Six Senses have dreamt up an impossibly perfect hideaway on the shores of Krabey Island, Cambodia, ticking off virtually everything you could wish for when seeking out a beach escape in Asia.
First, seclusion. The hotel is hugged by tropical rainforest on the small island of Krabey, sparking a Robinson Crusoe effect yet being relatively easy to access – a 15-minute speedboat ride from the mainland, following a 10-minute taxi from the nearest airport. Second, exclusive experiences for every guest. No need to upgrade to the top room category here for the resort’s best benefits, as each villa or villa suite is decked out with its own private pool, sundeck and host of contemporary mod-cons. Then, Six Senses provide a sumptuous stay while being conscious of the natural environment. As if it could get any better, Six Senses Krabey Island is an eco-friendly luxury hotel in Cambodia, flaunting an onsite farm (the Earth Lab), which grows produce for their two restaurants, as well as recycling water and maximising solar power too. So, expect dreamlike pool villas, a stunning location, and an ethical attitude to the environment; but that’s just for starters.
Six Senses Krabey Island has plenty more up its sleeve, such as a dedicated kids’ club (making this every-bit the family-friendly Cambodia resort), main swimming pool, private beach, sky observatory, walkway to the coast, two fine dining restaurants, a sunset bar and, last but not least, the Six Senses Spa. From daily yoga to detoxes and programs aimed at helping you sleep, this haven is a must for anyone looking to relax and restore while away, aided no end by those spellbinding ocean views and inimitable feeling that you’re a world away from reality.
There are 40 exquisite villas dotted over this island estate, all of which are extremely spacious and come with their own private pools; divine. Natural palettes and materials make up the beach-chic look of these stunning abodes, which come in either a one or two-bedroom setup and are all blessed with huge windows, so you can admire the scenery outside. While this is already a luxurious start, the rooms then go on to offer an incredible array of mod-cons, including: a flat-screen TV, bathtub and separate rain shower, espresso machine and tea selection, Bluetooth speakers, a minibar and automated controls for both temperature and lighting. Prepare to be utterly spoilt.
A beautiful dining space of blonde wood and wraparound glass windows, AHA delights guests with a medley of flavours from around Asia, using ingredients sourced from the onsite kitchen garden or local markets.
Serving South-east Asian fare, but with a particular focus on Cambodian cuisine, Tree Restaurant is where to tuck into zingy seafood dishes while lingering over the stunning sea view.
Treat yourself to your favourite tipple at the Sunset Bar, a laidback drinking den fitted with a creative light installation above and panoramic windows that showcase the scenery beyond. As hinted by its name, this venue is particularly alluring at dusk.
Activities and Entertainment
At Six Senses Krabey Island, you can be as active or relaxed as you desire, with excursions and experiences to appeal to adventurers and zen-seekers alike. Since you are surrounded by sea on all sides, why not try out some watersports such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling? Or, for something cultural, learn the art of Khmer gastronomy with a cookery class, perhaps later exploring the skies above via the hotel’s very own observatory, come nightfall. Children will be thoroughly entertained at Nest kids’ club, and the whole family can then gather for open-air movies once evening draws in.
The spa is one of the top highlights at this resort – it is the renowned Six Senses, after all. Coming equipped with a steam room, sauna and hot tub, on top of serenity-inducing treatment rooms where expert therapists will lull you into a state of total relaxation, it all helps make your stay on Krabey Island even more of a joy. Yoga and meditation sessions are also held daily, and there’s a gym for fitness enthusiasts. Other thoughtful features include a sky observatory, outdoor cinema, and a boardwalk that connects you to the coastline, ideal for romantic strolls or sunrise walks. Drop the children at Nest, the superb kids’ club, or play together on the private beach nearby - the hotel then has a main swimming pool and loungers in addition to the many private pools elsewhere.
Krabey Island, Cambodia. Six Senses is enthroned on Krabey Island, just off the southwestern coast of Cambodia. Despite its seemingly far-flung location, the resort is surprisingly easier to reach than you would expect: just a ten-minute taxi ride from Sihanouk International Airport and then a 15-minute journey by boat from the hotel’s private jetty on the mainland. You can fly to Sihanouk from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh and Kuala Lumpur, though if you prefer travelling by car, it’s a five-hour journey from Phnom Penh.
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5/12 - Spa Treatment Room at Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
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10/12 - Sunset Bar at Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
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