Koh Kut (also called Koh Kood) Island, the off-the- beaten-track Island destination sits along the East-coast of Thailand. The laid back Island life resemble that of koh Samui some 20 years ago and Koh Kut is now pulling more tourists each passing year. So, be there before the present un-spoilt Island appeal is lost forever.
The Island offers accommodation to suit tourists from all walks in life – from top-end 6-star luxury to the very basic log cabin lodging. There is not much of local native life to explore except a small market by the pier. And so, the island appeal lies in sublime beaches, waterfalls, flora and fauna. Boonsiri Bus-ferry Company offers a complete package service from seamless transfers to and return, Bangkok to the Island. https://boonsiriferry.com/en
Experience a holistic journey that will avow you speechless, only until you indulge in the glorious moments at this bare foot luxury resort in howling wilderness; and you will have a hundred tales to tell. The signature aspect at the retreat behind this experiential travel experience is the no news-no shoes-slow life philosophy.
The journey begins with a one hour fifteen-minute flight on Soneva private plane from Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) to Mai Si, a private Soneva Kiri Airport. Guests are transferred to the welcoming Resort ground on a speed boat.
Service is an integral part of the many things of beauty at the Resort. At Check-In, you will have a personal butler – Mr. or Miss Friday that will tirelessly cater for every need and information on the retreat. Ms. Friday will escort you to your spacious Villa comprising 6-star amenities, attached with a dressing lounge and an open restroom in the backyard abound tropical plants equipped with bath, shower and washroom. The front of the Villa is edged with a splash-pool that merges into the main pool area with a patio to relax under the cool shades of the tropical green. A feeling of space blends with environmental friendly features of the villa abound wilderness.
Many of the independent villas in varied category are directly located on the beach and some uphill for an out of the ordinary memories of quality time in luxury amidst nature’s calmness complemented with peaceful sound of backwoods (do not expect sound proof villas as each of the villas built with quality sustainable material, mostly wood).
Indulge into the flavors of the world at each of the many gourmet venues tastefully created by the Executive Chef and his team. Try authentic Thai at the Benz’s mangrove restaurant; Mediterranean and local style Thai food stalls at the Dining Room, which is also the venue for the daily super Breakfast. Next to it is the So Chilled Menu at So Chilled (best selection of cheese, bread, yoghurt, homemade jam and croissants and pastries).
The View Restaurant is the candle lit fine dining Restaurant abound the jungle overlooking the sea. A more elusive eating place is the North Beach and your host will take you on a speed boat to land on the sublime beach for a BBQ lunch. And there is a so sweet the Chocolate Room and Ice-Cream parlor.
The one of its kind – the Tree-Top Dining in a pod is incredibly unique.
The waiter comes swinging from tree to tree in a “Tarzan” manner and serves you a delectable variety of food before lunch or during the High-Tea hours.
A journey into Eco Centro Tour along the wilderness trail within the Resort area introduces the awareness of the Resort’s responsible tourism on energy, water and waste management. An enriching experience to the knowledge of the variety of Eco system, more bio-diverse than found in the entire UK; ever green trees, flora and fauna, and trees, native on the Island. The intention of the Founders is based on: “. . . create a destination that celebrated the natural environment to the point that we didn’t even cut the branches of trees without careful consideration. We were unhindered by the enormity of what we were taking on and we had to take many leaps of faith to achieve our vision of a sustainable resort in a pristine location”.
Other services at the Soneva Kiri, including outdoor “Cinema Paradiso”, cooking class, cave lunch, water sports and discovery Koh Kood. www.soneva.com/soneva-kiri/
The Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri
A complete wellness package from screening and analyses of key psychological biomarkers of health to therapy massages including lymphatic treatment and group meditation and yoga sessions. Newly introduced, “Aerial Yoga brings together stretching, breathing and meditation with gymnastics and aerial arts, all performed with a hammock made of a soft and supple parachute-silk fabric, suspended from the ceiling. Benefits include muscle strengthening and lengthening, low impact cardiovascular conditioning, increased mobility, deeper body awareness and self-esteem. In addition, it adds an entirely new dimension to each individual’s yoga practice and stimulates the release of happy hormones”.
A high-end guest house B&B type abode with neat, stylish rooms each with a roomy bathroom. The garden area has a large pool. Homemade breakfast is basic but will keep you going until lunch time. Along the road there are nearby restaurant serving Thai and continental food.
Kohkood Paradise Beach Resort
The beach resort with a large pool facing the sea has its main characteristic reflect in friendly, attentive services that enhances the experience into an unforgettable travel memories.
The kitchen dishes out delicious cuisines, mainly a dedicated Thai menu is a treat to gourmands at the restaurant overlooking the sea.
Only a few villas directly on the beach abound swaying coconut palm trees could require early booking. There are more villas and rooms in a building behind the villa accommodation. http://www.kohkoodparadisebeach.com/
Log cabins abound tropical jungle with swaying palm trees live up to the name of the resort, with a spacious restaurant by the large pool area. Each log cabin is fitted with a comfy bed, a mosquito net and an attached bath. The accommodation is basic without a TV and usual amenities in the room. http://junglekohkoodresort.com/en/
Words & Pictures by: Saifuddin Ismailji