With a mission to “create exceptional guest experiences in stunning settings “Six Senses have long been associated with offering exemplary service in extraordinary locations; the Six Senses style of luxury travel is delivered in a manner that truly compliments the natural beauty of the surroundings by ensuring that the impact on the environment is minimal.
Their ever growing portfolio of luxury resorts has recently reached Europe, and is soon to debut in New York, but the focus of this article is southeast Asia where Six Senses has firmly positioned itself as a market leader for eco conscious luxury travellers.
Our ‘5 outstanding Six Senses resorts in southeast Asia’ features 3 existing resorts in Thailand and Vietnam alongside 2 brand new resorts which will open during 2018 in 2 brand new locations, the first in Bali which has long been regarded as one of the premier tourist hotspots in the region, with the second off the coast of Cambodia which is currently becoming one of the new ‘go to’ countries for those that are seeking a cultural adventure.
Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali
Six Senses’ first Indonesian resort opens in March 2018 and where better for it to be located than the paradise holiday island of Bali, it will be situated in the south of the island and this eagerly awaited resort promises to fast become a favourite for discerning travellers visiting the region.
Six Senses Uluwata is perched atop a rugged cliff in Pecatu boasting far reaching Indian ocean vistas and situated close to Pura Uluwatu, the Balinese sea temple; guests can enjoy multiple swimming pools, 3 restaurants (including a cooking school and chefs table experience) alongside an open air event venue and function space.
Less than an hour from the international airport of Denpasar and a million miles away from the busy resort towns of Bali this new addition to the island and to the Six Senses portfolio will be one of the hottest new openings of 2018.
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
Cambodia is famed for the incredible temples of Angkor and the vast temple complex attracts tourists from around the world in ever growing numbers, this fast paced growth has seen other areas of the country opening to tourism and who better than Six Senses to open a brand new resort on a small private island just off the south coast.
At Six Senses Krabey Island guests can choose from a selection of pool villas and expect dramatic sea views from the restaurant before heading to the all day ice cream parlour for a refreshing treat; be sure to book a treatment at the Six Senses Spa where signature therapies will be on offer alongside ancient Cambodian healing traditions.
For those that wish to include a visit to Angkor Wat and the other magnificent temples of Angkor rest assured that a flight of less than an hour will see you arrive at Siem Reap which is the gateway town to the temples.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has a unique island feel despite being situated on the mainland in Central Vietnam; the picturesque bay is reached by private speedboat and you can rest assured that your Six Senses experience begins once you check in at the private harbourside resort lounge (complete with cooling towels and a glass of something chilled).
Guests can select from an impressive array of villas including the Water Pool Villas with a private pool carved from the rock and multi room specialist villas complete with your very own private wine cellar; as with all Six Senses resorts your GEM (Guest Experience Maker) will always be on hand to ensure your stay is memorable.
Yet another unique and naturally beautiful location is home to our second Vietnamese Six Senses resort, Six Senses Con Dao is situated on a tropical island which is reached via a 45 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City; the island is part of a remote archipelago which is also a long time protected national and marine park.
As you would imagine the resort is breathtaking and we are sure you will find it hard to leave this peaceful and tranquil location, the far reaching ocean views and surrounding jungle combine to make this unique resort truly unforgettable.
All Six Senses resorts offer guests the chance to join their ‘Integrated Wellness’ programmes which have been exclusively created in partnership with a team of doctors and wellness professionals; part of the programme is based around healthy and sustainable eating including plant based and vegan options available on all menus.
Six Senses Yao Noi overlooks the surreal limestone pinnacles that majestically rise from the waters of Phang Nga Bay between the island of Phuket and Krabi on the Thai mainland; your private boat transfer from Ao Por Grand Marina offers close up and stunning views of these rock formations before you arrive at your island holiday paradise.
Six Senses prides itself on both social and environmental sustainability programmes and whilst at Six Senses Yao Noi guests can rest assured that these policies are taken seriously; amongst other on site initiatives, waste management takes place at ‘Eco Centro’, drinking water is produced through reverse osmosis before being bottled in re-usable glass water bottles and produce is sourced and purchased locally weherever possible.
Multiple villa choices, the Six Senses Spa and a selection of dining locations and options will ensure your stay at Six Senses Yao Noi is relaxing, peaceful and one you will remember for a very long time.
This selection of 5 outstanding Six Senses resorts in southeast Asia offers guest a choice of countries, locations and resorts for their next vacation, each of which deliver that unique Six Senses ethos of sustainable and responsible luxury travel for their eco-conscious guests.
Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world.