Phuket and Koh Samui offer a veritable smorgasbord of beach and hillside locations in which to enjoy an evening meal under the stars. If you rent a private villa for your next island escape, you'll most likely have the cooling breezes and star-speckled views to yourself.
While gourmet meals at some of the many top notch restaurants peppered across Thailand's most famous islands may provide a sizeable serving of holiday highlights; sometimes there is nothing better than dining in – especially when the meal is prepared by your own private chef.
When you rent one of the Kingdom's fabulous holiday villas, you can request a table to be set outside where family and friends can enjoy delicious Thai or international flavours overlooking splendid views of the starlit sky and moonlit ocean.
Adventurous (or romantic) guests can even set up a table right on the sand, then order their favourite dishes from the villa kitchen and enjoy a meal next to the lapping waves.
So if you are looking for the perfect spot to enjoy an al fresco feast on Phuket or Koh Samui, then read on for a little inspiration.
Nice in Natai
For luxury travellers considering Phuket, there are few stretches of sand that offer the natural allure of Natai Beach. Stretching along several kilometres of idyllic coastline, Natai boasts spectacular sweeping views of stunning Phang Nga Bay, and is also home to some of Thailand’s best holiday villas. Guests enjoy vistas of the unspoilt beach right from their villa’s sun terrace, and with a professional chef to do all the hard work, you can really make the most of the unrivalled tropical setting.
Dining at the Cape
Cape Yamu is a lush forested peninsula jutting out from the eastern coast of Phuket, and one of the island’s most exclusive holiday locations. Immersed in the shimmering island peppered scenery of Phang Nga Bay, the area is also home to a number of luxurious private holiday residences. If you are fortunate enough to be staying in one of these elegant hillside retreats you should make the most of the location by dining al fresco morning. noon and night. Order a selection of gourmet treats and graze the day and evening away, all the time bathed in breathtaking vistas.
Lovely Lipa Noi
Over on Koh Samui, Lipa Noi Beach offers some of the finest ocean view villas available for rent in Thailand. I you want to make the most of the great outdoors while you are on vacation this is a superb beach to choose. Positioned on a headland on the west coast of the island, Lipa Noi features two stretches of soft sand. With villas located just metres from the ocean and sea, beach feasts are a must, even if you just want to pack up a blanket, a bottle of wine and some bread and cheese for an indulgent picnic.
Lush Laem Set
Located on southern shores of Samui, Laem Set is without doubt one of the most tranquil parts of the island, so if you are looking for a villa that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots like Chaweng, this beach definitely suits. The hills and beaches of Lem Set also offer some stunning private holiday villas for rent, many of which feature magnificent views of the Gulf of Siam. If you are thinking of an outdoor dinner party, then setting a table outside offers an instant ‘wow’ factor.
Bophut has become one of Koh Samui’s most popular upmarket beachside haunts and visitors in search of a private villa in the area are spoilt for choice with a wide selection of fine beach and hillside properties. This is good news if you want to make the most of the ocean panoramas at mealtimes, as you can choose to revel in coastal vistas from a lofty hillside vantage point or take in the natural spectacle from a blissful beach setting. Bophut Fisherman's Village is also home to a pleasant array of quality beachside restaurants if you want to eat out without losing the seaside atmosphere.