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Hotel Highlights

  • Wake up to ocean views in a split-level luxury wooden hut
  • Spoil your senses at the spa
  • Savour fine wines at a jazz-fuelled hilltop sunset

Overview

A rustic rainforest retreat in Koh Samui, the boutique hotel Six senses Samui offers luxurious and private wooden villas, each with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the sea and outlying island tropics. This seductive resort also features one of the finest restaurants on the island and an ultra-pampering signature spa.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Six Senses Samui with us:

A 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two people

Facilities

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Six Senses Samui – Koh Samui – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

66 villas, including 52 with private pools.

Check–out

Midday. Later check-out is available by prior arrangement (subject to availability).

Rates

Double rooms from $378.61 (THB12,110), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and private butler service.

Also

If you’re stuck for something to do – unlikely, we’ll admit – the Life centre takes all the hassle out of arranging island tours, snorkeling trips, Thai cookery classes or just borrowing a DVD for the night. There's a construction site near the resort, so you might hear the odd spot of drilling.

At the hotel

Spa, water sports centre, gym, boutique, butler service, wine cellar, library, speedboat. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, minibar, fridge.

Our favourite rooms

Nab yourself a Pool Villa so you can splash about in your own private pool and dry off on your sun-deck. The higher up the hillside you go, the better the view, so ask for villa number five if you’re after postcard panoramas. To minimise bedroom-to-beach travel time, go for villas 43 or 42, which are situated right on the water. Plush Ocean Front Pool Villa Suite 38 also comes recommended – it’s got some delightfully shady trees ornamenting the sun-deck.

Poolside

A bamboo-lined wooden walkway leads to a huge aquamarine infinity pool with a row of ocean-view day-beds and vast white parasols.

Packing tips

Insect repellent is a must – creepy crawlies come out at night.

Also

All villas are assigned a private butler to look after each guest’s wishes and whims. No pets. Smoking is not allowed in any of the villas. There's a minimum seven-night stay between 22 December and 7 January.

Children

Extra beds are available for THB 2,100 a night, and cribs are free. Babysitting can be arranged for THB350 an hour and the restaurant provides a children’s menu.

Food & Drink

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Six Senses Samui – Koh Samui – Thailand

Hotel Restaurant

Dining on the Hill on the sunset side of Six Senses offers a classic Thai menu in an open-air pavilion. Book ahead at Dining on the Rocks – nine terraces down to the sea – it attracts gourmands from all over the island with its ingenious fusion fare.

Hotel Bar

Each restaurant has an elegant cocktail bar attached – Drinks on the Rocks for pre-prandial aperitifs and Drinks on the Hill for frozen cocktails and a jazzy Café del Mar-style soundtrack. There are also regular tastings at Wines on the Hill.

Last orders

10.30pm for food in the restaurants; the bar stays open until there’s no one left to serve.

Room service

You can dine in-villa 24 hours a day on an assortment of Thai and international dishes.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Loose, laid-back and lightly linened.

Top table

Head straight for table 99 at Dining on the Rocks – it’s set on its own private terrace and has a backdrop built for proposals, indecent or otherwise.

Local Guide

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Six Senses Samui – Koh Samui – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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Hilltop tip of Koh Samui

Six Senses Samui

9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand 84320

Reviews

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Six Senses Samui – Koh Samui – Thailand

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

First, we retoxed. Hong Kong seemed as good a place as any, but by God, after five days, it hurt. Next, we detoxed, classic Koh Samui-style, at an ashram run by a harridan who, with a cursory scoot around any genealogy site, would confirm her close kinship with Mrs McCluskey. Then, after a week living cheek-by-jowl with ten colonic addicts, we decided we each needed some devoted MEtoxing, and with…
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Six Senses Samui

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

First, we retoxed. Hong Kong seemed as good a place as any, but by God, after five days, it hurt. Next, we detoxed, classic Koh Samui-style, at an ashram run by a harridan who, with a cursory scoot around any genealogy site, would confirm her close kinship with Mrs McCluskey. Then, after a week living cheek-by-jowl with ten colonic addicts, we decided we each needed some devoted MEtoxing, and within seconds of arriving at Six Senses Samui we knew there couldn't be anywhere else in the world that could cater so stylishly to our chosen art of shameless self-indulgence.

 

It was, however, an inauspicious start. This five-star Thai paragon of pared-down Asian luxury is located right at the end of a scrubby-looking lane. Passing the Little Mermaid bar and café, under-construction towns, stray mutts, birdcages swinging in the wind with no avian life inside, and a ‘3 miles to the airport’ sign, I admit we were a little glum. The looks on our faces were rewritten as we pulled up at Six Senses’ enormous open-air reception. Instantly we knew we were somewhere special, and the chilled lemongrass-wrapped cloth, and legendary Thai welcome, wiped away memories of the journey there.

Nam Phung announced herself as our designated butler, and said she'd be happy to be reached on her mobile 24-7. She's the kinda girl you'd want in your gang – drop dead gorgeous (those lips!), smart and super on-it. Flashing a wicked smile, she said, ‘My name translates as “honey”, but like calling your child Pretty, you're asking for trouble. I'm anything but sweet.’ What an intro.

She buggied us to our villa where, in the bedroom, the Orb's Little Fluffy Clouds was drifting over the speakers. Now, I like having my chakras meddled with with the best of them, but I've never been seriously down with a sixth sense. Until now. The last time I was in Thailand, 15 years ago, I finished my holiday at a full moon party on Kho Pha Ngan, raving to that very song as the sun rose. And right opposite us, taking centre stage in the breathtaking 270-degree ocean panorama was Kho Pha Ngan itself. Too bonkers. It was good to be back, but even better to be here on Samui in our luxury hideaway, leaving the gap year nu ravers do their thing over in KPN.

The resort is built on a hillside, and as you buggy about you feel like you're on a winding rural road - no signs of life, save a few linen-clad butlers ghosting around, tending to residents' every need. At the top of the hill are the restaurants and shops, and one of the best infinity pools I've ever splashed about in. At the bottom is the resort's private beach and where we spent our afternoons,when the gentle azure ripples wash over you at 80 degrees.

The two-tier villas themselves, though styled as traditional Thai fisherman's cottages, feel more like giant, grown-up treehouses, and are built from sustainable materials and reclaimed wood. (The commitment to the enviroment at Six Senses is serious, but not in-your-face). Steps lead us down to a private sundeck, where two recliners beckoned, and a welcome shaded area with a fan to cool you down. And boy do you need that fan. Next time, we'd get a villa with its own infinity pool.

Every last detail has been painstakingly thought through, though nothing yells out at you – it's all quietly fabulous. You get the feeling that at the end of the fit-out, the designer sat back and sighed, ‘Ah, this is the one where I got everything just right’. The wall art (like giant backlit Skips crisps), the light over the bath resembling a huge illuminated bird's nest, the moulded, aged copper basins and exposed pipes, the enormous rough-hewn limestone floor tiles, the central bed with wraparound windows – every inch is a delight.

And everything makes you feel just that little bit frisky. These really are hideaways, so no one's going to see you cavorting around in the buff. Inside, the huge bath for two, surrounded by slatted wooden shutters, is seriously sexy. The double outdoor rain showers are sexy. Damn, even the bowl of bath salts with dried pieces of lemongrass and ginger are sexy. But seemingly not sexy enough for everyone. We overheard a Russian couple asking if they could be sent any leftover petals from a wedding taking place on the beach (we're not talking St Lucia, here – this marrying pair were French, in their swimmers, gorgeous, and on their own). We saw them the next morning at breakfast (not looking their freshest, it has to be said), waxing lyrical about how they arrived back to the freshest petals floating on the surface of their gigantic bath as well as five perfect arrangements of exotic blooms, and champagne on ice. Pah, whatever, they didn't arrive back to a firefly flickering about on high in their room... It doesn't get more romantic than that.

Back to breakfast – it's bigger and fresher than any other place either of us has stayed. As is the food served at Six Senses’ restaurants, all with breathtaking views, the best being Dining On the Rocks – where, on a giant sundown deck, you can chow your way through a 10-course degustation menu with carefully selected wines. Exquisite.

But there's only so much ‘exquisite’ we could acclimatise to. We needed some disorder, so we flicked through the extensive list of excursions and activities, and found they offer a trip to Kho Pha Ngan, to a full moon party. We looked at each other for a moment, not sure if the other would be up for it, then giggled, yelped and got straight on the phone to Nam Phung. I was practically hyperventilating when she answered. 'Hi Mr Richard, what can I do for you?' she said. 'Take me back to my past,' I replied, 'take me back to ho Pha Ngan'. 'I'm sorry,' came the reply, 'it's not for another two weeks.' We sat down on the bed bereft, saying nothing. 10 minutes later we were over it, rang up the spa and placed orders for a coning and a cupping. After all, who the hell would ever want to go through a detox again?

The Guestbook

Reviews of Six Senses Samui from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the infinity pool, scenic views, decoration in dining and drinks on the hills, as well as the villa.

Don’t expect

The beach has a lot of rocks. I found that dining on the rocks could be improved. For me the food was too complicated, decoration too simple, the projection of puppets in the white bar is not clear. I think some artwork might add a nice touch.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel and rooms were beyond amazing; I would recommend getting a room with your own pool – it was well worth it! Six Senses think of everything; this is a place that is so conducive for relaxing! There are multiple places to hang out and enjoy. We loved the cooking class – it was great to understand how to cook so many of the amazing Thai dishes; I would definitely recommend it. One of the best things about Six Senses was the service: the staff is exceptional and will go to great lengths to ensure you are having a good time and are extremely relaxed. I would definitely go back!

Don’t expect

Some of the staff didn't have too many recommendations outside of the hotel, so it would have been nice if they had more knowledge of restaurants, attractions, etc.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the beautiful infinity pool and sunsets over the islands – and the dining on the rocks was quite spectacular. It's worth a visit just for sunset dinners. The staff is wonderful and the spa is luxurious.

Don’t expect

There were so many mosquitos! And unfortunately there is a lot of construction going on near the beach so it's not really the nicest beach to chill out on.

Rating: 7/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was amazing. I liked the healthy juices and smoothies, the lovely pool and the lemongrass amenties, delicious food, the complimentary tea and the little goodies on my pillow every night.

Don’t expect

Some of the resort is looking a bit tired but management have assured me that this will happen in 2014 and 2015. The outdoor bathrooms are manageable but are very warm in comparison with a cool bedroom. I would not want to be there in high mosquito season, either.

Rating: 7/10 stars