SIX SENSES HIDEAWAY KOH SAMUI
Six Senses is a name recognized throughout the world for combining over-the-top luxury with a relaxed, unpretentious earthiness, and the company’s Hideaway property on the island of Koh Samui is no exception. The 66 freestanding villas are cloaked in the indigenous greenery that carpets the slopes of a secluded headland at the northern tip of the isle. The stilted, thatched-roof structures each come with a surrounding shroud of jungle just dense enough to seal the sense that you have the whole place to yourself without obstructing any of the jaw-dropping views over the Gulf of Siam.
Each villa comes equipped with a bamboo-ensconced outdoor rain shower, double sinks and a sunken tub with a sea view. Espresso machines, daybeds and DVD players take things up a notch from the standard five star fare like flat-screen televisions and wireless internet access, which you’ll also find in every accommodation. Most of the villas come with a private infinity pool and some also have their own outdoor salas for private spa treatments.
All this extravagance is expertly tempered with a comforting, down-to-earth simplicity that resonates throughout the place, from the easygoing open-air restaurants to the rustic bent-branch bathroom stools. Barefoot comfort is encouraged and there are coconut shell ladles placed near the front door basins full of fresh water for the washing of sandy feet.
The resort's most celebrated culinary experience, Dining on the Rocks, is set on a series of softly lit bamboo terraces suspended above the sea and serves a cutting edge tableau of delicious dishes that double as modern art projects. Guests interested in a little somatic rejuvination will find a world-class spa tucked away in a fragrant cocoon of tropical vegetation almost as lush as the mind-boggling menu of treatments designed to indulge body, mind and spirit alike.