Samui Wining & Dining

The beautiful Silavadee Resort offers a selection of dining and wining options.


14-15No matter which resort you’re staying at, it’s great to get out and explore the island, and pop into other resorts you pass by. The problem is that some of the best resorts don’t lie on the ring-road or main thoroughfares, so you may be missing out on a great experience, should you not spot their turnoff. Silavadee Pool Spa Resort is just such a place, and offers several dining and drinking venues dotted around its gorgeous property, giving variety to not only their in-house guests, but also welcoming outside diners.

      The resort itself is reminiscent of a botanical garden, and guests are transported around in golf buggies to their dining destinations. So if you arrive at Silavadee (the turnoff is as you enter Lamai, down the same road as Banyan Tree and Renaissance, right at the end of the road), just let the reception staff know which of the bars or restaurants you’d like to visit, and they’ll run you there in a buggy. With a thick overhang of trees, vines and tropical blossoms, you feel as though you’re travelling through a rain forest, albeit a well-manicured one. Vines cling to giant boulders, adding to the scene, and every now and then, through the foliage, you get a glimpse of the secluded cove below, which can be reached by a wooden walkway.

      The first venue to choose from is The Height restaurant, which specializes in authentic Thai cuisine. As the name suggests, this venue offers breathtaking views, as well as seclusion and romance. Choose between two air-conditioned dining rooms, a selection of open-air terraces overlooking the bay, or private tables tucked between huge granite rocks, surrounded by the gardens and protected by the trees. Arrive around 6:00 pm, and you’ll enjoy the magical effect of the sun dipping behind the mountains, leaving a warm glow in the eastern skies. The venue is perfect for both groups and romantic tables for two, and is open from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm.

      Sun Moon Star restaurant consists of three different components, each with its own function and character. Firstly, there’s the fully-air-conditioned Moon restaurant, beautifully kitted out in teak wood. Here you can enjoy the view, but escape the heat, and indulge in international fare, as well as Thai cuisine, with seafood being a specialty. Try the Silavadee seafood soup – a rich combination of fresh seafood in a creamy tomato broth, served with toasted garlic bread. Or perhaps the starter of mixed seafood – baked white prawns, salmon and red tuna in white wine Pernod sauce, served with Japanese caviar.

     For main course, choose which seafood you’d like grilled: Phuket lobster, jumbo tiger prawns, or whole snapper to mention but a few. A selection of potato side dishes and sauces are available, and all come with seasonal vegetables.

      For those that prefer meat on the grill, there’s a wide selection too, such as Australian beef (tenderloin, sirloin, rib-eye and veal) as well as New Zealand lamb, local pork, duck breast and chicken. Moon is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

         Sun offers outdoor seating next to the pool, located below Moon. Swim up to the bar, or laze in the jet beds, sunk into the infinity pool. The Pdeck area is the perfect location for evening barbecues, and where group parties and wedding receptions can be held away from the main restaurant. And with its elevated position perched on top of giant granite boulders, it catches the breeze and offers panoramic sea views of the rocks and private bay below. Try the evening a la carte Sun Deck barbecue, where your choice of grilled meat or seafood is charged by weight.

         Star is located on the rooftop, above Sun, and this is the ideal location to sip on cocktails and enjoy some snacks while watching the sun going down, or doing a little star-gazing. Sink into a cuddle couch, or dine at a table set into the shallow pool. Star is only open in the evening, weather permitting, while Sun is open for dinner, as well as offering a lighter menu from the pool bar for lunch.

         As if you’re not spoilt enough for choice, there’s still the Beach Bar, located just below The Height, which serves the same casual lunch menu as the Pool Bar. And saving the most interesting for last, if you fancy a little sophistication, pop in at the Wine & Cigar Lounge, complete with its own cellar and selection of cigars. A good time to drop by is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, when the ‘wine buffet’ is on offer. For 990 baht per person, you can try as much wine as you like in the hour, with a selection from around the world. It’s the perfect place for a pre-dinner unwinding session before heading to Moon, Sun or The Height for dinner.

         So dare to venture off the ring-road, take a detour up a winding road to a spectacular forested resort leading down to a secluded beach. Silavadee blends in perfectly with nature, and that’s just how it should be.


Rosanne Turner


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