I’ve been on a LOT of trips for both and work and play, that have taken me across the globe. But who was to know that PARADISE was just 2 short flights away. Yes. TWO.
The Soneva Kiri journey begins as soon as you step off the plane at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. A representative of the resort is there to greet you and whisk you off on a fast-track mission through the terminals.
It’s at the Thai Airways Silk Class Lounge where you’ll take a breather, till your private plane is ready to depart (there are four flights daily).
The private plane comes in the form of an 8-seater Cessna Grand Caravan, that’s been luxuriously fitted to make your experience as comfortable as possible. “Ever Soneva So Over the Top” takes a little over an hour to get you to the Soneva Kiri International Airport (hehehehe) on the tiny island of Mai Si. Now … on Mai Si, there are only two things; the landing strip, which is only 850m long, and a honey farm (where the resort gets it’s honey exclusively from). The journey is smooth and because the plane flies so low, you really get to relish in the beauty of Mother Nature’s work.
Getting to Mai Si was obviously not the end of the journey TO Soneva Kiri. A ten-minute speed boat ride completed that. You barely see much of the resort as the boat pulls up to the pier. Besides crystal clear waters, coconut trees and a 200m long wooden pier that leads to an unbelievable bamboo shelter-like structure, the rest is quite cleverly tucked away.
The location itself is perfect. With a bay that’s surrounded by lush nature and coral-life underneath, it’s secluded, and private with a rustic feel.
Nothing is quite so romantic as sitting under the stars on a CLEAR night, tucked underneath some blankets, with gourmet popcorn and cocktails, watching a classic on a huge, outdoor screen that sits in the middle of a body of water. I can think of more romantic things to do but THIS is intimate. Cinema Paradiso shows two movies on alternate nights and is an incredible experience to go through with your partner. Especially with the stars and the Moon hanging above you and providing just the right amount of light.
Khun Benz Restaurant
One of the better moments of the trip was experiencing Khun Benz’s cuisine. To access this gorgeous little restaurant is a journey in itself. You hop on a speedboat at about 6.30pm, and it takes about 10-minutes to get to the destination.
But not before passing some amazing scenery and the WHOLE beachfront of Soneva Kiri. You’ll also (barely … they’re practically hidden in the trees) see diners enjoying the sunset and view from the Tree-Top Dining Adventure (I didn’t get to do this but it’s a pretty swanky experience). It was my first time going to Khun Benz, so I didn’t know what to expect or where the journey would end. But it took me through some beautiful mangroves.
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Reading posts like this make surfing such a plesaure
What a lovely compliment. Thank you 🙂