Dec 11 2012
If it’s tradition you’re after for Christmas and you’ll be on Thailand’s Ko Samui, the island won’t let you down in the roast-with-gravy-and-all-the-trimmings department. Many of the resorts –and not only the high-end ones — include a compulsory gala dinner for Christmas Eve. If you’re paying for it, you may as well make the most of it (and if you don’t want it — be extra careful when making a reservation!)
If your hotel doesn’t offer a traditional spread, head to a resort that welcomes outside guests for Christmas lunch, or to one of the many expat-owned restaurants putting on a meal just like they’d enjoy during the festive season back home. Scout around for the ones offering the best deals when you arrive on the island, but here’s a selection of what’s on offer so far. Do book as far in advance as you can, as they can fill up fast.
Nikki Beach, a well-known party spot on Samui’s west coast, is hosting a different party each day of the festive season, from December 23 to January 7. December 24 is Noche Buena; or Christmas Eve in Spanish, and Cuban traditions will strongly influence the evening, with traditional Cuban recipes, Cuba libres, mojitos, salsa music and more on the menu as well as that vice of many a good man – Cuban cigars. Christmas Day brunch buffet will include traditional Christmas dishes from all over the world, rounded off with a variety of entertainment and DJs. Rumour has it Santa will be enjoying his lunch at Nikki Beach this year. www.nikkibeachthailand.com
Beach Republic, Lamai’s happening spot, is offering a set menu on Christmas Eve, starting with an hour of free-flow cocktails and other beverages, as well as canapes. The menu includes confit chicken terrine with roasted chestnuts and caramelised cranberries, pan-fried lamb tenderloin stuffed with a goats cheese and mint potato fondant and a dark chocolate and passionfruit gateau and Christmas-pudding ice-cream bombe. If you prefer to celebrate Christmas on the 25th, there’s an oh-so English buffet menu.
Olivio’s at Baan Haad Ngam in Chaweng is putting on a different sort of Christmas menu with highlights including house-made angel-hair pasta with squid-ink, garlic, chilli and prawns, and snow fish with lobster sauce.
If you’ve booked a villa and decide to cook at your home-from-home, Macro supermarket stocks frozen Turkeys and legs of lamb as well as all the accompaniments such as cranberry or mint sauce. Supermarkets such as Tesco Lotus and Big C even sell fake Christmas trees, if you feel the need to put one up in your bungalow for that festive feeling, as well as Christmas decorations. If you want to order in, Nigel Mills is making Christmas dinners for pick up on Christmas Day — the basic package includes a six kilogram turkey with all the trimmings, serves 10 to 12 people and costs 6,500 baht. Phone 081 676 7754 for further details.
Don’t forget, the kids can build a sandman instead of a snowman. Parents, as an aside, here’s a great site if you’re keen on keeping the kids believing a little while longer; they can email Santa and get a personal reply within seconds – it’s really brilliant.
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