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Rejoice and Rest

Make merry under the sea almond tree at Akyra Chura.


12-13Choosing the perfect venue to host a private party or a wedding is never easy, especially if you're on Samui. That’s because, here, you're spoilt with choices. Almost every hotel or resort has great accommodation, a pool, a beach-side restaurant with a splendid view, seafood - the works.

      If you're planning to host a private party, with a guest list limited to 50 persons, to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc. and would like to keep it personal, Akyra Chura is a safe bet. They offer customised packages to suit your tastes and needs.

      There are several advantages to a tailor-made beach event. You can create your special personalised menu for the guests, you get to listen to the music you like, perhaps with a private DJ, and the costs of everything remain under your control. At Akyra Club, you have the option to continue your party all the way through to 1:00 am. So, you don't have to tip-toe back to your room like Cinderella with a strict midnight curfew.

      You mostly find young couples at Akyra. This is because the hotel has a rule – kids below the age of 12 aren't allowed to stay in the hotel. Well, at first you may think this is bold, or maybe even unwarranted. But when you delve deeper, you realise this is their USP. There are plenty of tourists who prefer not to be surrounded by kids during their stay, so if you're one of them, you know where to go!

      Akyra Chura is located at the northern end of Chaweng Beach, which is quieter yet still close to the busy centre, where most of Samui's night-life is found. Their spacious rooms are built on both sides of the descending pathway that takes you to the club, by the pool-side beach view restaurant. Each room has a spacious balcony, exclusive spa amenities, and in-room dining options. There are dark blue splashes of colour to complement the black and grey walls, giving their 65 stylish suites and rooms a modern, sophisticated visage.

       The innovative design continues in the pool-side bar, which is decked out with books. Something one wouldn't expect at a place serving booze. You can pick your book, sit and read under their giant forty-something-year-old sea almond tree, called ‘hoo-kwang’ in Thai. A fantastic concept.

         All events at Akyra happen under the shade of this almond tree. By one side of the tree is the beach, and the other is the pool, bar and restaurant.

         You can customise your menu from their a la carte selection, and Akyra's private chef will be happy to prepare the dishes for you. Among the dishes on offer are grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce and green curry with chicken. These will never disappoint you.

         If you're in the mood for pan-fried delicacies, for starters, you can try their tiger prawns with mango and wild spearmint salsa. And for the main-course – pan-fried barracuda with apple and avocado salad and preserved lemon salsa. A tiramisu dessert will complete this treat.

         Seafood addicts can opt for assorted grilled skewers to begin, fried crab with curry (Poo Pat Pong Curry), or fried rice with pineapple (Khao Ob Sap Pa Rod). The Thais never go wrong with their pineapple dishes. You can count on that.

         If it's a breezy evening, you may want to try out their steak – and if you choose the steak dinner set for two, you get a bottle of house wine in the package. A beach massage before this romantic dining experience would be ideal. No need to go hunting for one. They have this facility too.

         They also have a state-of-the-art gym, and yoga classes. Something to do during the day. And for the evenings, Akyra Club's resident DJ mixes tunes for guests twice a week. These parties are quite hot, so sit back and unwind to some lounge tunes or deep-house.

         You will be hosted by their charming resident manager, Stephane Carric. So if you plan to host your party under Akyra's sea almond tree, get in touch with Stephane. He will help you make it happen just the way you envisioned it.


Charisma Bharadwaj


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