Indeed, the one word to sum it all up is Paradise. That's where we have just been. And before the dreaded holiday blues starts to kick in hard, i thought to remind myself once again. The paradise. Where the only thing that is blue, is the sky.
Deciding where to go on holiday was quite hard for us because there are many places we are yet to discover. However, there were a lot of things to consider too but the main thing being Hayden's comfort. Hayden is almost 3 years old. We felt he is at that age of being too young for holidays that are more designed for older kids. We took him to Hong Kong Disney Land once and he didn't really enjoy it as much; he couldn't go on any rides and it was hot and humid. But one thing we know for sure is how much he enjoys being in the pool.
We also wanted somewhere with good food [we always travel with our belly in mind], a spa for us and a pool for Hayden, being a necessity. Overall, we wanted somewhere we can truly relax and a hide away! We have had such a busy time of late and not having a proper holiday last year, we were aching for some luxury of quietness and above all, family quality time. In the end, we chose Six Senses, Yao Noi in Thailand and opted for the ''Hideaway Pool Villa''.
Our villa was exactly that. A hideaway. With lush tropical greens surrounding us. In the mornings, you can hear all the birds chirping away. It was lovely to sit outside with my coffee listening to them sing. I felt like i was in the jungle.
We have been in Thailand before and stayed in the sister island of Koh Yao Yai so we are familiar with the travel that's involved [we are very lucky that Hayden travels well long distances] and what is usually on offer in island resorts. However, the minute we arrived at our destination, we felt the welcome like no other. From the airport pick up to boat transfer and finally setting foot on the private jetty of Six Senses, we were transported to a land of pure bliss. Almost immediately. I think also this is a credit to our lovely GEM [Guest Experience Manager] also known as your 'personal butler'. Her name is Tanya. If you ever go there, say 'Hi!' for me and give her a big hug. Tell her also, Hayden misses her!
Each villa are designated with their own GEM. They make your stay at Six Senses memorable and comfortable as possible. They look after you very well and always with a smile. From making sure your choice of fresh fruits are delivered daily to your villa to organising memorable trips on or surrounding islands, they are only a phone call away. No matter what time of the day.
Food contributes to our decisions when it comes to most our holiday destinations. Six Senses did not disappoint on this part. From Japanese, Indian, Italian and of course, Thai. All of which, exceeded our expectations. During our stay, as lovers of Thai food that we are, we opted towards the local cuisine.
The authentic flavours of the Thai food even had me eating fish curry for breakfast. You might squirm at the very thought of this but oh boy... it was so delicious! Our stay included the buffet style breakfast and they catered very well for international palates.
Some favourites were, Gaeng Neung which is Wagyu Beef Red Curry that has simmered for 24 hours [the morsels of meat just melts in your mouth]. And of course, the River Prawns Pad Thai ranking on top of my list of 'must eats' too. The prawns i've known don't quite match the sizes of these. They look more like Lobsters.
Surprisingly, Lee really enjoyed the Chicken Tikka Curry from Chef V's specials. He doesn't usually like Indian curries but he couldn't get enough of it on our holiday. He even had it specially on our last dinner.
Hayden of course enjoyed the Italian Meat Spaghetti. I'm not exaggerating but it tasted just like the Spaghetti i had in Sienna. It's very impressive for children's menu! If you know what i mean.
They also hosted a Seafood BBQ feast whilst we were there. The choices were unbelievable and everything so fresh. I cannot quite describe in words how special that night was. So i will use my favourite word... AMAZING!
Even when we went on our Island hopping, we were spoilt with the vast selection of tasty lunch boxes.
Oh, and free ice cream. All day. Everyday! Need i say more?
My advise if you are thinking of going, is lose 10lbs before you go to this place to make room for all the [here we go again with that word] amazing food to be had.
On things to do..
There are many activities and excursions on offer. From cooking classes to castaway island experience, you will be spoilt for choice.
We decided to do the Island Hopping, Sunset Castaway Picnic, Cooking classes, Island Tour and the Sunrise Breakfast at the Hilltop Reserve. Of course, not to forget the Wellness Spa day. We didn't want to do anything more as the very aspect of our holiday is to relax and enjoy each others company in our hideaway villa.
One might say that this place caters more for honeymooners or couples in general with the limited amount of activities for children on offer. However, this doesn't seem to deter families coming here. During our stay, there were a few families with young and older children around. You also only ever see other people during breakfast and dinner. Everyone tends to hide away in their villas to relax or out doing excursions.
One of the things you can also do is collect your own eggs for your breakfast from the Chicken Huts. Whilst Hayden really liked the idea at first, he got a little bit scared of the chickens when we got there. He wanted to just watch outside the fence.
There is also an outdoor cinema located by the beach. We went one evening after dinner but didn't stay long as we were too scared of the mosquitos it being so dark. Talking of which, i'm quite surprised that on the whole of our holiday, i only got bit twice and it was hardly noticeable. The boys got away unscathed.
For those who are looking for some personal downtime, a luxury resort would not be without their Spa. I was very lucky to have had a 90 minute massage from one of their visiting practitioner, Sandra Laznik.
Six Senses truly is a luxury resort. I have never known there are over a dozen types of pillows to be had and choose from. Imagine silk pillows. You can also opt for scented ones. We loved the lemongrass.
Things to also note, they have mosquitos under control surrounding the resort. Very important for this type of destinations.
Words may have failed me in writing this memoir [after all, English is not my first language and i am not a writer], but i hope the photos will speak for themselves. And, as true as the saying goes, only you can create your own happiness. Six Senses has certainly played their part also in creating the memorable holiday we wanted. Their personal service is second to none.
Overall, it has been a wonderful holiday for us. Six Senses has certainly played their part in creating the memorable holiday we wanted. Their personal service is second to none. Will we go back? Most definitely.
For more information about Six Senses Resort, please visit their website. There are many things that they offer in terms of activities and other villa luxuries that i have not included here so it's worth checking them out.