Samui Wining & Dining
W = WOW!
W Koh Samui leads the way with not just top quality and service, but lifestyle events too!

W Koh Samui leads the way with not just top quality and service, but lifestyle events too!This beachside resort is tucked away on a little spur of land right where Maenam Beach begins on the north coast. I could go on to tell you about the 74 private pool villas and the exciting style in which they’re furnished and decorated. But that in itself doesn’t paint the picture you’ll see when you walk through W Lounge. The W brand includes fashion, art and music too, with unique, catchy and innovative design as a core element. All of these are woven seamlessly into the W experience, with fashion shows, guest performers, DJs, visiting international mixologists and beachside movie screenings being regular events.

          

There are two main restaurants, and both are very much a part of the overall W ethos, yet each is extravagantly different in terms of ambiance, style, and cuisine. Namu usually brings first-timers to a halt, especially if they are coming in at night. You’ll end up next to a dark wall with a huge rectangular slab of timber bedded into it, no name, no wording, which slides to one side to reveal the busy and cheerful warmly-wooded contrast within. (Namu is the Korean word for wood, by the way.)

          

The cuisine is simply outstanding (not to mention gaspingly, sublimely, delicious) and defies conventional labels. It’s been described as “Japanese contemporary cuisine – elements and ingredients from all over this region – but created with the imagination to envision this as it might be in the future. It’s a taste of Asia tomorrow – today.”

          

But up at a higher level, and with a spellbinding sea vista, there’s also The Kitchen Table, W’s all-day restaurant. This has an altogether cooler and fresher contemporary styling, and yet retains Namu’s motif of subtle and subdued under-lighting, offset here and there by splashes and accents of brilliance. The clean, modern design and the rich woods come to a focus on the low, circular wall that frames that spectacular seascape. The cuisine here is truly international, W Koh Samui leads the way with not just top quality and service, but lifestyle events too!representing not only old favourites, but featuring many innovative offerings too.

          

Possibly one of the most admirable aspects of W Koh Samui is that of sociability. Yes, naturally it caters for its in-house guests. But the resort’s public interface is geared to reach out to like-minded others, right across the island. Those fashion shows or movie nights mentioned earlier, are geared up for all to come and enjoy. Quite obviously this also holds true for the restaurant experience here. But W is nothing if not outgoing, and puts time and effort into its Facebook page in order to broadcast the attractions that are coming up.

          

But there are also on-going features which you might not be aware of. W’s ‘AWAY Spa’ is one of the most progressive around. And from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day, it offers a different kind of ‘brunch’. This is a choice of Set A – 60 minutes of body scrub and 60 minutes full body massage, or Set B – 60 minutes full body massage and 60 minutes hydration strategy.

          

For a brunch with actual food in it, not to be missed is the newlyintroduced ‘W Bold Brunch’ which is now happening on the first Saturday of every month. Being held at the oh-so-laid-back venue of The Kitchen Table,W Koh Samui leads the way with not just top quality and service, but lifestyle events too! the spread is supreme, and the menu international. Running from 12 noon to 3.30 pm, children between the ages of three and 12 years come in at half price.

          

And, in a similar vein, you can also experience some of that esoteric fare from Namu during the day, as it is now open for lunch every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In celebration of this, there is a new ‘Contemporary Set Menu’ just for the occasion. And due to popular demand, Namu is now holding what has to be one of the most-creative cooking classes on Samui. You can book this for any day – just call the number at the end of this article.

          

Last but not at all least, there’s a very special private BBQ dinner for couples or groups on the beach – Hot Over the Coals – with your own dedicated chef serving you personally. Choices include - Under Sea Experience (seafood), Carnivorous Temptations (meats) or Ocean & Earth Tasting (surf n turf). Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

          

As I said, W Koh Samui is well-known for reaching out to the community, and it would take far more space than we have here to list everything. So take a look at their Facebook page to see exactly why W = Wow!

          

 Rob De Wet


 


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