Gallery: Lofty Tree Pod Dining at the Soneva Kiri Resort Thailand

If picnicking under a tree seems a little been there, done that to you, why not give picnicking atop a tree a try? At the Soneva Kiri Eco Resort in Thailand, guests have the option to dine in a lofty woven Tree Pod perched 16 feet off the ground. And as if that wasn't already cool enough, all of the food and beverages arrive courtesy of a flying waiter via a zip line! Click through the gallery to see photos of all of the treetop dining options and the other luxurious green amenities at the Soneva Kiri.

Soneva Kiri is comprised of 42 resort villas and 21 spectacular private residences that sit on 150 acres of lush tropical rainforest and beaches. In addition to being absolutely gorgeous, the resort prides itself on its environmentally conscious practices. Strategies like passive cooling, daylighting, recycling rainwater catchment and natural filtration and green roofs help the resort achieve its green goals, Guests are also offered the option to ride in electric carts and bicycles on their way to the beaches instead of in cars.

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  1. louist November 29, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Dear Inhabitat readers
    Hi, my name is Louis Thompson and I built this project in collaboration with Olav Bruin the architect and Jonathon Odet and Pon from Little world who did the cabling system. There is a video on youtube (search treetop dining) which shows a little bit how we built it. We did not use any bolts or screws so rest assured no harm was done to the trees. I am happy to answer any questions or send latest photos to anyone interested. Enjoy. I also designed and built the eco-villa which is the green roof structure on the same site.

  2. louist November 29, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Hi my name is Louis Thompson and I built the treetop dining pod with Olav Bruin from 24h who was the architect, Pon and Jo Odet from Little world did the cabling system. We now have photos of the pod in operation, and I made a short video on youtube (search treetop dining)to show how it was built. The pod is built using a system of stainless steel cables that were tensioned and attached to the trees without the use of nails, bolts or screws. An elevator lift makes it go down 8m to the forest floor to collect the guests. I am happy to answer questions about it –

  3. jungerbeer November 28, 2010 at 3:48 am

    looks amazing!!!!

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