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And it’s probably why a few months later, I still can’t stop thinking about the best family holiday we’ve ever been on. No wonder it’s the original barefoot luxury brand. The motto at Soneva? No news, no shoes. Why? Because without shoes you feel everything.
It was one of those holidays – the kind that will stay with you forever. It was also a bit of a milestone for us – the first holiday with kids in tow that has gone pretty smoothly. There were meltdowns (aren’t there always? But it was just that bit easier). It has taken us a few years – our kids are now 4 and 5 – to get to the stage where we can take a holiday with our kids and not feel like we need a holiday when we arrive home. It’s also always refreshing to spend a week with your husband away from the daily grind (school drop-offs and pick-ups, washing, cooking, cleaning, bills) to remind yourself that you’re also a couple, not just sleep-deprived parents.
Last December, after a big year for our little family, we flew to the spectacular and unspoilt island of Koh Hood, Thailand, to stay at Soneva Kiri, which is located three hundred and fifty kilometres southeast of Bangkok and 80 kilometres off the Thai mainland. It was, without question, the most wonderful family holiday we’ve ever been on. We knew it’d be wonderful from the minute we landed in Bangkok and were escorted to a private check-in for Soneva Kiri (yes, they have their own check-in at the airport). An hour later, we were on a private plane headed to the island of Koh Kood, where the resort is located. 45 minutes later, we landed in paradise. We’d never been on a private plane before and it’s safe to say, we won’t be jumping on one again soon, so it was an experience to treasure forever.