PHOTO: Kata Rocks. A premier view and top spot to catch the nightly sunset.
The island of Phuket, with its dramatic east and west coast clifftops, means we have an abundance of ocean-facing rooftop bars and restaurants where we can enjoy a perfectly chilled beverage while taking in the beautiful scenery. There are so many great locations to catch the sunset on the island it is very difficult to choose the ten “best” (we could rattle off 20 without blinking) so apologies to other worthy contenders who might be on the list in the future.
Here is, in no particular order, our Phuket Top Ten Sunset Bars on the island of Phuket….
Rang Hill is a popular hangout for locals especially and located on the north side of Phuket Town. It has stunning views over island. There are a number of restaurants and bars located on the hill offering local dishes and their most famous specialty is ice coffees. The most popular at Khao Rang Breeze Restaurant and Tunk Ka. They call it a hill, but it’s actually only 150 metres high which is not so tall at all, however the views are amazing even at the low height. There’s also an excellent viewpoint to catch your postcard view of Phuket Town and the south of the island beyond.
As the name suggests 360 Degrees at The Pavilions Resort has uninterrupted panoramic views of Layan and Laguna. 360 is a magical spot with fairy lights in the trees, has excellent service, delicious tapas and mouth watering cocktails. It opens just in time for sunset at 5.30 pm and a place where we love to sit in the lounge chairs and take it all in. Chef Belinda Tuckwell foodie style features in all outlets at Pavilions and the perfect fusion with the cocktails in the bar. An absolute must for any visitor or resident in Phuket.
An oasis in the middle of the madness in Patong, On Top is located on the 7th floor of the Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach. More recently it has established itself as a cool vibe for in house guests and locals, happy hours and live DJs add to the ambience not to mention the million dollar views, prior to this it was more popular for events and private parties.
The newest member to the rooftop bar club, Escape, at the Novotel Karon opened late in November 2017 with an extensive cocktail list, and to keep the munchies away an equally impressive tapas and antipasto selection. Open daily from 6pm Escape has a rustic feel with varying specials throughout the week, including “Double Trouble” on Tuesday (buy one get one free on selected drinks) and “Treasure Box” on a Thursday where you have keys to a lucky draw treasure box with many different prizes and deals.
Located in the heart of Patong on the rooftop of The Kee Resort, The Sky Lounge has an enticing vibe with DJs and daily happy hours. Unlike many bars the happy hour is from 5.30pm – 8.30pm with classic cocktails as well as their signature cocktails all just 150 baht, locals beers 100 baht and house wines 150 baht. Whether your looking to dance the night away or spend a quiet romantic evening with your loved one The Kee Sky Lounge is a great place to do both.
Set on the edge of the resorts stunning floating swimming pool with unparalleled views of the Andaman Sea, Kata Rocks Bar is chic in design with funky creative cocktails paired with sumptuous tapas. The impressive team of mixologists create unique and left of the middle cocktails that are not found anywhere on the island, the resort itself has its own branded Gin which features in many of the drinks list. My personal favourite is their Lycheetini which is crisp short drink made from vodka, lychee, lime juice and a dash of palm sugar, problem is I can’t just have the one! Try their non-alcoholic home-made ginger beer too.
They say a picture paints a thousand words, don’t be fold by the plastic chairs and rustic tables at Wassa Homemade Bar, though ascetically underwhelming, the drinks list and to-die-for views are very impressive. Placed at the top of Phuket Hill facing perfectly West for sublime sunsets Wassa is a local hangout and also for expats in the know. Like any locally owned and operated bar the Thai menu accompanying the drinks is tasty and cheap as.
The relaunch of Vanilla Sky Bar & Gastro Pub at Cape Sienna is a welcome back to the ultra cool rooftop bar to the Phuket scene. It is positioned perfectly on the cliffs of Kamala’s Nakalay Bay to take in the stunning Phuket sunsets. With daily happy hour specials from 5-6pm, occasional guest DJ spots and delicious Gastro Pub dishes, Vanilla Sky Bar is an institution for locals, tourists and expats. With stunning sea views, creative craft cocktails, modern stylish Gastro Pub food it is a fabulous place to hang with friends, say hi to Pepe the resorts F&B Director a good guy and always up for a chat.
Sri Panwa Resort at the very bottom of Cape Panwa has the rare 360 degree ocean views around Phuket. The award winning Baba Pool Club and Baba Nest has lounge chairs positioned and sunken in the mirrored splash pool the colours alone during sunset are fabulous. High end cocktails matched with a high end prices, Baba is a cool hangout with friends and family but perhaps just for a special occasion.
Located on the ‘Millionaires Mile’ in Kamala, Talung Thai at Paresa Resort has dramatic high cliff views over the Andaman Sea with like so many West coast properties, amazing sunsets. You are welcomed to the bar with floor to ceiling wine fridges that immediately say ‘wow’, the drinks list is award winning and their mixologists have competed year on year at the Thailand best of the bests Diegeo cocktail competitions. Monthly cocktails specials and as well as the resorts signature cocktails keep you going back for more. My personal favourite is the Thai inspired ‘Chilli and Lime Caipiroska’ the perfect combination of spice and sour.
Phuket’s Top 10 Brunches
TWINPALMS SUNDAY BRUNCH
Offering a fabulous array of cuisine in a stylish setting and one of the first brunches to launch on Phuket and has a steadfast reputation of being the place to be seen.
Begin with a Bloody Mary and enjoy the freshest lobster, king crab, prawns, oysters, mussels and sushi and sashimi, all offered in abundance.
Light salads are dotted around to complement the food and for those who crave something a little heavier the roasted meats and hot dishes will not disappoint. Cheese lovers will be delighted to find that the selection is varied and suitably stinky and may be all washed down with a rich glass of port.
Of course, desserts are truly scrumptious, and the signature chocolate fountain is a devilishly delicious pot of sweetness for fresh berries to be dunked into.
Guests may choose whether to enjoy half a bottle of wine or to opt for a free flow of champagne, prices vary according to taste.
Every Sunday 12pm until 3pm.
THB 1,690++ including 1/2 bottle of wine (red/white/sparkling) per person
THB 7,380++ per couple, including a bottle of Champagne
The Naka Island : Sunday brunch on the island
Every first Sunday of the month, escape from the busy city life and enjoy the beauty of nature with the “Sunday Brunch on the Island” at Naka Yai, which is only a 10-minute boat ride from Ao Por Grand Marina. Enjoy the most exquisite culinary pleasures with fresh seafood, authentic Thai food, pastas, Live BBQ stations, variety of desserts, and much more. After the brunch, enrich your mind by lounging on the tropical beaches, splashing in the pool or exploring our Naka Yai Island by joining the destination discovery program.
Situated within lush coconut groves and stunning beaches with unobstructed views of the emerald green Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket invites discerning travelers to stay in elegant villas, savor gourmet dining experience at the restaurants, and enrich their life with memorable experiences and spa retreats, all enhanced by personalized service.
THB 2,600++ Water and soft drink included
THB 3,200++ Half bottle per person from selected wines
THB 3,900++ Half bottle per person of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne
The Banyan Tree Brunch experience returns with a generous selection of live fresh, local and imported seafood with exceptional Lobster dishes, Japanese starters, mouth-watering meats, Asian wok and Western grill treats. Gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, Live Jazz and tranquil surroundings, Our brunch has something for everyone!
THB 2,800 Net – Food buffet
THB 3,400 Net – Includes free flow beer, select cocktails and soft drinks
THB 4,000 Net – Includes free slow select wines and bubbly
Xana Beach Club Sunday Fun Brunch
XANA’s Sunday Fun Brunch is an ideal weekend escape for the whole family, with a special discount for children aged 6-12, and complimentary dining for all kids under 6 years old. What’s more, a ‘Kids Corner’ will be set up for children to help make this dining experience a fun family activity for all.
THB 1,450++ Sunday Fun Buffet Brunch
THB 2,250++ with free flow of house wine, sparkling wine, beer and signature cocktails
The Nai Harn Phuket
Guest can savor delectable creations prepared by culinary maestro, Executive Chef Mark Jones, while enjoying spectacular views over Naiharn Bay and listening to the sounds of Resident DJ Sun. For the first three Sundays in January Savoy London American Bar Legend Salim Khoury will stir and shake your martinis.
THB 2,200 NET – per child aged from 6 to 18 (with free flow juices and soft drinks)
THB 5,500 NET – per adult (with free flow Metodo Classico and Martini Bar)
A mid-morning repast on our sunwashed decks with live jazz and the melody of waves tumbling onto shore. A curated menu of exotic and familiar fare, delivered in small plates, the very best seafood and open Barbeque leaves plenty of room for tasting and conversation. Phuket’s must-do Sunday dining experience.
THB 2,600++ Food only
THB 3,200++ Food with a bottle of wine for 2
THB 3,900++ Food with a bottle of Champagne for 2
Hilton Phuket Arcadia
The recently refreshed Sunday family brunch at Hilton Phuket Arcadia offers great culinary options for locals and foreigners with an international menu containing a wide variety of Thai and western dishes. Live music performers and a great family atmosphere complement the fantastic food selection, making this Sunday Brunch a must for families and friends staying around Karon beach.
THB 999++ Food only
THB 750 ++ Drink package including house wine, sparkling wine, beer 7 cocktails
Photo: A day to chill
Happening every last Sunday of the month, enjoy a full gastronomic delicacies ranging from Oyster Selection, Maine Lobster, Foie Gras, Charcutiere Platter, Prime Beef, Great French Cheeses and more.
THB 1,990++ including free flow soft drinks
THB 2,990++ including free flow wines
THB 3,990++ including free flow Piper Heidseick Brut
A proud tradition of what is often considered as Phuket’s most renowned Sunday brunch, we continue to hold strong with an exeptional landscape of gastronomy presented at the dreamscapes ‘River’ restaurant and poolside at Underground Cafe.
THB 2,450++ including free flow soft drinks
THB 3,450++ Including free flow wine, sparkling, local larger and craft beer
THB 4,050++ Veuve for 2 – A bottle of Veuve Clicquot (75cl) to share
THB 6,200++ Including free flow Veuve Clicquot
The delightful brunch features both international and Thai dishes, every Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. International cuisine includes the live sushi bar, Greek salad, bread corner, pizza and pasta selection. Thai dishes include Roasted chicken, Green curry with fish ball, stir-fried chicken with mushroom and cashew nuts, Tom Yam Goong, Banana Roti live station and more!
THB 599++ Including water and juices
Bangkok Tonight: La Casa Nostra restaurant pop-up at Small’s Bar
If you live in Bangkok I know that it can be easy to very overwhelmed by all the choices around you, whether it is food, drink or partying, you have a lot of options, but not tonight.
Tonight head down to Sathorn’s Soi Suam Plu, for a very special pop-up event being hosted at one of Bangkok’s most celebrated and award winning bars, ‘Smalls’.
They will be hosting chef Nino Scognamillo from La Casa Nostra, one of the most talked about new restaurants in Bangkok, not only for its extensive wine list, but also for bringing rustic and authentic flavours of Italy to the heart of the big mango.
Nino has worked with the Jamie Oliver group in London, the iconic Sydney’s Yacht Squadron and after working in Phuket now runs the kitchen in the at La Casa Nostra.
Offering a small selection of his menu’s favourites, don’t miss a chance to try chef Nino’s famous roasted Mediterranean octopus on white truffle potato velute’ (320 baht) and his Catabrian anchovies with his homemade tomato relish (390 baht).
Small’s bar owner David Jacobson, has become a Bangkok icon with his cemented history in the bar and nightclub scene. A renown celebrity photographer, Jacobson has worked with stars such as David Bowie, Robert De Niro ad Andy Warhol, recently he has been highlighting different chefs in the Bangkok food scene in his Soi Suam Plu watering hole with various pop ups.
For the Facebook Event page click HERE.
Maravilloso. Taco Bell is coming to Bangkok, but we have options
PHOTOS: BK-Asia, Taco Bell
A media release says that Taco Bell is opening its first Thailand location on the first floor of Mercuryville mall in central Bangkok. Partnering with Siam Taco Company, part of TTA (Thoresen Thai Agencies) they bring the Mexican-inspired cuisine to the big mango in early 2019.
Although we are all waiting on the edge of our seats for the opening of Taco Bell there are other options available, some would say even better. We haven’t even told you about their results of weeks of in-market researching of the ‘Kickin’ Chicken Taco’, a specialty item developed specifically for the Thai market. No matter, you’ll be able to test drive it for yourself soon.
We believe there are better ways to indulge your Mexican desires, so here we propose three options to fulfill your taco cravings in Bangkok:
Two Mexican brothers have been making a name for themselves with their authentic Mexican cuisine, maybe its time you find out why.
It’s all about the tortillas right? Well here they are made in house every step of the way, a husband and wife team are leaving their mark in On Nut’s Habito Mall.
It’s late, you just finished work, where do you get tacos and a beer? La Monita. They also make their tortillas in house, so go, hurry.
SOURCE: The Nation
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