Six Senses Koh Samui | Koh Samui, Thailand | Yesterday we moved to the Six Senses property, set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island. Located just six kilometres from Samui Airport, the 20-acre, or around 9-hectare estate is a 45-minute flight south of the Thai capital, Bangkok. The resort is made up of just 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within natural vegetation, and with glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands.
Six Senses Samui has always been at the forefront of sustainability, and was Green Globe 21 benchmarked in 20 December 2006. Specifically, they achieved best practice results in six indicators: water saving, waste recycling, community commitment, community contributions, paper products and pesticide products.
We checked IN at an Ocean View Pool Villa, located throughout the resort and offer splendid views to the Gulf of Thailand from the bedroom located on the upper level, and also from the lower level on which the private pool is located. There is a sitting area and dining setting for intimate meals either inside the villa or on the pool terrace. Guests enjoy a spacious bathroom with oversize bathtub, double vanities and an outdoor garden shower. Now you can make your own conclusions, and decide.
Unfortunately, I guess sustainability is not our thing, and I wont say the resort isn’t a good quality/value property, since I know many guests and travel agents rave about them, but it was not the type of hotel/resort experience we were looking for our two last day relaxing in Koh Samui. In a few words not the hotel for us, but it might be for you, that is why I decided to feature it into my blog and let each of you decide, in all fairness to the hotel, you my readers and all the fellow hotel properties that continuously support my blog. As I always say, this blog is based on my own experiences and points of view, and I might not always be right, what I do not find appropriate for me, you might for you. And this is the beauty to be able to show you photos and videos for you to judge.
Our main issues with this property were basically three: (1) The hotels looks a bit tired and old fashioned. I know that recently Six Senses has changed ownership and management and they are already working on all this details. I might say this has been my first experience ever with Six Senses Hotels, so I do not have a record or deep knowledge of their brand. My point of view is that the hotel needs a renovation. (2) The crowd was just not our crowd, and we felt a bit out of place. (3) The hotel has an issue with mosquitos, and although they fog three times a day, our room, common areas, pool, and restaurant On The Rocks were the attach zones for them.
Now one thing is irrefutable , Six Senses Samui has one of the best panoramic views and sunsets seen in Koh Samui overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. It is just breathtaking. And the infinity pool over the Gulf of Thailand is stunning. I won’t say much more, since after an hour of being in the property, we decided to check out and move back to our previous hotel the W Retreat Koh Samui. We spoke to the management and explained them the reasons. They fully understood, and the General Manager came over to greet us, here our reasons and help us transfer back to our previous hotel. I must say that despite the awkwardness of the situation, everyone at Six Senses were extra professional, accommodating and warm, and in the end that is the extra mile every hotel and travel service should go for.
Their restaurant Dinning on the Rock, is supposed to be one of the top gourmet experiences in Koh Samui. The award-winning Dining on the Rocks Restaurant is located at the tip of the headland and presents 270 degree views, whilst Dining on the Hill offers regional and international cuisine. Six Senses Samui has the reputation for serving some of the best food on Koh Samui and uses the freshest herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens.
Everyone else we saw at the resort, seemed to be enjoying their time there, relaxing, at the pool or having cocktails watching the sunset. When things like this happen, I wonder and ask myself…. am I too spoiled or jaded ? and then I answer myself… NO. I know what I like and I know that what I don’t like, does not mean is less or worst, but just not for me. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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