After posting lots of pics from our honeymoon on Instagram Stories, I received many messages asking which stop of our three-week trip turned out to be our favorite. And even though it’s hard to say because each one holds its own magic, especially since we visited three countries that are not really comparable, we narrowed it down to two favorites: Our river cruise in Myanmar AND our stay at the Six Senses resort on Koh Yao Noi, a smaller island east of Phuket in the Phang Nga Bay. If you’re ever looking for a truly romantic getaway in paradise, you should really put the latter on your bucket list.
Flying into Phuket airport from Bangkok felt like we’d just signed up to participate in some cheap reality TV show – I’d never seen so many drunk tourists in one airplane. But once we arrived, we were picked up by a comfy car with chilled wet towels and driven to the marina, where a boat picked us up and brought us to Koh Yao Noi within 20-30 minutes. At the jetty, we were greeted by our “gem” who, in the coming days, did absolutely everything she could to make us feel at home and organized each and every activity we wanted to do, and in such a friendly and unobtrusive way. That level of service and care alone made the whole stay feel so much more luxurious and carefree – which is everything you want on your honeymoon. They call them “gems” for a reason – it technically stands for “guest experience manager”, but they’re human gems in the true sense of the word.
We arrived in the evening so we couldn’t see much then and there, so we were all the more wow’ed by the VIEW when we were woken up by sunrise the next morning:
As we slowly made our way down to breakfast, walking through a jungle and passing the sandy beach, it already felt like heaven.
The resort has villas that are nestled in the jungle called “garden villas”, which are equally as beautiful as the ocean view villas – and you can always come up to the hilltop and enjoy the main pool with a 180° view:
For honeymooners, however, we recommend splurging on one of the beautiful uphill villas that offer stunning sunrise views right from your bed and private pool… The best part, aside from those views? They always keep complimentary, fresh coconut water in refillable glas bottles in the minibar. Like I said, heaven on earth!
With days spent doing nothing but eat, swim, read, talk and play backgammon in the sun, taking care of your skin is essential. Finally I could make good use of the products that I brought with me:
The four bottles above are: Sunscreen for the face (specifically for oily skin) by LA ROCHE-POSAY, sunscreen for the body by MUTI (a brand from Munich loved by my favorite beauty blogger Swantje), SPF-spray for my hair (my hair lightens so quickly in the sun so I always use this or a hat) by AVEDA, and SPF 50 Setting Mist for the face by SUPERGOOP! (for days when you’re wearing makeup and you need some more SPF – a real game-changer! Also comes in a handy mini-size).
Our evenings consisted of sunset cocktails and dinners at one of the resort’s three dining options. They’re all great, so our recommendation would be to try them all. Make sure you get the halfboard-package, it’s worth it!
Day Trip: Private Longtail Boat
On one of our days at the resort, we rented a private longtail boat that took us to two of the smaller, uninhabited islands just north of Koh Yao Noi. We could have gone to one of the more famous spots like James Bond island or the beach from “The Beach”, but we decided to avoid the tourist crowds and explore some more on our own. One island was formed like a hollow barrel, with steep walls on the outside and a jungle (inhabited by plenty of fruitbats!) on the inside, only accessible via one small entrance…
Once we came back, happy and tanned, we went straight to the resort’s ice cream parlour. All day long, they serve complimentary ice creams and sorbets with a variety of toppings – all of them homemade and beyond delicious. Be sure to try the black sesame ice cream at least once!
Day Trip: A Ride over the Island
If you love Vespas as much as we do, you’ll love this one: The resort has one with a sidecar that you can take for a spin on the island! Superfun and a great way to get out of the resort for a few hours if you like. It’s not big, you can do the full circle within 30 minutes, but a fun way to see what else is going on and how life looks like for the locals.
For foodies: Learn how mushrooms are grown and what makes a happy egg!
The cutest little corner at the resort is their mushroom hut. I’m a big big fan of mushrooms of all sorts, so I had to go visit. I love that they pay so much attention to detail and let guests explore and learn, all in line with their sustainable approach.
And if you have time, also visit their little farm just next to the resort entrance – where chicken roam freely, have “gym machines” and listen to classic music. Bring the egg basket from your room, pick your own eggs and hand them to the chef at breakfast! For once, you’ll know for sure where what you’re eating has come from.
Bye Bye, for now…
After one last sunrise and a delicious lunch at the hilltop, our boat took us back to Phuket to get to our very last destination on the trip. We were more than a little sad to leave, but also excited to come back to this little slice of heaven one day…
Additional info: The best time to visit Koh Yao Noi (same as Phuket) is November to February. Steer clear of monsoon season between May and October.