Twenty years ago, Sonu and Eva Shivdasani pioneered the concept of barefoot luxury on their private island resort, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. It was a fabulous idea: exemplary service in beautiful surroundings, with a focus on sustainable yet ultra-luxurious accommodation. Two decades on, the resort still operates on this Robinson Crusoe ethos. Returning guests expect— and find— luxurious simplicity and intuitive service, facilitated by Mr and Ms Friday butlers.
Unforgettable, authentic Thai experiences
Soneva Kiri is Soneva’s Thai-based award-winning property and is located on Koh Kood – just one hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok. It offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, sustainability, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food. The resort’s 36 vast pool villas (ranging in size from one to six bedrooms), all overlook the Gulf of Thailand.
Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso (which screens modern and classic movies), an Observatory, some of the best beaches in Thailand, and spectacular dining options. The complimentary chocolate and ice-cream parlours are also popular favourites!
A giant moulded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray and hanging high in the treetops, Soneva Kiri’s children’s Den is dedicated to learning, to excitement, and to meaningful experiences. Professional childminders teach the younger Soneva guests how to play Thai instruments, and unleash their creative talents with painting, music, and the visual arts. A special programme is also offered specifically for children aged from one to five years old at Soneva’s ‘Eco Den’.
Other family activities at Soneva Kiri include:
- Father and son Koh Kood Fishing Trip with mother and daughter spa
- Cinema Paradiso private viewing with dinner
- Gourmet tasting experience – with chocolates, ice-creams paired with wine/mocktails
- Family cooking class
- Private Sunset Cruise
- Family guided snorkelling excursion around Koh Kood
If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.