Soneva Kiri Koh Kood offers beautiful beaches and barefoot bliss
With its pristine beaches and jungle hillsides, the island of Koh Kood is Thailand at its tropical best, but getting there from Bangkok can take the better part of an entire day. However, when you book a stay at the über-luxe Soneva Kiri Resort you can be taken there in jet-set style aboard an 8-seat Cessna Caravan 280B, which drops you off at the resort’s private island landing strip in just over an hour (departing from Suvarnabhumi International airport).
Once you land a quick speedboat ride takes you across the bay where you are welcomed by the staff. The resort also playfully enforces a ‘no shoes’ policy, so guests are encouraged to go barefoot for the duration of their visit. In fact, a key philosophy of the Soneva group is the ‘Slowlife’ approach, which promotes sustainable, organic, and inspired experiences.
Each of the 36 villas on offer has a private pool and guests also have access to their very own electric golf cart—which comes in handy for getting around the vast property. For large groups the massive Private Cliff Pool Reserve Villa encompasses an extraordinary 2,928 sq.m, and can accommodate up to 16 persons, but couples will be safe and snug in the 403 sq.m Beach Pool Villa Suites. These units include all the high-tech amenities you’d expect, but it still feels charmingly rustic. Bamboo and other woods are utilized extensively in the construction, and the bathing facilities are almost entirely outdoors—including a sexy oval-shaped bathtub built into the wooden terrace.
Each morning a bountiful breakfast is served buffet style—with an array of made-to-order options available—at The View restaurant. However, “the view” is even better if you book the Treepod Dining experience (available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner). This specially-designed dining booth seats four adults and a motorized pulley system hoists it high in the air, giving diners an unparalleled view of the bay, looking out from between the treetop canopy. The meal is then served by a designated waiter who uses a zipline to whisk himself back and forth to where the food arrives fresh from the kitchen.
Other luxury facilities include the Six Senses Spa, which consists of eight spacious treatments rooms nestled deep in the tranquil jungle greenery. Here a team of highly skilled therapists take guests on uplifting sensory journeys— from mud massages to Thai herbal baths, silk facials, and warm oil Ayurvedic body massages.
Soneva Kiri is perhaps the ultimate destination for carefree couples on a romantic retreat, the resort also takes good care of families with children. In fact, families planning a trip over the upcoming Easter Weekend (April 1st), can look forward to many kid-friendly diversions, including card making, a fishing trip, Easter egg painting, and an Easter parade featuring mouth-watering dishes from the East and West. Guests—with or without kids—can also enjoy unique experiences such as “pit cooking” at the resort’s North Beach, or having dinner in a local fisherman’s home. Contact [email protected].
By Bruce Scott