WINE GURU JAMES SUCKLING, will headline a long weekend of sipping, savoring and learning all about wine at the table of a modern master at Soneva Kiri on Koh Hood.
The James Suckling wine experience, as the event is called, will be held May 30 to June 1.
James Suckling is wine editor of Hong Kong-based Asia Tatler and for three decades, The Wine Spectator’s wine expert.
“I’m delighted to say James Suckling will be in residence to share his immense knowledge and experience gleaned during a lifelong pursuit of fining the world’s best wines,” said Frank Grassmann, Soneva Kiri’s GM.
For serious connoisseurs or those who simply love wine, Soneva Kiri is accepting reservations for a limited number of guests for a two-night package that includes a wine appreciation seminar and a picnic lunch on a deserted beach in a national marine park, as well as private plane travel to and from the resort from Bangkok, two wine dinners and one souvenir Lalique ‘100 points’ glass.
On arrival at the resort on Friday, May 30, guests will sit down to the Italian Wine Collectors dinner at The View restaurant, which offers dramatic vistas from its cliff-top perch and a world-class menu prepared by Soneva Executive Chef Kevin Fawkes and Chef de Cuisine Mark Jones.
Dinner will be followed by an al fresco Cinema Paradiso screening of the documentary Cannubi: A Vineyard Kissed by God, a documentary that follows Mr Suckling’s pilgrimage to Cannubi, a 250-year-old vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Piedmont, northwest Italy.
After breakfast the next morning, guests can look forward to the 100 point Lalique Wine Seminar: How to Taste Like a Wine Critic. ‘Beautiful yet functional’ is how Mr Suckling describes his new wine glass, a joint creation with France’s most esteemed crystal maker, Lalique.
A speedboat will ferry guests to lunch – on a deserted beach at the national marine park on nearby Koh Rang island that will feature some of the world’s best rosé wines and dishes prepared by Soneva’s Khun Benz, one of the country’s most celebrated Thai chefs.
En route to lunch, guests will pause for reflection on beauty and a refreshing peek beneath the Big Blue at one of Thailand’s best snorkelling spots.
Dinner will be served under the stars at Soneva’s observatory, which features a 14-inch Celestron telescope, one of the finest ocular offerings in Asia. Guests will be flown back to Bangkok after breakfast the following morning.
Places for the James Suckling Wine Experience at Soneva Kiri are strictly limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis. Early bookings are recommended.
The cost for a Bayview Pool Villa Suite is USD 3,600 net per person (THB 117,000 net), while it is US$ 4,400 net per person (THB 143,000 net) for a Cliff Pool Villa Suite and US $5,200 net per person (THB 169,000 net) for an Ocean Front Pool Villa Suite.
There is a US $1,300 net (THB 42,250 net) surcharge for an additional person participating in the event and staying in the same suite. On a villa and a breakfast basis, the cost for extension nights is US$ 900 net (THB 29,250 net) (Bayview Pool Villa Suite), US $1,125 net (THB36,563 net) (Cliff Pool Villa Suite) and US $1,570 net (THB 51,025 net) (Ocean Front Pool Villa Suite).
For reservations, call 66(0) 39 619 800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org