SONEVA STORY (July 2019) Words & Pictures By Saifuddin Ismailji


If you are looking for an EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – SONEVA is the place to be at:

*Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

*Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives

*Soneva Noonu Atoll, Maldives

My recent experience at the Soneva Kiri is a journey into a wilderness lifestyle resort on Koh Kood Island off the east coast of Thailand. Access on this Island by Soneva Private jet, this top-end 6-Star wilderness luxury will avow you speechless.


My experienced comprised of my beach-view spacious Villa, the Chocolate Box, The View Restaurant, Benz’s Thai, Co Chilled, Tree-Top Dining Pod, The North Beach BBQ, the wilderness, the beach, the Spa and above all – the service with a genuine smile.


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”.


An experience to be remembered over a lifetime. Packaged in “a combination of the passion of some of the world’s best chefs (including Michelin Star winning chefs) and sommeliers working hand-in-hand with expert gardeners, fishermen and suppliers who provide the finest and freshest ingredients available”.                


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“‘Festival of Colour’, which celebrates the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year, ranging from visiting Michelin-starred chefs and astronomers, through to authors, champion free-divers, artists and more. Each month of the year is associated with a different colour and theme, which will be brought to life at our resorts through special on-site events and collaborations”.


New and Innovative: Aerial Yoga

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.


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