Luxury resort also offers truly amazing dining experiences.
by Bruce Scott
There’s no denying that The Nai Harn is one of Phuket’s premier luxury resorts, and with the recent addition last November of 16 new 85 sq.m Ocean View Suites—featuring their own glamorous outdoor furnished terraces—there is now a total of 130 accommodation units available here for guests to choose from. Add to that a gorgeous swimming pool with stunning views over Nai Harn Bay, as well as a spa, fitness centre, and direct beach access, and you have a pretty tempting overall vacation package.
But even if you don’t pamper yourself with a stay at this historic property—it was formerly the Royal Phuket Yacht Club—indulging in some wining and dining here is the next best thing, especially if you take your wine seriously.
Cosmo is the resort’s all-day-dining restaurant and bar, which guests become immediately familiar with during the superb breakfast buffet. But the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, and an evening meal out on the terrace—under the night sky and overlooking the wide bay—is an unforgettable experience. Executive Chef Mark Jones’ diverse menu offers a wide selection, but we went with the exceptional Chilled Royal Project Organic Tomato Gazpacho (B330), served with green basil oil and marinated olives, followed by the heavenly Roasted Sea Bass (B680), with a soupe pistou of seasonal local green vegetables, and the 200 gr Western Australian Rib Eye Steak (B950). Accompanying this feast was a bottle of 2014 Crognolo, Toscana, Tenuta Sette Ponte (B2,950), a delicious deep spicy red with notes of currant and hazelnut. This outstanding wine was selected from the menu’s special ‘Great Wines of Italy’ selection—all chosen and rated by renowned wine expert James Suckling. In fact, for several years now Mr. Suckling has been responsible for assembling the resort’s truly extraordinary wine list, where all labels have a score of 90 or above.
“To have someone of the calibre of James and his team join our team is a great honour,” notes Frank Grassmann, General Manager of The Nai Harn. “There are very few people in the world with his knowledge of wines and guests will be able to relish some truly insightful and creative selections.”
An extensive wine selection is also a major feature at the resort’s open-air Rock Salt Restaurant, which is accessible directly from the beach. During a sunny lunch break we sampled the Cypriot Village Salad (B450), a mix of tomato, cucumber, peppers, red onion, Feta cheese, and capers, an order of the exceedingly delicious Piri-Piri Chicken (B630), served with fries, tzatziki sauce, lime and a watercress salad, and a cooked-to-order catch-of-the-day Red Snapper. On Frank’s recommendation we enjoyed a nicely chilled bottle of 2014 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis (B2,650), whose gorgeous acidity and minerality, with notes of dried pear and apple, was the perfect accompaniment. For dessert we tried the Watermelon with Moscato Cantaloupe Soup (B475), served with a glass of Moscato d’Asti DOCG Zagara. A truly divine daytime degustation!
The Nai Harn Phuket
23/3 Moo 1, Vises Rd.
Tel: 07 638 0200