Samui Wining & Dining
Culinary Delights

Being spoilt for choice at Conrad Koh Samui.


7There are many, many resorts and hotels on Samui, and visitors to this beautiful island have an incredible selection to choose from. Some visitors like to stay in the busy areas where they can enjoy the daily hustle and bustle, where they can shop to their hearts content or prowl the streets at night sampling all the different foods on offer at the various restaurants that line the street. Chaweng is popular for this and you’ll find many beautiful boutique resorts along this stretch of coastline.

      But maybe you’re after some good beaches and not so much nightlife, so perhaps you head to Lamai, maybe you like it a little quieter still, with the option of some smaller restaurants, bars and pubs at night and you head to Bophut or Bangrak

      But what happens if you want total peace and quiet. What happens if you have had enough buzz and activity during your normal day-to-day life and now you just want to get away from it all? You don’t want thumping nightclubs; you don’t want to walk the streets looking for your next meal. You want a beautiful room, maybe an option of preparing some simple food yourself, and you want to be treated to first class cuisine while looking out across the sea. Does that sound like you? Then Conrad Koh Samui is where you need to be…

      Tucked away in the far south west corner of the island, you have to zigzag up the hillside and when you arrive at the top, you’re treated to a view that literally blows you away. The azure Gulf of Thailand is spread out in front of you, and from this very high vantage poin, you can see across to the mainland as well as the various little islands dotted around the coast. It really must be seen to be believed.

       You have a selection of one or two bedroom villas to choose from, each with their own infinity plunge pool, all brimming with luxury features. The decor includes beautiful original artwork pieces and Thai silk furnishings. If you fancy some home cooked food, your villa’s kitchen is fitted out with all the latest appliances so you can easily cook up a meal. Sit on your private balcony and take in the ocean views while enjoying a coffee from your espresso machine, or, of course, a drink from the well-stocked minibar.

       But even though the villa’s kitchens are beautiful, the dining options at the Conrad might be more tempting. All restaurants use fresh, local or imported, organic produce, and with five to choose from you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste.

      ‘Jahn’ is Conrad’s ‘culinary crown jewel’. It offers authentic Thai and pan-Asian cuisine. An opulent dining experience, dress code is formal for this luxury restaurant. Seating just 28 guests in a candle-lit dining room, it is only open for dinner. You can enjoy a unique view of the moonlit ocean and nearby islands through the floor to ceiling windows while dining. The Executive Chef, Konrad Inghelram, has been here for almost three years and his impressive career has seen him not only working for four different Michelin-starred kitchens, but also mentioned in many magazines such as OK!, Men’s Health Magazine, Evening Standard and Time-out. He also collaborated with Albert Roux for menu and concept development at the Sofitel St. James in London. Along with his team at the Conrad, you’ll know you’re in exceptionally good hands when it comes to dining.

        If you’re serious about wine, visit the Conrad’s wine cellar and exclusive dining area called ‘The Cellar’. This private wine cellar houses over 3,000 vintages and is perfect for very special occasions or interactive wine-tasting evenings. The chef and sommelier have worked together closely to create a perfect menu to enjoy in this atmospheric room. The Cellar, and its exclusive dining experience, is available by reservation only.

      Why not enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail outside at the Aura Lounge? Perched high on the hillside and with comfy oversize furniture and blazing fire pits, this is the place to view the amazing Samui sunsets over the golden waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Here you can enjoy wine, spirits and of course, cocktails.

         If you prefer something a little more casual, visit the beach level poolside restaurant - Azure. Situated right on the side of the resort’s large infinity pool, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a landscaped garden. They even change the music and lighting at twilight to reflect the colours of the evening sky.

         If a more vibrant, lively atmosphere is what you’re after, then visit Zest, Conrad’s smart/casual all-day restaurant. Situated high on the hillside, they offer Mediterranean specialities which you can enjoy either inside or outside while again, admiring that incredible ocean view. They have an unusual refrigerated display here which showcases some of the beautifully prepared ingredients that are later used in some of the dishes.

         Maybe, even though you love the view, you’re keen to get out onto those blue waters, how about enjoying one of four dining options on the Conrad’s luxury boat charter service. Enjoy different ‘Picnic Baskets’ with a selection of prawns, chicken or smoked salmon or try the ‘Destination BBQ on the beach’. You’re guaranteed to feel pampered.

         With all this on offer at Conrad Koh Samui, you’re certain to experience fine cuisine in a little corner of paradise.


Colleen Setchell


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