Review: Lufthansa A330 Business Class Frankfurt to Maldives

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last March, I enjoyed a sublime holiday in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. I will publish my trip reports over the coming weeks:

  • Review: Lufthansa A330 Business Class Frankfurt to Male (today)
  • Review: Soneva Fushi, the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway
  • Review: Soneva Jani, the Maldives’ most amazing resort
  • Review: Shangri-La Colombo Hotel (Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Amanwella (Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Amangalla (Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Wild Coast Tented Lodge (Yala National Park, Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Austrian Airlines B777 Business Class Colombo to Vienna

Today (May 9, 2018): Trip report: Lufthansa Airbus A330 Business Class from Frankfurt to Male.

On March 14th 2018, I flew Business Class in a Lufthansa Airbus A330 from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany to Velana International Airport (MLE), also known as Malé International Airport, the main gateway to the Maldives. The onboard service was great – I am a big fan of Lufthansa – but unfortunately, their hard product is light-years behind the competition. Lufthansa’s cabin configuration (2-2-2), the Business Class seat itself (and especially its total lack of privacy) as well as the mediocre sleeping amenities are disappointing and not in line with what you would expect from an airline that was recently awarded a 5 star rating by Skytrax. The good news is that Lufthansa will introduce a new seat and cabin layout by 2021.

Have you ever flown Lufthansa’s Business Class? What was your experience? Leave a comment below.

  • Trip: Frankfurt (FRA) to Male (MLE)
  • Airline: Lufthansa
  • Aircraft type: Airbus A330-300
  • Aircraft registration number: D-AIKS
  • Flight Number: LH704
  • Date: March 14, 2018
  • On time departure: yes (7.30 pm)
  • On time arrival: yes (8.30 am; + 1 day)
  • Miles: 4898
  • Flight time: 9 hours
  • Seat: 11K
  • Class: Business

In this review (more information & photos below my Youtube clip & slideshow):

  1. Cost of my ticket
  2. Lufthansa Business Lounge C14/15 at Frankfurt
  3. Facts & figures about Lufthansa’s A330 fleet
  4. Business Class cabin
  5. Business Class seat (+ best & worst seats)
  6. Amenities
  7. Meals
  8. Entertainment
  9. Onboard internet
  10. Other inflight experiences (views, crew, lavatory)
  11. My verdict (score)

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1. COST OF MY TICKET

The cost of my one-way ticket from Frankfurt to Male was 250 euros + 52,500 Miles& More miles. Miles and More is the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa.


2. LUFTHANSA BUSINESS LOUNGE C14/C15 AT FRANKFURT

Lufthansa operates 15 separate lounges at its hub in Frankfurt, including the famous First Class Terminal, which I reviewed here. My flight to the Maldives departed from one of the C gates in Terminal One, which is the section of Frankfurt Airport with the most underwhelming lounges. Lufthansa operates two similar gate lounges here, one near gate C16 and one that serves gates C14 and  C15. This review covers the lounge near gates C14 & C15 (the lounge near gate C16 is similar in layout and design).

The lounge at gates C14&C15 is a long, rectangular space, located one floor above the main concourse, with on one side floor-to-ceiling windows offering a nice view of the apron and runway. Arm chairs, arranged in groups of four, are set up along the windows, with several small tables in between, some of them featuring power plugs to charge your devices. A buffet takes center stage in the lounge, and the food and beverage offering is quite decent, with a large choice of drinks and a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, and a few hot dishes (e.g. soup, Thai dishes, Indian curries). Some high tables with bar stools are set up around the buffet area, including some dinner tables where you can either dine of work.

Unfortunately, IMHO, the Business Class lounge at gates C14&C15 is not very pretty (the other Lufthansa lounges at Frankfurt are much better).  It’s not the view nor the (abundance of) space itself that disappoints, but rather the overall ambience and design. The lack of any decoration in addition to the white, tiled floor contribute to a cold and corporate atmosphere. Both ends of the lounge also feature several rows of ugly seats reminiscent of those you find near a regular gate; I am not sure who brought these seats in, but they definitely don’t belong in a Business Class lounge. On a positive note, there are plenty of seats for all guests (in fact, this lounge is too large for the number of passengers that make use of it, since it only serves two planes at a time) and the lounge offers direct boarding access to the plane.

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3. FACTS & FIGURES ABOUT LUFTHANSA’S A330 FLEET

Lufthansa has 19 Airbus A330-300 in its fleet (average age 10 years). This aircraft type has been in service with Lufthansa since 2004. This two-engine, long-range jet can carry 221 passengers and has a range of 10,000 kilometers (6214 miles) fully loaded. It is more or less identical with the A340-300, the main difference being that the A340-300 has two additional engines. These Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines were developed specially for the A330 and are quiet but extremely efficient.

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4. BUSINESS CLASS CABIN

Lufthansa’s A330 aircraft come in several layouts, the main difference being that some planes features a First Class while others don’t.

For its seasonal, two weekly flights to the Maldives, Lufthansa operates an A330 with 42 Business Class flat-bed seats with 180 degrees recline, 28 Premium Economy recliner seats, and 185 standard Economy Class seats (but no First Class cabin). The 42 Business Class seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 layout and spread over two cabins with a galley in between. The larger Business Class features 5 rows of 30 seats in total, while the smaller, aft Business Class cabin – located right in front of the Premium Economy Class cabin – features only 12 seats and has a more intimate feel. Both cabins have a clean and unremarkable yet very German-esque design, with white cabin walls and grey seats creating a neutral color palette. The only subtile colors you’ll see are the wooden panels between adjoining seats and the colorful pillows that are placed on the seats upon boarding.

The windows seats are staggered by a few inched (cm), while remarkably, the center seats are angled slightly towards one another. The latter is great for couples but not for solo travelers, since the feet compartment is located right next to the one of your neighbor, and it is possible that your legs and feet occasionally touch the ones of your neighbor while resting or sleeping. Overall, all seats lack privacy, and there’s not even a divider or privacy screen between adjoining seats, which is utterly strange for a relatively new Business Class product.

Click here for the seat map of Lufthansa’s Airbus A330.

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LUFTHANSA A330 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN (BOARDING)
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LUFTHANSA A330 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN (AFTER TAKEOFF)
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LUFTHANSA A330 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN (BEFORE LANDING)

5. BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (+ BEST & WORST SEATS)

I had chosen seat 11K for the 9 hour flight to the Maldives.

The seat is quite comfortable in the upright position, with a pitch of 162 cm (64 inch) and a width of 52 cm (20,5 inch). A reading light is located next to the head rest. One arm rest holds the seat controls, a handset for the inflight entertainment, and a fold out tray table, while the other arm rests holds a small storage box where you find the noise canceling headphones. Each seat comes with its own, large entertainment screen, whose position can be slightly adjusted to your needs. Two storage drawers are located below the TV screen, and here’s where you also find the ottoman that becomes part of the seat when fully reclined. As mentioned above, center seats share their ottomans, with a small divider in between (although not sufficient to prevent accidental feet cuddling with your neighbor).

At the push of a button, the seat reclines into a full lie flat-bed with a generous length of 78 inch (198 cm). The seat is quite firm though and unfortunately, Lufthansa does not provide a duvet to enhance the sleeping comfort.

What are the best Business Class seats on Lufthansa’s Airbus A330? Click here for a seat map.

  • All seats in both cabin, except for the first and last row, are quiet good, especially for couples. Make sure to prebook your seat online (which can be done free of charge) to avoid disappointment at the airport, since Lufthansa flights are often fully packed.

What are the worst Business Class seats on Lufthansa’s Airbus A330? Click here for a seat map.

  • The 2-2-2 Business Class layout does not make the cabin very attractive for solo travelers, since you will always end up sitting next to a stranger. And unfortunately, there is no screen between adjoining seats for added privacy.
  • Window seats don’t offer direct aisle access.
  • Passengers seated in the first row of both cabins may be bothered by the noise of the galley and passengers going to or returning from the lavatories.
  • I also suggest to avoid the last row of Business Class, which is just in front of the Premium Economy bassinet seats.
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6. AMENITIES

Lufthansa’s Business Class passengers receive the following amenities:

  • An amenity kit which comes in the form of a foldable mini maxer shopper that is part of the sustainable Reisenthel connection. The kit features the essential travel items: eye mask, ear plugs, toothpaste, toothbrush, socks and a single breath mint. The kit also contains Korres toiletries: almond blossom moisturizing cream and shea butter lip balm.
  • A comfortable, multi-colored pillow.
  • A comfortable, marine blue blanket.
  • Noise cancelling headphones (you cannot keep these as the crew collects them before landing).
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7. MEALS

On this overnight flight to the Maldives, dinner was served right after takeoff, and breakfast about 90 minutes prior to landing.

I chose the following selection from the dinner menu:

  • Starter: sliced veal roast beef with coleslaw, spiced tomato and wild garlic
  • Salad: seasonal leaf lettuce with cucumber, tomato, and pumpkin seed oil vinaigrette
  • Main course: fried halibut in curried stock, lentils and pumpkin, basmati rice
  • Dessert: peach mousse with verveine and hazelnut sponge + seasonal fruits

The following items were served for breakfast:

  • Elderberry yogurt with crunchy muesli and pistachios
  • Boiled ham and gouda cheese
  • Scrambled egg with cheddar cheese
  • Carthusian dumplings, sweet buns coated with cinnamon and sugar, vanilla sauce and caramelized almonds
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8. ENTERTAINMENT

The inflight entertainment is controlled by a handheld remote, but scrolling with the handset through the selection of movies and TV shows is a bit slow. The program itself offers a large choice with more than 100 films in up to eight different languages. Hollywood blockbusters, new German and European productions and films from Japan, China, India and many other countries cater for all tastes. There are also 200 TV programs available as well as a big choice of entertainment content for families and children. In addition, you can follow the latest news via the live TV channels CNN and Euronews, as well as sports highlights via Sports 24. The audio section features a large selection of CDs, audio books, playlists and podcasts from around the world. Bose noise-cancelling headphones are provided to guarantee the best sound quality.

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9. ONBOARD INTERNET

In 2004, Lufthansa was the first airline to offer inflight internet to its passengers on international flights. What is pretty much the norm these days, was a ground breaking change at the time. Lufthansa offers onboard internet via Deutsche Telekom. On this flight, there were 3 individual tariffs for using the internet service:

  • One hour of internet: 9 EUR / 10 USD / 65 CNY or 3,000 miles
  • Four hours of internet: 14 EUR / 15.50 USD / 100 CNY or 4,500 miles
  • Internet during the entire flight: 17 EUR / 19 USD / 125 CNY or 5,500 miles

Since this was a red-eye flight, I did not use the internet, so I cannot comment on the quality of the WiFi signal.


10. OTHER INFLIGHT EXPERIENCES

# CREW: The Lufthansa flight attendants on this particular flight were professional, efficient and discrete. They seemed to love doing their job (or perhaps they were just excited about their layover in the Maldives).

# LAVATORY: The Lufthansa A330-300 features two lavatories for Business Class passengers, located in the galley between the two Business Class cabins.

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# VIEWS: upon landing at MLE, we enjoyed some great aerial views of the Maldevian archipelago, as you can watch for yourself in my clip.


11. MY VERDICT
  • Business Class lounge (Frankfurt): 3/10
  • Cabin design: 7/10
  • Seat comfort (upright): 7/10
  • Seat comfort (bed position): 8/10
  • Seat privacy: 3/10
  • Food (quality):  7/10
  • Food (quantity): 8/10
  • Inflight entertainment : 8/10
  • WiFi: 7/10
  • Service: 8/10
  • Overall experience: good: 7/10

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Top 10 most instagrammable hotels in the world

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (May 7, 2018): Top 10 most instagrammable luxury hotels in the world.

Admit it, when on a vacation, most of us have an eagle eye out for anything that would make a breathtakingly gorgeous Instagram shot. Instagramming while traveling has become as important as sleeping, eating and relaxing when it comes to hotels. I have an Instagram account myself and you can follow my travels here. But while my personal Instagram account has only a small audience, Instagram itself is big in the world of travel. According to research by Hotels.com, one in six travelers admit picking their next destination and hotel based on social media. Of course, some hotels are a lot more popular on Instagram than others, and some have the Instagram X-factor while other don’t. So here’s my round-up of the most Instagrammable hotels in the world, properties that will wow your friends and social media audience, whether it be because of crazy views, outrageous pools, or stunning design.

There’s more info below the slide show. Think I missed one? Share your favorite instagrammable hotel in the comments section, or take my poll below!


10. KEEMALA, PHUKET, THAILAND

Curving shapes and a highly unusual architecture are the inventive dwellings of Keemala, an all pool villa wonderland which has become an Instagram star since its opening in 2015. Shaded by an enchanted canopy of rainforest and connected together by a network of jungle walkways, the resort’s 38 villas are complete with a private pool and are designed for guests wishing to experience a rustic, yet lavish, escape. For fun seekers the resort is close enough the Kamala Beach and the liveliness of Patong Beach and all the dynamic action that Phuket has to offer, yet far enough removed to step back and take time to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the rainforest and a plethora of holistic activities and cuisine to aid wellbeing.

  • Hotel website: Keemala
  • Other accolades: Keemala also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Phuket.

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9. GIRAFFE MANOR, NAIROBI, KENIA

The exclusive boutique hotel Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Its timeless elegance recalls the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the epic movie Out of Africa. However, the most instagrammable thing about the hotel is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. 

  • Hotel website: Giraffe Manor
  • Other accolades: Giraffe Manor also features in my top 10 list of the quirkiest and most unusual hotels in the world.

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8. MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL, SINGAPORE

This modern marvel of a hotel has gained worldwide recognition for its infinity rooftop pool. Visitors flock here just to snap a picture of the skyline at the edge of the pool 57 stories high. Designed by visionary architect Moshe Safdie, the rooftop floats atop the three soaring hotel towers at a height of 200 metres (650 feet). This gravity-defying platform is one of the largest in the world: the 1.2-hectare SkyPark stretches longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down and is large enough to park four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets. It houses a ticketed observation deck, lush gardens, top-notch restaurants and an exclusive, infinity-edge swimming pool with a legendary view. The hotel itself comprises 2,560 luxury rooms and suites, and 18 different room types.

  • Hotel website: Marina Bay Sands Hotel
  • Other accolades: Marina Bay Sands Hotel hotel also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most beautiful hotel pools, the world’s most spectacular hotel rooftops, the world’s best urban resorts, and swimming pools with the world’s most astonishing vistas.

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7. HOTEL PLAZA ATHENEE, PARIS, FRANCE

Since 1913, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, part of The Dorchester Collection, has been welcoming guests delighted to stay on avenue Montaigne, the heart of haute couture. Today the hotel is still perfectly positioned for those wanting to explore the city’s designer fashion boutiques. Guests here stay in luxurious comfort overlooking either the Eiffel Tower or the charming courtyard with its signature red awnings, perfect for al fresco summer dining and in winter features its own ice rink. The rooms’ oh-so-romantic views of the Eiffel Tower have become one of the most Instagrammed hotel shots. Alain Ducasse, world-renowned multiple Michelin-starred chef, oversees all the hotel kitchens. To indulge in total serenity, Europe’s only Dior Institute is another hotel highlight, offering exclusive spa treatments in a stylish setting including a specialist manicure and pedicure area.

  • Hotel website: Hotel  Plaza Athenée
  • Other accolades: Hotel Plaza Athenée features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Paris.

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6. BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI, UAE

The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a glittering architectural marvel in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, is more than just a stunning hotel, it is an emblem of modern Dubai, a world-famous icon, and a symbol of extreme wealth, hence making it a very popular instagram subject among its high-end and lucky clientele. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers oversized suite-only accommodation, with each suite composed of two floors that are connected by a marble staircase. Here, you can soothe your soul in a spa-like bathroom with Jacuzzi, mosaic floor, and full-size Hermes products.

  • Hotel website: Burj Al Arab
  • Other accolades: Burj Al Arab also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most amazing hotel lobbies, the world’s most outrageous, over-the-top hotel experiences, the world’s most expensive hotels, the world’s best hotel redemptions, and hotels with private helipads.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP perks when booking Burj Al Arab via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a 50 min massage for two).

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5. THE SILO, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

The Silo Hotel is a magical hotel, featuring 28 lofty rooms and towering above South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which rivals the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. One of the hotel’s most remarkable features are the pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors, which bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbor. These windows, offering spectacular views of Table Mountain, have featured as a background in countless spectacular Instagram photos, even if the hotel is only one year open.

  • Hotel website: The Silo Cape Town
  • Other accolades: The Silo features in my lists of the best new luxury hotels of 2017 and the best luxury hotels in Cape Town.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP perks when booking The Silo Hotel via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a 50 min massage for two).

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4. JADE MOUNTAIN, ST LUCIA

Speaking of the perfect Instagram hotel photo to impress your friends, you don’t even have to leave your room to take one at Jade Mountain. Individual bridges leading to exceptional suites and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky make Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s 29 suites (called ‘sanctuaries’) are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of  St Lucia’s twin peaks, the Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea. All sanctuaries (with the exception of the 5 Sky suites) come with private in-room infinity pools that stretch out to maximize the stunning views while you’re swimming.

  • Hotel website: Jade Mountain
  • Other accolades: Jade Mountain also features in my top 10 lists of hotel rooms with the best views, the world’s best luxury hotels, the world’s best honeymoon resorts, the world’s best resorts with private plunge pools, and the most luxurious resorts in the Caribbean.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, $100 USD spa credit, early check in, and late check out).
  • Review: read my review of Jade Mountain here.

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3. AMANGIRI, USA

Overlooking starkly beautiful desert scenery and the Southwest’s iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations, Amangiri (meaning ‘peaceful mountain’) is located in the USA’s Grand Circle region. Five national parks, numerous national monuments and the Navajo Nation Reservation, the largest Native American reservation in the United States, surround the resort. Draped around a central swimming pool with spectacular view, the resort’s minimalist decor and surrounding raw landscape of immense power have enormous Instagram potential to wow your friends and inspire your followers. Amangiri’s 34 suites are situated in two elegant wings, which sweep from each side of the resort’s main pavilion. All suites offer private terraces, fireplaces, king-size beds and private courtyard entrances, with some suites having their own pool.

  • Hotel website: Amangiri
  • Other accolades: Amangiri also features in my top 10 lists of the best resort & hotels in the USA, world’s best wilderness resorts, the world’s best hotel room views, the world’s most beautiful hotel pools, the world’s best luxury hotels, the best luxury hotels in the USA, the world’s most luxurious desert retreats, and my favorite Aman resorts in the world.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a 30 minute massage for two).

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2. CANAVES OIA SUITES, SANTORINI, GREECE

On the northwest tip of the Greek island of Santorini, one discovers the welcoming Canaves Oia Suites hotel in the picturesque village of Oia Santorini. This breathtaking hotel is carved into the cliffside and offers its guests a majestic view of the caldera and the Aegean Sea, creating the ideal setting for a perfect Instagram shot. Canaves Oia Hotel is considered one of the finest Santorini luxury hotels and provides tastefully designed facilities and services to ensure a comfortable, fairytale like stay. Freshly renovated luxury suites offer the ultimate in modern facilities, with spacious living areas and private plunge pools. Blending spectacular vistas with over the top accommodation and impeccable service, those luxury suites in Oia, Santorini will charm even the most eclectic guests.

  • Hotel website: Canaves Oia Suites
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP perks when booking Canaves Oia Suites via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).

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1. SONEVA JANI, MALDIVES

World-famous Soneva Jani is the holy grail of luxury travel for many Instagram fashionables because it offers unrivaled photo opportunities. Located on an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll, the Maldives’ most exclusive and game-changing hotel is fringed by pristine beaches, blanketed with lush tropical greenery, and surrounded by a 5.6 km (3,4 mi) lagoon of crystal clear waters with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. Each one of the 24 water villas has a private lap pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with most villas also featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. The highlight of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed, stargaze, and take an Instagram selfie.

Contact me to receive a complimentary room upgrade at Soneva Jani at the time of booking.

  • Hotel website: Soneva Jani
  • Other accolades: Soneva Jani also features in my lists of the best luxury hotels in the Maldives, the most fabulous overwater villas in the Maldives, the best new luxury hotels of 2016, the most astonishing beach retreats in Asia, and my favorite hotels in the world.
  • Review: read my review of Sonev Jani here.

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Travel tip: book Soneva Fushi or Kiri with a 50% discount (AMAZING offer)

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news.

Today (April 20, 2018): Travel tip: Enjoy Soneva Fushi or Soneva Kiri with a 50% discount when you book the ‘Stay for Good’ offer.

IMHO, Soneva is one of the most exclusive hotel hotel brands in the world (with Aman being my other favorite). If you have a chance, try to stay at least once in your lifetime in one of the group’s fabulous resorts in Thailand or Maldives, since it will provide an exceptional memory for a lifetime.

Soneva was launched in 1995 by Sonu Shivdasani, an Indian-British hotelier, with the opening of the now world-famous Soneva Fushi resort on the deserted Maldivian island of Kunfunadhoo. He also built his house there, together with his wife Eva Malmstrom, a Swedish fashion model, who developed the design and furnishing of the unique resort. Soneva Fushi was the first ‘castaway’ resort in the Maldives, pioneering a trend for back-to-nature luxury holidays. Sonu and Eva had no idea that their intensely personal vision of a locally crafted villa and environmentally responsible lifestyle would form the basis of a successful collection of world-class hotels, resorts and spas. But that’s exactly what happened and new resorts were added to Soneva’s portfolio in the Maldives and Thailand. The success of the Soneva brand also paved the way for Sonu and Eva’s other hotel group, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, across South East Asia and Europe. In 2006, Soneva Fushi made a revenue of approximately US$ 20 million and by 2011, Six Senses was a $150–175 million international luxury spa and resort chain with 26 resorts and 41 spas. Under Eva’s and Sonu’s direction the Six Senses brand gained global fame before being sold in 2012.

Soneva currently operates 4 resorts:

  • Soneva Jani, the Maldives’ most exclusive resort
  • Soneva Fushi, the Maldives’ original hideaway
  • Soneva in Aqua, the Maldives’ first floating villa
  • Soneva Kiri, the most exclusive resort in Thailand
POOL VILLA AT SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES

Now, for a limited time only, you have an exceptional chance to book a stay at Soneva Fushi (Maldives) or Soneva Kiri (Thailand) for half the price:

  • Pay 3 nights + get 3 nights free at Soneva Kiri (Thailand)
  • Pay 5 nights + get 5 nights free at Soneva Fushi (Maldives)

Scoring one of these exceptionally discounted rates does require some eco-commitment although that’s all part of the fun. 

The Soneva group invites everyone to stay for half the price at Soneva Fushi or Soneva Kiri on condition that you actively support the group’s efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in the Maldives and Thailand. It’s your chance to be part of something meaningful as you work alongside Soneva’s marine biologists, tropical ecologist, horticulturists and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives. Your eco-spirit will be rewarded by additional bonus nights. A tailored eco-program will be prepared for you for a few hours per day.

At Soneva Kiri (Thailand), the eco-program incorporates the following elements:

  • Ecology: Assist the resident tropical ecologist to identify and log rare species of flora and fauna thriving in the tropical rainforest surrounding Soneva Kiri. Later, learn about cultivating tropical fruits and the secrets of tropical beekeeping and honey production. This is a real opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the complexity of the rich ecosystem of this beautiful island.
  • Waste to Wealth: Support the resort as it turns waste into wealth at Soneva Kiri. Guests will work in the Eco Centro facility, and support the staff as they produce biodiesel, charcoal, and water filtration initiatives. Learn how to compost food and garden waste, and how to make wastewater suitable for irrigation. Later, guests can shadow the landscaping manager and gardeners to assist with ploughing, weeding, sowing, picking, and delivering the fresh vegetables to the resort’s restaurants, ready for consumption.
  • Community: Work on sustainable initiatives to support the local community on Koh Kood, which may include island and beach clean ups, reef and mangrove clean-ups, education initiatives and other community-oriented projects.

At Soneva Fushi (Maldives), the eco-program incorporates the following elements:

  • Land: Assist horticulturists, mycologists, and gardeners in maintaining the vegetable gardens and learn how to grow your own vegetables. Deliver the vegetables to the resort’s restaurants and learn how to create a seed bank to ensure future sustainability of important crops. Help the staff to make sustainable bricks in the Eco Centro Waste to Wealth facility.
  • Water: Snorkel with a marine biologists to help with turtle identification and coral rehabilitation. Spend time each morning clearing debris from the island that may have washed up, and help the resort staff to register the fish caught by the local fisherman. Participate in reef clean ups in the Baa Atoll to reduce marine debris and prevent injuries to marine life.
  • Community: Work alongside the resort’s community engagement manager on established projects with nearby communities, which may include local swimming classes, composting projects, beach clean ups, and other education initiatives.

To book this exceptional offer, you can contact me (after which I will introduce you to my Soneva contact).

The following terms and conditions apply:

  • Stay three nights at Soneva Kiri in any villa category and the next three nights will be complimentary in the same villa category if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full program.
  • Stay five nights at Soneva Fushi in any villa category and the next five nights will be complimentary in the same villa category if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full program.
  • The complimentary three nights are offered on a room only basis, and exclude F&B, transfers, and activities
  • The offer is valid between the period 10 May – 28 September 2018 (Soneva Kiri) and in the periods 12 May – 12 June 2018, 21 June – 27 July 2018n and 1 – 30 September 2018 (Soneva Fushi).
  • Additional taxes and service charges for the additional three nights’ accommodation will not be levied
  • The bonus nights cannot be exchanged for cash or other equivalents, be transferred, or be taken during a different period
  • The activities are mandatory and if not completed additional room charges will apply
  • The offer cannot be combined with any other promotion
  • The standard Soneva cancellation policy will be applicable

SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES

Soneva Fushi, the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway, is located in the stunnnig Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Massive, Robinson Crusoe-style, multi-bedroom luxury villas and private residences are hidden among dense tropical foliage. In keeping with the castaway theme, many are built to resemble tree houses. All open to their own private stretch of sugar white sands, and most boast their own private seawater swimming pools. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers who know what you want before you want it.

Contact me to get a complimentary room upgrade at Soneva Fushi.

  • Hotel website: Soneva Fushi
  • Top 10 accolades: Soneva Fuhi features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, the best family hotels in the world and the world’s most insanely beautiful hotel beaches.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. villa upgrade, breakfast, early check-in , late check-out, welcome Champagne with Maldivian tapas on arrival, one lunch for two, original handcrafted arrival and departure mementos, shoreline beach dinner, private sunset sailing by Dhoni at Baa Atoll, and a cooking class for two).
  • Review: read here my review of Soneva Fushi.


SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND

Welcome to my absolute favorite hotel in the world! Remote yet accessible by a 1,5 hour flight from Bangkok on the resort’s private plane, Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, in the Gulf of Siam. It has 29 spectacular private villas – amongst the largest in the world – that are built on hillsides blanketed with ancient rainforest and overlooking the turquoise waters. Guest are given their own buggy to get to the private and stunning, coconut palm shaded beach, where your toes will go into the powdery soft sand, and where you can stroll through the pristine waters with the ocean lapping at your calves. Be prepared for a phenomenal experience!

Contact me to get a complimentary room upgrade at Soneva Kiri.

  • Hotel website: Soneva Kiri
  • Top 10 accolades: Soneva Kiri features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most amazing beach resorts, the world’s most outrageous hotel experiences, the world’s most insanely beautiful hotel beaches, the best private plunge pools in the world, the world’s best luxury hotels, the world’s best family hotels, the best luxury hotels in Thailand, and luxury hotels with private airports.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. villa upgrade, breakfast, early check-in , late check-out, welcome Champagne with Thai tapas on arrival, and a 30 minute spa treatment for two).
  • Review: read here my review of Soneva Kiri.


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Review of my FAVORITE hotel in the world, Soneva Kiri (Thailand)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

I recently enjoyed a FABULOUS holiday in Thailand, including a stay at my favorite hotel in the world, Soneva Kiri. You can read my trip reports here:

  • Review: Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport
  • Review: Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class from Frankfurt to Bangkok
  • Review: Soneva Kiri, my favorite hotel in the world (today)
  • Review: Park Hyatt Hotel Bangkok
  • Review:  Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok
  • Review: Thai Airways Boeing B747 First Class from Bangkok to Munich

Today (April 18, 2018): Review of Soneva Kiri (Thailand), my favorite luxury hotel in the world!
  • Location: Google maps
  • Address: 110 Moo 4, Ko Kood, Ko Kut District, Trat 23000, Thailand
  • Hotel website: Soneva Kiri
  • Tip: contact me to get a complimentary room upgrade (based on availability)

Remote yet accessible by a 70 minute flight from Bangkok on the resort’s private plane, Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s 4th largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, in the Gulf of Siam. One of the most exclusive beach resorts in the world, Soneva Kiri offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, environmentally friendly design and unforgettable, authentic Thai experiences. The 35 resort villas (including 11 private residences) are amongst the largest in the world. Located on the idyllic beach or sunny slopes in the rainforest, all have stunning infinity pools, impossibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies, and impeccable service courtesy of private butlers. Highlights include the open air cinema Paradiso, Benz’ mangrove restaurant, the chocolate & ice cream parlour, the children’s den, and the spectacular Treetop dining pod.

Soneva Kiri features in my top 10 lists of the most insanely beautiful hotels in Thailand, the world’s most amazing beach resorts, the world’s most outrageous hotel experiences,  the best private plunge pools in the world, the world’s most beautiful hotel beaches, the world’s best luxury hotels, the world’s best family hotels, the world’s most remote hotels, the most astonishing beach retreats in Asia, and luxury hotels with private airports.

In this review (more info and photos below my Youtube clip & slideshow):

  • Pros & things I like
  • Cons & things to know
  • My verdict
  • Tips for future guests & save money
  • Best time to visit
  • How to get there

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • The transfer from Bangkok to Soneva Kiri is done by plane and smoothly coordinated: from the moment you disembark at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, a Soneva representative assists and escorts you until you board the resort’s private plane. Yes, you read that right: a private plane! Guests are transferred from the Thai capital to Soneva Kiri in style aboard the resort’s luxurious custom-fitted eight-seater private plane (a Cessna Grand Caravan). The plane departs from Bangkok’s main airport according to a fixed time schedule. Click here to watch my (older) Youtube clip onboard the resort’s private plane.
  • The flight from Bangkok to Soneva Kiri takes about 70 minutes and is a scenic sightseeing trip over Eastern Thailand: about half of it takes place over land, and the remaining half of over the Gulf of Thailand’s turquoise waters. The plane lands at Soneva’s Kiri private airstrip on the neighboring island Koh Mai Si , and from there, it’s only another 5 minutes by speedboat to the arrival jetty, where the resort staff will welcome you to paradise, with a refreshing cold towel and a welcome drink.
  • From the moment you touch down (barefoot) on Soneva Kiri’s shores, your personal butler – called a Mr or Ms Friday – is on hand with a smile and assists you throughout your stay.
  • The award-winning luxury resort is located in Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood. Koh Kood is Thailand as it was years ago, with untamed jungle, pristine beaches, and fishermen going about their business. Surprisingly, Koh Kood is one of Thailand’s best kept secrets as the island remains an ‘off the radar’ destination. Soneva Kiri offers several excursions to explore the beauty of Koh Kood, which has a distinct local feel and is a real step back in time to the Thailand of old.
  • Soneva Kiri’s natural landscape is stunningly beautiful. The resort is located on a massive, 41-hectare (102-acre) site in a remote corner of Koh Kood, overlooking the turquoise, calm waters of a majestic private bay. With hills covered by lush tropical rainforest and sugar-white beaches lapped by crystal clear waters, these are Thailand’s – even Asia’s – most pristine and glamorous resort grounds. It simply does’t get better than this.
  • Because the resort grounds are so spread out, private electric buggies are provided to guests (one per villa) for the duration of their stay. It’s so much fun to drive around with your loved one through the lush tropical foliage, although you’ll soon discover that the resort offer more jungle, beach, and more leisure activities than your buggy will be able to hit in one day. In addition to golf carts, bicycles are provided are well (one per guest) which is an even more fun (and decidedly more healthy) way to explore the resort, although the hilly character of the domain may represent a challenge for some guests.
  • From the arrival jetty, a long wooden walkway leads up the hill to Soneva Kiri’s main facilities and resort center. Perched atop rocky cliffs and sheltered amidst verdant tree canopy, the resort’s heart is an amazing latticework of pathways and wood pavilions that seem to come straight out of a fairytale. Here, you find the reception, library, bar (with pool), main restaurant, jewelry gallery, boutique shop, and a fabulous chocolate & ice cream parlor. All ice creams and chocolates are complimentary (24/7). You can choose from over sixty constantly changing flavors of homemade ice creams and sorbets at the ice cream parlor, which is called ‘So Chilled’. Inside the adjoining ‘So Chocoholic’ room, you can indulge in every child’s dream of never-ending chocolate: freshly made passion fruit, honey and salted caramel infused truffles line up alongside warm pots of creamy mousse and luscious fondue.
  • Private beaches in Asia are a rarity, but you find one at Soneva Kiri. The resort’s magnificent North Beach is accessible by a short 5 minute speedboat ride from the resort. The white, sandy beach is fringed with palm trees, and offers sunbeds and umbrellas for guests to lounge on. Light snacks and drinks are served on the beach, and a barbecue can be arranged. The ocean water is crystal clear, warm, and calm.
  • Soneva Kiri has 24 resort villas and 11 private residences. The elegant and sophisticated villas are massive in scale and amongst the world’s largest hotel accommodations. Located along the idyllic bay or on the sunny slopes in the rainforest, all villas have stunning infinity pools, impossibly chic furnishings, and impeccable service courtesy of Mr/Ms Friday private butlers. In Soneva’s trademark rustic-chic eco-design, the villas feature large outdoor living areas and indoor, air-conditioned bedrooms, and beautifully designed semi-outdoor, en-suite bathrooms. In all my travels, I have never been more impressed and ‘wowed’ by a hotel accommodation than here (even on my repeat visits).
  • Soneva Kiri features several palatial multi-bedroom villas, which are ideal for larger travel parties or families. During my visit, I was upgrade to a phenomenal 5 bedroom villa, called the ‘Private Beach Pool Reserve’. Redefining the ‘castle in the sand’ concept, this enormous villa is loctaed on Soneva Kiri’s most desirable beachside real estate since it comes with its own private beach cove. Secluded away in an exceptionally peaceful spot, the Private Beach Pool Reserve towers over the sea, is embraced by jungle, enjoys a serene atmosphere away from the buzz of the resort, but is only a short 5-minute electric buggy ride away from all the rustic-luxe facilities. The master bedroom and three additional bedrooms all feature luxury outdoor bathrooms so you can soak in the starlight or shower by the sun’s rays with a refreshing waterfall. The fifth bedroom is the most playful of them all – a tree house with child-cheering bunk beds and a slide snaking its way down to the sprawling freeform swimming pool.
  • Dining at Soneva Kiri is a stellar culinary experience, because of the extravagant restaurant settings, the amazing food, and top-quality service. There are 3 restaurants that cater to different tastes. The View restaurant takes its name from its unparalleled outlook on a cliff over the Gulf of Siam and offers international cuisine with an Asian twist. The Dining Room‘s rustic-chic design serves as a natural complement to the beauty of the views; it offers fabulous themed buffets on selected evening. And then there’s Benz, an open-air lantern-lit eatery on stilts amidst the mangroves which offers the most exquisite, spicy Thai food I’ve ever had.
  • The resort’s most memorable dining experience is the Treepod, which is inspired by the childhood’s desire to climb into a leafy canopy and find shelter amidst a simple wooden construction. Taking fine dining literally to new heights, you can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline dancing with gentle waves from a bamboo pod high up into the ancient rainforest, as you savor gourmet delights and your chosen wines, delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter.
  • All Soneva resorts feature by far the most lavish breakfast buffets of any hotel in the world, but my absolute favorite is the breakfast at Soneva Kiri, served at the Dining Room. It features a dedicated ham and cheese room, with sumptuous homemade cheeses, charcuterie and own-smoked salmon, in addition to a menu of creative Thai and Mediterranean fare from the Cooking Hut. You can also take your pick of more luscious delicacies straight from the wood-fired rock oven, hot and cold smoke oven and the earthen tandoor.
  • The resort offers an abundance of activities that cater all ages and even the most discerning of tastes: a wide selection of water sports (including catamaran sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing, wake boarding and snorkelling) and a variety of  excursions (including a visit to the island’s local villages, cooking classes and a sightseeing trip to Angkor Wat) are available to guests, in addition to tennis, mountain biking, astronomy and gardening classes.
  • At Soneva Kiri, you can watch classic movies under the stars in a return to the old traditions of Hollywood enjoyment. The magnificent resort’s Cinema Paradiso marries three passions close to the founder’s – Sonu Shivdasani and Eva Malstrom – heart: classical beauty and elegance, immersion in nature and relaxed indulgence … a luxury that lets its hair down and kicks off its shoes. Film screenings are scheduled on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday in the resort’s open-air theatre, a jungle-enshrouded auditorium of cascading cushions over the waters of the reservoir lagoon. While watching the movie, you can nibble on a playful menu of gourmet comfort foods, accompanied with your personal fancy of creative cocktails.
  • On the remote island of Koh Kood, you stare into its open sky, far from the obscuring lights of civilization. That’s why Soneva Kiri built a state-of-the-art observatory, located next to the DIning Room. With the infectious passion of visiting astronomers, you can identify constellations, count the moons of Jupiter and peer at the graceful halo of Saturn’s translucent ring.
  • A giant moulded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray, The Den – the resort’s version of a child’s club – is dedicated to learning, to excitement, to meaningful experiences. Professional child minders pique your children’s imaginations, teaching them to play Thai instruments, unleashing their creative talents with painting and the visual arts, and carefully watching them at play in the wonderous world of moulded bamboo spaces up, down and around. Soneva Kiri also offer a special program aimed specifically at one to five year-olds, and is the only resort that offers such comprehensive, age-specific facilities. Here, the children get to play with toys and take part in activities, that meet Soneva’s stringent standards of social and environmental responsibility.
  • Hidden among the island’s wild jungle foliage, the resort’s Six Senses spa provides lasting wellness and rejuvenation therapies. From soothing scrubs and oils of local coconuts to Tibetan hot stones, the spa will invite you to embark on sensory journeys of authentic treatments from near and far, including mud massages, Thai herbal baths, silk facials, and a rich selection of wellness rituals. The spa is operated by Six Senses, a brand that’s world-famous for its wellness programs & facilities. Sonu Shivdasani – the CEO of Soneva – is also the founder and former CEO of the Six Senses Resorts & Spas, across South East Asia and Europe, which he sold in 2012.
  • The resort is managed by Soneva, my absolute favorite hotel brand in the world. The acronym SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences) explains the Soneva philosophy: it aims to create unforgettable, innovating, and enlightening experiences that illuminate their guest’s lives whilst treading lightly on the earth. The ethos and values it is run by are what sets Soneva on different footing as compared to other high-end hotel brands. In addition, there’s also a lot of love and romance in the story of Soneva, which was founded in 1995 by Sonu Shivdasani, an Indian-British hotelier, and his wife Eva Malmstrom, a Swedish fashion model. Soneva’s 3 other properties are located in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi, Soneva In Aqua, and Soneva Jani.
  • Pre-arrival communication with the resort is excellent: all my emails were answered within 24 hours.
  • The most stand-out feature of Soneva Kiri is the excellent staff. Everyone, from management to your personal butler, is superfriendly and service is impeccable.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

Soneva Kiri is one of the most exclusive resorts of the world.  IMHO, it doesn’t get any better than this. The travel experience is mind-blowing from start to end and will last for a lifetime. The incredible resort has no real cons, yet there are some thing you may want to know when considering a stay here:  

  • While most will love the spectacular transfer in the resort’s private plane, the thought of flying (overwater) on one engine in a small plane (albeit with 2 pilots) for 70 minutes can make people – including myself – nervous. However, you don’t have to fly to get to Soneva Kiri as you can also get there from Bangkok by car (4 to 5 hours, depending upon traffic), followed by a 40 min boat transfer. So, your flying phobia should not be an excuse to skip this exceptional, highly recommended resort.
  • Most of the resort’s villa are located in the jungle, where wildlife is present. It’s just a fantastic addition to an already exceptional resort, and you should feel lucky when you get to spot one of the more elusive wildlife creatures. However, some may find the presence of wildlife uncomfortable or the noise it makes at night annoying. More troublesome are the mosquitos and sand flies which are for real in the rainy season (May to October).
  • The resort has 24 one-bedroom villas, ranging from the ‘beach pool villa suite’ (lowest room category) and the ‘bayview pool villa suite’ to the ‘sunset ocean view pool villa suites’ (highest room category). I stayed in all 3 villa types during my previous visits to Soneva Kiri and they are all terrific. Just keep in mind that the beach pool villa suites are not really ocean front but are built around an inlet of the sea (more like a lagoon) with a tidal beach (which is almost non-existing at high tide). The resort’s main beach – North Beach – does not feature any villas.
  • Soneva Kiri’s repeat guests may notice that the resort is now using a different beach – North Beach (only accessible by boat) – instead of the one they used a few years ago (South Beach). While North Beach is stunningly beautiful and one of the best in Thailand, it’s not as exceptional as South Beach which ranked among my favorite beaches in the world with the clearest water and the softest sand I had ever seen (with the exception of the Maldives). However, the good news is that there’s a real chance that South Beach will be joining the resort grounds again (in addition to North Beach) in the near future.
  • All your other trips will pale in comparison to the memory of a Soneva Kiri vacation.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 10/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Pool: 10/10
  • Rooms: 10/10
  • Food: 10/10
  • Breakfast: 10/10
  • Spa: 10/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Overall experience: very good: 10/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Contact me for a complimentary room upgrade (based upon availability).
  • Save money: read my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Soneva Kiri (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Save money: get free VIP amenities at Soneva Kiri when booking via Virtuoso travel agent, which has the benefit of complimentary VIP perks (e.g. villa upgrade, breakfast, early check-in , late check-out, welcome Champagne with Thai tapas on arrival, and a 30 minute spa treatment for two; with stays of 4 nights or more: one beach dinner, a private island picnic with snorkeling at Koh Rang, and a 30 min spa treatment for two).
  • Room tip: When choosing a villa, you should mainly take into consideration whether you want to be in the jungle and shade (cliff or bayview pool villa suite), or in full sunshine (ocean front pool villa suite). Keep in mind that the ocean front pool villa suites are not really ocean front (see above) and are not located on Soneva Kiri’s idyllic beach. In fact, we preferred the less expensive cliff villa over the ocean front villa, mainly because of the shade (which was a welcome respite because of the heat) and tropical foliage, but that’s a matter of personal preference.
  • If you travel in the rainy season, be sure to prepare for insects (the hotel does provide insect repellent though). We did not have any problems with insects during our stay in the dry season).
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The weather in Southeast Thailand is dominated by a tropical monsoon climate which means there are three main seasons: a cool, dry season between November and February (which is the best period to visit this part of Thailand); a hot, dry season from March to June, and a rainy season from July to October. Expect daytime temperatures to be in excess of 30 degrees centigrade throughout the year (with the possible exception of late December and early January). The two periods April to May and September to October are characterised by very high humidity. The southwest monsoons arrive between May and October bringing unsettled, cloudy conditions, as well as lower room rates.


HOW TO GET THERE

Soneva Kiri is reached by a 70 minute flight from Bangkok’s main international airport on the resort’s private plane (or, when you are suffering from flying phobia, a 4 hours car trip followed by a 50 min boat transfer). Bangkok itself is served by 2 airports:

  • Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok and is a major hub in Asia. Check the Wikipedia page of Suvarnabhumi International Airport for an updated list with airlines that offer direct flights to Bangkok.
  • Don Mueang Airport is Bangkok’s regional commuter flight hub and the de facto low-cost airline hub. Check the Wikipedia page of Don Mueang Airport for an updated list with airlines that offer direct flights to Bangkok.

TRANSFER TO SONEVA KIRI BY BOAT
TRANSFER TO SONEVA KIRI BY BOAT
TRANSFER TO SONEVA KIRI BY BOAT
TRANSFER TO SONEVA KIRI BY BOAT
ARRIVAL JETTY
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ARRIVAL JETTY
MAIN FACILITIES: WOODEN WALKWAY
MAIN FACILITIES: WOODEN WALKWAY
MAIN FACILITIES: WOODEN WALKWAY
MAIN FACILITIES: WOODEN WALKWAY

MAIN FACILITIES: RECEPTION & LIBRARY PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: RECEPTION & LIBRARY PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: RECEPTION & LIBRARY PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: RECEPTION & LIBRARY PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: RECEPTION & LIBRARY PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: RECEPTION & LIBRARY PAVILION
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MAIN FACILITIES: MAIN SQUARE
MAIN FACILITIES: MAIN SQUARE
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL

MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
MAIN FACILITIES: BAR WITH MAIN POOL
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MAIN FACILITIES: SHOPS
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MAIN FACILITIES: BOUTIQUE SHOP
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MAIN FACILITIES: CENTRAL PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: CENTRAL PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: CENTRAL PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: CENTRAL PAVILION
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MAIN FACILITIES: CENTRAL PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: CENTRAL PAVILION
MAIN FACILITIES: ICEA CREAM PARLOR
MAIN FACILITIES: ICEA CREAM PARLOR
MAIN FACILITIES: ICEA CREAM PARLOR
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
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MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: CHOCOLATE ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: OBSERVATORY
MAIN FACILITIES: OBSERVATORY
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MAIN FACILITIES: THE DINING ROOM
MAIN FACILITIES: THE DINING ROOM
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5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ENTRANCE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ENTRANCE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ENTRANCE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ENTRANCE
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5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: LIVING AREA
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5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: DINING AREA
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5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
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5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: POOL
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5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: MASTER BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: TREE HOUSE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: TREE HOUSE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: TREE HOUSE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM

5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: ADDITIONAL BEDROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: STAIRS TO UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE:UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: BEDROOM ON UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: BEDROOM ON UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: BEDROOM ON UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: BEDROOM ON UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: BEDROOM ON UPPER FLOOR
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: SPA SALSA
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: TV & PLAY ROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: TV & PLAY ROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: TV & PLAY ROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: INDOOR KITCHEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: OUTDOOR KITCHEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: SAUNA & STEAM ROOM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: GYM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: GYM
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE GARDEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE GARDEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE GARDEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE GARDEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE GARDEN
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: PRIVATE BEACH COVE
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: AT NIGHT
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: AT NIGHT
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: AT NIGHT
5 BEDROOM BEACH RESERVE: AT NIGHT
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SHUTTLE TO NORTH BEACH
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NORTH BEACH
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NORTH BEACH
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NORTH BEACH
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NORTH BEACH
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NORTH BEACH
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NORTH BEACH
NORTH BEACH
NORTH BEACH
NORTH BEACH
NORTH BEACH
NORTH BEACH (MANGROVE AREA)
NORTH BEACH
NORTH BEACH
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA
SIX SENSES SPA: GYM
SIX SENSES SPA: GYM
SIX SENSES SPA: GYM
THE DEN
THE DEN
THE DEN
THE DEN
THE DEN
THE DEN
SUNSET
SUNSET
SUNSET
SUNSET
THE VIEW SUNSET BAR
THE VIEW SUNSET BAR
THE VIEW RESTAURANT
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE VIEW RESTAURANT: DINNER
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: ASIAN STREETFOOD BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST BUFFET
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)
THE DINING ROOM: BREAKFAST (COLD ROOM)