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Plan Your Gastronomic Getaway With The Phuket Sandbox And Samui Plus Programmes

International travellers can now return to the “Land of Smiles” and satisfy their cravings for authentic Thai cuisine with epicurean adventures at world-class, SHA+ certified resorts. Phuket and Koh Samui, Thailand’s two most popular paradise islands are now open again, enabling international travellers to satisfy their appetite for authentic Thai food!

Under the “Phuket Sandbox” and “Samui Plus” programmes, fully-vaccinated travellers can now plan their long-awaited return to southern Thailand’s pure shores with innovative value-added packages thought up by some of Phuket and Koh Samui’s hotels and resorts.

Black Ginger @ The Slate Phuket

(Photo Courtesy: Recommended by the Michelin Guide, Black Ginger is one of Thailand’s finest places to dine / The Slate Phuket)


Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey at Black Ginger, The Slate’s Michelin Guide-listed restaurant which is designed in the style of a traditional Thai village and appears to float above a tranquil lagoon. Only accessible by raft, this dramatic dining destination revives Phuket’s ancient recipes and presents them with a contemporary twist.

The signature dish, Poh Pia Sod, roll-your-own fresh spring rolls, is an interactive experience allows diners to create their own light, vibrant spring rolls, according to a traditional Hokkien recipe passed down from the grandmother of The Slate’s owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (or Khun Moo, as she is known to her friends).

(Photo Courtesy: The playful Private Pool Suites at The Slate let you step straight into the refreshing water of your own pool / The Slate Phuket)


Under its “Summer Sandbox” package, The Slate is offering a free seventh night to guests who book a six-night stay, including 15% off F&B and spa treatments, welcome cocktails, airport transfers and daily breakfast. Pool Suite and Villa bookings will also receive complimentary spa therapies. This offer is valid until 30th September 2021 and rates start from only THB 5,000 per room per night.

COAST Beach Club & Bistro @ Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

(Photo Courtesy: Phuket’s famous crab curry, Gaeng Pooh is a must-try dish for visitors to southern Thailand / COAST Beach Club & Bistro)


What could be more enticing than chilling out next to a soft, sandy beach and enjoying exceptional cuisine, kissed by the gentle sea breeze? At COAST, the casual beach bar and bistro at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, guests can sit back, sip cool drinks, feast on fresh seafood and share stories and laughter with family and friends.

The Gaeng Pooh is Phuket’s quintessential dish – a rich, fiery crab curry that blends the finest ingredients from land and sea. COAST’s Thai master chef, Janut Dejharn, uses locally-caught crab, Thai herbs and creamy coconut to create this delectable yellow curry, which is traditionally served with fermented rice noodles.

(Photo Courtesy: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket’s stunning Premium Spa Deluxe rooms offer uninterrupted sea views / COAST Beach Club & Bistro)


Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is inviting international travellers to “Stay Three, Pay Two” and get 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit! Available for bookings made from now until 31st August 2021, and stays taken by 23rd December 2021, this attractive offer maximises every vacation with free nights and generous hotel credit, which can be redeemed for memorable meals, refreshing drinks, soothing spa treatments, room upgrades and more!

The Beach House & Bar @ Santiburi Koh Samui

(Photo Courtesy: Delicious and nutritious, Santiburi Koh Samui’s Buddha Bowls are the perfect fuel for a healthy vacation / The Beach House & Bar)


Savour sublime cuisine in a spectacular seafront setting at The Beach House & Bar, Santiburi Koh Samui’s elegant alfresco restaurant. Everything about this inviting eatery exudes natural charm and showcases stunning scenery. Diners can select sumptuous seafood and prime meats, or treat their bodies to organic vegetarian and vegan options. Pure bliss.

Their Buddha Bowls are a healthy, flavourful and fulfilling treat at any time of day. At Santiburi Koh Samui, visitors can combine a wide range of sports and leisure activities with these wholesome bowls, which comprise a variety of organic vegetables, Thai herbs, pan-seared chicken or salmon and much more. They are even more appetising when accompanied by a fruit smoothie.

(Photo Courtesy: Experience luxurious island living with Santiburi Koh Samui’s Grand Reserve Pool Villa/ The Beach House & Bar)


Under the “Samui Plus” promotion, guests can book a salubrious island escape at Santiburi Koh Samui, including daily breakfast, in-room fruit, daily afternoon tea, early check-in & late check-out, use of the resort’s gym, tennis court and non-motorised water sports, shuttle services to Santiburi Samui Country Club and more! Rates start from just THB 5,413 per night now.

Saffron @ Banyan Tree Phuket

(Photo Courtesy: Saffron’s Phad Thai Goong Sod is a contemporary reinterpretation of Thailand’s most popular street food dish / Saffron)


Saffron, Banyan Tree’s signature restaurant concept, celebrates the joy of Thai cuisine through indigenous ingredients, authentic dishes and timeless cooking techniques, presented in a contemporary style. Gather your loved ones and experience your favourite Thai dishes, like you’ve never tasted them before!
Phad Thai is perhaps Thailand’s most popular street food, but the expert chefs at Saffron have elevated this classic noodle dish to new levels of excellence. Banyan Tree Phuket’s Phad Thai Goong Sod features 20 ingredients, all carefully combined to create the perfect balance of tastes and textures. Wok-tossed rice noodles, fresh prawns and ripe mango are accompanied by a vibrant banana blossom salad.

(Photo Courtesy: Guests can stay in a breath-taking DoublePool Villa at Banyan Tree Phuket/ Saffron)


Banyan Tree Phuket‘s “Your Sandbox Stay” package gives international travellers the chance to enjoy an extended vacation with luxurious pool villa accommodation, daily breakfast and generous resort credit. Valid between now and 30th November 2021, this enticing offer is available for bookings from seven to 28 nights, with between THB 3,000 and THB 15,000 of credit to be used for a wide range of resort services. Guests who stay for 14 or more nights will also be treated to Coral Lounge access and a VIP meet & greet service!
Under the Phuket Sandbox initiative, fully-vaccinated overseas travellers from 67 countries and territories can fly direct to the “Pearl of the Andaman”, stay in world-class resorts and soak up the blissful beachfront vibe, without the need to quarantine. The Samui Plus programme lets international guests to fly to Koh Samui (either direct or via Bangkok) and stay for seven nights in an approved quarantine hotel, before moving to an SHA+ certified resort. After the first week, visitors will be free to explore the three enchanting islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
For more information about the international travel requirements for Phuket and Koh Samui, check out the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for the latest updates.’

Source: Delivering Asia Communications

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