I booked the Six Senses Samui as the relaxing leg of my wife's 50th birthday celebration, and whilst I found the vast majority of our stay highly enjoyable I cant quite give the resort the highest rating. I thought the staff were fantastic, very friendly and couldn't do enough for you ( special mention to Pu our butler ). Every meal taken or trip booked was handled with the utmost courtesy and we were made to feel genuinely welcome. I guess at the price that should be taken for granted but I have been to many 5 star resorts where that is not the case.Our ocean view pool villa was set in stunning grounds, very private with beautiful views ( number 14 if i remember rightly ). At first I found the outside shower area a bit of a heat/mosquito worry but you soon buy into the idea of being closer to nature ! Air con is a massive necessity , but it is pretty noisy which is a bit of a shame as it cuts out the sounds of the natural surroundings.The main eating area is dining on the hill....fantastic views, great service , but and here is one of the reasons I cant give it 5 stars, there were a lot of fly's around the breakfast buffet. I don't know if it was because June is the start of the rainy season, but it was certainly off putting. We dined on one of our first nights at dining on the rocks, what a spectacular location for a restaurant, we had the tasting menu which is not cheap. The food whilst excellent was not quite top of the range given the price, and my wife actually fell ill the next day, she thinks from the soft shell crab...although could have been a combo of jet-lag and the heat..I was fine ! I thought the beach was average at best, but to be honest this was more than made up for by the superb infinity pool where we spent most of our days. Short taxi rides to Fishermans Village and Chaweng beach were no trouble at all and an enjoyable experience as was the car we hired to take us to visit the main temples and a spot of elephant riding ( 4 hours in total and well worth it ). We made good use of the spa and enjoyed all the massage/treatments we had, I would really recommend an air-conditioned reception area though. To sum up, you have to buy into the six senses concept of luxury with eco awareness thrown in, if you want a disney style more sanitised experience of Thailand its probably not for you, but embrace the relaxed more naturalistic atmosphere and you will have a wonderful time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Six Senses Samui Hotel Bophut
- 6 Senses Samui
- Six Senses Hideaway Samui
- Six Senses Samui Ko Samui/Bophut