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Going to the Centara Grand Beach Resort in south central Chaweng for any reason is a thrilling experience. This award winning resort combines the spirit and culture of Koh Samui and provides tranquility and sheer beauty. The sweeping driveway that leads to the grand entrance almost transports you back in time late 1800 when colonial style was in full swing in Asia.
As you make your way through to the palatial lobby you will find yourself surrounded by opulence. A grand piano, well chosen furniture on carpeted areas that offer a taste of days gone by and the incredible views across the front lawn to the ocean combine to create a heavenly environment a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng life that lies beyond this exceptional resorts boundaries.
It goes without saying that a resort of this standard is nothing less than impressive when it comes to dining, however in Thursdays as you make your way down the elegant sweeping staircase to the Palm Grove restaurant you will find that the best that Italy has to offer has been transported to Samui’s tropical shores.
The normally wooden polished table tops are replaced for this Italian feast with bright white, green and red silk covers. Live food stations fill the air with the smells and aromas of all things Italian and a seemingly endless Italian buffet lies temptingly ahead of you bursting with flavors, textures, colours and its own brand of culinary innovative style.
As if the beautiful surroundings and the feast are not enough to tempt your senses your ears are in for a treat to, as on Thursday nights there is live entertainment on the lobby floor that gently floats down to the Palm Grove, adding an extra special touch of something special to the already magical environment.
The one and only snag with the journey of Italian indulgence here is knowing where to start. As you make your way indoors you are faced with an almost impossible array of fine Italian cuisine created from both imported and local produce. The Salad bar is perhaps the most educated choice to whet your appetite, but even then there is so much to chose from the Celery Salad is crisp and inviting, the Penne cold cut salad is bursting with the flavors of fine Italian meats, the Chick pea salad is flavorsome and indulgent, the Green bean salad is fresh, crunchy and full of delightful tastes and textures. The Pasta seafood salad will appeal to anybody who enjoys the fruits of the seas and the incredible Italian cheese and cold cut platter will have even the most discerning diners taste buds set on fire. Beef and Salmon carpaccio dishes almost spring from their dishes and with bowls full of fresh salad ingredients such as Grana padano, croutons, caesare dressing, chicken, cooked ham, prawns, bacon bits, anchovies, cucumber, sweetcorn, shredded carrot and white and purple cabbage, sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted pumpkin, pan fried zucchini, asparagus and a superb selection of dressings you can really let your imagination go wild and create your own personalized dream salad and before you are faced with the incredible main dishes don’t forget to add a slice or two of mushroom or tomato and parmesan brochette to your plate, if you still have room.
The main course selection includes dishes such as the rich and fulfilling Mushroom risotto that is infused with the subtle tastes of Italian herbs, the rich and hearty Beef with penne pasta, the freshest Salmon sautéed with deliciously rich pesto sauce, deliciously tender Chicken and bacon, delicately grilled fish fillets, Grilled pork with olive salsa, decadent Mussels Bechamel, rich and indulgent vegetable, beef and seafood lasagna, Tomato and broccoli béchamel, Sauteed mussels and clams, creamy Mashed potatoes, Lamb Osso Bucco that literally falls off the shank, Creamy polenta, Baked egg plant parmigana, Salted and pepper calamari, Pork piccara with lemon and capers, Live cooking, tender grilled beef and of course a good selection of Pizza. Outside the air is filled with the smells of the live cooking pasta station that holds a vast array of temptations, here your chefs will create a masterpiece of your choice of pastas, meats, seafood, vegetables and delicious homemade pasta sauces.
If you find yourself in the fortunate position where you have left enough room for dessert then you will find yet another deliciously difficult choice between decadent desserts such as Tiramisu, Chocolate tart, rich berry panna cotta, gateaux, pastries, elegant and fresh Lemon meringue and fresh cut local exotic fruits.
Of course to compliment your meal there is superb drinks list and a fabulous selection of wines to enjoy and, even as a non resident guest you are invited to enjoy the surroundings, beautiful gardens, a stolen moment by the pool or perhaps a romantic stroll along the almost private, seemingly endless moonlit beach.
Everybody is welcome to indulge in the Centara Grand Beach Resort experience, and nonresident guests will receive the same warm welcome as those lucky enough to be laying their heads in what has to be one of the most magical places Koh Samui has to offer.
This delicious indulgent feast starts at 7pm, booking is advised especially if you have a large group.
For more information call – (0) 7723 0500 email email@example.com or
Or visit the Centra website by clicking here.