Koh Samui and Phuket are home to an array of fine beach clubs, restaurants and cafes where visitors can indulge in an exquisite brunch – particularly popular on Sundays despite the lack of weekday distinctions on these laid back tropical islands.
Whether you’re savouring the sights of Koh Samui or exploring the wondrous attractions of Phuket – the Pearl of the Andaman – there’s always going to be some mornings when you just want to chill out and eat your fill.
On these lazy days, heading to the local beach club or café for brunch seems like the perfect option and both islands are home to plenty of choices, so you can really take your pick of eateries depending on what your taste buds are craving at that very moment.
Of course, there’s also in-villa dining to consider with a Chef on hand to prepare a spread based on your personal favourites or to offer some new taste sensations to try out. Sometimes, though it’s nice to experience a change of view, even if it’s just to say you were just as happy at home.
Below are five of the best brunch offerings across Thailand’s most famous island gems.
Eat the World
Beach clubs are one of the latest social attractions to take Koh Samui and Phuket by storm, and they have also become some of the best places on the islands to enjoy a mouth-watering brunch feast. Situated on spectacular Lamai Beach, not far form a number of exclusive villas, Beach Republic is one of the island’s premier brunch places. The best time to head here is for the Ultimate Sunday Brunch Club, where you can gorge yourself on Thai dishes, sushi, seafood and even crepes. If this diverse menu isn’t enough to tempt you, perhaps the thought of lounging on one of the plush day beds with a bottle on ice and gazing out at the calm ocean will.
This stylish, elegant beach club enjoys an excellent position nestled just off the soft white sands of Lipa Noi Beach on the west coast of Koh Samui, which is also the location for some of the island’s top villas. This venue offers a choice of daybeds, champagne beds and plush sun loungers – complete with pillows or there are tables in shaded restaurant for you to chow down on your delicious brunch. Once a week the club puts on its “Amazing Sunday Brunch” event – which includes one free mimosa or a Bellini. You’ll find this the perfect start to the feast of meat, seafood and sweet brunch dishes on offer.
Feast to Remember
Over on Phuket, The Slate offers one of the best gourmet brunches on the island. The resort is situated on the northern coast of the island, not far from Nai Yang Beach and its restaurant is widely-praised for serving up a plethora of perfected dishes, freshly prepared by skilled chefs and served alongside some of the finest free-flow bubbly available. Sushi, smoked seafood and an expansive array of Thai dishes are just a few of the culinary delights you’ll be able to sample on a weekly basis.
Indulgent but Healthy
If the waistline on your shorts is feeling uncomfortably tight after a few too many Pad Thais, then why not opt for a healthy brunch that leaves you feeling self righteous and reinvigorated? Situated in the Phuket’s southern beach area of Chalong, Pure Organic Heaven is more of a low-key destination for guests that want a quiet, healthy start to the day. Detox juices, super smoothies and quinoa bowls are just a few of the healthy treats on offer, and once you’ve eaten you can even browse the shop’s own range of organic beauty products.
Dine at your Holiday Home
If the allure of your villa’s spectacular poolside sun terrace is too much to resist, then why not have the property’s resident Thai chef cook up brunch in the villa’s own kitchen? He or she will be able to whip up a plethora of Thai or Western dishes depending on your taste preferences and that means everything from tropical Thai fruit or a steaming bowls of jok
– traditional Thai rice porridge that’s a bit like congee. Many of the best private villas also come with their own top of the range coffee machines for those that like a caffeine kick to balance the bubbles with their brunchtime feast.