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Six Senses Eco Spa: Discover Your Seventh Sensibility


After landing at Phuket International Airport in Thailand and taking a 30-minute limo ride and a 5-minute speedboat trip, you are on Naka Yai, a private island this is home to the Six Senses Destination Spa. As all guests do upon arrival, you have hit the spa’s welcome gong twice as a symbolic entrance into a life of healthy and mindful living. A private butler is showing you into a spacious 4,850-sq. foot beachside villa on a pristine white strip of sand lined with coconut groves. You silently approve the Eco friendly sugar palm thatched roofing and likewise admire the interior décor of natural furnishings and cotton fabrics. One long gaze across the private pool and you begin to slip effortlessly away from calendars and responsibilities.


You find yourself even welcoming the fact that cell phones and laptops can only be used in private quarters, not public areas. You’ve brought your sore muscles, frayed nerves and sapped energy halfway around the world for relaxation and rejuvenation—a pursuit you don’t want interrupted by anyone’s ringtone, not even your own.


As you visualized your trip here, you imaged scenes from some fictional utopia. And as a guide shows you the property, the quiet paths that you envisioned are similar to the ones you’re now on. You learn that the landscaping throughout the property is for the most part edible, because growing as much food as possible lets the spa decrease the boat trips needed to supply their chefs with fresh produce. Reduced carbon emissions are the result.

To complete the picture you observe guests strolling about or lounging in the spa’s robes or yoga attire and learn that they meet dress code anywhere on the property, even the restaurants. And why not? This stay is all about comfort, calm and a healthy lifestyle.

On a guided tour of the property, you’ve seen eleven public areas including two gymnasiums—one in the natural surroundings of the jungle, a library, a teahouse, a main pool, two restaurants and the star attraction the 7th Sense Spa. The latter consists of four separate areas that house Thai, Indian, Indonesian, and Chinese based programs.


You’re beginning to feel a sense of place and soon you’re meeting one on one with a wellness consultant who will tailor a plan just for you. This will include two daily treatments along with a choice of wellness activities from a list of classes, lectures, and fitness programs including kinesis functional training and physiotherapy.

Since a quiet stay is your intent and you take note of the meditation area on a small islet, the daily super stretch activity and opportunities to learn about the local culture. You may also attend cooking classes, or take the scenic and educational Mangrove kayak. Although this is not an eco-adventure camp, for guests with energy to burn there are many options besides the gym. They can join the beach bootcamp, go mountain biking or work in some windsurfing, sea kayaking, or open-water rowing.

Whatever you envision the ultimate spa escape to encompass you’ll likely find it on Naka Yai, because your stay is individualized. You’ll enjoy serene natural beauty and ecological harmony while immersed in your own version of life enrichment.


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