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Stir: Dinner service by zipline

Treepod dining takes travelers to new heights at a Thailand resort

The treehouse of your childhood gets a fine-dining makeover at Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand.

The luxury resort offers two, three or four-person meals atop a “treepod” platform that is hoisted 16 feet in the air to tree-top level. Diners feel like they’re eating dinner or high tea in a jungle canopy while getting a private, bird’s-eye view of the native massang trees and the adjacent beach off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand.

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“Guests board the rattan bird’s nest at ground level and are then leveraged to new heights,” a representative from Soneva resorts said. “As the pod slowly climbs into the trees, and the rocky shores slowly descend, their waiter expertly flies through the air on a zipline from a small platform perched halfway down the hill.”

Of course, navigating a treetop restaurant is not easy. Servers train for six weeks learning how to serve food via zipline without spilling a drop of wine or toppling any course’s carefully plated Thai food feast. In between courses, servers wait discreetly on a platform a few feet away in case guests want to order more food.

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Treepod dining is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and high tea and can only accommodate one party of two or four people at a time. The menu features Thai/continental offerings like pepper chicken with cucumbers, tomatoes, and pesto, and roasted spiced lamb chop for 5,000 in Thai baht, or THB, per person ($157.59) for dinner or high tea, $5,666 THB per person ($178.60 per person) for lunch, or 7,000 THB per person ($220) for breakfast.

Contact Joanna Fantozzi at [email protected]

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