Arriving at the Six Sense in Koh Samui is like reaching our own secret hideaway. After an hour transfer by plane from Bangkok, my cab takes me along a series of bumpy, unmade roads, passing makeshift little bars and local restaurants set in scruffy front gardens. We sweep up the driveway and our taxi is scanned for explosives on arrival before we pass through into our own little slice of calm and the perfect spot for a week of unashamed self-indulgence.
Once through the gates, we reach the open air reception and the warmest of Thai welcomes makes us feel instantly relaxed. I take a seat, am served tea and I barely notice the staff checking my belongings in around me. While a porter whisks off my bags I am introduced to my personal butler who will be on hand throughout my stay and after a short buggy ride through the grounds I arrive at my villa.
Our unspeakably smiley personal butler is an efficient young Thai woman who is on hand to sort out everything from changing my flights and taking care of my online check-in, to arranging my massage appointments and dinner reservations. An utter delight, she takes care of every last detail without the slightest of hiccups.
It’s idyllic. Completely peaceful with a comfortable and stylish feel. The bed sits in the middle of our room, overlooking the garden and beyond that out to views of the Gulf of Siam. A ceiling fan and mosquito net means we can sleep with the enormous floor to ceiling windows open and enjoy the pastel pink sunrises without being bitten and bothered.
The secluded mini plunge pool and private sundeck in the back garden of our villa are perfect for some afternoon privacy, with sunloungers and an outdoor canopied bed, great for reading, getting some shade and having an early evening drink before you head out for dinner.
The accommodation feels peaceful and romantic. I am immediately won over by the vast bathroom with its sunken bath big enough for two at one end and a double outdoor shower at the other.
Venturing out of the secluded villa I discover what is possibly the most fabulous horizon pool I’ve ever encountered. It’s saltwater and looks out over the sea to a tiny island with a little jetty and a lone Thai fishing boat resting on the sand. As you’d expect, the most is certainly made of the variety of dreamy horizon views.
Dining on the Rocks was another exceptional option to soak up the view. The fusion food on offer was excellent, although perhaps a little overcomplicated, with the chef citing Ferran Adrià as his major influence. Dinner is served on a vast deck built onto the rocks overlooking the sea, and it’s beautifully lit at night.
The other less ambitious dining options within the hotel included a seafood BBQ, a simple but great Thai lunch menu and an absurdly diverse buffet breakfast, bursting with fresh fruit and just about every breakfast option known to man.
But it’s the spa I’m here for. And it doesn’t disappoint. The introductory chat with a therapist ascertains your requirements and personal health so that a bespoke package can be created for me during my stay. The massage rooms also boast the most amazing sea views. Odd, as you want to watch the sunset but also close your eyes and immerse yourself in the treatments. My therapist seems to appreciate my dilemma and she gives me a relaxing foot massage while the sun sets before laying me down for an exceptional Thai massage followed by reflexology.
This is one of the best equipped spas I have visited and I am completely spoilt for choice. I am lost in the enormous thick booklet that is the enticing spa menu, with holistic massage, facials, traditional Thai massage and bath treatments along side wellness treatments, meditation, courses for giving up smoking, yoga and pilates. There are also clairvoyants and spiritual healers on the menu, alongside astrology and palmistry therapy. Heaven would be to hole up here for a month and try the lot.
Perched on the northern tip of Samui island, you cannot escape the breathtaking view of the horizon practically wherever you are at Six Senses. My week is a relaxing blur of amazing sunsets, pink skies, turquoise calm seas. It’s one of my most calming holiday experiences.