Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, Koh Yao Noi $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
On a secluded island reached by a 40-minute powerboat cruise past the limestone outcrops of Phang Nga Bay, these 56 pool villas all have private butlers, and most have panoramic views of the azure Andaman Sea. (Interior villas are shaded by untamed vegetation and enhanced by birdsong.) Some of the signature features of the Six Senses brand—soft organic-cotton bed linens, oversized colorful daybed cushions, an eco-chic design aesthetic—are on display here, and those who enjoy playing pampered camper will find many other pleasures as well: homemade jams in exotic flavors, a sultry spa set among rice terraces, rock climbs, reef dives, and private dinners. The glassed-in two-story wine cellar, a gourmet deli, and an organic vegetable garden keep culinary options world-class at this remote address. Rustic signs throughout the hillside property point toward the Hilltop Reserve, a 16,000-square-foot, three-bedroom wooded palace with a dedicated staff of four and a 500-bottle wine cellar. But even standard villas are private havens, with a Bose music system, an infinity pool, a deep-soaking tub, and an indoor-outdoor shower with all-natural bath amenities.2008 Hot List
When to go: Seas and skies are calm December through March.
Which room to book: Having come so far to see the sea, guests should splurge for a Pool Villa with a view of the Andaman.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›