Calling all sports fans and enthusiasts! – The Drunken Leprechaun Phuket

The Drunken Leprechaun Phuket is celebrating 2nd year anniversary on Sunday, 21st May and we will host a silent auction featuring an authentic pair of boxing gloves signed by former WBO welterweight champion “Manny Pacquiao”.

To register a bid, please contact us via:
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DrunkenLeprechaunIrishPub
Email: Events.PhuketPatong@swissotel.com

The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose’ for Thailand

Celebrated wine expert conducts two days of blind tastings to identify the ‘best of the best’ pinks in two price categories.

Following the successful inauguration of the ‘Best Rosé for Thailand’ contest in 2016, leading luxury resort THE NAI HARN once again partnered with international wine expert James Suckling this year to sniff out the ‘pinnacle of the pinks’.

In the second edition of the Kingdom’s only wine competition to focus on premier Rosé, Mr Suckling conducted a series of blind tastings on 11,12 May scoring each wine from am extensive entry list of varied wines put forward by a strong line-up of leading wine suppliers to Thailand.

After the intensive tasting sessions, and with help form his son and protégé Jack Suckling, James selected 12 wines for this year’s awards. The winning wines were announced during a glamorous awards party on 12 May at The Nai Harn’s al fresco Reflections lounge, where guests were invited to sample all the rosés in the competition accompanied by tasty bites served from live cooking station and framed by the stunning backdrop of Phuket’s picture perfect Nai Harn bay.

A total of 80 rosé wines entered this year’s contest, including labels from France, Italy, Chile, Spain, and Australia, as well as some top homegrown Thai vintage. The submitted rosés were separated into two categories based on wholesale price – those below THB 800 (USD 23), and those above. Based on these categories, James Suckling selected the the Top 10 Rosés for Thailand judging the wines or their quality and value for money. Friends the list, he also selected his Best Affordable Rosé, and the Best Rosé in Show.

The overall Best Rosé award went to Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Rosé 2014, imported to Thailand through BB&B, which James scored an impressive 96 points. In the Best Value Rosé category, the winner was Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016, imported by Italasia, which was given 93 points and also claimed the number one spot in the Top 10 Rosés for Thailand list based on quality and price.

The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket
The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket
The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket
The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket

During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Suckling noted that Thailand produced rosés made a strong impression led by the GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2016 which made came eighth overall.

“We are delighted to return to THE NAI HARN to judge the excellent wines entered for this unique contest. Although the rosés from Provence are still the best in the world, it’s impressive indeed to find a Thai produced wine in the Top 10 once again this year, an achievement that’s thoroughly deserved,” Mr. Suckling said. “Rosés are best enjoyed in warm climates with light, flavourful cuisine and Phuket offers both of these essential ingredients in abundance,” he added.

Following the competition, the Top 10 rosé wines will be featured as part of the exclusive “Cellar by JamesSuckling.com” at THE NAI HARN, a curated selection of wines available exclusively at Reflections, Cosmo and Rock Salt restaurant.
THE NAI HARN was also the first resort on Phuket to offer Frosé (Frozen Rosé), an iced wine cocktail inspired by summer vacation trends to the south of Europe. The resort’s unique Frosé is made with Italian rosé wine (‘Terre Di Talamo Toscana PIANO PIANO Rosato 2015,’ rated 91/100 by James Suckling), and features fresh strawberries, vodka and grenadine.

“Rosé wines are a perfect complement to Phuket’s tropical climate and we are honoured to have the opportunity to partner with the world’s foremost wine expert to highlight the best pinks in the market, also to ensure our guests enjoy the finest wining and dining while staying with us,” said Frank Grassmann, General Manager of THE NAI HARN. “Our partnership with James Suckling underlines our commitment to offer the very best international cuisine and drinks, not only in Phuket, but also in Thailand,” added Mr Grassmann.

Best Rosé for Thailand 2017 by James Suckling & THE NAI HARN Phuket
1. Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016 (Best Value Rosé )
Italasia. Points: 93.
2. Mastroberardino Irpinia Lacrimarosa Rosato 2016
Italasia. Points: 92
3. Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Rosé 2014 (Best )
BB&B. Points: 96
4. Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosé 2014
IWS. Points: 91
5. Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Wine & Taste – Gfour, Points: 91
6. Gérard Bertrand Pays d’Oc Gris Blanc Rosé 2015
BB&B. Points: 91
7. Château Cavalier Côtes de Provence Cuvée Marafiance Rosé 2016
Siam Winery. Points: 91
8. GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2016
Wine & Taste – Gfour. Points: 91
9. Les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez Côtes de Provence Cep d’Or Rosé 2015. Wine Connection. Points: 91
10. Roubine Côtes de Provence La Vie En Rose 2016
Wine & Taste – Gfour. Points: 91

Bodega & Grill – The best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017

May 2017, Phuket, Thailand – Bodega & Grill, an Italian Restaurant and Steak House operated by Angsana Laguna Phuket today announced that it has been selected as one of best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017, a guide to the best of fine dining in Thailand.

For 16th year running, the Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants Awards 2017 is back again with this year’s pick of the top 230 restaurants that have been anonymously sampled by the team of judges over the past few months. Then scored across the four key areas that make up the total guide to the finest achievements in the F&B industry and publish in Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Guide 2017.

Bodega & Grill - The best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017

Indulge in a taste of Italy at Ristorante Venezia, Sofitel Krabi

May 2017, Krabi – Join us for a memorable evening of authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Venezia. Our chef invites you to experience a three-course gastronomy journey of his favorite dishes, with two options for each course.

THB 980 ++ per person or THB 1,800 ++ with matching wines.

Open from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, please email H6184-TH2@sofitel.com

Rock Salt Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket celebrates First Anniversary with Epicurean Birthday Bash by the sea

PHUKET, THAILAND: Rock Salt, the signature beachside restaurant at Phuket’s original luxury resort, THE NAI HARN, celebrated its first birthday on 6 May with an evening of fine wines and culinary delights right next to the sugary sands and lapping waves of Phuket’ beast beach.

The party started at 4pm with a toast to the restaurant’s successful debut year, one marked by tantalising terrace lunches, laid-back cocktail lounging, spectacular sunsets and sophisticated evening dining sessions.

To fuel the evening celebrations, guests enjoyed half price drinks, including chilled glasses of Whispering Angel Rosé, a delectable summer tipple from Chateau d’Esclans that was selected as one of the Top 10 rosé wines by world-famous wine expert James Suckling at the launch party for Rock Salt in 2016.

While the drinks flowed, DJs mixed mellow beats as the sun went down and complimentary cocktail-hour canapés were served to tempt guests’ taste buds, many of whom later indulged in small plate delights from the chef’s specially curated taster menu. A spectacular fire show on the beach started the party proper with the music and celebratory atmosphere continuing well into the night.

Rock Salt Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket celebrates First Anniversary with Epicurean Birthday Bash by the sea

Rock Salt Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket celebrates First Anniversary with Epicurean Birthday Bash by the sea

Rock Salt Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket celebrates First Anniversary with Epicurean Birthday Bash by the sea

Rock Salt Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket celebrates First Anniversary with Epicurean Birthday Bash by the sea

Rock Salt Restaurant at The Nai Harn Phuket celebrates First Anniversary with Epicurean Birthday Bash by the sea

Rock Salt may have only just turned one, but according to Frank Grassmann, General Manager, THE NAI HARN PHUKET, the stylish restaurant had a lot to celebrate. “When we launched Rock Salt a year ago we wanted to make it an iconic sunset cocktail venue, not only for discerning guests staying at the hotel, but also for outside customers from the diverse island community who enjoy memorable experiences.”

“The casual, breezy ambiance at Rock Salt works perfectly with the enticing, innovative cocktails and delicious dishes from across the world and the breathtaking setting celebrates the beauty of island,” he adds.

Rock Salt takes diners on a “culinary journey from the Andaman Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa”, its menus offer a veritable global feast with varied lunch and dinner selections including indulgent oyster platters, perfectly grilled meats and seafood from the charcoal BBQ, authentic wood-fired pizzas, traditional tandoor dishes, Thai favorites and Greek classics. The spectacular seafood platter for two is a signature dish and combines fresh shrimps, tiger prawns, rock lobster with French oysters and local clams. The culinary accomplishments are complemented by one of the island’s most impressive wine lists, with more outstanding vintage chosen for the hotel by James Suckling, as well as a cocktail list that includes specially blended creations devised by Salim Khuory, the legendary Head Barman from the American Bar at The Savoy in London.

“The combination of laid back ambience and gourmet excellence at Rock Salt fits well with the understated luxury of THE NAI HARN. As we celebrate our first year we look forward to welcoming lifestyle and food aficionados from around the world to enjoy the rich experiences on offer in our epicurean enclave on the southern tip of Phuket.”

For more information visit www.thenaiharn.com or contact +66 7638 0200-10

Rock Salt 1st Anniversary, THE NAI HARN Phuket

On 6 May Rock Salt, the signature beachside restaurant at THE NAI HARN Phuket will celebrate its first birthday with an evening of fine wines and culinary delights.

Rock Salt 1st Anniversary, THE NAI HARN Phuket
The beachside eatery has built a strong reputation for its global offerings with varied lunch and dinner selections, which include indulgent oyster platters, perfectly grilled meats and seafood from the charcoal BBQ, authentic wood-fired pizzas, traditional tandoor dishes, Thai favourites and Greek classics.

While top flight DJs mix mellow beats as the sun sets, complimentary cocktail-hour canapés will be served to tempt guests’ taste buds. To fuel the evening celebrations, guest will enjoy two for one drinks, including chilled glasses of Whispering Angel Rosé, a delectable summer tipple from Chateau d’Esclans that was selected as the Gold Award winner for the Best Rosé of Thailand by world-famous wine expert James Suckling at launch party for Rock Salt in 2016.

“We launched Rock Salt a year ago as a new destination dining venue, not only for our discerning guests at the hotel, but also for outside visitors and diners from the diverse island community who welcome a fresh approach to top quality dining,” says Frank Grassmann, General Manager, THE NAI HARN PHUKET.

“The casual, breezy ambiance complements the enticing, innovative dishes from across the world and the breathtaking setting celebrates the beauty of island,” he adds.

Rock Salt overlooks the soft sands and lapping waves of Nai Harn beach, which was voted as the Best Beach in Thailand in the tripadvisor® Travelers’ Choice Awards 2017.

Plenty of reasons to celebrate.

To reserve a table or book a stay at THE NAI HARN for a Rock Salt birthday weekend
Call: +66 7638 0200-10
Email: info@thenaiharn.com
Facebook: Rock Salt 1 Year Anniversary, Nai Harn Beach
Instagram: thenaiharnphuket

Rock Salt 1st Anniversary, THE NAI HARN Phuket

New Sunday Italian Brunch at Bodega & Grill by Angsana Laguna Phuket

Phuket, Thailand, April 2017 – Beginning May 7, Bodega & Grill will serve up a fantastic selection of Italian- themed favorites as part of its Sunday Brunch. This weekly feast has become a much-anticipated seasonal event, bringing together sumptuous and mouthwatering treats and delicacies for the whole family to enjoy.

Choose from a wonderful variety of dishes, including lobster spaghetti, foie gras on saffron risotto, grilled suckling pig, live pizza and pasta stations and much more. A generous selection of homemade salads, antipasto platters and authentic Italian gelato flavours will complete the experience. Bodega & Grill will present a range of Italian wines, and Chandon Sparkling wine, for the Free Flow bar option to the semi-buffet Sunday Italian Brunch. A non-alcoholic drinks package is also on offer with the buffet, and includes juices, soft drinks and other refreshments.

Complimentary use of the pool is included for all guests enjoying the brunch, and Angsana Laguna Phuket Tree House Kids Club will also be opening its doors to all kids whose families are dining at the buffet. The restaurant offers comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, with its warm and welcoming atmosphere perfect all year round for casual lunches or intimate dinners.

Bodega & Grill’s exquisite Italian Sunday Brunch begins on May 7, and runs weekly throughout the season. The buffet is from 12:00pm to 3:30pm, with prices starting at THB 1,650++. For beverages, choose between the non- alcoholic drinks package for an additional THB 500++, or the complete Free Flow package, including Chandon Sparkling wine, for THB++ 1,000 extra.

For enquiries or reservations please email Bodega-LagunaPhuket@angsana.com or call 076 358 500.

Introducing Chef Rahul Negi – A Master of Indian Culinary Arts at Sofitel Krabi

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is renowned for its unique restaurants and gourmet cuisine, ensuring that guests always enjoy memorable dining experiences.

A highlight for diners at the luxury resort is the authentic cuisine of Chef Rahul Negi. A master of India’s culinary arts, Chef Rahul has an impressive culinary pedigree and in-depth knowledge of regional dishes. Prior to joining Sofitel Krabi, he worked at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi where he won the “Best Employee Award”. The Indian Tourism Minister Ms. Ambica Soni also presented Chef Rahul with a prestigious award recognising him as one of the “Best 35 chefs in India”. On many occasions, he has personally cooked for the former P.M of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Chef Rahul discovered his passion for cooking as a teenager and embarked on a three-year culinary apprenticeship in New Delhi. Over the years, he has mastered authentic regional Indian dishes and has also become interested in contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes. “At Sofitel Krabi, I ensure that our Indian food is made with passion and that it stays authentic to its origins. However, I do enjoy introducing modern techniques into the preparation and presentation of recipes,” he says. “I love to surprise and impress people and like nothing more than seeing our guests being very appreciative of their food and leaving with a smile on their face.”

Chef Rahul has an outstanding repertoire of dishes but says the one closest to his heart, and one always on the menu at White Lotus, is chicken tikka masala. “Although this dish originates from the northern plains of India, it is now famous around the world. In 2001, it was declared the national dish of the U.K. This delicious dish is a thick gravy of onion, tomato, and aromatic Indian spices combined with cream and marinated chicken,” says Chef Rahul. He recommends eating the aromatic curry with an Indian naan bread or steamed aromatic rice topped with coriander leaves.

Chef Rahul’s delicious Indian cuisine is served at White Lotus, one of Krabi’s most popular restaurants. Each dish on his menu of irresistible northern favourites is a fragrant blend of spices and premium ingredients, freshly made and cooked to perfection. In the elegant surroundings of White Lotus, diners can savour classic starters and curries, tandoori dishes, and much more.

Discover the exotic flavours of India with Chef Rahul at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort!

Break bread with friends & family this Easter over brunch and dinner at Angsana Laguna Phuket

Phuket, Thailand, April 2017 – There’s a festive feeling in the air at Angsana Laguna Phuket, the perfect resort for a Spring Break with family or friends. Special Easter events will be held at both XANA Beach Club and Bodega & Grill in April 2017.

XANA’s Sunday Easter Brunch is an ideal weekend escape for the whole family, with a 50% discount for children aged 6-12, and complimentary dining for all kids under 6. With the young ones free to enjoy the club’s always- active kids’ corner, build sandcastles on the beach or take a swim in the pool, XANA’s brunch also offers a free flow of cocktails, wine, beer and live band music to ensure a relaxing and pleasurable experience for adults. Beach volleyball and billiards are available on site, or you can simply sit back and take in the magnificent views from one of Thailand’s most tranquil locations. Sunday Easter Brunch on Sunday, 16th April 2017 comes with an Easter-themed Kids Corner – a paradise for kids including planned activities such as Egg Painting and Egg Hunt. Prices start from THB 1,650++ ( food only ) and THB 2,450++ ( free flow).

Break bread with friends & family this Easter over brunch and dinner at Angsana Laguna Phuket

Break bread with friends & family this Easter over brunch and dinner at Angsana Laguna Phuket

Break bread with friends & family this Easter over brunch and dinner at Angsana Laguna Phuket

Break bread with friends & family this Easter over brunch and dinner at Angsana Laguna Phuket

In the evenings, Bodega & Grill, a premium steakhouse in Angsana Laguna Phuket, will host a fabulous Easter- dinner celebration filled with classic and sumptuous four-course dinner pairing with wines from Friday 14th April to Monday 17th April 2017. Prices start at THB 2,080++ (Food Only) and THB 3,880++ (Wine Pairing or one glass of selected wine).

So get inspired and make a reservation at one of our restaurants for Easter brunch or dinner. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For enquiries or reservations please email: FBReservation-LagunaPhuket@angsana.com or call 076 358 500.