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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Discovering Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

Atlantis the palmThe second stop we made on our UAE trip was Atlantis the Palm in Dubai! This is the ultimate luxury experience!

From our hotel in Abu Dhabi we took a taxi to Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. It took us about one hour drive to get there. The hotels we’ve passed were already amazing, but once arrived I was amazed with the grandeur and luxury the Atlantis emits!

Plenty of cars, taxis and limousines stop all the time at Atlantis. Many bellboys are ready and help you and your luggages out of the car.
Once we’ve entered I was overwhelmed! This must be a dream I’m in.. Could this be real?? A big sculpture of colorful hand blown glass pieces (more than 3000!) is the first thing you see. Then, i had no idea where to check in. Many counters are to be seen, but a concierge saw my hesitation and came right up to us and guided us to the check in counter we needed.
There are many nationalities working in Atlantis the palm so the language you speak is probably one they speak as well.

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glass sculpture atlantis

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Atlantis the palm entry

The deluxe guest room is a classic standerd hotel room with all you need on a holiday. There is a balcony, a desk, flatscreen, fresh fruits, a safe,… But how the bathroom was my favorite place in this room! A spatious walk-in shower and a bath from where you can open a door to have an open view in the room.
The products of ESPA are amazing to use!
The fruit in the room is daily fresh and even the water bottles have the Atlantis brand on them. Like how cool is that!

We had only two days in Dubai, so we wanted to make the best out of it. Atlantis provided a free shuttle bus taking you to any shopping mall you want. We wanted to start with the outlet shopping mall and then go to the Dubai Mall. The trip to the outlet shopping mall was very long and so not worth it. We didn’t find our luck and decided to take a taxi to the Dubai Mall. My gosh! What a difference! This mall is so big! You can go skiing, ice skating, shop, eat, drink, there is even a rainforest cafe (one of my favorite stops in London) and much more.
Outside the shopping mall you can visit the Burj Khalifa. As for us, time was not on our side and we had to make a choice : shopping or visiting the Burj..
Yes, I know, we should be ashamed but we preferred the shopping. However we took some pictures of the building, at least we saw it from the ground up.

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

I bought some traditional caftans, to wear at wedding parties. Every time I wear them it’s a great success, especially when I tell them I bought these in Dubai. The caftans of Dubai have a great quality and are known to be very glittery.

Back in the hotel we had our dinner at Kaleidoscope, same restaurant where we took breakfast. There is a wide variety of foods. Every cuisine has its place and as it is a buffet you can try many things!

The next morning after breakfast we went for a special date! My childhood dream coming true! A swim with the dolphins! Oh my god, I can’t believe this is really happening!
A small shuttle took us to Dolphin Bay, within Atlantis the palm. We were checked in, and had to wait until it was our turn. Once inside we had to put on some surf gear and had to remove everything that could come loose. After this we had instructions on what was about to happen and what we need to be careful about.
And then, le moment suprême!! My dolphin encounter! He was so soft and sweet and cute! There was one dolphin per 6 people to meet. We had a few moments to touch the dolphin and to dance with it! Also he took us swimming. After a hug and a kiss the time had already come to say goodbye.. This was amazing! Like really! One of the best moments in my life!

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dolphin bay

In the afternoon we went for some fun in Aquaventure. The water park also located within Atlantis the palm. As we already went for a waterpark in Abu Dhabi (Yas waterworld, Discovering abu dhabi) we decided to spend only one afternoon instead of a full day. The park was great! Plenty to see and do! Of course we had to do the leap of faith. The most vertical waterslide in the park. We felt like kids again, having so much fun in one day!  aquaventure

This hotel has so many to offer you could spend 2 (or more) days in Dubai without even leaving the hotel.
It offers 20 restaurants, plenty of bars, a lot of activities. The hotel is also very child friendly!

After a swim in the royal pool, which has an amazing view over the seaside (beach, burj al arab,..) we prepared to visit the lost chambers. These are the aquariums with all kinds of fish! Kids adore this place, it has something magical about it. All this colors and different kinds of fish!

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lost chambers

I must say I regret not having had more time to enjoy this hotel any longer. We saw the highlights but ran short out of time to see more of Dubai itself. But surely we feel blessed to have been here. We enjoyed every moment we had here.