When it comes to celebrating, nothing quite compares to bubbles. Whether it’s sipping vintage champagne, sparkling wine or a bubbly cocktail, or even relaxing in a blissful bubble bath or blowing bubbles – it always creates a feeling of extravagance, fun and well-being.
December is a traditional month to celebrate. Christmas with friends and family. Being on Koh Samui, our paradise island. The end of a great year, or even the end of a not so great year. Whatever your celebration, there is no better place to be than Beyond the Sea, Siamese Brasserie. Nestled into a lush green tropical hillside that runs all the way down to the Gulf of Siam, this restaurant has spectacular views over the blue and shimmering ocean, and is part of the five-star ShaSa Resort and Residences. The word ShaSa originates from the African language, meaning precious or holy water. This links physically to a fountain that dominates the entrance to the resort, the water from it flowing continually down the hillside through a series of bubbling fishponds, past the three resort swimming pools and finally down to the sea. Designed with the traditional Chinese concept of Feng Shui in mind, the continuous stream of water symbolises people living in continuous harmony with their surroundings, overcoming any hardships in life, just as the water does by simply flowing around any obstacles and continuing on its journey.
Set amongst these picturesque cascading pools and lush tropical landscape, Beyond the Sea is a surprising gem of a place. The warm wooden interior tones and its vintage-style bar create a welcoming atmosphere, encouraging a sense of calm assurance and homely familiarity. It’s a casual scene, and perfect for enjoying bubbles inside with cool air-conditioning, or outside on the terrace enjoying tropical sea breezes and the contrasts of ‘east meets west’.
The restaurant menu presents the very best of traditional Thai dining, alongside a western menu bursting with all of your favourite Mediterranean influences, with a strong emphasis on fresh local island seafood as well as Australian sourced beef and lamb. Creative cocktails, including some innovative ‘Bubble Cocktails’ such as the Flirtini (pineapple, vodka, Cointreau and sparkling wine), a world-class wine list, fresh juices, smoothies and aromatic coffee, all complementing the menu perfectly. Service here is definitely ‘with a smile’. The friendly and welcoming staff facilitate a smooth and perfectly
seamless dining experience.
The menu is extensive. Take your time to peruse it all and feel free to ask the staff for recommendations. Throughout December, there is an extra special additional lobster menu with many variations, but Thai style with curry sounds like a ‘must try’ opportunity! Regular menu delights include; Panaeng Nue Yang – grilled Australian Wagyu beef loin in a rich curry and coconut cream sauce, Pu Nim Pad Prik Thai Dam – stir-fried soft shell crab with black peppercorn and garlic sauce or the Pla Tod Samun Prai – deep fried whole sea bass with crispy Thai herbs. Make sure you are hungry; this dish comes with plenty of shallots, shredded ginger, cashew nuts and lemongrass along with a delicious sauce.
The western menu has everything your taste buds could possibly desire; soups, salads, pasta, risotto, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and many of your favourite main dishes such as Lamb Rack – marinated with crushed rosemary, raisin and red wine sauce or Herbal Tuna – herb crusted tuna, served with roast potatoes and vegetables. In addition, there is an extensive Thai and western vegetarian menu. And if you still can’t find what you are looking for, then just ask the chef. The kitchen team are great at being flexible and love a challenge. Thai dishes are made authentically, so if you don’t like a lot of spice, mention it when you order. Satisfied customers make happy chefs!
If you still have room for dessert, more great choices await you. From the all-time Thai favourite Khao Neaw Mamuang – Mango and coconut sticky rice, to Crepe Suzette and Deep Fried Ice-Cream.
As the restaurant is part of ShaSa Resort, its open all day from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm and it’s very family friendly. A children’s menu has all the tried and tested favourites, and best of all, there is a free ‘kids club’, available all day from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Lots of scheduled and supervised activities to keep your little darlings happy, whilst you relax and enjoy the delights of fine dining in an ambient and casual environment. You might even want to take advantage of the hydrotherapy pool and spa treatments, to pamper and revitalize your body and mind.
On Christmas Eve, there will be a special five-course Thai fusion set menu to astound all your senses. And then treat yourself by welcoming in the New Year in style; enjoy a buffet of all the best Thai and western dishes whilst being entertained by local Thai artists. And of course, don’t forget the bubbles!
Beyond the Sea, Siamese Brasserie and ShaSa Resort & Residences are located in Laem Set, a quiet and secluded area in the south of the island. It’s a great spot for weddings or group celebrations of any kind. Follow signposts all the way to the Samui Aquarium and bear right, left goes to the sea! Keep going up a narrow road about 1.5 kilometres and you will see the
signpost to Shasa Resort on the left, just before Kamalaya. If that sounds too far or too tricky, then just call the resort. They offer a free pick up and return service to anywhere on the island for any number of people.
So, whatever you are celebrating this month, everyone can enjoy few glasses of ‘precious bubbles’ from Beyond the Sea, no driver required!
For reservations or further information, telephone 0 7791 3888.