LIV­ING THE HIGH LIFE

A THAI GET­AWAY THE WHOLE FAM­ILY WILL LOVE

WHO - - Travel Edit -

The rule of thumb when trav­el­ling with kids is that if they are happy, every­one is re­laxed. So if the com­ple­men­tary ice-cream par­lour and choco­late room, wa­ter slides plung­ing from a bed­room into a pool be­low and tree­house-style play­ground at Thai­land’s Soneva Kiri doesn’t put a smile on the dial of your tribe, noth­ing will.

On the pris­tine, ruggedly beau­ti­ful is­land of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri is the brain­child of hote­lier Sonu Shiv­dasani and his wife Eva, who are fa­mous for their play­ful take on bare­foot lux­ury. Adopt­ing a “no shoes, no news” pol­icy, Soneva, is an idyl­lic play­ground for the young and old alike in a lush, jun­gle set­ting.

There are a host of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing pad­dle­board­ing, kayak­ing, snorkelling and fam­ily-friendly ex­cur­sions and cul­tural ex­changes to im­merse kids in the vil­lage des­ti­na­tion. The kids’ club, a bam­boo-framed sus­pended struc­ture called The Den, has been hailed the best in the world and ditches gad­gets and ipads in favour of en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties, art classes and a mu­sic room filled with tra­di­tional in­stru­ments. The only down­side? Hav­ing to go home.

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