In many years traveling around the world and staying at exclusive resorts and hotels, I thought I’d seen everything. Being stayed several times at resorts that have been named #1 hotels of the world, I thought that any places would measure up to them. But until recently, I’d never had to catch a private plane to arrive to the destination, buckled myself in and been lifted more than 30 feet into the air in a TREE POD to have lunch, or having a villa with private cinema room and a water slide next to my bed with direct access to a private beach.
On an island in the middle of the ocean, somewhere near Cambodia and Thailand is where we landed on a private runway with the resort own airplane after a 70 min flight from Bangkok. We stepped off the plane speechless and eager to discover more about one of the most exclusive beach resorts in the world. A buggy was waiting to take us on a less than a 1-minute journey to the private jetty to hop on a luxury boat for a 5-minutes beautiful ride in the Gulf of Siam. As we were approaching the resort’s jetty, a line of staff was waving at our boat. Once we got of the boat, we were introduced to our own personal butler, “Mr Friday”.
Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s 4th largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, in the Gulf of Siam. The island population is only about 2,000 residents. We think that the harder a place is to reach, the better it is. Don’t you agree? It may be find to reach the island when you are not a guest of the resort, but when you travel on their own private plane, the check-in process at their own counter at the airport it takes less than 2 min and when you arrive you just step off the plane and that’s it. For that “hard to reach” it is a pleasant journey and part of the Soneva unique experience.
The name Soneva came from the combination of the name of Soneva co-founder Sonu Shivdasani and his wife Eva (Soneva). Founded in 1995, they have built one of the most playful high-luxury brands around. With 3 more exclusive properties in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua, Soneva offers an unrivaled combination of luxury, environmentally friendly design and unforgettable, authentic and unique experiences.
Soneva Kiri counts with 36 private villas spread across their extensive property. We stayed a Villa 14, a 3 Bedroom Beach Pool Reserve Villa, 641 sqm, 4 adults and 4 children. Honestly, it is the most insane villa with have ever stayed in our lives. Check our villa’s review here.
All villas are surrounded by the unspoiled tropical island of Koh Kood. Every villa is designed with natural driftwood and eco-friendly elements that blend perfectly with the surroundings. All the villas are spacious and every single corner of the resort will leave you in awe.
Soneva Kiri is a world away from reality. With their motto “no news, no shoes” once you step on the luxury boat to arrive to the resort, you forget about the world outside this remote island.
During our 4 days stay at Soneva Kiri, we life the luxury barefoot life. Their SLOW LIFE philosophy is something they take seriously. “Slow Life” stands for (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences) They do not ban devices and the rooms and main areas have fast Wi-Fi but the rooms have well-hidden TVs and only show DVDs. There are no newspapers and the way to move around the resort is by foot or in your own personal electric buggy.
They truly life the sustainability aspect. We enjoyed a tour around the eco-garden and we saw how they recycle the cooking oil as biofuel, how water gets reused several times and how they make and use the compost.
The food at Soneva Kiri is really something. There are four restaurants at the resort and during out stay, we never dined in the same spot. From the international buffet breakfast with every cuisine you could imagine at The DINNING ROOM, to the fine dinning on a cliff with spectacular views at THE VIEW, or the authentic Thai cuisine 5-courses menu at BENZ restaurant. Not to mention the every day lunch spot “So Chilled”, the beach club at North Beach, the Tree Pod dinning experience or any other tailored-made dinning experience you could think of.
Did I mention that there is an ice cream parlor and a cooler chocolate room open 24h for you to enjoy whenever you want and as much as you want? There is no doubt that Soneva Kiri is a once in a lifetime experience.
Soneva Kiri counts with the well known SIX SENSES SPA. It offers complementary activities as Yoga Classes, Himalayan Bowl Singing clases, Introduction to foot massage among others, and a wide range of spa treatment. For a personalized and truly unique wellness experience, you can meet the Ayurvedic Doctor for a consultation who will design a spa program for you.
Besides the variety of complementary activities they offer, your holiday can be tailored to your wishes for a truly unforgettable experience.
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