Samui Wining & Dining
Wed In Bliss

Putting the preparations for your big day in the hands of the experts at Melati Beach Resort just makes so much sense.

p3Samui is now one of the world’s top island destinations for weddings. Couples from all over the planet come to this idyllic little tropical island to exchange rings, pledge their love and start their married life on its sun-drenched shores. And it’s easy to see why they travel thousands of miles just to be here – picture-postcard beaches, mountain backdrops, luxury accommodation and outstanding value for money.

There’s a host of other reasons, too, and one of the most attractive is the high levels of service and professionalism that selected resorts offer for such an important event in a couple’s life. Having a dedicated wedding planner organise every last detail for you is a godsend for many people. It literally means that all you have to do is turn up. And whilst the cost of such a service might be prohibitive at home, it’s more than affordable here; there is, in fact, no real comparison.

Melati Beach Resort and Spa, on the north-eastern tip of Samui, is one of those resorts that’s gained an outstanding reputation amongst newlyweds. It’s just 15 minutes from Chaweng yet is secluded with a long stretch of beach that’s only accessible from the resort. Of the 79 villas and suites, 41 boast their own private pools and the resort is set amidst lush tropical greenery and landscaped gardens. Their kitchen brigade consistently produces innovative Thai and international dishes and Food and Beverage Manager, Alfredo Alonso, has worked with some of the best hotels on Samui organizing and overseeing hundreds of weddings. The Melati Spa has also received a special award from Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi; one of only two spas on the island to be given such prestigious recognition for the quality of their treatments.

To help couples shape how their big day will go, the team at Melati has compiled a number of special wedding packages and optional extras that make your life easy and the occasion memorable. Their ‘Traditional Western Ceremony’ (75,000++ baht) includes: full planning, organization and consultation with your own personal wedding co-ordinator; a wedding celebrant or pastor; a secluded wedding beach for the ceremony; bouquet for the bride and buttonhole for the groom; floral arrangement at the ceremonial site; honeymoon decoration in your villa or suite including a bottle of sparkling wine; a wedding cake; a wedding gift from the hotel; a one-hour aroma or Thai massage for both the bride and groom; a wedding certificate from the resort; a beautiful signatory book; deluxe fruit basket on arrival; and breakfast service in your room on the first morning of your marriage.

Alternatively, you may wish to embrace some of the cultural aspects of Thailand and opt for a ‘Buddhist Wedding’ (85,000++ baht). You don’t need to be a practicing Buddhist to undertake this ceremony. And whilst the format of the celebration is quite different to a Western wedding, there’s no need to be concerned. Alfredo and his team walk and talk you through the ceremony the day before and give a full explanation of the cultural significances of the proceedings. It includes: full planning, organization and consultation with your own personal wedding co-ordinator; five Buddhist monks to perform the ceremony and blessings; a Master of Ceremonies to assist the monks; secluded wedding beach; ceremonial set-up of a Thai style wedding gazebo; a traditional water-blessing; a long-drum parade; floral arrangements; traditional wedding garlands for the bride and groom; bouquet for the bride; hair dressing and make-up for the bride; floral wedding decoration in your villa/suite; a wedding cake; a wedding gift from the hotel; a wedding certificate from the resort; a beautiful signatory book; a candlelit dinner for the bride and groom with sparkling wine; a deluxe fruit basket on arrival; and breakfast service in your room on the first morning of your marriage.

They also have an ‘East Meets West’ style package (94,000++ baht) that incorporates many of the elements of both ceremonies. And you can, of course, tailor your big day to your specific needs and desires. There’s also a range of optional extras to choose from. You may want: a professional photographer or videographer; additional spa or beauty treatments for the bridesmaids; or more elaborate floral decorations. And, of course, there’s the reception after the ceremony. You can start with champagne and canapés as you pose for photographs and follow that later with anything from a beach barbecue to a ten-course formal dinner. There’s a whole range of menus to suit every need, from regional Thai cuisine to set fusion menus of Italian, Spanish, French and Japanese delicacies. Here’re a couple of examples that you might want to consider.

 

Thai Fusion

 

Course 1

Tempura prawn with curried carrot and sweet soy Thai spring-rolls with glass noodles, julienned vegetables, and apricot glaze.

Hot and sour prawn and pork soup with glass noodle and aromatics.

 

Course 2

Line-caught cod over Thai orange infused sticky-rice with grilled bok choy and green mango syrup.

Grilled chu chi curry duck breast with sticky-rice and mango foam.

Lamb loin massaman with steamed rice, onions, potatoes, and peanuts.

 

Course 3

Coconut custard with bourbon glaze and peanuts.

Thai-style pumpkin pie with sweet cream.

Fried banana with candied cassava.

 

 

French Fusion

 

Course 1

Duck leg confit with apricot, reduction of stout, and sage.

Beef tartar with brioche croutons, quail egg, capers, shallot, and grain mustard.

Baked brie cheese with apples, toasted baguette, and cashew nuts.

 

Course 2

Foie gras fried-rice with blackcurrant jam and garden vegetables.

Ratatouille done classically with caramelized tomato and mille-feuilles served with braised veal.

Croquet monsieur with cured ham, brie, and tomato jam alongside classic frites.

 

Course 3

Apple tarte tatin with vanilla bean ice-cream.

Assortment of imported cheeses with dried fruit and baguette.

Cinnamon beignets with Belgian chocolate

 

Entertainment for your evening reception is also easily arranged. There’re live bands, serenading guitar duos, Thai cultural dance shows, Polynesian dance shows, cabaret shows and DJ’s. As always the choice is yours. And one or two e-mails is all it takes to have it all organised and arranged. If only it was that simple at home!

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