We are a couple in our thirties and have travelled extensively to beautiful places and 5 star hotels. Normally, we are into design hotels and 'Aman junkie' and 'Alila fan' are both applicable to us. We can now add 'Six Senses/Soneva addict' to that and basically all is said by the fact that we are seriously considering going back for our next trip, something which we have never done before. The quick and painless transfer from Bangkok (a resort representative is waiting for you at the gate of your international flight and takes care of everthing until you board the resort's cessna), greeted at the Koh Mai Si airstrip by our Ms. Friday, being transported in a fancy speedboat was the start to a wonderful week. Our Ms. Friday, Kaew, took care of everything and also it was very nice to just chat with her. Our impression is that the Fridays are very well trained and their English is above average compared to other 5 star hotels.The beach villa we stayed in was a dream. The pool is really quite big (16 strikes from one end to the other), there are so many options to sit/lie/relax and at the pool and bathroom area a Bose sound system made sure you could listen to the relaxing tones of the Six Senses CD all around. Every morning I opened the doors to the complete outside bathroom with lots of plants, trees and beautiful lighting I realised I was in paradise. Also really loved the shower products, they even had speacial 'after sun' shampoo and conditioner. We experienced some problems with the quantity of the hot water (often not enough for a second shower) and although they looked into this, it did not seem to be fixed at the end. The little private beach area reached directly from your villa via private stairs was also wonderful. There are two minibars (one inside, one outside), all beers and softdrinks and two bottles of wine were included in our stay. As were all meals, except for the Tree Pod lunch we had. The latter was quite expensive but a real must if you vist the resort. Talking about the meals: the quality of the food and the vastness of the menus is outstanding. For me, this was really the best hotel food ever and they took care of my dietary requirements very well. From day one everyone was aware of them so I never had to repeat them. I am not sure how they did this, but it made my stay even more relaxing. I even got different nibbles at cocktail hour and they made various plates just for me at the two BBQ's the hotel organised. Khun Benz even came talking to me at the beach on the day we were having dinner at her restuarant to make sure I could eat all 8 courses (which for me really was too much, but the food was very good). We really loved the dining experience at The View as the setting is just so romantic and you can see the sun set in the adjacent bar before dinner. I think the two things that we liked most were the "No News, No Shoes" concept, especially going around barefoot everywhere was sooooo liberating. We brought flipflops and some 'fancy' ones for dinner, but after day 1 we did not wear any of them for the rest of the week. Also you do not need your fancy clothes, shorts, t-shirts and beach dresses is what you wear. The other fun thing are the buggies, driving them barefoot from the ice cream parlour to the beach and back to the chocolate room did make us feel children again. Oh, I almost forgot the Cinema Paradiso at wich we had a BBQ for Valentines Day. The setting over a pond surrounded by lush vegetation is wonderful. Oh, and the beach. I could not find a lot of pictures before we went there, but you need to be worried about this: the white sand beach is wonderful and the sea is light blue and has almost a bathtub temperature and is very clean as well. The beach loungers are quite far apart and there are also big shaded swing benches. Lunch on the beach was another favorite, with a-la-carte options (including very tasty pizzas from the wood fire oven) and the walk-in "cold room" with sushi, sashmi, all ingredients to make your favourite salad and many little dessert options. The all-inclusive concept that we had is very broad, so it includes all meals (except for the tree top dining) with unlimited choice where and what to eat. It also included nice wines (including wines from Tuscany and Bordeaus) and even chamagne and the pre-dinner cocktails we had. Also, on a weekly basis scheduled excursions are included and we we did a wonderful snorkeling trip. The management attention for detail is unsurpassed, there are so many little extras that really make you feel very special. Writing this review makes me wanting to return right away, for more barefoot pampering. Of course, it comes with a steep price tag, but the sense of luxury and all that is included and more are well worth it in our view. So, start making our personalised buggy tags (which you get as returning guests).
- 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