Phuket, December 2015: Flavourful journeys of discovery to new realms of gastronomic delight are being mapped out at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, where a wide-ranging revamp across the boutique resort’s food and beverage venues is underway.
General Manager Giles Selves, with worldwide expertise in developing exceptional food and beverage concepts, has charted a course aimed at creating a fascinating range of chic cuisine sensations for guests and Phuket residents alike.
The gastronomic transformation encompasses gourmet wine and cheese tastings, whisky dinners, genteel English high teas, personalised campfire beach barbeques, seafood cooked on 500 year old Himalayan salt bricks, and nostalgic home-style Thai cooking.
“We’ve devised a wide-ranging spread of novel dining options we believe our guests and visitors will take great delight in exploring to enhance the cachet of their overall resort experience,” said Mr. Selves.
“There’s something to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes in this luxurious and delectable journey of gastronomic enjoyment,” he said.
At the resort’s signature Sea.Fire.Salt. beachside restaurant, a freshened menu is accompanied by the newly-installed open grill station, where diners can watch their meals sizzling under the cooking skills of the restaurant’s expert chefs.
There’s also a new live lobster tank for diners to select their freshest-possible choice of Phuket’s renowned seafood delight.
The menu in Sea.Fire.Salt. retains its unique option of seafood and meats prepared tableside on superheated 500 years-old Himalayan salt bricks that gently impart salts and other minerals for added depth and flavour. And a Salt Guru with a choice of 18 exotic salts is on hand to advise on appropriate seasonings for the various dishes.
Elsewhere, the resort’s popular La Sala restaurant is also undergoing a comprehensive menu refresh, with a soon-to-be-introduced range of traditional Thai dishes with long-forgotten twists harking back to nostalgic eras of home cooking.
And the Tasting Room, the resort’s elegant gourmet enclave, has a new stock of distinguished fine wines and cheeses available for its bespoke dining and tasting events hosted by the resident Wine Guru.
Anantara Mai Khao’s connoisseur credentials are boosted by monthly Wine Dinners, featuring fine wines from renowned European and international wineries paired with gourmet courses.
The series of planned dinners includes a January Whisky Dinner to highlight some of the exclusive whiskies being introduced to the resort for lovers of the legendary spirit.
At The Tree House, the lofty casual bar famed for sunset views, a new style of afternoon relaxation will soon be in vogue with traditional English high teas offering choices of select teas accompanied by sandwiches, pastries, scones, jams and cream adornments.
These will be joined by a Chinese tea menu with a selection of classic and sought-after Chinese green, black and red tea varieties.
Al fresco dining under the stars on the resort’s Beach Lawn overlooking famed Mai Khao Beach is on offer at twice-weekly campfire barbeques, where diners select their choice of cuisine to cook themselves on their own personal barbeque.
On Thursday evenings a spectacular Fire Show boosts the campfire barbeque party atmosphere – and each month a Beach Lawn Full Moon dinner brings a refined touch to the renowned atmosphere of lunar celebration.
Other enhancements throughout the resort include a new ice cream service with exclusive hand-made ice creams to cool down sunbathers at the Infinity pool bar on the Beach Lawn. And a series of spectacular Saturday Brunches is planned for launch in early 2016.
British native Mr. Selves joined Anantara Mai Khao after almost 20 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where most recently he was General Manager of the Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Jakarta, and before that Hotel Manager for the pre-opening team of Thailand’s first St.Regis hotel in Bangkok.
During his career he has led restaurant and bar development for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including developing the culinary concepts for W hotels in Barcelona, London and St Petersburg, and also helped to reshape Le Merdien hotels’ coffee culture.
Anantara Mai Khao Villas Phuket is a boutique resort in Mai Khao, Phuket’s longest beach on the island’s northwest coast, fringed by the undisturbed jungle of Sirinath National Park. It has 91 private luxury pool villas set amidst indigenous gardens around a meandering lagoon.