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 A look at some of the local beers in ThailandA day on the beach. It’s an expression you hear all the time and it mostly has the same set ingredients: swimming, lying out on the sands, having some kind of food and drink… and just being thoroughly lazy all day long. The formula’s a winning one, but it’s one that only really works in cooler climates. In the tropics, if you really did spend a day on the beach, out in the sun with no shade, you’d soon turn bubble-gum pink.

Perhaps that’s why beach clubs are becoming ever more popular in places where it’s truly hot all the time. They represent a civilized way to spend the day, and offer a much safer alternative to roasting to death in the sun. And unless you drink too many daiquiris by the pool, you’ll avoid any health risk. Best of all, perhaps, they're very convivial – you can easily meet like-minded people and have a great time. One of the most popular of these is KC Beach Club Hotel & Pool Villas, a beach club that’s only been around for a couple of years, but which has been making a name for its style, quality and the sheer good fun that it offers its guests.

Handily located just a little south of central Chaweng, you can naturally stay at the resort and enjoy the amenities to the full. It has, for example, a massively long swimming pool, as well as a second one right by the beach. The rooms all have balconies and staying here is a good base for anyone who wants to be close to the action of night time Chaweng. But you certainly don’t need to be a staying there to enjoy the fun.

Every Saturday the resort hosts the KC Saturday Pool Party. It’s held at its beachside restaurant, Neo. As you walk through the resort, just before you come to the beach, you'll find the restaurant just to your left. It’s an open-air building with a terrace that looks out onto the swimming pool, and over to the other side of the resort, where there’s a well-stocked bar. The setting’s ideal for guests, as it’s so close to the beach. The pool party is an all-day event, starting at 11:00 am and winding up at 7:00 pm.A look at some of the local beers in Thailand It’s probably one of the most relaxing ways to spend an entire Saturday, and is proving highly popular.

Guests gather early, but of course, can come at any time they wish. From 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Neo holds its Saturday Brunch. It’s a generous affair with Thai and International dishes, a barbecue, salad bar and last but not least a yummy selection of desserts. In charge of this all this is Chef Danai Tummakesorn, more usually known as Khun Odd. He is Neo’s new chef, having just started back in November. He formerly worked at Beach Republic, down in Lamai, and is an expert when it comes to beach clubs.

At Neo, he’s hit the ground running, so to speak, and guests will really love some of his excellent food. For the Saturday Brunch, start off with a delicious salad, with a variety of lettuce, tomato cherries, and the addition of couscous and hummus. It’s a vibrant and utterly mouth-watering combination. Canapés are next – there are some half dozen – which you can follow with a variety of main dishes. Pasta is made on the spot to accompany Italian dishes, such as mushroom and mascarpone ravioli, while you'll also find Thai dishes such as a succulent massaman curry. In addition there’s chicken and beef satay, miniburgers and kebabs of beef and pork. Already, as you can see, there’s a huge choice – and that’s before you check out the carving stations, which offer still more: roasted pork belly, leg of lamb, and roast beef, along with roasted potatoes, vegetables, and baked fish.

The most decadent items are, of course, left to the end, and you will have to exercise restraint with treats such as chocolate mousse, crème brulée and panna cotta. That’s in addition to the various ice-creams and fruits on display and yours to try.

As the afternoon moves on, focus shifts to the beach and the pool, where people tend to gather, either sitting out under parasols or indolently cooling themselves off in the water. The beach is part of the long, long bay of Chaweng, A look at some of the local beers in Thailandand has white powdery sand that shelves down into the shallow crystalline blue sea. The bay is the most popular area on the island, but as it’s miles long, it’s never as packed as, say, some Mediterranean beaches tend to be. Many patrons enjoy the happy hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm when they can try local beers Chang, Singha and Tiger, or Heineken. Classic cocktails are also on offer at two for the price of one.

Every day Neo puts on a DJ, who’s usually up in the booth right by the beach. His or her job is to ensure that everyone has a relaxed time, and thoroughly enjoys themselves, making the day seem like a part of some longish and chilled party. Usually on Saturdays, there’ll be entertainment in the form of dancers. As the sun sets and the evening gets underway, Neo morphs into a more night-time place, serving long-drinks and then intimate dinners as the stars begin to come out.

Reasons abound for choosing Neo both in the daytime and in the evening; it’s a fun place to be, and the relaxed ambience is always on tap. Whether you’re staying at the resort or not, you’re assured of great times.

          

Dimitri Waring


 


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