Courtesy of Six Senses
Jennifer Chen
May 07, 2010

We’ve eaten in the dark and underwater—now it’s time to dine in the treetops. In the Gulf of Thailand, Soneva Kiri by Six Senses (suites from $1,970) has a new sky-high dining pod, a steel-and-rattan basket that’s hoisted 26 feet off the ground in a eucalyptus tree overlooking the beach. In a Cirque du Soleil–style touch, waiters fly in via zipline to serve simple, Thai-inspired dishes such as chicken casserole with lemongrass.

Soneva Kiri by Six Senses

To reach Soneva Kiri, on the Gulf of Thailand’s Koh Kood, guests board the resort’s private jet in Bangkok for a one-hour flight to the hotel’s private airstrip, or a take a one-hour speedboat ride from Trat, in southeast Thailand. Upon arrival, it’s a castaway fantasy: an ivory-sand beach fronts the resort’s free-form private pools, tented day beds, and rainforest spa. Personal butlers race around the property’s 29 villas in golf carts, though the ultimate dinner-with-a-view uses transportation of a different kind: the hotel’s four-person Treetop Dining Pod is located 20 feet up a massang tree, and servers deliver seafood curries via zip line.

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