My husband’s first trip out of the country was Thailand, and I was nervous. This trip was my idea, and I made all of the reservations based on a great deal I found on Expedia.com. I was praying that it would be half as luxurious as the website advertisements promised. I was fairly confident that our flight to Phuket would be comfortable. I heard rave reviews about it's the airline's long haul legs; flying Emirates also meant a 24 hour stop in Dubai.
Taking off from Detroit was a breeze, and we quickly settled into our coach seats with hundreds of movie options and a good meal. 13 hours later we were in Thailand, but we had another three hours to reach our final destination. A driver picked us up at the airport for our transfer to the boat that would take us to the resort. Six Senses Yao Noi is located on a small island in the Phang Nga Bay with panoramic views of island chains and gorgeous ocean vistas.
We found beauty. Our villa was perched on a hill offering the most incredible views! An outdoor shower, soaking tub, private pool, outdoor living room, and three terraces were some of the room amenities that pushed this vacation over the top. Each villa has a 24-hour butler to answer questions, set up excursions, make dinner reservations, spa appointments, and transport you to any location on the island you would like to go.
The hotel reaches the highest standards for service, atmosphere, and experience. Also, the resort is dedicated to sustainability with an organic farm on site and cooking classes to make the most of the tropical treasures of Thailand. Health and wellness are among many of the benefits to staying at Six Senses with a variety of yoga classes, a stunning spa, and wellness assessments round out the focus on a true mind/body/soul vacation. We opted for the sunrise yoga classes on the mountain platform that jutted out over the water.
After the session in 100-degree weather and humidity just past the point of being comfortable, we found a stunning breakfast buffet that quickly made us forget our exhaustion. Rooms, not tables, were dedicated to fruits and vegetables, patisseries, delis, and selection of cooked dishes from India, China, Japan, Thailand, and England. Food triggers my beauty sensors far more than any other experience, and so the meals that I had a Six Senses are still vivid memories for me.
When beauty hits every sense, when it is both random and intentional, beauty can exist in the mind that contemplates it.
I had a feeling that this vacation would be one that we would remember forever, so I tried in vain to pack a few fabulous outfits for the pictures that we would frame and look at with joy into our old age. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity made all of my best attempts at putting myself together futile. Sweat, humidity, a sunburn, and the daily rain shower made me laugh at our hilarious efforts to get the perfect happy couple shot. Even our boat excursions to James Bond Island and our trip into the village show one, or both of us, in less than flattering poses, but the silver lining is that now we need to go back for a photo shoot do over! Living in a three-story private villa with a plunge pool with a view that cut through the jungle and looked out over the Andaman Sea is enough of an excuse to go back, but this time I will certainly be more generous with the sunscreen!