Samui Wining & Dining
ENDLESSLY SPECIAL
Come in and discover the fantastic environment, service and facilities at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort.

Come in and discover the fantastic environment, service and facilities at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort.Anantara Bophut is conveniently located right next to Fisherman’s Village. You can access the resort directly from the beach, just follow the beach promenade to the western end, go down to the beach and you are there, or from the rather special entrance on the ring-road in Bophut. As you turn into the resort, you travel over a long rustic wooden bridge which spans a gorgeous lily pond and begin to enter a timeless oasis of calm and tranquillity. As the lush tropical landscaped gardens surround and envelop you, your whole being starts to become calmer and more relaxed. Turn right for the parking area; go straight on for the reception and meet the first three monkeys! Different monkey statues are seen throughout the resort, and are a reference to Thai mythology. The hero of the story, Prince Rama, is aided by monkeys, and most notably the magical white-faced monkeygeneral Hanuman and his army. With Hanuman’s help, Prince Rama successfully defeats an evil ten-headed demon and rescues the Princess. Throughout the story, the monkey is portrayed as being helpful, clever and brave. On Samui, monkeys work to help harvest the coconuts, this was the main economy of the island before tourism took over.

          

The reception area is a traditional Thai building, with teak wooden beams and high ceilings. Here you will experience the exceptional friendliness and helpfulness of the Anantara staff, a theme mirrored throughout the resort. A passion for genuine, heartfelt hospitality is a prerequisite for working here, as is professionalism and a drive to succeed. Demonstrating just as much character as the resort they work in, the team members are the heart and soul of Anantara, providing expertise and grounded hospitality to all guests.Come in and discover the fantastic environment, service and facilities at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort.

          

If you are here on holiday, relaxation is probably what you seek, so head for the spa. Anantara Spa is separated from the resort itself by soothing water gardens, and another rustic wooden bridge takes you over to the huge wooden doors that provide a stunning entrance. Beyond those doors, you will find over 3,000 square metres of tropical greenery, a tranquil oasis, a soothing, calm green space. There are hammocks dotted around the gardens and you can just sit quietly in the shade of the trees and contemplate life, or read a book. But whilst you relax in this gorgeous, harmonious environment, don’t miss out on one of the spa treatments or the Ayurvedic healing rituals.

          

There are many pampering treatments to choose from. Just discuss your likes and dislikes with the Spa Manager, Khun Joy. She will listen carefully and then advise and recommend the best treatment and therapist for you. All therapists are highly trained and genuinely want you to have the best experience. The Anantara Signature Massage is a 60 or 90-minute massage experience, and starts with a floral foot ritual. Your therapist will gently clean your feet with a salt scrub and floral water rinse to promote relaxation throughout the body. She will then use a special blend of oils, and with purpose-designed massage movements will stimulate circulation and promote deep relaxation, whilst restoring the flow of energy, or prana, along the meridian lines. There are showers for before and after your treatment, and then a refreshing drink is served to help bring you back to the real world.

          

There are six separate, fully air-conditioned treatment rooms, all with their own changing area and huge al fresco bath tubs for outdoor soaking and relaxation. All have glass walls separating the inside treatment area from the outside bath tub area, so that you still see and feel part of the natural environment. The spa is open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm.

          

If you feel a little like you are ‘floating on air’ after your spa experience, you may want to wander down to the huge freeform pool right that is right on the beach-front. It has islands with palm trees, man-size monkey statues spouting water, a swim-up bar, alcoves with massage jets and plenty of sun-loungers both in the sun and shade, this can be a truly relaxing or a fun-filled pool area, whatever your mood is.

          

During the day, Anantara sparkles like a jewel waiting to be discovered on the shore. From the reception area, you step down into an oasis of calmness. Stretching seemingly endlessly, down to the Full Moon restaurant is a beautiful, huge and extremely well-tended lily pond. If you are lucky and visit at the right time of year, you will see hundreds of lilies in full bloom and smell their delicate fragrance. Lilies tend to bloom at their brightest in the cooler seasons, which on Samui is November through March.Come in and discover the fantastic environment, service and facilities at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. But at any time of year, the lily pond set amongst landscaped tropical gardens and lawns is a sight to behold.

          

At 6.30 pm every evening, some of the staff change into traditional Thai clothes and meet at the brightly painted elephant statue from the 2015 Elephant Parade in Bangkok. This is right outside the reception and near one end of the huge lily pond that traverses the resort. Here the Anantara team perform a ceremony of music and celebration, to welcome and prepare for the coming evening. And they sing, producing a sound which is somewhat similar to ‘happy yodelling’. They then set off to light flame torches set around the lily pond, and continue past the restaurant and down to the swimming pool where more torches are lit. The finale occurs with the lighting of two huge torches right at the front of the pool where the resort meets the beach. By now the sky has darkened, the torches give off an ambient glow, the transformation from day to night is now complete, and what a change! Anantara now becomes a romantic paradise, a calm sensual place for wining and dining. If you arrive at the main road entrance after dark, you will see that torches have also been lit along the length of the entrance bridge and around the area leading to the reception.

          

Whilst you are in Samui, don’t miss the opportunity to have lunch or dinner at Full Moon. This al fresco ‘contemporary island-style chargrill’ restaurant is on two levels. You can look out over the pool, beach and ocean with views out to the neighbouring island of Koh Pha-Ngan, or in the other direction towards the charming lily pond and gardens. Executive Chef, Christoph Lindner, is a French trained Luxembourg national, and he creates some truly sensational dishes in his kitchen. Menu highlights from the dinner menu include; Beef Tartar prepared at your table, Octopus Carpaccio; paper thin sliced octopus, Chang Mai greens, citrus and caviar. Follow this with one of six different Wagyu or Black Angus steaks, a rack of Australian lamb, Wild Caught Turbot, Orzo Risotto with shrimps, calamari, crab, mussels, tomato and basil or Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Portobello mushroom ragout. If you still have room, finish it all off nicely by indulging in a ‘Full Moon Kahlua’ Tiramisu.

          

The lunch menu is a lighter affair. Every month there are different ‘special dishes’, watch out for some different textured seaweed dishes and green, purple and white sea asparagus (salicornia). You can also order lunch from the dinner menu. And don’t worry if you have any special dietary requirements, Chef Christoph is very adaptable in his kitchen, so just let him know if you require vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free alternatives.

          

Full Moon is different to most restaurants. They offer a truly personalised and innovative dining journey, with tableside cooking and an expert salt guru offering six different types of salt with which to refine, flavour and enhance your dining experience. Choose from black volcanic, red clay, or pink Himalayan salt, to name just three. Savour the signature a la carte menu that features the finest from the ‘land and sea’; from freshly caught seafood to tender melt-in-the-mouth meats, all grilled to perfection. Simple flavours that when bought together create something amazing for your senses.

          

Having steak? A selection of steak knives is presented and you get to choose your preference. Forget your reading glasses, don’t worry, a choice of strengths is available, allowing you to browse the menu with ease. Full Moon is definitely a top contender on Samui’s fine-dining scene, and has just recently been recognized with the prestigious “Best Restaurants” award by Thailand Tatler.

          

Oh and before or after you dine, take a walk around the Full Moon building and discover the ‘monkey wall’ - many different monkey faces created from clay, all alongside each other forming a monkey mosaic!

          

Have a special occasion or just want to spoil your partner for dinner? Book a ‘Dining by Design’ experience. This is a romantic and very private dinner for two, and you can arrange to have it set up anywhere in the grounds of the resort, the beach, the gardens by the lily pond, even the gardens in the spa area. Your private dining space will be al fresco, with candles galore and light floaty drapes surrounding your intimate space. Select your personalised dining experience from a range of Thai, International or Asian Twist menus. The event coordinator is available to cater to your own individual and personal culinary wishes. Engagements, weddings or honeymoons, the weddings and events managers can support and organise perfectly to every whim and desire. Just ask and make it happen.

          

Make it a day out. Come along and play tennis, work out with a Muay Thai boxing session, take a cookery class or just relax, then enjoy the culinary delights and experience of Full Moon. And don’t forget to count the monkey statues. How many can you find? Anantara. The word in Sanskrit means ‘without end’ and evokes the freedom, movement and harmony that are the spirit of the Anantara experience and culture. Life is a journey – be sure to make yours endlessly special.

          

 Karan Ladd


 


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