Samui Wining & Dining
Beach Bash!

Planning a private beach party? Akyra Chura is just the place to arrange it all for you.
Villas & Resort offers great food along a secluded beach.


20-21You have a special occasion coming up and you’re at your wit’s end what to do. No matter what you come up with, it seems to be a case of ‘been there, done that’. Well why not feel like a celebrity for a day (or night) and host your own private party, complete with cocktails and DJ, on the soft white sands of Chaweng Beach, at Akyra Chura Samui Resort.

      If you’ve not yet visited this hip and happening adults only (over 12s) Zen-inspired resort, it’s located on the quieter northern end of the popular and trendy Chaweng Beach. It’s only a 500-metre walk along the beach, or along the road behind the resort, to the main shopping and nightlife area of Chaweng. Soft greys and neutral tones, linen, simple artwork, screens, wood and screed floors, bamboo and slanted roofs all add to the Zen feel. The open-air bathrooms are remarkable, and the one-bedroom suites feature enormous granite bathtubs with rain showers, double vanities, bathrobes and body products. The rooms are set in steel, glass and wood modern Japanese-style units, along a path leading to the Barracuda Bar and Grill, the pool and the beach.

      The trendy look of the resort sets the scene for the exclusive beach parties that have become a niche market, created by Resident Manager, Stephane Carric. Stephane, and the resort’s events planner work by the company’s motto, ‘At Akyra Chura Samui, we take our 'Weddings, Parties, Anything' commission to heart. We are all about turning dreams into reality and the serious business of having fun in paradise.’

      These private beach parties are marketed as ‘Akyra Groove’ functions, and with local celebrity DJ, Simon Solo hosting them, you’re sure to get your groove on. Stephane explains how there’s no package for these parties as such, as he doesn’t want to put imaginary limitations on what can be provided. So once you’ve decided you’d like your private beach party, a meeting (virtual, or email for those not yet on the island) will be held to discuss the limitless possibilities.

      With the powdery sand as your dance floor, the view of Chaweng Bay as your backdrop, and edgy sounds from Simon Solo, you’ve got the perfect base from which to start planning your party. A minimum of 20 guests are required to book a private beach party, with a maximum of 40 – and there’s no venue fee charged. The party is charged per head for food – starting at only 1,200 baht per person, and the DJ is thrown in free. It’s up to the host whether they’d like an open or cash bar, and any extras are charged for separately, such as a masseuse, fire shows, fireworks, bands, dancers and other entertainment.

     The kitchen is adept at preparing both Western and Thai food. A cocktails and barbecue finger-food menu works well for a beach party, explains Stephane, but really, it’s entirely up to you, and virtually any menu can be catered for. The party is hosted on the beach under a huge tree, and guests are welcome to use the resort’s swimming pool area too.

      The beach parties are ideal for any occasion, be it a small wedding, birthday bash, anniversary, club event, or just any excuse for a get together with good friends.

       But if it’s an intimate dinner for two rather than a party you’re after, Akyra Chura has catered for you too, with their ‘Seafood Set Dinner’ for two, at 4,500 baht net per couple. A fabric-draped gazebo is set up on the beach, creating the ideal setting for a romantic dinner.

         Seafood makes the perfect meal while digging your toes into the soft sand, and the sea lapping only metres away. Assorted grilled skewers, a mixed salad and garlic bread start off the feast, getting the digestive juices going for the mighty main course to follow.

         Several dishes to share form the main course, such as fried crab with curry, fried fish fillet with sweet chilli sauce, grilled tiger prawns and grilled lobster as well as fried lobster with cashew nuts. Rounding off the main course is fried rice with pineapple and fried prawns with dipping sauces.

         A platter of seasonal tropical fruits forms a refreshing dessert, and a bottle of house wine is included in the price.

         So whether you’re looking for a special evening just for two, or want your friends to join in the fun and host your own ‘Akyra Groove’ beach party, Akyra Chura is the perfect location.


Rosanne Turner


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