Chaweng is the biggest and most popular beach on the isle of Koh Samui. With hundreds of dining establishments, with tourists and locals in mind, it can be hard to pick out the best. Once youíre all settled in your accommodation, itís time to think about your dining options. Here are four stunning eateries within a stones throw of the islandís largest beach.
To the north of Chaweng is Tree Tops, one of the finest dining experiences in the whole of Koh Samui. Eight tables mean itís a very intimate experience and thereís a treehouse feel to the whole experience. Reservations are essential because of the exclusivity and there are a huge range of choices on the menu, all cooked to perfection with seafood and Thai cuisine a speciality.
A beach-front gastro-pub, the Larder certainly appeals to travellers. It has a mixture of comforting warm meals and classics which you canít help but enjoy. The best ingredients are sourced for fresh, wholesome food and the cuisine is influenced heavily by Modern British and European styles. Reservations again are sensible to avoid disappointment.
With its name taken from the cathedral in Milan, Duomo is just near the hugely popular Starz Cabaret in the central area of Chaweng. It has a true Italian feel, despite being thousands of miles from Italy and the white tablecloth, sparkling wine glass setup stands out from the crowd.
Itís the kind of place youíd see in an authentic Milanese street and the atmosphere is cosy and family friendly, with recognisable Italian classics on the menu. There are a couple of regional specialities, so you are reminded youíre in Thailand and not Italy!
A hillside experience, Jungle Club sits above Chaweng and gives wonderful views of the surrounding areas as far as Lamai and Bang Rak and even the airport. Itís a large resort but the food on-site is amongst the best on the island. The multi-level restaurant has a range of separate dining spaces to cater for different types of guest. The food is pretty straightforward, giving tourists exactly what they know with a touch of a French theme. There are also a wide range of Thai curries to choose from.
Visiting Thailand should be your opportunity to try out some traditional Thai food. However, the dining establishments in the popular area of Chaweng allow people different tastes and palates enjoy a wide range of different cuisines. After an enjoyable meal you can also go for a stroll down the beach and enjoy the sunset.
Mark Cox is Director at†Samui Island Villas.