Samui Wining & Dining
Shoot for the Moon and Land Among the Stars.

Silavadee offers guests three dining areas to relax and enjoy.


Page-12-13Tucked away on top of a headland in north Lamai, lies the beautiful Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. Blending in perfectly with the hillside and rocks, the resort’s lush gardens are a welcome relief from the heat. Taking the left turn directly after Beach Republic, you follow the road around until the resort appears on the left.

      The resort has become increasingly popular, especially with couples and honeymooners, and has recently expanded with the addition of 25 new pool villas, making a total of 80 rooms. It also boasts not one, but two restaurants. The Height is the original restaurant, built overlooking the private beach and bay that guests can enjoy. All tables, whether on the outside terrace or the air conditioned interior, have breath-taking sea views. Early evening is the perfect time to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset, before dining at your private table tucked between the huge granite rocks. The Height offers Thai fine dining and is only open for dinner, with last orders at 10:30pm.

      You can walk through the beautiful grounds down to the second restaurant, or be driven down in a golf buggy. This all-day restaurant called ‘Sun Moon Star’ offers international dishes, fresh seafood and traditional

Thai cuisine. There is something for everyone to enjoy from their menu and they also arrange private barbecues, parties and wedding receptions.

     The concept of this restaurant is an interesting one - three words, for three different areas of dining. Sun is the name of the lower outdoor seating area situated next to the infinity swimming pool, which looks out over the rocks. Sun loungers are placed in the water on a ledge at the edge of the pool, and there is even a sunken pool bar so you can keep cool while enjoying your holiday cocktails. This area also has a large wooden decked area, called The Deck, in amongst the rocks, which is perfect for dining in the evening. At night time, the candles on the tables turn it into an intimate dining area. It really is an ideal spot to enjoy your meal.

     The next level up is Moon. A fully air-conditioned restaurant with large windows so you don’t miss out on the views, but can still escape the heat for a few hours. This beautiful teak wood dining area is open for breakfast from 6:00 am and takes last dinner orders at 10:30 pm.

      And last, but most certainly not least, is the upper level in the form of a rooftop bar, Star, where you can sip cocktails and enjoy the sunset or some star gazing. Opening at 5:00 pm, this spacious area has been beautifully designed to provide a private, intimate area to sit quietly and enjoy some drinks and snacks. There are a few large comfy rattan chairs, big enough for two so you and your loved one can snuggle up and enjoy the night sky, while sampling some of the many cocktails on offer. Or choose to sit in one of the sunken seating areas, beautifully lit and surrounded by pretty tea-lights and lanterns. This area is truly the place to be when the sun goes down. Happy hour is every night between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and includes a ‘buy one drink, get your second drink free’ offer on all cocktails, beers, glasses of wine and soft drinks.

      We spoke to Food and Beverage Manager, Khun Vibool Kerdnat (Wat) and he excitedly told us what was on offer for these three areas. They are always thinking of new and interesting ways to keep their guests entertained, and these promotions change every few months. Recently, Monday night was a movie night at the rooftop bar, Star, where you could enjoy drinks, popcorn and tom yum nuts while enjoying a different romantic comedy each week. Tuesdays offered a Thai buffet at Moon. But this buffet is slightly different - all food displayed is raw and guests are free to choose their ingredients and the chef will cook it right away for them. The same happens on Thursday nights but this time with the barbecue night on the decking at Sun. Salad, breads, and plenty of fresh seafood and meat to choose from.

         But the restaurant menu is also very tempting will make it tricky to decide what to eat (and drink). The lunch menu’s best seller is the ‘Mixed Appetiser’ with deep fried prawn cake, vegetable spring rolls and chicken satay, great for sharing. Also popular is the ‘Satay Ruem Mit’, a selection of grilled beef, pork, chicken all marinated in a curry herb marinade, barbecued and served with peanut sauce and a special accompaniment called ‘ajad’ - a mix of finely chopped shallot, cucumber, sweet vinegar and chilli. The roasted duck curry is also a good choice, or maybe the spare ribs with their sticky honey marinade. Salads, pizza, pasta, and burgers are all available as well as five vegetarian options.

         There is even a simple ‘mix and match’ method to make ordering easier. The different choices of meat are listed – beef tenderloin, sirloin, or rib eye; lamb chops, Duck breast, just to mention a few. Just below, are a selection of sauces and side dishes that you can select. The same method is available for the seafood. Choose between Phuket lobster, Canadian lobster, jumbo tiger prawns, salmon fillet or whole snapper and match it up with a sauce (white wine, herb butter or Thai lemon chilli) or side dish (baked potato, potato cake or gratin potatoes). There are individual seafood dishes available too. Dinner at the Moon is smart casual.

         So if you’re looking for somewhere different, try Sun Moon Star for something a little special.


Colleen Setchell


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