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“A fabulous honeymoon”
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Six Senses Samui
Ranked #20 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A fabulous honeymoon”
Reviewed 19 December 2007

After much research and reading reviews on this site, we decided on the Sila Evason for our honeymoon in late Nov/Early Dec this year. It was fabulous and lived up to virtually all expectations. It is a very tranquil, relaxing place and because we had a pool villa with our own deck, pool, sunloungers etc we didn't need to go anywhere, which is pefect for a honeymoon! Food was amazing, especially Dining on the Rocks but we only went once as it's not cheap and the kind of thing you prob only need to do once as it's such an experience. Cocktail party with free drinks every day was lovely, we really enjoyed meeting all the staff, socialising with other guests etc. Breakfast was a highlight, we've stayed in a few 5 star hotesl before and never seen such a spread of quality, fresh food (not your standard been-there-all-day buffet by any means!)

The spa was great, not cheap but reasonable (but do not expect to pay what you would for a cheap beahc massge). We especially loved all the decor in the resort, it is very 'Robinson Crusoe' like, and assists with the overall atmosphere of tranquility and peacefulness!

The staff we are wonderful, I've never seen a group of people before who so obvious love where they work and are genuinely happy to see you and look after you.

Our villa was amazing, with everything you could need from a beach bag and mosquito coils to heaps of big fuffy towels and an outdoor shower abd sunken bath. Only downside of the villa was there should be a mosquito net over the outdoor day bed, and whist we had a lovely view, we were aware there would have been villas better than ours (that didn't look at any other villas' roofs, but just looked straight to the ocean). But this was a minor thing to be honest. Ours was private enough (I could sunbath and swim topless with no worries, but if you were obsessive about privacy then yes, people could see in if they REALLY tried to). But people staying here don[t really go out of their way to peer at other people!

Some key points:
- Do not stay here if you want brass taps and marble fixtures..it is not the style and if that's what you like you won't like it. It is more 'rrelaxed luxury' and they aim to create a home away from home.
- There are mosquitos. Period. But it is a tropical island, so what would you expect. Bring good quality tropical strenght insect repellent and WEAR IT and you'll be fine
- The beach is not good/not really used, but you don't need to if you have your own pool
- You must stay in a villa with your own pool...this was central to our enjoyment, can't imagine satying here and having to always use the main pool
- Prices are reasonble by Australian standrads, not Thai...but it is a 5 star reosrt and food and cocktails were fabulous so you get what you pay for.

Enjoy!

  • Liked — Our own pool, the villa itself was fabulous (big, had everything we needed), food, cocktail party every day
  • Disliked — Mosquitos (but out of their control and they do as much as they can to help), beach isn't great.
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2007

Stayed in Hideaway (standard villa) number 2. This was overlooked by another larger villa. It was necessary to leave the blinds drawn on one side of the bed room to avoid people looking in from their sun-deck. The only view of the sea was through a small gap in the trees. The room was a good size but needed the loud air conditioning to be switched on all the time to keep the temperature comfortable. At night the air-con blew a stream of cold air across the top of the bed so ended up sleeping at the bottom of the bed to avoid the wind-chill factor. It is also a good idea to use the mosquito net as, despite spraying by house keeping, it was possible to get bitten during the night.

The hotel is into 'green tourism' which seems to include not changing the sheets unless you ask them to do it. Some of the sheets had holes in and a few of the pillow cases were frayed. Not expected in a hotel of this standard.

The day bed area was on the ground floor but did not get any direct sunlight, so was a bit gloomy to spend anytime there. However, there was a small deck area that did get sunlight until about 2pm.

The grounds of the hotel fitted in well with the surrounding area. The setting next to the sea was very picturesque. To avoid getting bitten it would be a good idea to use insect repelant when walking around the grounds, even during the day.

The pool was quite large with an 'infinity' view and had plenty of sunloungers. Pool-side service was also good.

The main restaurant had a good variety of reasonably piced food including an impressive breakfast buffet. Thai dishes were available according to how much spice your taste buds can stand. The Rocks restaurant on the other hand was expensive and a bit pretentious.

The spa had a good variety of treatments at reasonable-ish prices.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2007

Ok, I am not too sure where to start with this review, but will give it a go all the same. We arrived that the Sila to be greeted by the extremely friendly members of staff, given cold water bottles and cold, but equally as fresh towels, as it was baking hot....instant quality before we had even checked in. We were introduced to our very own Butler, who looks after, well basically everything. Anything you want, you just call her or him from your room. Outstanding service. Our butler was call Nim. Shes was fantastic from start to finish. So we check in and get taken to the main bar, given a choice of cold drinks, including beer and cocktails, whilst are luggage is taken to our room. We were in villa number 21. Each night there are free cocktails, from 5.15 to 6.00 so take full advantage, they are delightful. First night we decided to splash out a bit so we ate at there well renounced, "Dining on the Rocks", let me tell thats exactly what its like, again first class service, food is very tasty but maybe not on the large side in relation portions but its very good food. (not a cheap place to eat thats for sure so make it a one off). Our villa was pure class, fully air conditioned (thought it did stop working one night and the engineer came within in minutes to fix it and did). Very well stocked mini bar, wonderful views, sunken baths, outdoor showers, mosi nets, fruit, champagne upon arrival...it was a joy to behold. To be honest I could go on and on about this resort, we where there for our honeymoon, and are already planning our visit back, from the free drinks at the pool, free back and neck rubs, its just the perfect resort for couples maybe not family's to be honest. Nice staff, all super helpful. The one thing I would say is this resort is not cheap, in fact far from it. The views are to die for and will most definitely be going back.

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  • Disliked — Noting
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Madrid Spain
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2007

This was our third trip to South East Asia in the last 3 years, we always pick the most luxurious resorts and this was our first destination during this trip. Our second was the Datai at Langkawi.
At Sila our villa was beautiful, the service was incredible and we definately loved the island. I would definately recommed it, however if you don´t want to spend money in transportation, don´t go. The resort is far from most popular places and restaurants and beaches since the beach at the resort although is beautiful it has rocks and you can´t swim.
The only problem I found at the resort and I may sound repetitive but is true, is the mosquitos, they do have a problem with mosquitos, but I belive that the whole island has the problem. well if you are alergic consider other destinations, the mosquitos in Ko Samui are dangerous, I got 6 bites in 3 days and they lasted for 8 days before the rush dissapeard. I used repellent every day and night and still bit me. Other that that is a very beautiful resort in a fun island, so you´ll have a great time.

  • Liked — The beautiful villas
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2007

I've just got back from a three day stay at Sila Evason with my family and had the most wonderful experience. It's our first time to Samui and so we were undecided between staying at the Four Seasons or Sila, in the end we chose to stay 2 nights at FS and the last 2 nights in Sila. I just want to say we are so glad we had a chance to try out Sila!

Absolutely love:
- one of the biggest and most gorgeous infinity pool, has a great view of the 'orange island' and sunset, also love the bamboo decor arrangements
- Dining on the rocks has beautiful atmosphere
- Thai message at the Six senses spa, appreciate the honey ginger tea served after the treatment
- Personal Butler service, we were very lucky to have had a very attentive and passionate butler, he basically made our trip. Thank you Kevin, wouldn't be the same without you!
- environmentally friendly setting

Room to Improve:
- The food at Dining at the Rocks has the presentation of fine dining cusine, but the taste is not up to standard, i personally enjoyed the food more at the local restaurants at Chaweng and Fisherman Village. But having said that, the location and setting of Dining at the Rocks made it unique and wonderful.
- Every morning at around 8 - 9 am, we can hear airplanes landing the airport, since the hotel is only 15 minutes away.
- The blinds have large gaps in between, which does allow sunlight to show through in the morning. I am the type who likes to sleep in a little, so that's a minu for me.

Anyway, we still had the perfect getaway trip we wanted and I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone, especially the honeymooners!

  • Liked — the service
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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7 Thank TravellerSS210
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2007

We planned our honeymoon to sort of have a buffet of hotels in thailand. So we know what we're talking about when we compare to other joints in Thailand. Loved the country. Loved being in a very small minority of Americans visting at this time. And, loved Koh Samui.

However, the Sila just don't cut it for the price. They tout themselves as being an oasis that caters to every need. Ha! First off we had a nice room but not the privacy we expected. The villa rooms are on the golf cart path. Our room, 8, was sold as having a view of the sunset AND sunrise... two decks. We also had a view of the small loading dock and could tell you about the propane tank deliveries and the gossip among the empoyees who hung out outside the dock. Stay away from room 8. Pool is beautiful but seats are scarce.. very scarce. They say there is a butler with the room. We also had a butler with our $285 (US dollar) room at the dunsit in phuket. Big deal.. that's the norm for Thailand. Thailand is all about great service. Food was WAY over priced at the Sila. Massage was average. I gotta say... we LOVED the sala Samui. Loved the price and service of the Pennisula in Bangkok. Loved the new rooms at the Dunsit in Phuket. You can get a lot of bang for the buck in thailand. I think the sila has an attitude that just by charging more you are getting the best. Its not. Private pools aren't even private. We saw naked people swimming and had to close windows in our villa so we didn't feel creepy. beach has very course sand. We just didn't get the Sila. And we've stayed at top notch places in bora bora, Hawaii (four seasons), Bacarra in Santa Barbara. All offer different things in different ways. We don't get what the Sila is offering. Sorry, save your money even if you're super rich.

  • Stayed August 2007
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Athens
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2007

Sila Evason Hideaway is definitely 5 stars and everything will make your stay there unforgettable. It is a beautiful resort in the northest part of Samui with private pool villas overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. We will never forget Dinning on the Rocks, the welcome drink on the Hill, the variety of goods each day in the breakfast room and the magnificient view from our villa. Every night we were falling asleep listening to the cute voice of Thai frogs, whereas every morning we were listening birds singing.
We stayed at the villa number 24 and we fell in love with the romantic atmosphere. The room decoration is in total harmony with the environment and the tropical vegetation that surrounds the hotel.
Since we were there for our honeymoon, a bottle of champaigne and several Thai fruits were waiting for us. Actually, I recommend Sila Evason for romantic hideaways and honeymooners. I believe that it is an excellent choice for all of of you who seek relaxation and private moments in paradise. You should try Thai massage in the Hotel Spa. I suggest to do it during the sunset because the view is fantastic from the spa villas.
Leaving Samui and Sila Hideaway is difficult for everyone. Me and my husband certainly left behind a piece of our self . It is sad to say goodbye to paradise...It is sad to wake up from a marvellous dream...Sila Evason Hideaway is a dream that we can all share. And this makes it unique!

  • Liked — I liked that each part of the resort has a unique charm
  • Disliked — The hotel is about 20 minutes from Chaweng Beach and the majority of restaurants
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Six Senses Samui
Address: 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#15 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#17 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#43 Family Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Six Senses Samui 5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Six Senses Samui is set on a headland; with glorious panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand. The 66-villa resort, many with private pools, is 45 minutes south of the Bangkok. The resort serves some of the best food on the island, offering regional and international cuisine and a wine cellar. A Six Senses Spa delivers a comprehensive menu of treatments together with spectacular views across a rock-fringed bay. However one gets around Samui, by foot, elephant or with wheels, a wealth of natural beauty is to be found. Boat trips also show you this most beautiful island. ... more   less 
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