Samui Wining & Dining
DINE WITH A VIEW

Yupa’s Restaurant at Chaweng Bay View Resort,offers spectacular views and delicious food.


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For an owner to put their name to a restaurant, they must be proud of it. And that’s most certainly the case with Khun Yupa, who owns Chaweng Bay View Resort as well as her namesake restaurant within it. She’s born and bred on the island, and lived here most of her life.

        Ask Khun Yupa to describe the food and she makes a bold statement, “You will be one million percent satisfied, I promise you! The food at Yupa’s is delicious!” Well, that’s quite a promise to make, and one that no owner would make lightly. Khun Yupa goes on to explain that seafood is the restaurant’s speciality, as she has many friends who own fishing boats, and they offer her the best of the catch first. She describes the Thai food as ‘traditional Samui-style’ and many of the recipes are old family favourites that she’s incorporated into the menu.

        Having also lived in Europe for some time, Khun Yupa is familiar with European food, and the restaurant has a wide selection, including pizza and pasta, schnitzels, pork chops as well as imported steak and lamb. Chef Tao has worked in many fine hotels and restaurants and utilises his experience at Yupa’s Restaurant. He’s also skilled in preparing Chinese cuisine, but it’s the Thai dishes that bring guests back time and again. You’ll find a selection of appetisers and Thai salads such as spicy noodle salads and som tam (papaya salad), as well as curries, stir-fries, noodle and rice dishes and pretty much every other Thai dish you can think of.

         Khun Yupa says that the restaurant hosts many parties and functions, as it’s a good place for gatherings of up to 50 people. For these, they offer set menus or a buffet, depending on requirements. And it’s the ideal setting too, as the view across Chaweng Bay and the small island of Koh Matlang is spectacular. The bungalows are sprawled up a hill, and taking prime position at the top is Yupa’s Restaurant, stealing the best view. The restaurant is wrapped around the resort’s swimming pool, with a cosy lounge area as well as inside and outside tables. The kitchen is open plan, and for those staying at the resort, room service is open until 10:00 pm. When it comes to breakfast, Khun Yupa explains that she prefers ‘breakfast to order’ for her resort guests, rather than a buffet that doesn’t stay fresh for those that come in later. Of course, outside guests are also welcome for the breakfast, and if you’d like to work up an appetite, walk up the hill, admiring the tropical garden on the way up. But, if you’re not up to the exercise, there’s plenty of parking behind the restaurant.

          Chaweng Bay View Resort was opened by Khun Yupa around 15 years ago, before Chaweng was as built up as it is today. Perhaps this business-minded lady had insight into how the island was changing, and realised that in the future there’d be a market for visitors who wanted to be near Chaweng’s happening spots, but not right in the middle of it. It’s ideally located, offering spectacular views of the bay, and at night, prime seats to the frequent fireworks shows set off by the beachfront resorts. It’s a 15-minute walk into Chaweng, or you can hire a scooter if you’d prefer.

          The bungalows themselves are spacious from the 36 square metre superior regency villas, to the 72 square metre royal pavilion executive suites. No cramped hotel rooms here. They’re well-appointed too, with Thai-style furniture, crisp white bedding and Thai artwork and artefacts. Each room boasts a large covered terrace, private bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning, mini-bar and refrigerator, TV with satellite and daily cleaning service. Some rooms include kitchenettes and an outdoor Jacuzzi. For all this, including the prime location and views, one would expect to pay a premium rate. Well, you’d be pleasantly surprised, as the room rates average 2,000 to 3,000 baht per night.

          Khun Yupa is a dynamic woman, and as she’s seen the island grow, so she’s anticipated what it needs. As well as quality bungalow accommodation at Chaweng Bay View Resort, she’s seen a need for high-end villa rentals, and has since built a few to rent to holidaymakers wanting something special. Yupa Villa 1 and Yupa Villa 2 are available for monthly rentals, long term or shorter holiday contracts. These provide a real ‘home-from-home’ feel, as it’s easy to self-cater and perfect for bigger groups that want privacy. The villas are centrally located in Bophut Hills, with easy access to the ring-road, supermarkets and beaches.

          So whether you’re looking for a bungalow to rent close enough to the nightlife but far enough not to be disturbed by it, or prefer a villa for a bigger group, Yupa has it covered. And if you’re staying elsewhere, do make the effort to give Yupa’s Restaurant a try, and find out why most of her customers are regulars, returning year after year for her winning formula of delicious family recipes and a great view to match.

          

 Rosanne Turner


 


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