The Soneva Kiri was for us the best family holiday we have ever been on. From the moment we arrived (yes by Helicopter but not a problem whatsoever for us) we knew we where in for a special time. I had read most of the reviews on trip advisor before we arrived and had seen many a photo on travel websites and on trip advisor itself but nothing prepares you for what you see and experience whilst there.
We stayed in Villa 53 a two bedroomed cliff villa which was perfect for us and our children aged 8 and 12. The second bedroom was quite far away so I wouldn't recommend this villa for families with very young children. The space and view are things that you cannot appreciate from photos. As our luggage did not arrive at the villa until 20 minutes after us there was only one thing to do, strip off and get in that pool, magical absolutely magical. Don't bother packing shoes as everyone is barefoot 24/7.
Villa 53, very comfortable, gym with second ensuite bedroom above, dressing room, bathroom, outdoor showers and bath. You are undercover, although outside when you leave the bedroom to go to the bathroom/dressing room, I liked this.
It was a refreshing chance to be surrounded by wood, which even the door handles are made out of. Not a bit of marble or good plate in sight and I am not sure I will go back to hotels with either.
Ate at Benz, the View the main restaurant near swimming pool (forgotten name) and beach BBQ -all superb with service that was very attentive but not overpowering in any way. we especially enjoyed the breakfasts, all cooked to order, fruit prepared to order, juice squeezed to order! Stefan the head waiter here is friendly, professional and an asset to Soneva Kiri. The chocolate room ( a huge glass fridge) was visited each day as was the ice cream selection. Our favourite where the Sorbets, no the crunchy icy things you get in the UK but more like frozen pureed fruit and the mango one was my favourite. The children visited more than once a day!
Before our trip I learnt that the wine was over budget for us but how pleased I was when we got there as the cocktails are amazing and great value too. We found the food good value, yes a little pricy but this is an exclusive resort on an under developed island.
The Kids Club:
Amazing, truly amazing. We are not fans of hotels children's clubs and although we met one member of staff on our arrival and on the first night at the beach BBQ where she held activities with the children, we enjoyed the beach and our pool together for the first few days which I am pleased we did as once our children went to The Den we couldn't get them out!! They couldn't wait to get there in the morning and wouldn't leave until it closed! The staff Kat, Laura, Jenny and Bay are all extremely dedicated to their job, professional and above all great fun. Activities in The Den, swimming in the main pool, paddle boarding on the beach-all none stop fun. This allowed us to use the Spa and go on an two hour trip to the local fishing village and ferry pier. The Den's design is worthing of awards and the toilet, its a door in a tree-magical!
Our children miss The Den and its staff and I am not sure they will allow us to go anywhere else on holiday.
Private, clean, with comfy beds, great beach bar-an old VW camper van and sea water that varies from warm to having pockets of hot, yes bath hot water dotted around. Paddle boards, canoes and a beautiful view.
Is huge so the golf buggy was a necessity rather than a luxury. The charging fairies came out at night and we loved the journey from our villa to the beach, it took about 7 minutes. One day on our journey to the beach we passed 0 residents and 17 staff! The resort is so spread out that every villa is extremely private, the upkeep of public areas is very good and clean and tidy. The area near to the chocolate room was being power washed during our stay but the men didn't get in the way and where improving the look of the wood very much.
My husband and myself had a massage in the Spa which is a mini village in itself. Very professional staff who gave an excellent massage.
Went one night, loved it. If you need the toilet whilst the film is on you don't need to worry about missing any as although the toilet is completely private there is an open window so you can still see the film!
A large 5 bedroomed villa had an open day during our stay and we took full advantage of the larger pool and water slide, the children had great fun and we talked to Hannah, head of sales and members of staff from the spa and learnt a great deal about the resort, its philosophies and how dedicated all members of staff are. Kai, who was the GM during our stay could always answer questions asked and we saw him to speak to most days. Our Friday was efficient, especially during check out, which is in the cools of the peaceful library.
In conclusion, get it booked, our best family holiday ever and we do hope to return one day.
- 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 Six Senses Hotel Koh Kood
- Soneva Kiri By 6 Senses