One of the best parts of a romantic getaway is discovering a destination's foodie gems. Headed for Thailand's dreamy Koh Samui? Pull up a chair at one of these top spots for a sensational escape...
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What would a beach destination be without a signature beach bar? Close to the famous Fisherman’s Village, beneath swaying coconut trees and facing the neighbouring island of Phangan (known for its infamous full-moon parties),Coco Tam'sis great for chilling out on oversized throw cushions and watching other, more ambitious, tourists try their hand at mastering water-jet powered boots, while you knock back a chilled local beer.
After a 10-minute journey up a very steep road, your reward is amazing views of the island’s northeast coastline, and a chilled spot to wile away the afternoon. Seating is on bright-red bean bag chairs on two wooden decks, with a thatched-roof bar that serves a selection of cold drinks. For the best atmosphere, aim to arrive at around 5.30pm, when the lanterns brighten up, and darkness gently falls.
Link Cuisine & Lounge
Once home to locals who made their living offshore, the Bophut Fisherman’s Village is now best known for its Friday market. While the Thai boatmen of the old days may be long gone, their former homes certainly are not – places such as this gorgeous French-run lounge, where passersby are drawn in by the perfectly-framed ocean views, and an excellent menu that is split between the talents of Link’s European and Thai chefs.
You could say that chef Marco Boscaini is Samui’s godfather of international cooking. He first came to the island to teach locals how to hand-make pasta, and liked it so much that in 2003 he opened his own Italian restaurant. Over the 13 ensuing years both Boscaini and his eatery have become beloved fixtures on the dining scene, packing in the crowds night after night with the deceptively simple yet rather flavourful Italian dishes on this menu.
Islandwide, Koh Samui
Known for its beautiful vistas, exclusive resorts, sense of wellness, and super-tasty coconuts – the island’s most famous export – Samui is now developing a culinary scene to match, from high-end hotel restaurants serving up imported ingredients flown in from around the globe, to small beachside shacks serving up a mean pina colada, and mountain- side lounge bars. Whatever you’re looking for, this small Gulf of Thailand isle seems to have it all.
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