Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, atmospheric architecture and world-renowned cuisine. Combining all three aspects of Thai culture and infusing it with signature style, Soneva Kiri is a superlative place to stay. Product Manager Erica Moore recently returned from a visit, and got a real taste of true luxury…
The excitement started as soon as I saw Soneva Kiri’s own private plane. Immediately I felt very pampered, and we were soon on our way for a 90-minute flight towards the resort. This was followed by a ten-minute speedboat journey; the sight as the boat approaches the island is incredible – all lush green treetops with a few villas peeking through.
Speaking of the villas… accommodation here is outstanding. Ranging from one to six bedrooms, some of the gorgeous villas have direct beach access, while others sit loftily among cliffs and enjoy stunning bay views. Each villa has a private pool, daybeds, and an outdoor seating and dining area. Some of the larger Reserves here have a gym, steam room, spa treatment room and even your own waterslide!
As well as amazing accommodation, the resort features a range of facilities and experiences that ensure there really is something for every guest to enjoy – from the outdoor cinema and observatory to cooking classes, complimentary watersports and a local sightseeing tour.
All that being said, my favourite thing about my stay at Soneva Kiri was the incredible food. Guests can choose to dine in-villa, perhaps for a decadent midnight snack or a family lunch where your little ones design the menu! A dedicated menu for in-villa dining is available, and chefs can also whip up something according to your desires. As well as dining in your home away from home, you can also request meals be set up at other lovely locations around the resort – from treats to accompany a film under the stars, to enjoying a delicious dinner on the beach.
There is a huge choice of dining venues available within the resort, with something to suit every taste and every mood. The View is the fine dining restaurant; perched on a cliff, as its name suggests, this venue enjoys spectacular vistas. Experience magnificent breakfast and themed buffets at The Dining Room, and don’t miss a post-swim snack or pre-dinner cocktail at So Spirited.
A Soneva trademark, you’ll also find a variety of sweet treats on offer here, perfect for little ones (or anyone with a sweet tooth!). So Chilled ice cream parlour carries over 60 different flavours and a huge selection of premium toppings for making your own frozen creation. There’s also So Chocoholic, a veritable Willy Wonka factory full of artisan delights. For those who prefer a savoury snack, So Deli-cious specialises in cheeses, cold meats and homemade preserves.
Although I enjoyed all my dining experiences at Soneva Kiri, my top highlights have to be Benz’s Restaurant and Treepod Dining. Benz’s is the resort’s signature Thai restaurant, and the concept here is ‘no menu’; diners will typically indulge in a nine-course feast that changes nightly, depending on what the chef, Benz, sources fresh that morning. Benz has been cooking at the resort for more than seven years, and the kitchen’s glass walls allow diners to watch the culinary magic happen! This was simply some of the most amazing Thai food I’ve ever tasted – fish, vegetable dishes, soups, curries and traditional desserts were all exceptional.
Treepod Dining was incredibly special, and a truly unforgettable experience I’d thoroughly recommend. A single bamboo pod sits high amongst Koh Kood’s dense foliage, offering amazing sea views and a unique atmosphere. Gourmet fare – breakfast, lunch, dinner or high tea – is served by waiters via zipline! I’d recommend breakfast, lunch or high tea in particular to make the most of the views before the sun sets. The experience begins when you strap yourself into the pod before it’s hoisted up into the trees for a genuinely spectacular aerial mealtime. When I had breakfast here I loved the smoked salmon and scrambled egg basket, cheese and cold cuts platter and a superb selection of fruits and fresh pastries. This would be the perfect location for a special celebration or romantic meal – and is definitely a top place to propose, too; completely intimate, unique and unforgettable… what a way to pop the question!
Come to Soneva Kiri for the superlative setting, top-quality accommodation, excellent service and, of course, the sumptuous Six Senses Spa. Stay for the amazing dining – the choice on offer here is second to none, and everything from the complimentary ice cream to the authentic Thai delicacies are of the most premium quality.
Call 01244 355 600 to book your own stay at Soneva Kiri with an Inspiring Travel Specialist, who will be delighted to source you the latest offers to this luxury Thailand hotel.;