Samui Wining & Dining
Celebrate in Style
Samui Buri Beach Resort’s Christmas and New Year celebrations are packed full of fun and festivity.


Celebrate in StyleYou may well have your holiday celebrations booked already. But if not, then the team at Samui Buri Beach Resort, in Maenam, can put your last minute worries to rest. They’ve done all the planning you could possibly imagine for the festive period. And they’ll even come and pick you up and return you home later, all for free.


Positioned on the western end of Maenam Beach, this beautifully landscaped resort is idyllic. There’re views right around the bay, hotels are few and far between and Koh Pha-Ngan looks so close you think you could skip a stone across to it. And their L’escale restaurant, bar and terrace all overlook the beach. Each day they have ‘happy hours’ from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm (buy one and get one free), all-day tapas and extensive Thai and International menus. And over the Christmas and New Year period, they also have two fabulous events for all the family.


On the 24th of December, they’re hosting a spectacular Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. It starts with a welcome cocktail at 7:00 pm and during the evening there’s a cabaret show, music, a prize draw and a special appearance by Santa Claus and Santarina. The price is only 1,700 baht (no added service charge or tax) for adults and 800 baht for children with a complimentary bottle of wine for each table. And throughout the evening the chefs will be preparing and cooking a mouthwatering array of festive foods.


Head Chef, Khun Suraporn Munyuen, is one of the island’s most respected Thai chefs. He’s worked at some of Samui’s best known resorts and has also spent time promoting Thai cuisine in Europe. And he’s led the brigade at Samui Buri for the last four years. He and his team have spent months planning the elaborate Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner that you can pick away at all night. Start by tasting their homemade canapés with your welcome cocktail. They include tuna Carpaccio, fresh salmon, shrimp and bruschetta. And then it’s a matter of wandering around the myriad cooking stations and display tables on the beach and tucking in. Chefs will carve roast beef, roast leg of pork and roast turkey with all the trimmings. There will also be white snapper, duck breast with orange sauce, New Zealand tenderloin, Thai favourites and dozens of salads. And a cook-to-order barbecue station with tiger prawns, squid, mussels, crab, chicken, beef and pork. Vegetarians are also well looked after and do save a space for dessert. Their acclaimed pastry chef has made Christmas pudding, Christmas log, cookies, Black Forest gateau, apple strudel, fruit tarts and delicious creamy cakes. And if you’ve paced yourself, you might even squeeze in some cheese and port afterwards.


Throughout the holiday period, they also have some great deals on wines starting at 990 baht net per bottle, 1,390 baht for sparkling and special promotions on beers and spirits. And from midday until 4:00 pm on the 25th they have a pizza and Singha beer special (280 baht) if you feel like lazing around on the beach and gently recovering from the excesses of the night before. Or you could just let yourself be pampered for a few hours in their in-house Thai-Thai Spa. Let experienced therapists massage essential oils and herbs into your slightly expanded waistline leaving you refreshed and revitalized for the week ahead.


And that culminates in Samui Buri’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. It’s themed around a Thai Temple Fair Festival and will be unlike any New Year’s party you’ve experienced at home. All the staff will be in a variety of traditional costumes, there will be entertainment, prize draws, funfair-style stalls to keep kids and adults amused, Thai boxing, a monkey theatre show, traditional Thai dancing, three one-hour sets by the highly acclaimed band Symply Harmony and a fantastic fireworks display at midnight. And there will be a feast of foods that will have you salivating at the thought for a long time afterwards.


It all begins at 7:00 pm and lasts through until the early hours. There’s no need to rush with dinner as the chefs will be manning their cooking stations all night. And even if you just had one bite of everything on offer you wouldn’t come close to tasting it all. Their ‘Carvery Station’ will have whole roasted Norwegian Salmon, whole mackerel, roasted ducks and chickens, crispy suckling pork and a wide selection of buttered vegetables and accompanying sauces. Under the banner of ‘International Hot Dishes’, you can order Thai beef with wild mushrooms, sea bass with Champagne herb cream, confit of duck, ravioli of ricotta cheese with spinach and fresh basil, coffee infused pork fillet and oven-roasted jacket potatoes with garlic and parsley. And the ‘Fresh Seafood Boat’ will have imported mussels, crab, squid, prawns and caviar.


There’re further sections for hot Thai and Asian dishes, soups and breads, more appetizers and salads than there’s space to mention, a children’s corner, live cooking demonstrations and enough cream and chocolate filled desserts to fill a Parisian patisserie. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner costs 5,555 baht (net) for adults and 2,555 baht (net) for children. And don’t forget about the free pick-up service.


Celebrating Christmas or New Year on Samui is very special. And the team at Samui Buri Beach Resort has spent the last few months in planning and preparation to ensure that you have the best and most memorable time of your life.


Johnny Paterson


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