The choice of chic beach clubs on Phuket and Koh Samui provide a blissful setting for those looking to celebrate New Year in tropical style.
Fabulous celebrations, world class hospitality, and postcard-perfect tropical settings are just some of the reasons why Thailand’s peak travel season over Christmas and New Year is so popular with visitors from around the world.
The thought of a tropical winter break is enticing for many, and where better to make the most of the balmy climate than on one of Phuket or Samui’s sublime beaches?
While private villas offer the luxury of private spaces; visitors looking to count down to the new year with a crowd of like-minded revelers needn’t sacrifice their seaside vantage point. Upmarket beach clubs are the latest trend to ignite the island social scene in Southern Thailand. These stylish venues provide the perfect spot to enjoy a full day of indulgence on the beach, whether that’s food and lounging or drinks and dancing.
New beach clubs – including the internationally-branded Dream Beach Club on Phuket – continue to appear on the coastlines on both Phuket and Koh Samui, but if you’re searching for some end-of-year beachside inspiration, below are a few of the hottest tried-and-tested beach clubs in Thailand that would make the 2016 New Year countdown a memorable one.
Best of Both Worlds
Xana is the ideal spot for to spend a lazy day with friends and family. A 25-metre pool sits at the centre of the venue, which is great for those who fancy a quick dip to refresh themselves after a snooze on one of the club’s many plush daybeds. The club is also renowned as one of Phuket’s top beachside venues in culinary terms, and guests shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to sample a feast of dishes from the menu, which has been put together by Italian chef Murko Cappa.
Nestled on Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach, the Skye Beach Club is a short hop from Phuket International Airport – which makes it a perfect stop-off point for visitors new to the island. Exquisite views, a laid-back ambience and an irresistible menu all make Skye one of Phuket’s most tempting beach club destinations. Although the club does not have a pool, the ocean is a few metres away for those in the mood to reinvigorate themselves with a quick swim. One of the highlights is Saharat Tangthai’s tantalizing menu, and with experience in many of Bangkok’s top restaurants, his selection of tasty dishes will offer visitors a treat worth waiting for.
If your vision of a tropical beach holiday in Thailand involves an indulgent seafood barbecue and a ready-to-party crowd, then look no further than Phuket’s Bimi (‘Be Me’) Beach Club. Since it opened its doors in 2013, Bimi has established a firm reputation as one of Phuket’s best all-day party joints, with an impressive lineup of four house DJs playing sets from 11am onwards. The lively atmosphere means that this venue should be a serious contender if you’re searching for somewhere to enjoy the countdown on New Year’s Eve.
Nestled within Koh Samui’s Beach Republic Resort, the Ocean Club is without doubt one of the island’s premier seaside club destinations. Mediterranean chic fuses with Asian elegance to create a high-octane venue to enjoy the fabulous ocean views from a comfy cabana or day bed. The Ocean Club puts on a fabulous brunch every Sunday, which offers a lot of fun and a delectable feast for all the family. The menu for the remainder of the week is also mouthwatering, with tapas and traditional Thai dishes providing some of the culinary highlights.
Relax & Unwind
If you’re searching for somewhere to relax and unwind in the lap of luxury, Nikki Beach Samui may be just the place. This spot is tucked away on the island’s secluded Lipa Noi Beach, which is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out away from the crowds at Chaweng this holiday season. The fusion menu is brimming with tasty treats inspired from cuisines across the world, so there will definitely be something to please everyone in the family. What’s more, you can enjoy all of this – and your glass of festive champagne, of course – from the comfort of a plush day bed overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.