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Escape to paradise at Soneva Kiri

by Ashima

Reconnect with nature on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood, just 90 minutes from Bangkok.

Edged by postcard-perfect beaches, carpeted in lush jungle and dotted by cascading waterfalls, Koh Kood is one of Thailand’s largest but most unspoiled islands. While this tranquil corner of paradise feels a million miles from anywhere, it is only a 90-minute flight from Bangkok – making it the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of city life.

Nestled within a private bay with uninterrupted views across the Gulf of Thailand, Soneva Kiri is located on the quietest, northern tip of Koh Kood island – a secluded sanctuary where barefoot luxury meets expansive private pool villa accommodation, impeccable hospitality and rare, one-of-a-kind experiences.

Getting there is all part of the luxury experience: you’ll fly on the resort’s own Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft between Bangkok International Airport and Koh Mai Si, Soneva Kiri’s very own airport island, just a five-minute speedboat ride from the resort. Along the way, the journey soars over some remarkable scenery, from paddy fields in a thousand shades of green, to turquoise seas and tiny, uninhabited islands.

Soneva Kiri’s own aircraft.

The resort is also a Covid-free haven, thanks to Soneva’s stringent health and safety protocols that not only ensure guests’ wellbeing, but also enable you to enjoy a mask free stay – a rare return to the normality of holidays past. Recent government guidelines now mean that those who are fully vaccinated and certified with two doses against Covid-19 no longer need to provide a negative PCR test before their stay. For ease of travel for those that who are not fully vaccinated, Soneva is offering complimentary PCR tests in Bangkok for all guests at Soneva Kiri.

From the moment you arrive, greeted at Koh Mai Si by your personal Barefoot Butler, you’ll feel tension slip away. Surrounded by leafy forest with views over the bay, each pool villa is a vast private hideaway, whether you want a romantic stay with only your loved one, or a much-anticipated reunion with family and friends.

Stay next to the shoreline in a spacious 403sqm Beach Pool Villa Suite, with a path that leads to a private stretch of beach. Or unwind in the Six Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve – a sprawling 2,928sqm clifftop enclave that comes with its own waterslide into the sizeable pool, private gym and spa facilities, games room and a treehouse for younger guests. All villas come with their own bicycles or eco-friendly electric buggies, perfect for exploring the jungle paths that criss-cross throughout the resort.

The Beach Pool Villa Suite.

Exceptional experiences are all part of Soneva’s philosophy, which aims to inspire and enthral guests through once-in-a-lifetime activities that make long-lasting memories. Dine on gourmet delights while suspended among the treetops in a bamboo Treepod, your meal delivered by ziplining waiters. Snorkel the beautiful reef systems at nearby Koh Raet, where colourful tropical fish dart around sunken sculptures.

Relax on plush beanbags over an emerald-green lagoon, as you watch a classic movie at the open-air Cinema Paradiso. Or step aboard a traditional fishing vessel to explore some of Thailand’s finest beaches on a Seven Days, Seven Beaches – swimming in secret bays, relaxing on the sands, or enjoying a sumptuous barbecue on deck. 

The picturesque settings that surround Soneva Kiri.

Dining at Soneva Kiri is another unforgettable part of your stay. Start each morning with a vast breakfast buffet at The Dining Room, with something for every appetite, from healthy, freshly squeezed juices and a rainbow of fresh fruit, to delicious pastries and a la carte treats. At Colours of the Garden, dine on a plant-based menu prepared from produce picked from Soneva’s own organic gardens at the heart of the resort, followed by a Medicinal Mixology cocktail masterclass with Soneva Kiri’s resident Botanical Bartender.

Or relax with your feet in the sand at Down to Earth by Chef Umed, who prepares the traditional cuisine of India’s northern frontier infused with the subtle flavours and fragrances of the Middle East. And every Soneva Kiri guest can enjoy complimentary access to its famed chocolate, cheese and ice cream parlours – with artisan flavours created by a talented team of patissiers, and cheese and charcuterie from across the world.

Treepod dining.

Soneva Kiri has a range of unmissable signature offers, exclusive to Thai residents. With the Nature Speaks Offer, stay for two nights or longer from THB 99,000, and enjoy reduced villa rates, complimentary half board dining at selected restaurants, and shared return flights between Bangkok and Koh Mai Si on the Soneva Kiri private plane.

Or immerse yourself in Soneva Kiri’s life-enriching experiences with the Experience Paradise Offer – stay for three nights or more, and enjoy two complimentary activities of your choice, from a plant-based cooking class at Colours of the Garden, to in-villa wine tasting with the sommelier or a blissful sunset cruise. The offer also includes a complimentary 15-minute Treepod Dining experience, daily half board and shared return flights from Bangkok. 

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