Our Wild Retreat at Soneva Kiri: A Memoir of Koh Kood’s Coastal Haven

Returning to our untamed jungle home by the white sand beach feels like a reunion with an old friend, a friend we have not seen in 4 years, not since we celebrated our honeymoon here together. Despite the lengthy absence, Soneva Kiri remains firmly entrenched among our top three favorite resorts in Thailand. In fact, Soneva holds a special place in our hearts, as we have had the pleasure of experiencing every property they have ever opened. For us, Soneva epitomizes the essence of a simple yet luxurious life, where barefoot elegance meets secluded tropical paradise. Follow us in our journey to the Soneva Kiri luxury resort experiences.

One of the many highlights of Soneva Kiri is the seamless journey to reach it. With just an 80-minute direct flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on the resort’s private jet, time seems to suspend as we soar over the breathtaking islands of the Gulf of Thailand. From the bird’s-eye view offered by our private jet, we witness the beauty of remote islands like Koh Kood, Koh Chang, and Koh Mak, which are typically inaccessible by commercial flights. As we glide over the turquoise waters and finally arrive at our destination, we’re greeted by our Miss Friday, the affectionate term for butlers here, welcoming us back with warm smiles. And so, our holiday adventure begins anew. Perched in what can only be described as the prime spot on Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri is nestled in a tranquil corner of the island, surrounded by towering palm trees, lush gardens, and pristine white sands lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. Here, the mantra of “no news, no shoes” reigns supreme, inviting guests to reconnect with nature by sinking their toes into the soft sand or rich earth. With just 35 exclusive villas spread across 1,833 square meters, privacy is paramount, yet every villa comes equipped with its own electric buggy for effortless exploration. Ours even boasts a personalized touch, with our names adorning the wooden license plate—a thoughtful gesture that sets the tone for our stay.

As we stroll barefoot along the water’s edge, memories of past visits flood back, accompanied by the tantalizing aromas and flavors that define the Soneva experience. From homemade jams and pastries at breakfast to afternoon tapas and Sangria by the pool, each culinary delight is served with a generous dose of hospitality. Moreover, let us not forget the unlimited supply of chocolate and ice cream—a sweet indulgence that never fails to delight. As the sun begins its descent, we are treated to unforgettable dining experiences, whether it is a sunset feast overlooking the ocean or a traditional Thai dinner served on water. With no set menu, the chef relies on the freshest catches of the day, ensuring each meal is a culinary masterpiece. And as night falls, we find ourselves under a blanket of stars, either gazing through telescopes at the observatory tower or enjoying a movie under the open sky at Cinema Paradiso—a romantic finale to each day’s adventures. Retreating to our villa, we discover a sanctuary unlike any other, where ocean-view infinity pools meet Soneva‘ s signature water slides for a touch of playful luxury. And for the ultimate food experience, we embark on the unforgettable Tree Pod picnic journey, where cushioned bamboo pods are hoisted high into the canopy, offering panoramic views of the coastline below. It is a surreal sensation, dining among the treetops, with the gentle rustle of leaves and the distant sound of waves providing the perfect soundtrack to our meal.

For those seeking unforgettable experiences at Soneva Kiri, the options are as diverse as they are enticing. Whether it is a special occasion, a celebration, or simply a desire to indulge, every experience can be tailored to suit your preferences. Picture yourself aboard a traditional wooden boat, sipping Champagne as the sun dips below the horizon during the Ao Salat Seafood BBQ. Here, you will be welcomed into the heart of the local fishing village to experience their way of life while relishing a seafood feast prepared by our chef with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Or perhaps you prefer a culinary adventure on the high seas with our Dining Cruises. Set sail from the Soneva Kiri jetty and start your day with a sunrise breakfast, followed by a leisurely lunch basking in the sunshine. As the day transitions into night, toast to the setting sun with gourmet canapés and Champagne, or embark on an Astronomy Dinner Cruise under the stars, guided by your own onboard astronomer.

As we reluctantly bid adieu to the enchanting shores of Soneva Kiri, our hearts brim with a bittersweet blend of fond memories and eager anticipation, for our gaze is already fixed upon the horizon where Soneva Jani beckons with the allure of fresh experiences and uncharted wonders waiting to be unearthed. With each step away from this paradise, we carry with us the cherished moments and vibrant echoes of laughter, knowing that the journey’s end here marks but the beginning of another thrilling chapter in our ever-evolving odyssey. So, with love and gratitude interwoven into every step, we tenderly bid farewell, our spirits alight with the excitement of the adventures yet to unfold, eagerly embracing the next leg of our extraordinary voyage.

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