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READ ABOUT BANYAN TREE SAMUI (THAI)
As I have posted earlier, works recently took us to Samui. Even though it was such a short trip, it was a great trip all the same. I mean, we are forever in love with Thai seas, islands, and all the seafood cooked Thai-style. Both of us never get bored of going back to the beach no matter how often and what occasions.
Our first night there was spent at the luxurious Banyan Tree Samui which is all exuberant by any standard. Their pool villas are lavishly decorated with all modern and (some) gold-trimmed and silk-upholstered fittings. It was a lavish experience. Their food were quite nice, but not the nicest (except for their fabulous Saffron Thai restaurant which I can later share with you). We stayed there for one night and tried their signature Rainforest Indulgence spa which is a 150-minute journey into the hot-cold-and-bubbling-jet world of waters in which the resort is the only one in Thailand with such full ‘Rainforest’ facility. For those wishing to experience the treatment, you either have to go to the Banyan Tree Samui or the Banyan Tree Al Wadi in the U.A.E so to experience it.
So when we arrived at the Six Senses Samui, we noticed the differences. After all, for those familiar with the concept of Six Senses, you know that they are big on nature. I was lucky enough to interview one of their founders, Sonu and Eva Shivdasani twice on my day-time career as a writer, and I just couldn’t help appreciate their concept and efforts. Their natural-loving characters are portrayed in all facets of the resorts’ designs, from the villas to the landscaping all the way to the food they serve to their guests. Local and fresh food. However, those who followed the hotelier news might have heard that Six Senses Resorts and Spa now has nothing to do with Sonu and Eva (who now own only Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood and other properties under Soneva brand). But still, coming here at Six Senses Samui, one place designed by the couple, I can still feel their inner touch to nature that gives this place a unique vibe like no others.
First, there are the famous wood-framed villas and the pool and their gorgeous and spacious dressing/showering area. They are probably the first among all luxurious resorts to introduce Thai-style mosquito net onto their plush bed. What they are offering here is an experience that you would never ever have staying at your urban homes, meaning a lot of outdoor spaces, hence a bit of experiences with the insects, birds or some frogs (if you will) while staying there. For us, that had never been a bother and we do always enjoy their appreciation towards nature.
We checked into one of their seaview pool villas. The plush bed and the mosquito net are there, overlooking the gorgeous view of the vast sea, along with all amenities you’d expect in a five-star resort. A coffee maker that can warm or steam your milk, a strong WiFi signal, a bathtub overlooking the view, a big terrace complete with plush seats and throw pillows, a walk-in closet and dressing room, an outdoor shower and best of all a place to wind down at any time by the pool overlooking the gorgeous views of the sea. Ahead of us from the room is the famous Pha Ngan island and we can see boat shuttles running between the Phra Yai pier on Samui to Had Rin Beach on Pha Ngan every so often throughout the day.
Compared with the Banyan Tree, this place is humbled by their natural-based, wood-framed designs, but if you are on to nature, I think you will like and maybe getting addicted to the experience here. Compared to other of their properties, Six Senses Samui is quite small, consisting of about 70 villas nestled in the tropical and lush landscaping in a tight space of property. After all, the resort sits on the island’s rocky cape. Good thing for travelling during low-season like we did was that there were much less people, hence no rush whatsoever. There’re just no crowds to beat when we went to the morning yoga class (so fantastic at the beach front sala, fresh air can cure almost everything I believe), or to book/change the spa, or to walk around, and enjoy the uncluttered restaurant at all meals. So quiet and exclusive. But then, you might get the rain sometimes.
Six Senses is also big on fresh food. Staff here takes pride on their food and proudly present their breakfast. In fact, we found the breakfast at Six Senses Samui a no surprise :D for we have been to many of their properties and kinda know what to expect. Freshly baked items, superb egg station, homemade jams of all tropical flavours, and their fruit station that prepares the fruits for you per order. Their homemade yoghurt, their wild selection of gourmet coffees. I mean, you get everything you’d dream of for a huge and fresh breakfast right here.
So, we made the most of our short stay there and tried most of their available meals. Just the two of us, we couldn’t really manage much. But you can see from the pictures above. I like their small things such as the freshly baked loaf served with dips of the day that were made from mashed mushroom, garlic mayo, seasoned carrots and so on. I also liked my ink linguini with seafood. Well, seafood is always my favourite.
If you go there, I insist you should at least try their spa treatment. Although you won’t be seeing a lot of the view because during the treatment you will be sleeping on your tummy or having your eyes shut. But their treatments are one of their highlights. Their specially trained therapists are magic.
So…our next trip would be to Phuket and we got to stay at two magnificent places that I would definitely blog about soon. For those interested in seeing our journey, you can also follow my Instagram at @ohhappybear. I am also on Facebook and Twitter if you like as well as YouTube. Well, talking about social media addict, that is. :D