24H > architecture designed the ‘Lofty Tree Pod Dining at the SonevaKiri’ in Thailand.
Description from the architects:
Dining at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses is anything but ordinary and has now been taken to new heights, with the recently launched Treepod Dining experience.
The Treepod is situated at one of the best vantage points the resort offers; a few yards along the coastal path from the resort’s main facilities on the west facing side of the island. Guests board the rattan, bird’s nest at ground level and are taken to new heights. With sumptuous, cushioned seating for up to four diners, guests fasten their leather seatbelts and are gently hoisted 16 feet into the tall, native massang trees. As the pod slowly climbs into the trees, and the rocky shores slowly descend, their host Khun Lek simultaneously flies through the air on a zip line coming from a small platform perched half way down the hill. Once Khun Lek has served the meal, he zips back up the hill, discreetly positioned a few feet away in case guests wish to add to their order. With birds’ eye views over the peaceful, clear waters surrounding remote Koh Kood, interrupted only by swaying leaves of the massang, a bewildered squirrel or the occasional passing butterfly, dining in the treetops is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable meals of a lifetime.
Breakfast in the Treepod is an utterly peaceful, sublime way to start the day; Lunch offers a shady respite from the heat and breathtaking sunsets from such an unlikely, intimate haven and a candlelit dinner is as close to nature as you can get. The menus follow the jungle themes ‘Canapés in the Canopy’, ‘Forager’s Basket’, ‘Woodland Offerings’, using produce predominantly from the resort’s organic gardens or the island of Koh Kood.
In collaboration with Olav Bruin 24h Architects, Louis Thompson designer of both Treepod Dining and Soneva Kiri’s Eco Villa commented, “It has taken two and a half years from design to final realisation; it is great to see it so appreciated by guests. Even people without a head for heights are thoroughly enjoying it! The element I am particularly proud of is that we actually managed to build it without any bolts or attachments into the actual trees. I strongly feel that the concept has a range of other applications which I am really looking forward to investigating. We are also looking into guests being able to fly on the zip line through the jungle themselves, as there is a certain amount of envy when they watch Khun Lek!”
And if guests’ sweet tooths are not yet fully satisfied, they are just a 5 minute stroll from Soneva Kiri’s ice cream parlour with an incredible 65 flavours of homemade ice cream or the chocolate room filled with many varieties of chocolates, organic bon bons and truffle temptations.
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