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
- Eco friendly
- 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
The Island is very charming abd getting there via a single engine Cessna is also a treat.
The villas are very big and the food is amazing!! Especially the fruits!
During monsoon season, be sure to pick more weather flexible activities as some aren't available due to choppy waves.
Gee, unbelievable to be back at Soneva Kiri, one of my dream resorts!
My last visit was nearly two years ago. Things have not changed much.. so familiar with nearly everything.. staying in a different villa this time was wonderful, just like I was in a never-never land! From the moment I step in, everything is taken care of with excellent service, especially from Khun Marisa (Ms. Friday) who happens to be the same personal as my last visit. Her attention to every detail with true and friendly care really made this a memorable stay!
For this trip, apart from a variety of chocolate in the chocolate room, ice cream in icecream parlour, delicious dinner at the View restaurant, Mediterranean buffet at The Dining Room, and dinner at Benz Restaurant - all in all, I indulged fully into the hallmark Soneva culinary delights.
As if time stood still, a quality time spent worth it, but sad to leave, and already plan to return to this piece of heaven, soon again.
The location of the hotel on the Dream Island ko kood, produces a paradise experience,
Everything was perfect with the wonderful service and food.
All employees always smile and there is an excellent feeling at any moment,
And villa was a dream and beyond anything I expected.
hope to come back soon (:
Very good overall but the Indian staff is sub-par. Surprised they are using cheap labor for a luxury resort - Koh Tao does this too with Burmese staff. At least the Burmese are hard workers and try to be accomodating. The Indian staff at Soneva Koh Kood are quiet, not eager to help, and unprofessional. Also, they tend to be seasonal workers, not full-time employees. The work ethic is not there and the training is sub-par. One staff member named "Jackie" (not sure if they use real or English names) was telling me last March, 2017 that he can bring his family and friends for free as a perk and "laugh at the money people are spending here" Overall, not worth the money or effort to visit here. Better options available.
This was our second visit to Soneva Kiri having previously been at the same time last year. Once again we were blown away by the wonderful villas, superb food, and the all round excellent service.
Nothing much has changed. From the moment you step off the plane in Bangkok everything is taken care of. Fast track immigration, luggage collection, check in at the Soneva desk then onto the private 8 seater plane for the 75 minute flight to the resort. 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 welcome you is Francisca and her management team along with your personal Mr/Ms Friday who will be your host during your stay. Last year our Friday was a guy called Ami, who was excellent. This time it was a young lady called Amp who offered us fantastic levels of service too. She was instinctive and her ability to anticipate was almost telepathic. She made restaurant reservations, suggested experiences, drove us around and always appeared like magic whenever we needed anything. Her brilliant attitude, sense of humour, attention to detail and genuine friendly care really made this a memorable stay. A true credit to Soneva.
Upon arrival, and after a quick lunch we were driven to our villa. And wow what a villa, and what a view. Breathtaking. We were so lucky to have been generously upgraded to a Beach Pool Suite which was the largest accommodation we had ever stayed in. Every amenity had been provided along with canapés, welcome chocolates, cheese and fruit. The outdoor living space was quite special. A huge wrap around infinity pool, with so many places to lounge and really get into the resorts SLOW LIFE philosophy. Each villa also gets its own buggy and it was fun driving around the extensive grounds, getting lost along the way.
Having direct access to the resorts own beach from our villa, was a must on this occasion, as Soneva’s private North beach was unfortunately closed for the 12 days we were there due to ‘rough seas’. This made access difficult which is understandable in the Green season. Perhaps as an alternative, trips to other road-accessible beaches could have been arranged to compensate. However, the beach in front of our villa was lovely and tropical and we had it all to ourselves, spending many hours bobbing around in the calm, warm sea. Considering it was the rainy time of the year, 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.
Food plays a big part in any holiday of ours and everything here was delicious. The amazing breakfast has everything you could ever want and sets you up for the day. The View restaurant provided top notch gourmet western cuisine against the backdrop of stunning sunsets. The Living Room was more casual with an extensive all day menu of both Thai and European food.
Benz restaurant remains the star attraction. Just 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. The standards here are high, with many new ingredients we'd never tried before, creating some great flavour combinations, all cooked by Chef Benz and her team. Sitting on that little jetty, eating her food was so memorable.
There's no chance of getting bored with repetitive eating. Once a week there was a special Asian Street Market evening, with so many options available. Sushi to Thai to Indian to Chinese, anything you could have wished for. One evening there was a Mediterranean buffet which, again was an excellent variation. Whilst there, a new tapas-style menu was introduced at the Bar which provides yet another eating option. There is also the opportunity to arrange BBQ’s and ‘special occasion’ dinners in the wine cellar and on the beach.
A must for us was the Treepod Dining. Your waiter delivers your food via a zip wire! Lunch up in the trees, with a stunning view was a really unforgettable experience.
The chocolate room and ice cream parlour were a definite first. So many different flavours to try and all for free all day, every day. We certainly made the most of both.
Watching a film under the stars at Cinema Paradiso was also special. Popcorn and drinks top off a brilliant evening. The Thai cooking class was very enjoyable too. Recreating authentic recipes with the chef was great fun; eating them afterwards even better. On a clear night, visit the observatory. Seeing Saturn, it’s rings and 4 of its moons so clearly was fantastic.
We also visited the Six Senses Spa. In a lovely and relaxing environment the therapists were great and the massages superb. Another must do in your first few days as it sets you up for a chilled out break. There is also a small well equipped gym with everything you need to keep fit along with various running routes around the resort.
Now there's excellent service, then there's outstanding service and Soneva Kiri delivers the latter in spades. It is seamless. Apart from our brilliant Friday Amp, all the people we met went out of their way to help us. The F&B staff were friendly, polite and on top of their game. Preferences were remembered from restaurant to restaurant which was impressive. I can't name check people as name badges aren't worn but the entire team deserve great credit.
As for housekeeping, we rarely saw them. Aoi looked after our room and she did a fantastic job. We loved the ‘bed displays’ that were created each night. She knew when we were out and we always returned to a spotless and refreshed room. The entire team seemed to be so well drilled and did excellent work.
The eco credentials of Soneva Kiri deserve 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 plastic products not being used which is great to see. This ethos is so important and I hope will continue.
In summary, if you enjoy a laid back, yet luxurious resort, with delicious food, outstanding service and fantastic experiences, Soneva Kiri ticks every box and should be on everyones bucket list. 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 third time next June.
This really is a very special place.