Uncover the culture and history of Chiang Mai, Thailand's northern capital before spending time relaxing on the island of Koh Yao, reached by a short boat journey from Phuket.
4 nights Chiang Mai, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Six Senses Yao Noi, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
13 days from £3,675pp
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On the beach - 8 days
Six Senses Yao Noi, Koh Yao
Blissfully underdeveloped, Koh Yao Noi is one of Thailand’s most unspoilt islands and the Six Senses Yao Noi is an exceptional resort ideally placed to capture the stunning scenery of this beautiful region.
Set among the dramatic limestone karsts, scattered islands and deserted beaches of Phang Nga Bay, the Six Senses Yao Noi embraces its incredible location with panoramic views. This oasis of barefoot luxury lies just a short speedboat ride from Phuket. The resort makes the most of its setting with a combination of natural materials, rustic architecture and a relaxed yet sophisticated style. A glass-floored restaurant hovers above a waterfall and the spa is designed in the style of a traditional Thai longhouse while at the ‘Den’ guests relax on comfy daybeds overlooking the tranquil lily ponds. You can relax by the hilltop infinity pool with sweeping views over the bay or on the beach. Alternatively join in one of the hotel's trips designed to help you to explore the pristine landscape. There is a choice of water sports, rock climbing on the dramatic cliffs nearby, island-hopping tours and a variety of guided cultural excursions including cycle tours along hidden pathways flanked by rubber trees.
All the villas are extremely spacious with a private pool, an outdoor relaxation area and butler service. Some villas also benefit from panoramic views across the bay.
Before the beach - 5 days
Bustling, historic and colourful, Chiang Mai is known as ‘The Rose of the North’. Travel to the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam, the remnants of a former settlement dating back to the 13th century, which was abandoned in the 16th century due to flooding.
The Anantara Chiang Mai is on the banks of the Mae Ping River, an oasis of peace in central Chiang Mai. The contemporary rooms and suites have spacious balconies, and the restaurant offers fine wines and cuisines from around the world.
Six Senses Yao Noi, Koh Yao
55 rooms, 4 restaurants, 1 pool
Koh Yao Noi is an unspoilt island in Thailand's Phang Nga Bay. Here you find Six Senses Yao Noi, covering almost 24 acres of forested hillside on the southern coast and offering breathtaking views of the spectacular limestone islands of the bay.
The resort is constructed of local woods and the villas hide among the jungle, creating a very natural feel. The gorgeous bar and restaurant areas make the most of the views and service is highly personal.
The resort is quiet and relaxing, with most people enjoying their villas or out for the day doing activities.
Koh Yao Noi is a quiet, relatively undeveloped island that enjoys a stunning setting in picturesque Phang Nga Bay.
The small strip of white sand at the hotel enjoys great views over the panoramic scenery of the bay although as all the villas have their own private pool, many of the guests spend most of their time enjoying the privacy of their own villa.
You can cycle around the island in a couple of hours, and there are local bars and restaurants to stop at on the way, as well as small shops to get supplies from. If going out for dinner, the restaurants are about 15 minutes' drive by taxi.
There is no better choice for couples looking for a romantic and very private island paradise in which to escape the crowds.
Koh Yao is still blissfully underdeveloped and the Six Senses brand provides every luxury with a unique blend of rustic charm and contemporary design.
The resort has 55 villas offering rustic yet luxurious accommodation and generously proportioned outdoor and indoor living areas.
All villas have a specialised wine fridge, terrace area with sun loungers and outside dining area, an infinity pool, minibar, personal safe and hair dryer, telephone, espresso machine, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, DVD player and Bose hi-fi system with docking station for a personal iPod.
Hideaway Pool Villa
Set on the hillside among the jungle these villas are surprisingly spacious with a total area of 154 sq m. Each offers a large outdoor terrace with infinity pool, sun loungers and an outdoor dining area. Inside the villa offers a spacious bedroom and living area.
Hideaway Two-Bedroom Pool Villa
Hideaway Two Bedroom Pool Villas have a total area of 228 sq m and offer two separate bedrooms.
Set further into the jungle, this villa is split-level, with the entrance on the top level. This leads to a decked area and the master bedroom with open bathroom; head further down to the pool and terrace below. Lower still there is a second bedroom, with a garden and shower room.
Hideaway four bedroom pool villa
Nestled in the jungle this spacious villa has a total area of 300 sq m, with two pools and four bedrooms.
Ocean Pool Villa
These villas are similar to the Hideaway Pool Villas but offer the additional benefit of views over Phang Nga Bay.
Ocean Deluxe Pool Villa
These villas are larger than the Ocean Pool Villas at 181 sq m and have superb views out over the bay. These split-level villas have a bedroom and bathroom on the entrance level, with stairs leading down to a separate indoor sitting room and a large outdoor terrace with private pool.
Ocean Panorama Pool Villa
Ocean Panorama Pool Villas are 154 sq m with spectacular 180 degree views of the bay and limestone islands.
Ocean Two Bedroom Pool Villa
This villa is similar to the Hideaway Two Bedroom Pool Villa but overlooks Phang Nga Bay.
The Retreat is an incredible 645 sq m and has pretty much everything you could want including a giant infinity pool. This is a two bedroom villa.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The main infinity pool sits at the Hilltop Reserve, at the very top of the resort, with sweeping views out over the bay and its limestone cliffs and islands.
There is also a gym and a tennis court, or you can hire bicycles if you would like to explore the surrounding area.
If you would prefer a slower, more indulgent pace, wine tasting and cooking classes are also available.
Food & drink
There are several bars and restaurants at the resort in lovely settings.
The Hilltop Reserve, perched at the top of the resort, makes the most of the location with truly breathtaking panoramic views out over the picturesque scenery of Phang Nga Bay. It serves light lunches and Thai dinners.
The Dining Room is open for dinner and is set on the lower levels of the resort, tucked away among the trees, with several private dining pavilions and a chef's table.
The Living Room is the resort's main restaurant and is open all day. It's the place for breakfast and it is also next to the beach, so aside from having wonderful views, it's handy to grab a lunchtime bite at. It's also open for dinner and serves Thai and Western favourites.
The Den is great for a spot of relaxation, enjoying cocktails and Asian and Western tapas, sitting back on day beds suspended from the ceiling and admiring the bay views.
Six Senses spas are always among the very best in the world and the one at Yao Noi is no exception.
Modelled on a northern Thai village long house and set in the forest, the spa offers a scenic, natural setting and a choice of relaxing and revitalising experiences. Skilled therapists pamper guests with a range of holistic wellness techniques and rejuvenating treatments, using only natural products.
Location: Chiang Mai
Northern Thailand reveals a culture and cuisine distinct from those of Bangkok and the south.
Bustling, historic and colourful, Chiang Mai is the focal point of this massive region and is Thailand’s second largest city.
Points of interest
The hilltop temple of Doi Suthep overlooks the city and many more temples are dotted along the side alleys of the old town. In the centre of town is the fascinating night market with a frenetic atmosphere and handicrafts from all over the northern provinces on offer. You will encounter the wonderful traditional dress worn by hill tribe people selling their wares as you wander around the stalls. Easy walks can be undertaken from Chiang Mai to some of the less-visited villages in the nearby hills.
The cuisine of the north is world-famous and Chiang Mai is the best place to learn how to create that perfect Thai curry. There are a number of excellent cookery schools where you can barter for your ingredients at the local markets before preparing your meal under the expert tutelage of your Thai chef.
Anantara Chiang Mai
Accommodation: Anantara Chiang Mai
Ideally situated on the banks of the Mae Ping River in central Chiang Mai, the Anantara Chiang Mai is designed in contemporary Asian style. It is relatively small compared to its neighbours but has all the facilities you would expect from a five-star hotel.
Every room and suite has a private courtyard entrance or spacious balcony, and there is an extensive spa as well as a state of the art gym and outdoor swimming pool. The restaurant is a colonial wooden building which was once the home of the British Consulate.
Day by day
Fly from London to Bangkok.
In Bangkok connect with your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Chedi on the banks of the Ping River.
Today enjoy a leisurely tour of Chiang Mai using traditional modes of transport — including the songthaew and bicycle.
At leisure to explore the city at your own pace. A visit to the night market is a must as well as a gentle stroll around the old streets to witness the city's spiritual side at traditional temples and monasteries.
Spend another day visiting Chiang Mai’s temples or sampling the mouth watering street food at the night markets under your own arrangements.
This morning take a direct flight to Phuket where you will be transferred to the marina in time for a speedboat transfer to the island of Koh Yao and the Six Senses, your hideaway for the next few days.
Days 7 - 11
At leisure to relax on the beach.
This morning you will be transferred to Phuket airport by boat and shared vehicle in time for your flight to Bangkok and onto London with Thai Airways.
Early evening arrival into the UK.
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