Places & Spaces: The Eco Villa at Six Senses Soneva Kiri, Thailand

An exotic and zero emissions getaway on a Thai island. Welcome to the jungle.

If you’ve ever harbored a secret desire to spend time in a stone hut, upgrade that fantasy to 2.0 with a private swimming hole fed by a waterfall, dining pods suspended in trees and organic, local food. This is a true eco-troglodyte haven with no WiFi or TV.

This “Eco Villa” sits in a tropical rainforest within the luxe resort of Six Senses Soneva Kiri on the Thai island of Koh Kut. Six Senses has been featured here before: their Vietnam resort Ninh Van Bay is greener than green (sustainable, organic, local), with a similarly paradisical location.

The hut was built by hand using a 21st-century combination of local materials (rocks, mud and wood from the island) and the latest technology (solar, wind and hydro power), low-consumption lighting and water treatment. The villa’s high thermal mass and green roof mean it stays cool naturally.

Inside, the furniture includes a rustic log-built bed and massive sofa, all hand-carved. You share the natural pool with plants, fish and frogs, or if you prefer to bathe alone, use the outdoor bathroom.

Retreat further into fantasy land with al fresco dining in a tree. The Dining Pod is 15 feet above the ground, suspended by wires. Your flying waiter brings your  food and drinks by zipline. Take care not to get tipsy and fall out.

The Eco Villa is currently a one-off which they’re using as an experiment for a new zero-emissions brand. It’s also LEED qualified, which would imply that the experiment has been a success.

Rates from $2600 for the villa, including tax, all meals, and four-legged swimming companions.

Images: Unique Travel DestinationsSix Senses Soneva Kiri

Places & Spaces is a travel guide that will inspire you to carve out a vacation on your calendar. All of the gorgeous locations and accommodations in our guide share our concern for the environment. From tent glamping to lavish built environments, fair warning, you’ll feel compelled to pack your suitcase.

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