A resort more than five years in the making, Soneva Kiri is open and set to impress even the most discerning guests. Just one hour southeast of Bangkok, accessible by the resortÂ’s private plane, Soneva Kiri is located on Koh Kood, a pristine island off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Guests land at the resortÂ’s own airstrip on an adjoining island, then board the Classically inspired Six Senses Aquasense motorboat for the five-minute crossing to Koh Kood. Once there, they will discover stunning villas, extraordinary guest experiences, a Six Senses Spa, and more. The resort comprises 42 pool villas, including beach and hilltop reserves, beach and hilltop retreats, and the Eco Villa, as well as 20 private residences, situated along the beachfront and on the hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Several villas feature private spa suites, and each features an electric vehicle and charging station. A Six Senses Spa is a highlight within the resort. A team of international and Thai therapists take guests on sensory journeys with Six Senses a la carte and local treatments, all of which work to balance the senses. It would be an understatement to say that the dining choices are diverse. Tree Pod Dining offers the most innovative aloft dining 16 feet off terra firma. The Dining Pod, engineered with a rigid frame swathed in woven rattan, is not unlike a cocoon with an open panorama window. Up to four diners board the pod and are then elevated to the lofty height by a system of safety winches. Food courses and beverage arrive courtesy of a flying waiterÂ—harnessed to a zip line. 66-0-3961 9800, sixsenses.com/soneva-kiri.
By Melissa Gilesspie