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
This was my third time back at Soneva Kiri and I have to say it was my favourite out of the three trips. We stayed in a sprawling cliff top, five bedroom villa with a water slide with views out across the ocean. The staff were all so friendly, warm and helpful, it was nice to see familiar faces again!
The food we had at The View on our last night was amazing, a big thank you to Chef David and his team. I had a delicious bouillabaisse followed by a mackerel main course. I would say the highlight of the dinner was the Bounty dessert of white chocolate, caramelised peanuts and coconut. It puts your standard Bounty bar to shame! We also had the Indian Pop Up tasting menu on the first night, so many incredibly flavourful dishes. I especially loved the sorbet that tasted like a pani purri.
On our last full day we went snorkelling at Koh Raet with our snorkelling guide Jumbo, who is a blast. The underwater animal statues off the island make for a completely different snorkelling experience. The elephant statue was probably my favourite out of the five (cow, dog, horse, elephant and tiger). There were tonnes of fish, anemones and giant clams to see. After that we went to North Beach (a quick 5 minute speedboat ride from the jetty) before dinner, a stunning beach with soft white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
The complimentary ice cream room and chocolate room are a definite must try. So many flavours to choose from! This time they had a pumpkin and pomegranate flavour that is now by far my new favourite.
Our stay at Soneva Kiri was truly outstanding and an experience that we will never forget! The Soneva experience stars at Bangkok airport where we were escorted by lovely staff at the lounge before boarding Soneva private plane to reach their small island airport just next to the resort. At our arrival at Soneva Kiri we met Jom, our Ms Friday, who took care of us for the following 4 days making us feel comfortable and without a worry in the world. Our villa with private access to the bay was absolutely wonderful! Extra comfortable, super spacious and beautiful.
During our stay we took part to many activists, from exploring the natural side of the island to snorkeling and they were all perfectly planned and entertaining.
The food at all the restaurants was delicious and we especially loved trying traditional Thai food at Benz restaurant.
We relaxed at Six Senses Spa with an fantastic massage and enjoyed chill time on the beautiful North beach.
We loved to learn all the sustainability measures that are in place at the resort and embraced fully the SLOW life philosophy. We were truly inspired by Soneva approach to sustainable tourism, and wish there were more companies like this in the hospitality sector.
Thank you for some of the best 4 days of our lives!
After having spent 4 nights at Soneva Kiri, I’ve came home a much more relaxed person. I’ve learned to appreciate and adopt their very own way of living the ‘slow life’.
From our excellent villa, food and drinks, to the considerate and welcoming hosts, my first experience of Soneva Kiri was outstanding.
A special mention has to go to our Ms Friday, Taeko, who went out of her way to help me source additional insulin for my type 1 diabetes, following my own misfortune with my insulin pump malfunctioning. This allowed me to stop worrying about what had unexpectedly happened immediately.
Each day was a pleasure, with something new to experience and enjoy at our leisure. I will certainly never forget the tree pod dining, oriental massage, or snorkelling with hundreds of exotic fish around the underwater elephant statues.
Highly recommend the snorkelling with kun ‘mambo’ Jambo!
I hope to return again one day, but for now I’ll always have my memories.
Until now this is my best resort experience! What they offer is something I’ve never seen during my travels experiences. We went there by their private flight transfer from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. While we checked in at the airport I already felt the friendly and professional service they provide to their guests.
The flight is super comfortable and zero-stress.
Once we arrived they welcomed us in such a warm and positive way, the staff there is very professional and kind.
The villa where we stayed was amazing, very big, with all the comforts you can ask for. The resort is a luxury jungle thai experience, something you cannot see very often in Thailand. They provide us a golf car to drive around the resort, our Ms.Friday (Ms.M and Ms.Yok) made our stay unforgettable.
The resort has multiple restaurants choices and experiences (they have a movie cinema in the middle of the jungle).
As a vegan traveler there is a struggle while traveling around the world but they provide us vegan-options and made everything possible for us to enjoy every single meal. The beach is super clean, the water colour made me speechless.
This is definitely the best travel experience I had so far, I was so sad to go back home and leave such a paradise. Can’t wait to be back!
A completely surreal and unparalleled experience in Koh Kood on Soneva Kiri. What makes Soneva Kiri so different to everything else is the little touches and the people. When we first arrived in Bangkok we were met by our guide who took us to a private lounge whilst we waited for our private plane across to the island.
Once in the air on our 8 seater plane, the experience had really begun. Only an hour later and we had arrived at their airport with the resort in view as you fly in. Then a speed boat across the water to the jetty. Our Friday for our stay was Tae-ko (she was so nice and looked after us the whole time...and always with a smile!).
Another highlight was Jumbo who took us snorkelling. It was the first time I had ever snorkelled and what a place to do it! Crystal clear water and natural beauty as far as the eye could see. For me though, what really made the stay so special was how natural the whole island still is from waterfalls, to temples, to wildlife and everything in between.
The views from each villa is just breath taking. There are so many hidden spots not only on resort but across the whole island. If you want to not be seen during your whole stay, you can do it. If you want to meet people and have conversations, you can do it. If you want to not leave your villa and have food brought to you, you can do it.
From our experience you can make your holiday be whatever you want it to be. Flexibility and luxury go hand in hand. I would love to return in the future and can't wait to try out the other resorts in the collection in the Maldives to see how they can compare. The stay we had really was a once in a lifetime experience (although I hope it isn't)!!!