Samui Wining & Dining
The Personal Touch

Relaxed beachside dining at Buri Rasa’s The Beach Club.

 

5When you think of beachside dining, what do you think of? A table for two set up on the sand while the ocean waves lap gently beside you? Or do you think of a restaurant close to the beach where you can feel the gentle sea breeze but have your feet on solid ground? The Beach Club at Buri Rasa Samui can offer you both.

      Buri Rasa has been here since 2005 and the onsite restaurant became ‘The Beach Club’ after first being the Italian themed ‘Green Olive’ and then ‘Betelnut’. The aim here is for a chilled, laid-back environment where you can sit and relax, while the cool sea breeze carries your stresses and strains away. The decor is simple, in neutral colours, and the water features that surround the restaurant help to create an atmosphere of tranquillity.

       The Beach Club offers a breakfast buffet (from 7:00 am - 10:30 am), a lunch menu (from 10:30 am until 6:00 pm) and an a la carte dinner menu and barbecue (from 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm). You’ll never go hungry here!

      The breakfast buffet has the usual cold food selection such as home-made yoghurts, cheeses, meats, Bloody Marys, home-made breads and jams, to name just a few. It also offers a choice of hot options that are still part of the buffet, but are ‘cooked to order’ to ensure absolute freshness. A selection of coffees and even fresh honey on its natural honeycomb will complement your meal nicely. Some guests are known to spend as long as two hours savouring their breakfast while enjoying the gorgeous views. After your meal, you can take just a few steps and flop onto your sun lounger on the sand. This really is beachside dining.

       ‘Lunch’ is served throughout the day but the restaurant really comes into its own at dinner time. Once the tables are set up on the pool decking and on the beach, the atmosphere changes. Pretty white lights hang from the trees, and the whole beachside dining area takes on a somewhat magical atmosphere.

       The most popular choice for dinner is the seafood barbecue, with the choices available changing almost daily, depending on what was swimming in the sea that morning. Now that’s absolute freshness. The restaurant’s menu is predominantly European/Mediterranean, but a good selection of Thai dishes is also on offer. In order to keep customers happy, the emphasis is on value for money, and this is nicely illustrated by the ‘Happy Hour’ each night from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm, where you get a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer on every drink except champagne.

      Occasionally in high season, the restaurant puts on some form of entertainment such as fire displays or even an Elvis tribute show. (Yes, Elvis is alive and well, and living on Samui!)

      Even though they offer great value for money, this doesn’t detract from the service. In the restaurant, they’re able to recommend drinks or wines to accompany your dinner, or even organise a romantic evening meal with a personalised menu.

      The personalised service is what makes this beachside dining experience a truly memorable one. General Manager, Bernd Schillig, takes great pride in telling us about the large number of repeat guests they have in both the resort and the restaurant. The staff are all regularly trained, encouraged and supported to learn from other hotels and restaurants, and even have ‘Employee of the Month’ and ‘Employee of the Year’ awards. They’ve all learned to understand and recognise their customer’s needs. The main customer-facing staff are also given the authority to deal with any matters or complaints that arise immediately. No waiting to contact the manager or supervisor. The issue is addressed on the spot with your absolute satisfaction in mind. All customers are really looked after here and treated as if they were the only ones in the resort or restaurant. The staff here have all been with Buri Rasa for many years. They have a well-established team who are all well trained and well-motivated. It’s easy to see why so many people return.

       The personalised service doesn’t stop at the restaurant either. The staff looking after customers on the beach will not only remember your name, but remember what time you came to sunbathe and where you liked to sit. You might even find your sun lounger set up before you arrive. I don’t know about you, but that would certainly make me feel special. It’s a nice, personal touch. Because of the restaurant’s location, there are sometimes occasions when bad weather threatens to ruin your meal. Never fear, large electronic canvas screens are quickly lowered to protect you and your food from any sudden showers, which never really last long anyway.

       When asked what made this beachside dining experience unique, Bernd, with no hesitation, replied with a smile, “The atmosphere, the personal service and the value for money.” Really, what more could you ask for.

         

Colleen Setchell


 


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