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December 30, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Six Senses Soneva Kiri Opens in Thailand

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

More than five years in the making, Soneva Kiri opened on November 30, 2009 and is set to impress even the most loyal fan of the first two Soneva properties. Soneva Kiri by Six Senses is the new global benchmark for “Intelligent Luxury” and will attract discerning guests who enjoy a touch of hedonism with their sustainability.

Just one hour southeast of Bangkok, accessed by the resort’s private plane, Soneva Kiri is located on Koh Kood, a pristine island off the coast of The Gulf of Thailand. Upon landing at the resort’s own airstrip on an adjoining island and the five-minute crossing to Koh Kood aboard the classically-inspired Six Senses Aquasense motorboat, arriving guests will discover the stunning pool villas, extraordinary guest experiences, a Six Senses Spa and more—and all the while, treading lightly and responsibly on the earth.

Six Senses has sourced the most environmentally benign building materials available in Asia, without compromise. To preserve the site’s identity and ensure wildlife corridors are maintained, a monitoring system protecting indigenous flora and fauna was implemented during construction. The on-site nursery propagated many species of native plants for landscaping, while a microgreen organic garden has been established to provide produce. Fruit trees, ginger, lemongrass and pepper plants have been scattered across the site as part of the edible landscaping concept.

The resort comprises 42 Pool Villas, including Beach and Hilltop Reserves, Beach and Hilltop Retreats and the Eco Villa, plus 20 Private Residences, along the beach front and on the hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Several villas feature private spa suites and each has an electric vehicle and charging station to ensure that all noise and air pollution is avoided as guests silently cruise the jungle without disturbing wildlife. The zero-carbon-emissions bio-climatically designed Eco Villa showcases a range of futuristic environmental technologies.

A Six Senses Spa is a focus within the resort. A team of international and Thai therapists take guests on sensory journeys with Six Senses a la carte and local treatments for balancing the senses. Visiting practitioners bring unique talents to the spa to enlighten and inform guests. The spa menu includes spa journeys, bodywork, well-being, men’s journeys, junior spa and wellness activities.

The property also features a state-of-the-art observatory, Cinema Paradiso, an ice cream parlor and adjoining chocolate room, a gourmet deli, wine cellar, the children’s Den and much more.

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