CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S FESTIVITIES start early at Soneva Kiri in Thailand with breakfast on Christmas Eve.
You’ll have a choice either in the resort’s The View dining room or at Soneva’s Organic Garden.
After breakfast you’ll have a number of activity choices, starting with a Benz Cook Class at the Benz Restaurant with Soneva’s chef. It starts with a visit to Ao Salat market to choose fresh seafood and other ingredients for your cooking class, where you’ll be able to create your own lunch.
There’s also a Yoga class to learn basic positions and relaxation techniques, and a wide range of activities to choose from – learning the local art of making home-made coconut at Six Senses Spa; or drive 8 km through dense jungle to Klong Nam Sai to see rattan, bamboo and rubber trees, and Koh Hood’s secret waterfall; or visit Ao Salat fishing village on the northeast tip of Koh Hood, where the island’s fish and seafood is transported and sold; or drive south past small villages and end up at a beautiful beach.
For lunch, there’s lunch at a mushroom cave, where you can pick mushrooms for s five-course meal. There’s also lunch at the resort’s Organic Garden that serves up fresh vegetables, salads and seafood caught that morning.
A third option is lunch at North Beach for pit-cooked seafood and fish along with New World wines.
In the afternoon, there’s a class in mixing drinks, where you can create your special cocktail, or an unforgettable food journey through the Organic Garden.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas you can choose either to dine at The View or Benz dining rooms.
Other activities include snorkeling at Koh Rang; more cooking classes at the Chef’s Table and the Hut Kitchen; and an Indian Pop Up on the Lunar Deck for an evening of spices, taste and life.
Or fish the Thai way. A local fishing boat will take you to the best finishing areas around Koh Kood, Hoh Raet and Koa Mai Si.
There’s also rainforest trek in North Beach through a dense rainforest that includes a visit to crystal clear waterfalls that cascade over five different levels.
And to top everything off, a milkshake class and a Japanese lunch that includes five handpicked sakes.