Sea spa: Rustic rejuvenation at Six Senses Yao Noi
by Sophia Wilson
Where is it?
If 007 was feeling stressed while trying to track down Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun he should have stopped off here (it’s almost within firing range of Khao Phing Kan, aka James Bond island where the 1974 movie was filmed). Less than 45-minutes by boat the island of Koh Yao Noi is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket.
Why the hype?
Spilling down the leafy hillside on the island of Koh Yao Noi, the resort’s spa is modelled on a typical village house from northern Thailand – think bamboo interiors, thatched roofs and lily ponds. The wellness programme is led by Aneesh Vadakkeveedu, a fourth generation ayurvedic doctor, yoga teacher and Reiki master from India, who specialises in personal consultations based on an individual’s body type or dosha.
What to have?
Those looking for a complete overhaul can elect for a medical screening that will dictate a full regime for your stay. If, like Bond, you don’t have much time on your hands go for the Signature Yao Noi Journey. The three-and-a-half-hour package includes a Thai herbal steam, a scrub using freshly grated coconut and turmeric, a massage using warm poultices containing plai (a species from the ginger family with anti-inflammatory properties), turmeric and lemongrass, and an anti-ageing facial using natural silk cocoons, which are rubbed on your face to improve skin elasticity.
Best by boat:
Anchor out in the bay and tender in to the resort’s private jetty, where a golf buggy will whisk you up the hillside.