The Luxe List 2010, Thailand: Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood

Flanking the northern shore of remote Koh Kood, Six Senses’ first Soneva resort outside the Maldives boasts eco-friendly features like a recycling station, plastic-free amenities, and organic kitchen gardens, all without stinting on luxury. Guests arrive on an adjoining island by private plane (offset, naturally, with a carbon tax) and then check in to one of the 29 villa complexes scattered across the headland and beach, each with a pool, outdoor bathroom, living area, dressing room, and a deliciously soft bed draped with a mosquito net to maximize enjoyment of nighttime sea breezes. Children will delight in The Den, a giant bamboo play house, while the young-at-heart will enjoy stargazing from the observatory or a four-course dinner in the Dining Pod, a large rattan basket suspended amid the forest canopy and serviced by a flying waiter harnessed to a zip line

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