets too hot.
The first pool has a bar, so you don’t have to leave the pool to get yourself a drink. Perfect!
Downside of the pool : there aren’t many sunbeds, which makes it almost necessary to get up early in the morning to make sure you have a seat.
On the other hand, the beach is just 1 minute away.. Plenty of place under the sun!

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The lunch we had in Kantok was the best Thai food I had in a while!
The breakfast was also good and there was plenty of choice.

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If ever I would come back to Patong, Phuket I would definitely go back to Burasari resort. Perfect location: near the beach, the shops, Jungcylon, Bangla Road, clean and big rooms, great pools.

Monday : of to Patong city

After crying over our last breakfast at the Sarojin, we checked out and headed to Patong city, Phuket.
We doubted about the location of our second hotel but when we got there, there was no doubt. Our second hotel ‘the senses resort’ is located on a hill.
The rooftop pool looks out over Patong.
After checking in, we went to discover our room. I must admit that everything was ok and spacious but just leaving the Sarojin I was a little disappointed.
Anyway, after a refreshing shower we took the free shuttle bus to the shopping mall.
JUNG CEYLON is very big! It opens ’till 10pm and by 8pm we hadn’t finished everything.
The first night we had KFC as we were pleased to be able to eat Halal food in Thailand!
After we went back to the hotel by foot as it was really close! Meanwhile seeing some more of Nanai road!

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Sunday : last day Khao lak

So on our last day in Khao lak we went for a visit to the Similan islands.
We had breakfast in our suite as we had to be ready to leave at 7:15am.
A bus took us to the meeting point meanwhile picking up some more people from other hotels.
I could have never imagined such a tourist invasion! This meeting point was filled with plenty of tourists to visit these islands.
After paying a deposit we got some pills  for sea sickness and were gathered to go aboard. In our speedboat there were like 40people! Wow, not exactly what I had in mind, but anyway.. let’s do this!

Take off : about 1 hour and some people who got sick later, we made our first stop. 40minutes of snorkling at island nr 9! I must say : amazing! Such a great feeling! Above water you’d think there’s not much there, but once you go under a whole new world awaits! Many fish are actually real close by!

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Second stop : island nr 8 > lunchtime!
After some food and drinks we climbed the big rock that shows a wonderful view!

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3rd stop : island nr 7
Here there are giant turtles. There should be 5. We got 45 minutes of snorkling again. Unfortunately I didn’t see one, my husband did! I really enjoyed snorkling! The freedom of being on your own yet not alone..

Last stop : island nr 4
We had ice cream and about 1hour to sunbath, swim or just chill on this beautiful place..

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After this, another hour to get back on land and get the bus to get us back to our resort!
I would definitely recommend this trip though if possible (financially) I would do this on a private boat. (Like for example the princess Sarojin, which takes a maximum of 12 people!)

I took a bath and a nap before we enjoyed the thai village evening at the Sarojin.
This started at 7pm.
We had a table close to the stage, on the beach.
There were several stands of thai food and there was live traditional music and dance. For me this was the perfect way to end our stay in the Sarojin! Magic!

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I feel nothing but love for this little piece of heaven on earth, called the Sarojin!

Saturday November 29

Last night I thought about how our stay was almost over and I haven’t been to the pool for real. Of course we went on our first day but it was more checking out than really taking my time to enjoy.

So this morning I got up real early to have a good spot at the pool. 8:15 am and I got the best place : the middle cabana in the pool! Waw! It gave me the best feeling ever!

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At 11am we had a small breakfast because at 12:30 I booked a massage at the resort’s spa ‘pathways’.
At my welcome I was asked some questions to personalize my aromatic massage. I also got soft slippers and a cold herbal drink, which I loved (forgot to ask what it was, it tasted very sweet, almost like orange flower with some honey). My masseuse introduced herself and took me to one of the cabanas where I got my massage.
This environment is just amazing! Outdoors but yet very private!
Usually I have trouble relaxing, but this was actually my first time I could almost fall asleep while having a massage! Just perfect. The treatment ended with a warm gingertea and again some questions for suggestions.
I felt a bit dazed and so I went back to my suite and enjoyed my outside bathtub.

At 4pm we went to Bang Niang. On Wednesday, Saturday and Monday it’s market time! Here you find all kinds of souvenirs, local clothing, food, some bars,…
Very pleasant to visit as a tourist! A must do when you’re in the neighbourhood.

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November 28th

So elephant trekking and bathing right?
On this beautiful morning we were picked up at our wonderful resort ‘the Sarojin’ to go elephant trekking.
Only 15minutes by car we arrived at this place with the elephants. We were really excited and tried to find out which one would take us for a tour!
We got up some stairs and then took place on the little carriage on our elephant Po. She took us around, we saw this wonderful colibri bird. Such a bright color blue I never saw before on a bird.
Once arrived at the lake, the carriage was taken off Po and she was led into the water. There we got up on her again and walked a bit further in the water. She enjoyed playing with us. She dove in the water, head first. After a few times I couldn’t hold it anymore and fell into the water. The Thai found this very funny and so did we!

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When we got back, we had breakfast (which is possible until 6pm in ‘the Sarojin’) and took a nap in our suite!

Later we took the shuttlebus again to Khao Lak. We had a Thai massage, awtch had no idea this was all about bending over and stretching! Anyway afterwards I felt good :-).

We also booked our activity for Sunday : a visit to the Similan islands!
We ate something and headed to the white sand beach for a last drink.
At the same time on the beach of our hotel they let up some lanterns, which was quit romantic and dreamy!
Goodnight!

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November 27th : first day in Thailand

So after a good night sleep and a good breakfast we decided to explore the hotel.
We first went to the beach, walked a bit, following the coastline and went for a swim in the warm clear Andaman sea!
After sunbathing for an hour, we decided to go check out the pool.
We were lying in the sun, looking for refreshment in the pool, which also has a bubblebath area.
Again after one hour we went back to our suite, to shower and prepare to go to the centre of Khao lak.
The hotels shuttle bus took us to Khao lak in like 10 minutes.
Khao lak has plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, food stalls, massage and tourist attraction kiosks.
First I had a footmassage, Thai style, whilst my husband checked out the shops. My first experience with thai massage was a success! No more sore feet! For like 200baht (equals about 5euros).
After this we booked our first excursion : elephant trekking and bathing.
This would be our fridaymorning activity.
After checking the shops and many discussions on the price we returned happy to our resort, where we had dinner.
Looking forward to our meeting with the elephants we went to bed early.