Since a lot of the reviews here are already very detailed anyway, I will stick to the highlights. I visited around the end of summer 2013, but just got down to writing my review now.
I visited with my mother and brother and we were celebrating my mother's birthday.
Lets just say we didn't start on quite the right foot with this resort as a couple of days before our arrival we were emailed and told that the chartered flight was undergoing maintenance. We were transferred to the resort via a speed boat - and it made for quite a bumpy ride. Needless to say, by the end of the speedboat ride, my mother had a splitting headache and the other couple that was with us threw up.
However, we were greeted by Frank, the GM and our 'Friday' at the resort who quickly tried to smooth things down for us. A paracetamol was offered to my mother within 10 mins of our arrival. The no shoes policy was amazing, really grounds you to nature in some way.
The resort in itself is really eco-freindly. I believe sustainable luxury is their way of life. We stayed in hill Villa No. 54, and it was humongous (in comparison to one I stayed at in Bali). The views were beautiful - especially from the private pool. you were right at the edge of the jungle. The mosquitoes seemed to be a little bit of an issue, but really small in comparison to a lot of the other amazing offerings.
This place had one of the best breakfasts I have had at a resort - I loved everything about it. Food at the main bar was nice, and our dinner celebrating my mother's birthday at the Benz restaurant was excellent - note: let the Chef Benz know in advance if you don't eat spicy food - ours needed to be changed.
The tree pod dining experience was supposed to be the highlight when it came to the food related experiences, but I wasn't impressed solely due to the value for money. for $600 for 3 persons, the price seemed steep. The views were gorgeous though.
The chocolate room and ice cream parlour deserve a special applause - some of the ice cream flavours were mind blowing!
We only took one excursion outside of the as we were at Soneva for only 4 days and wanted to make the most of our time at the resort.
Things you shouldn't miss out on:
Watching a movie at the outdoor cinema
Getting a massage at the spa - one of the better ones I have had
Check the weekly timetable and attend activities you might be interested in - such as yoga, tea tasting, cocktail making class etc.
Make use of the beach
The chocolate room and ice-cream parlour
I totally ignored my phone for the 4 days that I was there, and didn't miss it at all.
- 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 6 Senses
- Soneva Kiri By Six Senses Hotel Koh Kood