Having just returned from a 7 night stay as a couple, we have all very positive comments to make with a few minor observations for some development.
The trip from Bangkok to Soneva is excellent in a spacious 8 seter plane. Excllent handling of us from arrival off an Eithiad flight to arriving in Koh Kood.
The longer reviews very accurately portray the excellent facilities of the very large site which provides a rather unique level of privacy for the villas due to its size and location. We were in No 51 Cliff Villa which gave us a superb westerly view over the sea and the setting sun, surrounded by 'jungle' vegetation. It had complete privacy and oceans of space in the bedroom, living areas and pools. Nice to be able to play your own iPod or listen to the resort supplied one and very comfortable bed.
Food is superb in all the restaurants and staff were very happy to accomodate any ideas you might have. Of particular note is Benz restaurant which you travel to by sea launch and retun by road. we went here twice for a set thai menu that changes nightly and is excellent. Howver please note that there is a proponderance of fish on the menu which we loved. The chef and staff here were also excellent. Chocolate and Ice Cream rooms are also super.
Jason, our Mr Friday was very attentaive and helpful and would comend him for his helpfulness and positive demeanour. Gary, the GM was very helpful and courteous as were all of the staff that he had dealings with.
Took the island tour which was good to get a view of the rest of life on the island and while not an island full of temples etc it is a worthwhile excursion. Note bring sensible shoes for walk to wterfalls (slippy).
Location is superb and a real get away from it all place. Met a few people on different length stays, so would recomend 3- 6 nights as optimum.
Weather - this is a big talking point for this island, but put simply we had wonderful weather. 5 days sunshine with practically no rain or some short showers and 2 days which were more overcast. 1 night of a complete deluge - but who cares its 30 degrees and not too humid. Maybe we were just lucky.
down sides - bugs were a bit of an issue if you bare skin outside - both of us were bitten about 20 times by various eunknown entities generally in the late afternoon - we think. None of the bug repellants really seemed to work effectively. Jason got us calamine lotion which eased the itching so we were fine on this front.
The only other small down side is that the WC is in a dressing room area that is outside of the bedroom and accessed vai an external covered corridor. My wife wasnt best pleased for use at night time. again an issue they have advised they are addressing.
So overall, an excellent stay and would recomend it - we have also stayed in the W resort in the Maldives and Al Maha in Dubai and would put this location in the same group.
Ohh and the beach area is superb and really nice and quiet
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Remote yet accessible, Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand's fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, in the Gulf of Siam. Surrounded by lush, vibrant tropical vegetation and white beaches, fringed with palm trees, the resort has been tastefully and cleverly designed to complement the landscape and blends seamlessly into the outstanding natural beauty. Soneva Kiri epitomises the Soneva concept of 'intelligent luxury'. Only an hour's flight in the resort's private plane from Bangkok, it feels a million miles from the real world. The sense of tranquillity, seclusion and harmony with nature is second to none. Far away from the beaten track and well-trodden tourist attractions this is Thailand as it used to be thirty or even fifty years ago, genteel and untainted. And also just one hour by boat from the wonders of Cambodia. The 35 pool villa resort is perfect for groups or families, as it provides villas with up to 6 bedrooms. It also has a unique children's den in the form of a manta ray, and a newly launched Intrepid Explorer's Club for the children under 5 years old. It was recently awarded with The Smith Award "Best for Families" from Mr. & Mrs. Smith. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soneva Kiri By Six Senses Hotel Koh Kood
- Soneva Kiri By 6 Senses