Dine in the treetops in Thailand
At the Dining Pod, waiters will deliver your meal by zipline. (Six Senses)
For travellers looking to branch out, Thailand’s restaurant in the trees should fit the bill.
The Dining Pod, a restaurant in the Six Senses Soneva Kiri resort on the island of Koh Kood, allows a small number of hotel guests to eat at tree-level with views of the forest and the Gulf of Siam below. Up to four people can fit in the oval-shaped steel frame, which is covered in nest-like woven rattan and holds a small table and booth-like seating.
Guests enter the pod on the forest floor and a system of safety cords ratchets it up 16ft above ground. Then waiters travel by zip-line to deliver a fresh Thai meal (including fruits and vegetables grown from the resort’s organic garden). The food is served from a small platform adjacent to the pod.
For a more down-to-earth dining experience, Soneva Kiri offers a number of other food options, including restaurants with wood-fired and tandoor ovens featuring rotating local specialties, as well as a room dedicated entirely to Thai chocolate served a number of ways. Rooms for two start around a pricey 44,000 bhat a night, but since the resort is all-inclusive, eating at the Dining Pod does not cost extra, though advanced reservations are recommended.