SAMUI, Thailand, 27 January 2022: A new benchmark in destination dining launches recentlywith the opening of Centara Reserve Samui, the latest addition to Centara’s curated collection of refined, experiential hotels.
Situated at the tranquil end of Koh Samui’s idyllic
Chaweng Beach, this stylish tropical sanctuary caters to those seeking a
meaningful escape. In addition to luxury rooms, pool suites, and beachfront
pool villas, Centara Reserve Samui also offers six distinctive dining venues
and bars, each with its own unique style and ambience.
sustainable seafood to the artisanal salts we make in-house, our emphasis is on
utilising all the extraordinary local produce Thailand has to offer, as well as
the highest quality imported ingredients,” said Christopher
John Patzold, Executive Chef.
A native of Australia, Chris’s own globe-spanning career includes time spent at
illustrious properties such as Amanyara Turks & Caicos, Four Seasons Resort
Koh Samui, Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, and KU DE TA Bali. Now, he brings his
vast wealth of culinary knowledge and expertise to oversee the creation of some
truly out-of-the-ordinary dining experiences.
“I see the Centara Reserve
Samui as a whole new dining destination,” said Patrick Moukarzel, General Manager. “There is a unique concept for each venue,
and it will always be evolving, so no two visits will be the same. Whether our
guests wish to indulge in high-end contemporary cuisine at Act 5 or prefer
savouring creative elixirs at The Gin Run, there is definitely something for
Contemporary, high-end seasonal cuisine, served with
theatrical flair, takes centre stage at Act 5, Centara Reserve Samui’s
sophisticated yet unpretentious showpiece dining venue. Here, Executive Chef
Christopher John Patzold creates multilayered culinary masterpieces crafted
with precision and passion, using only top-quality local and imported products
as well as fresh herbs handpicked straight from the resort’s own organic
garden. Signature dishes include beef short ribs slow-cooked for 12 hours; foie
gras with balsamic and berry; truffle risotto served with a fiery paper
flourish; and ‘Crunch’, a complex and colourful dessert finale.
The captivating design and decor of this 116-seat
restaurant draws inspiration from traditional Thai musical instruments, complementing
the overall sense of theatrics. Ceilings and overhead fans give a welcoming
sense of space, while the green and white tiled floor, and the seats
upholstered in orange leather, provide bold accents of colour. Each dish is
carefully prepared by talented chefs who add a final touch with theatrical
flair. In addition to the restaurant’s main dining area, groups of friends and
families can also reserve the exclusive 12-seat Private Dining Room, which
boasts a sleek, built-in wine cellar containing over 100 wine and champagne
labels, and a dedicated sommelier on hand to suggest the best curated wine
Wednesday to Sunday Dinner: 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm
The word Sa-Nga translates as “elegant” in Thai
translating into the look and feel this contemporary Thai tapas restaurant
exudes. With seating for 18 guests, this intimate, dinner-only venue takes the
concept of Spanish tapas and fuses it with age-old Thai recipes. This
juxtaposition of Eastern and Western cultures can also be seen in the imaginative
design and décor, where a wall mosaic of classic Thai Benjarong patterns blends
seamlessly with the fluid architectural shapes of Catalan modernism.
The impressive menu takes inspiration from
Thailand’s most iconic flavours, with the master chefs in the interactive, open
kitchen adding their own modern twists. These personalised, gourmet selections
are served up as light bites that are ideal for sharing. Menu highlights
include prawn salad with watermelon, pineapple, green apple, and cucumber; lamb
loin with burrata cheese, yellow curry spice, crispy yellow noodles, and
pickled cabbage; Wagyu beef salad with nam jim jeaw, cucumber, and spring
onion; mango sticky rice served with a custard mousse; and banana poached in
coconut milk with white chocolate.
Culinary connoisseurs with a passion for Thai
cuisine, whether local, expatriates or travellers, will appreciate the
imaginative approach that has turned these familiar restaurant staples into
delightfully unique small plate delicacies.
Friday to Tuesday Dinner: 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Salt Society Beach Bar & Kitchen is a design-led
blend of sea, socialising, and sophistication, tailor-made for sharing good
times with friends and loved ones. The stunning open plan layout offers beachfront
luxury dining for up to 118 persons, including four private dining rooms, or
‘cubes’, each with its own unique character – perfect for intimate gatherings
The colour palette embraces a seaside theme, with
shades of blue and sandy brown representing the waters and the beaches, and
hues of white and pale blue inspired by crystallised sea salt. Even the
movement of the waves is artistically represented, with over 1,750 bamboo rods
hanging from the low roof in an undulating Art Deco-style pattern. The tropical
alfresco vibes, inviting day beds, and curated playlists all combine to set the
mood and tempo for relaxing afternoons, fun-filled starry nights, special DJ
events, and what is sure to become the island’s most talked-about Sunday Brunch
– Vitamin Sea.
Signature menu items include burrata salad with
balsamic, pistachio, kalamata olives, and peppers; raw zucchini with confit
cherry tomatoes, grilled halloumi, and olive paste; tuna compote in a chilled
cucumber ginger soup; whole baked red snapper with house-made pickled cucumber
and chimichurri; and carbonara-filled tortellini with smoked parmesan gelato.
Each dish is served with a matching house flavoured salt including beetroot
salt, parsley salt, pink salt. To keep things lively, the drinks menu features
more than 50 concoctions created by the mixology served with or without
alcohol, many served in one-of-a-kind glassware inspired by aquatic animals.
Open daily Lunch and Dinner: 12.00 pm – 10.30 pm
THE GIN RUN
Featuring over 35 housemade gin-based concoctions,
The Gin Run is the place to go for a distinctive drink in a sophisticated
setting. This gorgeously designed lobby level lounge is where all the treasures
and best-kept secrets of gin are waiting to be discovered, including the
pleasures of Magic Reserve Gin, a clear spirit specially created by the bar’s
innovative mixology team.
Enjoy soothing tropical breezes, with views looking
out over the pool and the ocean, and choose from a list of intricately
handcrafted, botanical-infused gin cocktails with names like Gin Fizz Rose, and
the Carrotini – a mix of gin, triple sec, orange, and carrot. A wide selection
of other premium spirits is available as well, in addition to beer, fine wines,
champagnes, mocktails, and more. For light bites and nibbles, the menu offers
specialities like tempura soft shell crab and housemade Mexican chorizo, as
well as sweet treats from the dessert menu.
Open daily Elixirs and Nibbles: 12.00 pm – 11.00 pm
The relaxed, piazza-style ambience at The Terrace
perfectly encapsulates Samui’s laidback island feel. Here guests can treat
themselves to fresh homemade bread, yoghurt, and other organic items, as well
as a diverse all-day dining menu showcasing comfort food from around the world.
Menu highlights include beetroot salad with goat cheese, and raw baby kale;
truffle French onion soup; slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek served with sticky jus,
sweet chilli, caramelised pineapple, and mashed potato; and a tiramisu dessert
made with espresso, vanilla vodka, and milk. As with every restaurant at the
resort there is also a kids’ menu available here, consisting of healthy,
freshly made-to-order dishes with no sugar or salt added.
The contemporary, colonial estate design style of
this 96-seat restaurant offers diners the choice of comfortable indoor seating
or breezy outdoor terrace seating overlooking the ocean waves. The playful
colour scheme incorporates the bright, welcoming hues of sunny orange and light
pandan green, with glazed tiles, rattan weaves, Thai silks, and earthenware and
terracotta pottery by local artist Doi Din Daeng adding accents to the
Open daily All day: 6.00 am – 6.00 pm
The Pool Bar is adjacent to the main pool and
provides the perfect place to kick back, relax, and soak up the island vibes.
The sleek, contemporary design scheme and panoramic ocean views create an
atmosphere of undisturbed calm, whether you are basking in the sun’s rays or
enjoying a mellow moment after sunset when the space is illuminated by outdoor
The dining area can accommodate 24 persons seated,
but there are also 7 barstools in the pool for “swim-up” dining and
drinking. The menu offers a refined mix of delicious light bites, made with
fresh ingredients and handpicked herbs straight from the on-site organic
garden. Highlights include crêpe Croque Monsieur with gruyère and smoked ham;
snapper ceviche with raw papaya, cashew nut, avocado and cherry tomato; and
delicious ice cream desserts like the ‘coconut bowl’. Refreshing fruit shakes,
juices, and other beverages are also available, including jugs of Sangria and
cool mixtures served in blue-hued glassware. Guests at the swim-up bar are even
provided with their own floating ring should they wish to rest their cocktails
in the water.
Open daily All day: 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
PERSONALISED DINING EXPERIENCES
The Centara Reserve Samui’s “dine anywhere, anytime” philosophy offers valued guests a number of personally tailored, one-of-a-kind moments to indulge – ranging from family-friendly barbecues under a gazebo, to gourmet castaway beach picnics, to a glamping-style romantic candlelit dinner in the gardens.
Bespoke dining experiences also include interactive
meals at the Kitchen Table, where expert chefs prepare artfully plated
degustation menus. Watch as these talented culinary experts share their skills
and secrets, right in the heart of the resort’s main kitchen.
All these Special Dining Experiences are an integral
part of the resort’s unique ‘Reserve Gastronome’ concept, which celebrates the
sheer enjoyment of expertly prepared food and beverages. Guests can also enjoy
their in-room cocktail station stocked with destination-inspired recipes and
ingredients for intimate drinks in their suite or private cocktail reception on
the villa terrace. The resort also caters to different dietary requirements
with gluten-free and lactose-free menu options available in all dining venues.
For more information and restaurant reservations, call +66 (0) 7723 0500, email [email protected] or visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/reserve/crs