Need To Know
74, including four suites and eight interconnecting rooms.
12 noon, but late check-out is available until 6pm for half the room rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $217.50, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.
Rates include a Continental breakfast buffet. Children Baby cribs for under-3s (free) and extra beds for under-11s (US$35 a night) can be added to all room types.
Common areas are wheelchair- and pushchair-accessible (however, there are no disabled-access rooms); staff are on hand to help if needed. All guests are given a ‘map in a bottle’ on arrival to seek out the resort’s hidden treasures: be sure to grab one for each of your wee wanderers.
At the hotel
Six Senses Spa, private beach with a watersports centre, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, activities centre, kids’ club, fitness centre, tennis court, PADI diving centre, library, CD/DVD library, laundry, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, bathrobes, slippers, free WiFi.
Our favourite rooms
All villas are bright and spacious, with large tropical-tableau-facing windows and touches of Vietnamese va va voom: gauze-swathed four-poster beds, pagoda-shaded porches and open-air sunken bath tubs (alongside an indoor bath tub and shower). Garden View Rooms connect with Deluxe Sea View Rooms, to form a large family-friendly space, sleeping six adults with space for two more in extra beds. Both room types have a bath tub and rain shower and plenty of outdoor space. The ultra-luxe Ana Mandara Suite has a private walled garden (perfect for wayward wee ones) and plenty of space to play in.
The two unheated infinity-edged outdoor pools resemble turquoise-hued ocean inlets. There’s a shallow end for babies to play in and the lifeguard keeps a cautious eye on proceedings from 8am to 8pm; however, any watchful parents can perch on a bright white sunlounger by the side. There’s also a Jacuzzi pool, which is also supervised.
The five treatment rooms in the Six Senses Spa are palm-frond flanked, thatched open-plan pagodas where sea breezes and the scent of heliconias drift through. Alongside yoga and t’ai chi classes there’s a wide range of traditional Thai, Indian and Vietnamese treatments, using lotions and potions crafted with local flowers and herbs. Choose to indulge or internally cleanse with a menu of massages, body wraps, body scrubs, facials, couples’ treatments, manicures and pedicures, reiki, acupuncture, hot-stone therapy, meditation, and classes for children and adults. Accompanied over-12s are allowed in the spa (female therapists are allocated for 12–15 year olds’ treatments).
Board games can be borrowed from the library for some quality family time in-villa.
Babysitting (outside kids' club hours) must be booked at least a week in advance.
The hotel takes eco concerns to heart, serving up organic, locally sourced food where possible, recycling and offering free bicycles for touring. It also tries to employ local staff and runs charity schemes to benefit the community.