Have you missed the fresh flavours and fragrances of Thai cuisine? Do you crave the hot, spicy, sweet and sour sensations that dance on your tongue when you taste your favourite dishes? Under Phuket sandbox and Koh Samui travel programs, international travellers finally can satisfy their appetite for authentic Thai food!
Under the “Phuket Sandbox” and “Samui Plus” programmes, both commenced in July 2021, fully vaccinated overseas visitors can now plan their long-awaited return to southern Thailand’s pure shores. A wealth of exotic attractions and activities await in these two idyllic islands, including some of the Kingdom’s finest restaurants.
To celebrate the launch of these innovative international travel programmes, highly desirable hotels in Koh Samui and resorts in Phuket have created value-added packages so every guest can stay in style and rediscover their love for Thai cuisine. Check out this mouth-watering trio of dining options.
Summer Phuket Sandbox Promo at Black Ginger @ The Slate Phuket
Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey at Black Ginger, The Slate’s Michelin Guide-listed restaurant designed in the style of a traditional Thai village and appears to float above a tranquil lagoon. Black Ginger is only accessible by raft. This dramatic dining destination revives Phuket’s ancient recipes and presents them with a contemporary twist.
Signature Dish: Poh Pia Sod (roll-your-own fresh spring rolls). This interactive experience allows diners to create their 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).
Under its “Summer Phuket Sandbox” package, The Slate – the Bill Bensley-designed, art-inspired beachfront resort – offers 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. Competitive rates start from only THB 5,000 per room per night.
COAST Beach Club & Bistro @ Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
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 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.
Signature Dish: 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, and traditionally served with fermented rice noodles.
Phuket Sandbox for Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket means that international travellers to “Stay Three, Pay Two” and get 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit! Room rates apply for bookings made from now until 31st August 2021. This attractive offer maximises every vacation with free nights and generous hotel credit. Redeem this for memorable meals, refreshing drinks, soothing spa treatments, room upgrades and more!
Samui Plus: The Beach House & Bar @ Santiburi Koh Samui
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. Visitors can select sumptuous seafood and prime meat or treat your body to organic vegetarian and vegan options.
Signature Dish: 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 organic vegetables, Thai herbs, pan-seared chicken or salmon and much more. They are even more appetising when accompanied by a fruit smoothie.
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.
Saffron @ Banyan Tree Phuket
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, as you’ve never tasted them before!
Signature Dish: Phad Thai is one of Thailand’s most delicious 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. Enjoy wok-tossed rice noodles, fresh prawns and ripe mango with a vibrant banana blossom salad.
Banyan Tree Phuket’s “Your Phuket 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!
Thailand Hotels with Safety and Health Certification
The Slate Phuket, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket and Banyan Tree Phuket are popular resorts in Phuket and Santiburi Koh Samui have achieved an Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration Plus (SHA+) certificate. This certificate shows that each of the resorts adheres to the highest health and safety standards. It also states that 70% of their staff members have got vaccination against COVID-19.
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 fly to Koh Samui (either direct or via Bangkok) and stay for seven nights in an approved quarantine hotel after travellers can move to a 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.
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