Staying in one of Thailand’s private rental villas provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in a succession of exquisite culinary experiences without ever having to worry about making a table reservation.
Thanks to the abundance of fresh local produce and oceans rich with seafood, Thailand boasts an exquisite culinary repertoire that’s popular across the globe. Visitors flock to the Kingdom to sample its delectable cuisine in restaurants and at street food hawker stands, but the increasing choice of private villas offer an alternative option for visitors that want to dine on fine food in exclusive surroundings.
Villa guests can sample a splendid array of dishes prepared by the villa’s resident staff, from spicy Thai fare through to the local catch of the day.
Here’s a sample menu to tickle your taste buds and show you the delights that await the plate when you stay in one of the luxurious holiday rental properties on Phuket or Koh Samui.
Breakfast in Bed
What better way to start the day than with a delicious breakfast served in bed? Your villa’s dedicated team of staff will ensure that you’re served a beautifully presented meal that’s just to your taste. Thailand is home to a wealth of excellent bakeries and patisseries, so a croissant could be the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for something sweet. Fresh fruit is the ideal complement to this, especially with tropical goodies including pineapple, mango and dragon fruit all available from the local fresh produce markets. Top this off with the finest of brews from your villa’s Nespresso coffee machine and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
If you skipped breakfast to laze in the morning sun, never fear, there’s always brunch to look forward to. Many villas come with their own barbecue pits, so a feast of chicken, fresh fish and burgers with fresh green salads should provide just the energy you need to tackle a day of sightseeing. If you’re not in the mood for a traditional Western salad of lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes, you can ask the villa staff to prepare a spicy-sour dish of som tam salad. This tasty Thai favourite comprises shredded green papaya, tomatoes, peanuts and a wonderful concoction of chili, lime juice and fish sauce.
Whether you’re on holiday with a loved one or the whole family, a beach picnic is a fabulous way to enjoy the tropical surroundings. Many of Thailand’s top private villas come with direct access to the beach, so it’s easy to pack up a hamper and head down to the shore. The Thai islands are now home to an array of excellent delis well stocked with imported goodies such as French soft cheeses, Italian cured meats and freshly baked bread – perfect fare for a beach picnic. Complete this sumptuous set of treats with a bottle of crisp white Chardonnay and you’re all set.
Once the sun starts to set, your stomach may be growling at the thought of what’s to come for dinner. You can make the most of the views by having a sunset barbecue on your villa’s pool terrace. A surf n turf combination is the perfect option for this time of day. After all, what could be better than a delightful plate of freshly grilled locally-caught lobster, alongside a juicy portion of fillet steak? If that isn’t enough, then why not throw some freshly caught king prawns onto the barbecue too? They are all available at the local fisherman’s market
If you’re celebrating a special occasion whilst in Thailand, then having a professional chef come over to cook up a sumptuous Thai meal is the only way to go. For your starter, perhaps dishes of nibbles such as spicy salt and pepper squid and chicken satay in creamy peanut sauce will hit the spot. Follow this up with a selection of rich Thai curries – the Massaman Curry is a favourite and prepares with beef, Chicken or seafood mixed with potatoes, tomatoes and onion in a rich tamarind sauce. If you’ve got any room left for dessert, a bowl of sweet mango and sticky rice with coconut milk is a delightful way to round off a perfect private indulgence.