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Nora Beach Resort & Spa offers beachside dining, themed evenings and plenty to keep you entertained.


10-01Location, location, location – some say it’s everything. But what makes a good location for a resort? Well, if it’s an island destination, then beachfront is important to many. Some prefer to be right in the middle of the buzz, and others prefer to be away from it all, choosing tranquillity and relaxation over the nightlife. Nora Beach Resort & Spa is perfectly positioned, only two kilometres away from Chaweng proper, yet is located in a secluded bay on the hill, sprawling down to a sandy beach devoid of crowds. So you can satisfy your mood of the moment and party with the rest of the holidaymakers, or retreat to the calm of your resort.

      Should crowds not be your choice of the day, then you’ll do well to stay in at Nora Beach, as the resort has several dining options, as well as in-house entertainment to keep guests happy. And of course, outside guests are more than welcome to join in too.

      So first on the agenda is Tuesday’s ‘Siam Kingdom Night Buffet’, which is held in the Prasuthon Restaurant, down by the beach. This is a great way to experience an assortment of Thai dishes, especially for those a little nervous of ordering the unknown from a menu. Many of the dishes on the buffet are prepared by the chefs at show stations along the buffet table, so you can ask

them about what they’re making and see what’s going into the dishes. Choose from many Thai favourites, including phad Thai, an assortment of satay, and even a Thai dessert table, all at a very reasonable 700 baht net per person (children six to ten years of age pay half price). Come as a group of four adults, and they’ll include a bucket of Singha Light beer too! In keeping with the theme, traditional Thai dancing and music form the evening’s entertainment. Thursday evening sees a different buffet being hosted, this time with an ‘East meets West’ theme. Executive Chef, Khun Sitthichai’s special buffet is a perfect blend of Thai and Asian specialities, as well as popular Western dishes. The evening’s entertainment is a light-hearted Polynesian dance and cabaret show, as well as the in-house Mariposa duo band. The price for this extensive buffet is 900 baht net per person (again, children aged six to ten years pay half price).

      If you’re just after a few drinks and some good music, the Mariposa duo band plays nightly from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Prasuthon Restaurant, and from 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm in the lobby lounge. Three daily happy hours keep guests and visitors in a merry mood –1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Pool Par, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Prasuthon Restaurant, and again from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the lobby bar.

     If it’s romance you’re after, book a private dinner for two on the beach, complete with sala decked in flowing fabric and flowers, and the services of a private chef and waiter for the night. Book a Thai menu for 5,000 baht or an International menu for 6,000 baht per couple. Note that advance reservation is required to prepare this special setup and feast.

      Aside from the themed evenings, happy hours and romantic private beach dining, Nora Beach Resort has recently revamped their a la carte menu, and Chef Sitthichai highlighted a few new additions to the menu for us – some Thai, some European, and some fusion.

       First, there’s the ‘Nora Crab Cake’, a classic crab cake served with crabmeat curry cream sauce. Staying with seafood, an interesting new addition is the ‘Golden Sea Salad’ – fried king prawns and scallops, served with papaya salad, wrapped in rice paper and served with a fruit and herbal sauce.

         Seafood features strongly on the new menu, and another fusion dish is the ‘Country Style Grilled Salmon’, a grilled salmon fillet stuffed with a seafood mousse, and served with a red curry cream sauce. Or, try the ‘King of the Sea’, with a grilled king prawn, king scallop, and a sea bass fillet, served with a mint mango salsa and a chilli balsamic sauce.

         For those who aren’t seafood fans, there’s the ‘Caprese Grilled Chicken with a Balsamic Reduction’ – a grilled chicken breast served with grilled tomato, baked zucchini with cheese, and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. These are just highlights of the new menu, which offers something for all tastes, be it traditional Thai cuisine, or International favourites.

         So if you’re looking to kick back and relax with some light-hearted entertainment, while enjoying some great food in a beautiful beachfront setting, join Chef Sitthichai and the Maraposa duo band at Nora Beach Resort & Spa.


Rosanne Turner


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