Samui Wining & Dining
Seafood from ‘The Sea’

They might not be in the middle of Chaweng, but they sure know how to make up for it.

 

Page-8Bang Por isn’t the most bustling tourist hot spot on Samui. The coast here has a chance to breathe, with plenty wide open spaces between resorts, long stay bungalows and spas. You can walk for many miles along the beach without any thumping music or beach parties, and you can swim happily without having to watch for too many jet skis. It is also home to The Sea Koh Samui, a luxury beachfront hideaway.

      A small, but perfectly formed, resort set in beautiful gardens filled with flowers and orchids, they have 24 villas and suites in varying degrees of luxury from pool villas to one bedroom studios. Most of the spacious bathrooms feature outside Jacuzzi bathtubs and/or walk-in rain showers. You’ll find fine linen in all the bedrooms and rich teakwood floors throughout. And the light and airy tones and furnishings used will ensure you feel relaxed the minute you put your luggage down. All rooms have LED televisions with a large selection of both local and international channels, but also have DVD players if you prefer your own movies. All villas and suites have a fully equipped kitchen with an adjoining dining area, so each day you can choose to cook a meal yourself, enjoy room-service or treat yourself to a private chef. If you’re staying longer, you can make use of the washing machine and drier installed for your convenience. A complimentary high speed wireless internet service is available as well as the standard fittings such as telephones and personal safes. Everything is designed with easy living in mind, and to make you feel like you’re in a home away from home, rather than in a hotel.

      If you can, drag yourself out of the beautiful rooms and head to the restaurant, Cafe LeBay. Don’t let the word ‘cafe’ put you off, this is far cry from a corner cafe serving coffee, tea and a few pastries. This is a modern style air-conditioned restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. They are open all day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is just as well, you‘ll need as many meal times as possible to try all their tempting dishes.

      Up until recently, if you were relaxing in the pool area at the beachfront and wanted to eat, they would bring the food from the restaurant at the front of the resort. Sadly this meant that sometimes food was cold or ice cream was more cream than ice. So, with customer satisfaction in mind, they’ve decided to change things. Opening in February, Cafe LeBay will boast an additional kitchen situated beside the pool. The concept will be a ‘Seafood Experience’ and will take full advantage of the delicious and easily accessible seafood found around the island. After all, they’re not called ‘The Sea’ for nothing …

      A greater emphasis will be put on sourcing local ingredients, such as vegetables and herbs, thereby supporting the local community. The seafood is already sourced from within 50 kilometres of the resort. The food will remain simple but what will win you over are the presentation and the flavours. For instance, you can easily enjoy a taste from back home and enjoy local seafood by trying their ‘Fish and Chips’ and splash out (and I use the phrase loosely as it costs less than 500 baht) on their signature dish ‘Surf and Turf’. And before you think that they’ve already forgotten about the ‘sourcing locally’ promise, the beef does come from the island.

       The seafood barbecue is extremely popular and can be offered in one of three ways. If you’re feeling particularly lazy, and in full holiday mode, allow the chef to prepare a private seafood barbecue for you in your villa for the ultimate in holiday luxury.

      Or if you prefer to be on the beach, they can prepare a secluded area for you and your guests to enjoy the barbecue there. And finally, if you prefer to just do things yourself but without the hassle of the preparation and washing up, then go for the ‘DIY Barbecue’ (you have a choice between seafood and mixed meats). Everything will be prepared - the meat or seafood will be on skewers, the dipping sauces and salad will be ready, the fish will be wrapped, the grill stations will all be set up, all you have to do is arrive, relax, cook, chat, drink and enjoy. And staff will always be close at hand, just in case you need something

         And just when you think it can’t get any better, it’s time for dessert. You again have options - do you go for the traditional Thai desserts or would you rather satisfy your craving for Häagen Dazs ice cream in a selection of flavours that will make your legs go weak. That does sound tempting, don’t you think?

         

Colleen Setchell


 


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