Samui Wining & Dining
Life’s a Beach (Bar)

Impiana Resort’s Beach Bar is the perfect place to enjoy beach life.

 

Page-10If you want to know the best place to go, always follow the locals. One particular local thinks that Chaweng Noi Beach, in front of Impiana Resort is the best spot on the island … if you were around early in the morning on 12th February, you would have seen a large female sea turtle slowly making her way out of the clear blue sea to the powdery sand. For the first time in 15 years, a sea turtle returned to the beach to lay her eggs – feeling this to be the best place for her offspring to start their lives.

      You can’t get more local than a sea turtle, so she must be in the know when it comes to the best beaches to visit on the island. Luckily for her, the staff at Impiana noticed her labour of love, and called in the Department of Fisheries who carefully removed her eggs, keeping them safe from dogs and other unforeseen dangers, and later released the hatchlings safely into the sea. This is a positive sign that the water is improving in the area, and the department was grateful for the call and commended the resort on their environmental awareness.

      A big part of an ideal island holiday would involve a substantial amount of time spent sipping cocktails or cold beers at a relaxed beach bar. If that

beach bar is on a beach so pristine that turtles are happy to lay their eggs, then even better. Cue Impiana and their newly renovated and simply named, Beach Bar. A good beach bar requires certain elements - comfortable seating, a friendly barman, a relaxed atmosphere, ice-cold drinks, and a fantastic view. Well, Impiana’s Beach Bar ticks all these boxes, and on top of that, serves great food too.

     Let’s start with the drinks. Beer connoisseurs will insist that a good beer needs to be served at just the right temperature. General Manager, David Xavier (being a beer lover himself), understands this need, and has recently purchased equipment from Bangkok, which ensures that the on-tap beer is kept at just the right temperature – icy cold! Local beer, Singha, as well as imported Heineken are available on draft, and when it comes to cocktails, a full selection is on offer, but a refreshing ‘must try’, is the lychee mojito according to Director of F&B, Khun Sujin.

     And it’s all too easy to make the most of these refreshing drinks with not one, but three daily happy hours, first from noon to 2:00 pm, then from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and again from 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Happy hour works on a buy-one-get-one-free basis, and from Monday through to Saturday, enjoy live music by the Sentinal Band.

      The Beach Bar extends over two levels – the lower level being only a few steps from the water’s edge, and the upper deck offering exceptional views across Chaweng Noi Bay. This upper deck is the ideal location for intimate private functions.

      Moving on to the food. Beach barbecues and beach bars go hand in hand, and at lunchtime, you’ll find a dedicated barbecue menu offering items prepared on a flame grill out in the open. Choose from classic favourites such as burgers or hotdogs and steak sandwiches, or go for GM David’s recommendation of the barbecue pork teriyaki. All items on the barbecue menu are priced between 100 and 170 baht. A light snack menu is also available.

         Should you want to enjoy the beach on a balmy evening, you can take advantage of Impiana’s themed evenings, which take place at the Beach Bar and Sabai Restaurant. These events have become extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why, as they’re such great value. Monday night sees the ‘Classical Thai Night Buffet’, which offers a spread of all the best Thai dishes, and is offered at a mere 590 baht per person.

         If you’re not in the mood for Thai food, visit Impiana on a Wednesday night for the ‘Italian Night Buffet’ at 490 baht per person. Friday night offers the third themed evening of the week, with a ‘Beach BBQ Buffet’, offering a selection of fresh seafood and meats from the grill, along with delicious side dishes and accompaniments. Again, the buffet is a very reasonable price tag at only 690 baht per head, and the evening is made special with live music and a fire juggling show.

         An a la carte menu is available too, with chef’s specials on non-themed nights. Tuesdays highlight the ‘Catch of the Day’ from 250 baht, Thursdays is ‘Steak Supreme’ from only 300 baht, while Saturday offers ‘Surf & Turf’ for those who like both!

         So whether you’re looking for a spot to lie back, dig your toes in the sand while enjoying an ice cold beer or cocktail, or looking for a hearty buffet at a reasonable price, the Beach Bar at Impiana is the place to be. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled, as you might just be lucky enough to spot a returning local digging in the sand, looking for a place to lay her eggs… now wouldn’t that be a prized holiday memory?

         

Rosanne Turner


 


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