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What ’s new at Rocky's ?

Rocky’s show that you can improve a winning formula.


10-11When you walk through the grounds at Rocky’s in Lamai, you can see they have a winning formula. Friendly, attentive staff; beautifully manicured gardens; pretty lanterns on the ground or hanging from the trees to light your path at night; an incredible beachside location and two wonderful restaurants. So why change anything? Because at Rocky’s, they are continually reviewing everything to make sure they provide the best for their guests. And clearly this has worked for them, because they won the ‘Traveller’s Choice 2013’ award from TripAdvisor.

      Rocky’s recently made the radical decision to swap their two restaurants around. Yes, it does sound major but in the end, each dining area has the decor and location better suited to the type of dining it provides. The restaurant down on the beach, with its relaxed ambiance, is better equipped to deal with the many themed nights the resort provides for their guests, and the restaurant higher up the resort with its modern, classy decor and poolside location is better placed for Rocky’s fine dining experience.

      The two restaurants at Rocky’s are The Bistro and The Dining Room. The names themselves conjure up images of what type of dining and cuisine can be enjoyed at each place. Let’s start with The Bistro, located right on the beach and reaching out onto the famous rocks. This beautifully furnished restaurant, with its high ceilings and dark wood furniture, has a traditional Thai decor that is strongly influenced by Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Red glasses and candle vases dot the tables, and in the evenings the restaurant has a wonderful warm ambiance.

      Lush green plants and small trees dotted around give the feeling that you’re still outside in the garden. You can also sit outside on the rocks and look out across a tranquil, private cove while a gentle sea breeze keeps you cool, and the waves ripple beside you. Beautiful fresh flowers are everywhere, on the tables, at the bar or in huge water-filled vats placed around the dining and outside pool area. The high ceiling gives the dining area a wonderful spacious feeling, while the decor, candles and lanterns keep it warm, relaxed and comfortable.

      Each night they have a different theme in The Bistro so the guests can sit back, enjoy their meal and take in a variety of different foods, music, entertainment and atmosphere. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, they can enjoy live music. Tuesday nights are ‘Thai Night’ which is the ideal time to experience traditional Thai dancing and flavoursome Thai cuisine. If you enjoy seafood, come along on a Thursday to enjoy ‘Lobster Night’. Fridays are ‘Rustichella Pasta Night’ (I’ve heard that you can sample chocolate pasta - I’ve made a mental note). On Saturdays you can indulge in all day tapas and on Sunday, you’ll be treated to an ‘International BBQ Night’ with a cabaret show.

      In contrast to the casual but lively atmosphere you’ll find in The Bistro, when you head up to The Dining Room, you’ll find a quieter, more elegant, serene atmosphere, conducive to fine dining. Situated next to a beautiful pool, you can relax in the outside bar area and perhaps enjoy one of the many cocktails or drinks on offer, while you wait to dine. If you’re curious about how your food is prepared, they have an open kitchen area here where you can view exactly what is going on ‘behind the scenes’. Watch the chef work his magic or how the staff prepare the ornately cut vegetables.

       The classic, modern decor here is very different to The Bistro downstairs. Simple, clean cut, contemporary designs - there are no shows here, no cabaret, and no themed nights. Just fine dining.

      Rocky’s is also fast establishing itself as a prime location for weddings. If you search on the web for ‘weddings Samui’, Rocky’s will come up in one of the top positions. As soon as you’ve booked, their wedding co-ordinator will look after everything for you. They are able to conduct Christian, non-secular or Buddhist-style weddings, each completely customisable because after all, this is your day - they know that and want to make it as special as possible. Rocky’s can cater for up to 60 guests in their banqueting room but if you have a bigger party, they will also utilise The Bistro restaurant just for you and your party.

         Their wedding packages include the ceremony, full decoration, bouquets, buttonholes, floral arches, sparkling wine and canapés for guests. The honeymoon suite, ideally located in the quiet, far corner of the resort will be decorated with flowers, candles and a bottle of sparkling wine. Here you’ll have a beach wedding with a difference. It won’t be on a public beach with people tanning nearby. No, you have a beautifully secluded private patch of beach, around the side of the resort, partly surrounded by huge granite rocks. It has a view of the stunning azure seas of the Gulf of Thailand which makes this the ideal spot to exchange vows with your loved one. The whole area will be completely transformed - soft material draped over chairs, a walkway, hearts in the sand made from flower petals, a floral arch - anything to create just the magical setting that you want. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of this spot, make sure you do book well in advance to avoid any disappointment.

         They say when you’re at Rocky’s, you’re family and it’s so easy to see why. The resort offers a wonderful escape from reality, and the staff truly looks after you. That’s why so many people return. They’re not just returning to visit a hotel they liked, they’re returning to catch up with family.


Colleen Setchell


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