What We Love
- Huge sea-view villas, each with a private infinity pool
- VIP treatment starts in Bangkok, where you’ll be met at the airport and ushered to the resort’s eight-seat plane
- The treatments at the spa — especially the watsu water massage
- Despite the luxury, this resort is eco-friendly
- The treetop dining pod, where waiters zipline in to serve you
What To Know
- Couple- and family-friendly
- Getting to the resort requires a 90-minute flight from Bangkok followed by a boat ride
- To reach the main stretch of white sand beach, it’s a two-minute ride in the resort’s speedboat
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Wedged between jungle and beach on the secluded island of Kood, a 90-minute private plane ride from Bangkok, Soneva Kiri has a best-of-both-worlds location. But while celebrity-style amenities abound (private butlers, refined Thai cuisine served in an overwater shack or treetop dining pod, private infinity pools in every villa), the resort has a barefoot-chic vibe that keeps things luxuriously simple. Built from teak, bamboo, and acacia, the 28 vast villas blend into their rain forest setting. Each one is spread over two floors of open-air platforms, with separate self-contained rooms for sleeping, bathing, showering and dressing. And much of the living space—dining table, kitchen, deck shower, private infinity pool—is outdoors. The list of activities goes on and on: diving, snorkeling, sailing, yoga and meditation classes in the spa. Movies are shown in a pop-up cinema over a lake, where staff hand out popcorn and Thai beer. There’s even a chocolate room, an ice cream parlor, and an observatory—all just for the resort’s handful of guests. And while this is honeymoon heaven, children are discreetly catered to in the extraordinary Den, a soaring teak building that looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie with slides, games, activity rooms, and a staff that knows how to keep kids of all ages happy. Be sure to book a night at Benz, a gourmet Thai restaurant in an overwater shack, and in the treetop dining pod, where waiters zipline in to serve you.
How to Get There
This is probably the best experience we have ever had in our travels. Not only we we as guest absolutely blown away by the staff, facilities, food and resort in general, but the little things that go on behind the scenes to make the experience unforgettable is very important. Charging of buggies, cleaning of rooms, just little things that are unreal. I cannot tell people how excellent this resort is, it’s phenomenal. Many thanks.
This was our third visit to Soneva Kiri having previously stayed at the same time the last two years. Once again we were blown away by the wonderful villas, superb food, and the all round excellent service. Koh Kood is a beautiful, unspoilt, quiet island, not commercialised at all, and is the perfect place to relax.
Little has changed which, trust me, is a good thing. The outstanding personalised service starts from the moment you step off the plane in Bangkok, through fast track immigration, luggage collection, and on to the check in at the Soneva desk. The private 8 seater plane takes you for a scenic 75 minute flight to the adjacent island airstrip and from there a speedboat whisks you off for the 5 minute ride to the resort as you're given cold scented towels and a refreshing fruit drink.
On the wooden jetty to personally welcome you is Francisca and her management team along with your personal Mr/Ms Friday who will be your host during your stay.
Our Friday was a young lady called Milk. She was superb. Not only did she create an itinerary for our stay, and make restaurant reservations for us, she also suggested interesting experiences and was always there to drive us around and to make sure we had the best possible time. Milk’s service was instinctive and her ability to anticipate so impressive. She had a brilliant attitude, and her sense of humour, attention to detail and genuine friendly care really made this a memorable stay. A true credit to Soneva.
Our Villa was simply breathtaking. We were so lucky to have been generously upgraded to a Beach Pool Suite which had every amenity you could possibly wish for along with welcome canapés, cookies and fruit. A huge wrap around pool, massive bathroom with outdoor shower and a large comfortable bed made this suite perfect in every way. The outdoor living space was quite special. Besides the infinity pool there were so many places to lounge and take in the magnificent view. Each villa also gets its own buggy giving you the freedom to come and go as you please. It was great fun driving around the extensive grounds.
Considering it was the rainy season, the weather was great; a little overcast but with a fair few hours of sun each day. The thunderstorms and rain tended to happen at night and made for nice, fresh mornings. Having a beach in front of our villa was lovely and tropical and we mostly had it all to ourselves, spending many hours enjoying the warm sea. The main North Beach opened on the days when the sea was calm enough to get there. This is a beautiful spot with soft white sand, turquoise water, all against a backdrop of palm trees and jungle. There is a mini beach club for light lunches and drinks too. Even when the beach was closed, one of the residence villas opened up which had its own stretch of sand along with water sport activities. A great alternative.
The food options here are extremely varied and all are outstanding. The amazing breakfast has everything you could ever want and sets you up for the day. The View restaurant, led by Head Chef Danny, provided top notch western cuisine against the backdrop of stunning sunsets. The Bar was more casual with an excellent tapas menu which is definitely worth trying. The Living Room serves up great Thai food as well as lighter snacks.
Benz restaurant remains a star attraction. Getting there is an experience in itself, a short boat ride or car journey into the mangroves to a small wooden restaurant serving up the most authentic and delicious Thai food in an atmospheric setting. The standards here are high, with the ever changing multi course menu combining fresh ingredients brought from the market that day, all cooked by Chef Benz and her team. Truly memorable.
There is so much choice. Once a week there was a special Asian Street Market evening, with so many options available. A Mediterranean buffet offered another excellent variation. Regular food Pop-Ups are also a feature. During our stay we enjoyed an excellent Japanese evening.
There is also the opportunity to arrange beach BBQ’s and ‘special occasion’ dinners in the wine cellar or anywhere that takes your fancy. We had a special candlelit dinner on the main pier, arranged specially for us, an experience I will remember for a long time.
David, the executive chef will arrange any food you want and will cater for all dietary requirements. Umed the Indian chef is a master of his cuisine and cooked perhaps the best Chicken Tikka Massala I’ve ever eaten. I could go on and on...
Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, there’s the chocolate room and ice cream parlour. So many different flavours to try and all for free all day, every day. Fantastic.
Everyone should try the Treepod Dining. Your waiter delivers your food via a zip wire! Afternoon tea high up in the trees, with a stunning view was a really unforgettable experience.
There are so many experiences to try. We went to the local temple and received a Buddhist blessing, as well as joining a private Thai language class. The molecular cocktail class was as surprising as it was interesting, with the barman creating some excellent drinks.
Cinema Paradiso opens three times a week. There is nothing better than watching films, under the stars in the middle of the jungle with popcorn and drinks. The Thai cooking class was excellent too. Recreating authentic recipes with the chef was great fun; eating them afterwards even better. On a cloudless night, visit the observatory. Seeing the moon so clearly was fantastic.
The Six Senses Spa is incredible. In a lovely and relaxing environment the therapists were some of the best we’ve come across and the treatments superb. Get yourself down there in the first day or so and enjoy a jet lag massage. Nothing better. There is also a small well equipped gym with everything you need to keep fit along with various running routes around the resort.
Yes, Soneva Kiri is amazing however what really sets this place apart from other luxury hotels is the service. It is simply outstanding. All the people we met went out of their way to help us to ensure we had the best time. The food and beverage staff were friendly, polite and on top of their game with Khun Ting and Khun Joe in particular looking after us so well. Food preferences were remembered from restaurant to restaurant which was impressive. The entire F&B team deserve great credit and recognition for the high standards they maintain.
As for housekeeping, we rarely saw them which is the best compliment we can pay. We always returned to a spotless and refreshed room. The entire team are so well drilled and did excellent work.
Everyone we met, gardeners, maintenance, office staff, were all so friendly, remembering your names and saying hello.
The eco credentials of Soneva Kiri are worth a mention too. The company supports the local community and everything, including the bottled water is sustainable wherever possible. They are well ahead of the game, with single use plastic products not being used which is great to see. You can also get involved with various initiatives such as beach cleaning if you want to learn more. This ethos of protecting the environment is so important and I hope will continue.
In summary, if you enjoy a laid back, yet luxurious resort, with superb food, outstanding service and fantastic experiences, Soneva Kiri ticks every box and should be on everyones bucket list. It takes a lot of hard work to be so consistently impressive and Francisca and her team have got it spot on. The greatest compliment we can pay is that we are already planning to return for a forth time next June.
This place is truly phenomenal.
Thank you, once again.
It was the best resort experience for the family. Nice food and best service u can possibly ask for. Weather was the only negative thing happened during our stay. Kids loved it and we hope to come back soon.
Tranquility, seclusion, sunshine, friendliness’ slow life and amazing culinary experiences will await you at Soneva Kiri. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a break from the business of life.
Employees are very kind and spacious and clean. The food was delicious, too. It’s a nature-friendly atmosphere and the downside is that there are many bugs. There were many mosquitoes, but the staff sprayed them properly. Overall, it was good to be so peaceful.