The Hotel I booked the Six Senses Samui resort on my first trip to Koh Samui recently, right after my stay at the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui. The location of Six Senses Samui is at the northern tip of Samui, and the drive in definitely feels like the resort is in its own realm.
The reception is located right beside the driveway, and I was immediately warmly greeted by the friendly staff with a welcome drink and cold towel. I was glad my villa was ready at 1pm, well ahead of the 3pm check-in time, and I was also introduced to the GEM (Guest Experience Maker) who is like a butler where you can contact for any requests, such as tours you are interested in.
My first impression? It does not feel or look like an 18-year-old property as it is well-maintained, and I like how the architecture blends into the landscape.
For context, the high season for a Koh Samui holiday is from December to February where the property promotes outdoor and daytime activities such as hiking, biking, and other adventures and excursions. During the warmer months from April to September, the property offers a variety of indoor and evening activities.
The Villa There are 66 spacious villas which offer a choice of one-bedroom villas – 59 with private pools, oceanfront pool villa suites and the signature two-bedroom Retreat; all with ocean or tropic landscape views.
I booked the One-Bedroom Pool Villa and was assigned Villa number 15, which is a short stroll to the main restaurant for breakfast as well as the reception.
My pool villa comes with a tropical view, and I was immediately drawn to the private pool upon entering the villa. The villa is a spacious split-level layout with the bedroom situated on the upper level and the pool deck on the lower level.
There are two sun deck chairs in vibrant yellow, and a stairway to walk directly into the pool. That said, be very well-prepared for mosquitoes.
Moving to level two, there is a patio area if you want to chill outdoors, though there is really no reason to when it is much more comfortable inside the villa.
The view from the bedroom is awesome as it looks out to the lush greenery, and it also gives a view of the private pool if you stand by the window.
The bedroom size is spacious and most importantly, it comes with mosquitoes netting which comes in handy at night.
Not that you need to do any work here, there is a spacious work desk and also comfortable sitting area and dining table for meals inside the villa.
The design of the bedroom integrates with the bathroom, an elongated and spacious layout.
There is a built-in tub which is spacious enough for two people to soak in, double vanity mirrors and sinks, and an outdoor shower area at the end which is designed out of bamboo.
I like the outdoor shower zone which has a strong nature retreat vibe.
The downside is that as the property is quite old, there is no master switch in the room which makes it troublesome to turn off the lights at night. Do not leave your bedroom door opened as well if you do not want to invite the mosquitoes in!
The Facilities One main draw of the resort is the main swimming pool which is a vast infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. It is a good length and width, and the pool was mostly empty during my visit.
It may be that most villas come with private pools anyway and hence the main pool was never busy, but I definitely enjoy chilling here more given the vast space and view.
In addition to the main pool, there is also a beach bar and pool side lounge where you can get direct beach access with complimentary of the canoes or you can indulge in some beach volleyball fun.
The pool beside the beach is not huge, but good enough for a dip. I managed to order some bar bites and chill at the pool side lounge area.
The spa is located very close to the reception if you are keen for some relaxing treatments.
This is also where the fitness centre is located, which is not huge. There are also sauna and steam room facilities at the spa for guests to use.
The Restaurants I spent most of my time dining at Dining on the Hill which boasts a beautiful sea view.
This is also where breakfast is served, where you can expect a buffet spread as well as ala carte table orders with a mix of Thai and International dishes.
I also reserved my dinner at Dining on the Hill, where the menu is a mix of Western dishes and Thai cuisine.
There is also Dining on the Rocks, which is located on a higher ground and serves innovative food concepts on 10 terraced decks of weathered teak and bamboo.
For a more causal option, there is Drift by the Beach which is a relatively new beach bar and pool side lounge concept serving up dishes from their wood-fired oven and grill.
Located close to Dining on the Hill is Drinks on the Hill, the main bar in the property where you get a wide selection of beverages, including fresh tropical juices, mocktails, cocktails, local and imported beers, and one of the most extensive wine lists on the island according to its website.
Rants The mosquitoes issue is real, especially in the pool area of the villa. Perhaps an extensive exercise to exterminate the pests helps? There are also no restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the resort, so be prepared to dine in the resort, or budget some time to travel out.
Overall Experience A beautiful eco-friendly resort, Six Senses Samui is a nice respite for me especially after checking out of Hyatt Regency Koh Samui. The target audience lean towards couples and adults, rather than families. The price at this property is also relatively competitive as compared to other Six Senses resorts in the region. And it is always nice to be greeted by warm and friendly service throughout the property.
Six Senses Samui
9/10 Moo 5 Baan Plai Laem Bophut Koh Samui Suratthani Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
For more information, check out the Six Senses Samui Website.
Ranted by The Ranter