Koh Samui, Thailand, October 28, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / From elevated dining in tree tops to spectacular fireworks on the beach and cosy family gatherings over traditional Christmas delights – Anantara Lawana Koh Samui, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui and Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas have put together an enticing programme of festive celebrations on Thailand’s most spectacular beaches.
On 24 – 26 December, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui – a collection of Sino-Thai-style villas clustered around palm-fringed lagoon pools – will be hosting a festive gastronomic experience designed to take guests to new heights. A seven-course Christmas dinner from Executive Chef Kevin Fawkes, a Noma alumnus and one of the most celebrated chefs in Thailand, will feature delightful reinterpretations of Christmas classics reflecting Chef Kevin’s signature plant-based approach, as well as fine patisserie, artisanal cheeses and familiar flavours paired with exquisite wines. Taking place at Tree Tops Signature Dining, among the canopies, the experience is priced at THB 3,500++ per person, with two seatings every night.
The following day, Christmas Dinner at Ocean Kiss and Crab Shack will see guests dining on flame-cooked seafood and a selection of iconic Christmas mains such as glazed ham and turkey, as well as a generous dessert spread featuring mince pies, Christmas pudding and more. Running from 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm, Christmas Dinner is priced at THB 1,999++ per adult, while children dine at half the price.
On New Year’s Eve, Tree Tops Signature Dining will host a glittering Gala Dinner that will start with cocktails and a saxophone performance at The Singing Bird Lounge, followed by a 10-course tasting menu promising a kaleidoscope of flavours and textures and spotlighting the freshest local and regional ingredients. Guests can choose from two seatings, both priced at THB 7,500++ per person. After dinner, everyone will be invited to join a dazzling countdown party on the beach complete with a glass of Champagne and fireworks at midnight. With a special theme of “A Journey Through Thailand”, New Year’s Eve Gala on the resort beach (priced at THB 5,500++ per person) promises a whirlwind night of celebrations with a delicious buffet spread, live music, traditional Thai dancers, drummers and fire spinners.
For unforgettable festive stays at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui near the famous Chaweng Beach, guests can book the New Year’s Spectacular Offer that includes three nights or more in a room or suite between 29 December 2022 and 3 January 2023, New Year’s Eve gala dinner on the beach and daily breakfast. Rates start with THB 16,000 ++ per night based on double occupancy.
At Anantara Bophut Koh Samui, where stylish sunlit rooms and spacious suites await just steps from the sand, this year’s festivities will kick off with a Christmas Eve Dinner on 24 December at the new signature dining venue Guilty – a lively experience complete with a live band, Christmas choir, Santa meet-and-greet and an exquisite five-course degustation menu priced at THB 2,850++ per person.
Guests can also opt to join island-style celebrations on the beach where a Christmas Eve Dinner will feature a buffet feast combining an array of local flavours and Christmas classics served to a soundtrack of crashing waves and live music from a three-piece band. Christmas carols, gingerbread cookie decorating, face painting, and Santa’s surprise visit will make the experience running from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm feel all the more magical for the little ones. Prices start from THB 2,450++ per adult with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and THB 1,000++ per child aged 5 to 11 years with unlimited drinks and a Christmas gift.
On Christmas Day, guests will be invited to the picturesque lilypond garden to socialise over warming tipples, Christmas carols and live music. A bountiful Christmas dinner buffet and a selection of international flavours will be available, while the youngest guests will discover special treats and games at the kids’ corner, with Santa making an appearance to give gifts and pose for pictures. Christmas Dinner in the garden will take place from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm and is priced at THB 2,250++ per adult with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and THB 800++ per child aged 5 to 11 years with unlimited drinks and a Christmas gift.
Sophisticated cocktails and canapes served at the lilypond garden will mark the start of New Year’s Eve festivities, followed by a night of glitz and glamour on the beach as the resort sets the stage for a New Year’s Eve White Gala featuring a live band, DJs, mesmerising fire spinners and dancers. On the menu are all the buffet favourites ranging from premium seafood to carving stations plus a selection of tempting beverages. Guests can dance the night away without a care in the world as the youngsters are gathered around the bonfire making s’mores or having the time of their life with new friends in the kids’ corner. The unlimited food and soft beverages package is priced at THB 5,500++ per adult and THB 2,500++ per child. Guests can also purchase a separate free-flow alcoholic package for THB 3,500++ or THB 4,500++ with Champagne.
For an all-encompassing festive experience, guests can book the New Year’s Stay Package which starts at THB 15,100++ per night based on double occupancy and includes a three-night or longer stay in a room or suite, New Year’s Eve gala dinner and daily breakfast for two between 29 December 2022 and 3 January 2023.
Chic beachside celebrations await at the tropical hideaway Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, with a laid-back, sand-between-the-toes Christmas Eve Beach BBQ dinner on 24 December. As the sun sets, guests will be invited to gather over an impressive Christmas buffet set up right on the beach to enjoy iconic festive dishes such as roast turkey with cranberry sauce, log cakes, glazed ham and roast chestnuts served with mulled wine and eggnog. Hypnotic moves of the fire show performers and live music will add to the atmosphere of Christmas magic, while the little ones will have their own special moment with Santa and Mama Claus at the kids’ corner. The experience is priced at THB 2,500++ per adult and THB 1,250++ per child between 6 and 12 years old.
On Christmas Day, a generous Family Brunch will have guests gather on the beach with a BBQ buffet overflowing with such specials as pan-seared foie gras, charcuterie and cheeses, tender grilled meats that fall off the bone, and endless rows of desserts ranging from macaron towers to delicate, one-bite confections. Santa Claus will make an appearance, with back-to-back live sets from guest DJs providing a relaxed soundtrack to a perfect family outing. After dark, celebrations will continue with a Mega Movie Night on the beach with unlimited popcorn and candies for all. Family brunch will run from 12.00 pm onwards and is priced at THB 1,900++ per adult including soft drinks and THB 990++ per child between 6 and 12 years old.
To ring in 2023 in true island style, the resort’s “Island Chic” New Year’s Eve Party promises endless tropical decadence with dancing on the sand, fireworks and a vast buffet featuring sushi and seafood, succulent meats, Thai and international specialties and mouth-watering desserts. On the bar menu are wines, bubbly, classic cocktails, sangria and beers, with a celebratory glass of Champagne offered at midnight to all, while an MC will keep the spirits high throughout the night with live music, dancers and fire shows. Celebrations will start at 6.00 pm, with prices ranging from THB 9,500++ per adult including free-flow soft drinks and a glass of Champagne at midnight, and THB 4,250++ per child.
A festive stay experience can be booked for THB 20,000 ++ per night for five nights or more in a pool suite and includes a New Year’s Eve gala dinner and daily breakfast for stays from 29 December 2022 to 3 January 2023.