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Soneva Kiri Thailand
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Ko Kut
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Bangkok
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beyond expectation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

It was an amazing get-away-from-it-all experience. The room was very spacious and despite it being built from natural material, it was very comfortable and very well-designed. Also, there were an outdoor shower as well as an outdoor bathtub - what not to love!

The beach was pristine and a large part of the woods is still preserved so you do get that desert island feeling; which is a really nice change from working in the city.

The service was impeccable. Everyone was friendly and genuine.

The best bit of the resort, we found, was the food. Every dishes were fresh, tasty and so many healthy choices.

I really cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: We had a Cliff Villa 55 which is the last room so it is bit more secluded and has a stunning view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear MumbleBaby,
thank you for posting your impressions of your stay with us on this forum. I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best regards
Frank Grassmann
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

Soneva Kiri, the paradise on earth, the only place in this world where you can be so much inspired by the elements of the nature, the perfect resort where you'll understand the definition of total happiness... We just spent our third stay at Soneva Kiri and we consider it more and more magical. We truly adored every single minute we had because everything is not only so beautiful but there is this rare atmosphere which helps the traveller to push away all the stress and breath this incredible breeze of joy and serenity. This emotion doesn't happen often and it's so special when it happens.

Eva and Sonu have created something unique, a philosophy based on SLOW life which will make your body and mind in total harmony with the different forces of our planet but which is a way to respect it as well.

Soneva Kiri which is the youngest sister of their first property Soneva Fushi, is totally environmentally friendly built with recycled wood, it looks like a place where Robinson Crusoe should have live but "in style" meaning with all the facilities a high end traveler can expect. The size of the resort is huge so they even think about providing to each villa a personal buggy to give to the guests a lot of freedom to explore by themselves the tropical forest where the resort has been established. This is really what we called intelligent luxury because nothing is too sophisticated, nothing is "bling bling", they have just sublime the nature...

Each villa is a massive space with oversized terraces and pools. Rooms are huge as well and beautifully designed with plenty of colorful pillows on tens of sofas where to relax. Bathrooms are very sexy and romantic with open air bathtub and shower and a steam to upgrade even more your wellness. This time we stayed in the villa 29, spectacular with 4 bedrooms and a funny slide going to the pool good for kids but adults as well... I surprised myself to really enjoy it... The concept of the villas has been wonderfully well done considering only one thing is important: your absolute comfort.

We spent time at the beach which is gorgeous and from where sunsets are breathtaking. Since water is not deep and very warm, it's an ideal base where to relax even with kids or just with your lover. One of the most sensational beach we saw and where you'll be able to enjoy an extensive choice or water activities or just sipping a cocktail on one of the comfortable loungers or in an hammock and looking at the beauty of our world all around.

Food is still at its best at Soneva... Different venues, all absolutely gorgeous and even spectacular at The View where the gastronomic experience takes an other dimension with delights in the plates and the stunning pleasure to observe the sun falling down on the ocean... Unique. But don't miss Benz, the authentic and so charming Thai restaurant in the mangrove or one of these impressive buffets you can find only at Soneva. Everywhere, the Executive chef and the F&B team work with organic ingredients and it's simply perfect.

And what can be better than to observe the cosmos with the adorable and so passionated So Celestial team from the observatory after dinner and before to go to sleep with dreams full in your mind? Nothing I guess...

When the private Cessna touches down the hotel little airstrip, be prepared of the experience of your life and Frank, the GM, and his team are fully engaged to make of every second at Soneva Kiri, something you will never forget. We simply ADORE...

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear RCBLHKG,
thank you very much for taking your valuable time to write about your recent experience at Soneva Kiri. Naturally, I am pleased to read your positive impression and I am happy that you had such a great time with us.
The team and I look forward to welcoming you back to the resort soon.
Warm regards
Frank Grassmann
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

A great hotel this one, more a large domain really, it was recommended to us by our travel planners over at Andaman Adventures. It became the first of three destinations in Thailand. Not cheap, but reasonably priced for what you get, the hotel has the best of everything, great pool, nice beach, food that never ceased to amaze us, smiley staff. Thanks for a great stay, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll be back.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Dear Nicole S,
thank you for posting your positive impression of your stay at Soneva Kiri on this forum. I am pleased to read that you had a good time. I hope to be able to welcoming you back one day soon.
Best regards
Frank Grassmann
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

It is very hard to say which is the best part of Soneva Kiri, as everything is perfection. We have just returned from a week in this magical resort and are already working out how we can return – and how soon.
Every aspect of the design and service has been well planned and considered, allowing us to relax and enjoy like never before. The hosts (staff) are extremely welcoming and efficient – our Ms Friday organised everything for us very well (including locating one of our bags which we had left on the carousel at the airport, so eager were we to get to the resort), the restaurants manager was charming, knowledgeable, witty and efficient, the general manager and his team were incredibly welcoming and on hand and ensured that we got the most out of our time there.
We indulged in delicious food - the Asian street buffet was a real highlight, as was the sublime seabass baked on banana leaf at the beach. The wonderful extensive choice at breakfast was a superb start to the day; and the ice-cream and chocolate rooms a cheeky delight at any point during the day.
The Spa was undoubtedly the best we have ever tried and befits a resort of such calibre. I had planned a ‘tester’ treatment once during our stay, but ended up there every day.
We had some wonderful trips – snorkelling, fishing and touring the island, but with the beautiful beach and the phenomenal villa (house!), we did not really need to venture from the resort. Getting around the resort is easy (and fun) in the electric buggies.
The space, the privacy and the concept, combined with a top class team, really make this place paradise.
Congratulations and thanks to Frank and his team – this was a truly unforgettable stay in a stunning resort.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Robin B,
thank you very much for posting your impression of your previous stay at Soneva Kiri. I am of course delighted to read that you enjoyed yourself so much and that you are already planning your return visit.
Warm regards
Frank Grassmann
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

We not long ago returned from our Christmas vacation in the beautiful Soneva Kiri resort, it was amazing but what made it truly amazing was the food! We wish to give a very special mention and a huge thank you to Iron Chef Kevin Fawkes and his culinary team! The food was amazing everywhere we went from the spectacular breakfast where he has his own dairy, charcuterie and smoke house to dinner on the Beach BBQ and the View restaurant !! Kevin was always available every step of our journey with his infectious enthusiasm and deep love for his craft. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him culminating on our last dinner where he cooked for us in his food and drink laboratory. A truly incredible and super fun experience that we will talk about for years!
He can come and cook for us anytime he wants please!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear James M,
thank you for taking your valuable time to write on this forum. I am pleased to read that you had such a good time at Soneva Kiri and that you especially singled out our culinary team headed by our Iron Chef Kevin Fawkes. He will be happy to read your praise and share it with his entire team without he could not accomplish his dreams.
Many thanks and we hope to be able to welcoming you back soon.
Best regards
Frank Grassmann
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

We were lucky enough to be taken here by friends to celebrate a big birthday. Our friends took an enormous villa which sleeps 12 and looks north west over the sea. It was a sublime spot with a stupendous sunset view. The infinity pool was stunning and we had all the trimmings and more. Billiard table, gym, cinema room. Total luxury. The resort itself is lovely, very quiet because it covers a large area and really is in the jungle with only electric buggies to get about in. Days are spent on the fabulous beach, with crystal clear waters. Lunches at the beach bar were good, as was all the food in the resort, especially good was the view restaurant and the ice cream bar. I would really recommend this place, very chilled and very gorgeous. Just bring lots of mosquito spray, forget about fancy shoes or clothes and be ready to relax. Oh....and the spa is fab.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear sriv60,
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and that you are finding such kind words to describe your experience. Many thanks and do visit us again.
Warnest regards
Frank Grassmann
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Traveling to Soneva is an experience that will stand out for the rest of my life, and I will never forget this place. Soneva has really picked out the most beautiful island, and then picked the most stunning location. Pictures and words will never justify, You can only truly comprehend the magic of this place by experiencing.

I went there with my wife, alone and no kids. This was going to be a romantic Honeymoon (4 years late, but who's counting) relaxation and us time was the key words. For a vacation like that, Soneva can not disappoint You.

My wife has already described the food, service and resort in general, so I will not go into details with this in this review, read the review "Mission completed" instead.

But is this place just perfect ? Couldn't anything be better, You might ask. The answer is yes, but it's really the little things, and the small details, no thing that could ruin my stay. But here's a few things that management may want to take into consideration.

When attending the dinner events, management is always very visible. Staff, hosts and management is very keen on making everything perfect. This is done with every good intention, no doubt. But in some way it can be a little disturbing to have 4-5 different people coming to Your table, asking if everything is ok and satisfying, when trying to have a quiet romantic dinner for two. I like visible management, but maybe divide the tables amongst you, so guests will be a little less interrupted.

The sommelier is also present during the dinner. A nice friendly russian guy who will help You with Your choices of wine. However, when You're asking for a glass of wine of the house, You will be suggested a nice wine that not necessarily is the one You would go for if You had seen the wine list with the pricing. I'm not a wine connoisseur, but I do like a glass of wine occasionally, and I can't tell if if I'm sipping a 50$ or 200$ bottle. So please, don't make the assumption that everyone staying at Your lovely place is going to choose the wine from the top of the list. At least have the courtesy to show them the wine card, so people know what they pay.

But as mentioned earlier, this really the little things. And only mentioned as feedback to management.

Did I love this place? Yes, absolutely. Do I want to come back? Yes, but I will probably try out other places, since our travel budget is not unlimited. Will I recommend it to others? Yes, but not to anybody. Only to people I know would appreciate the quiet and slow life in the middle of the nature, with its beauty and noises and wildlife.

But my memories will always take me back.

Room Tip: choose the villas near the beach, as it seems to be little less bothered with the mosquitos .. Don...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Frank G, General Manager at Soneva Kiri Thailand, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Berendt-DK,
thank you for adding a few more points for management consideration and I am grateful receiving these. Soneva’s approach to service and management is a happy balance between being hands on and walking about as well as behind the scenes, supporting, guiding and developing the team that are guest facing. Sometimes the balance might be off and that it will be addressed internally.
Best regards
Frank Grassmann
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Property: Soneva Kiri Thailand
Address: 110 Moo 4, Ko Kut, Thailand (Formerly Soneva Kiri by Six Senses)
Location: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Kut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Ko Kut
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Kut
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Kut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Soneva Kiri Thailand 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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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