Krabi, Thailand –30 March 2017, Many restaurants may lay claim to a beach-side location; few can deliver on this promise as perfectly as Layana Resort & Spa’s Tides. Perched on the edge of a fabulous white-sand beach, with views to the west of Koh Lanta that see stunning sunsets over the calm, azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Tides offers a fine, and refined, dining experience. Guests can dine al-fresco on the terrace deck with its cooling breezes or in the elegant interior dining room with its floor to ceiling french windows from which to admire the views.
The restaurant is open from very early till late. Guests can start their day with the very special buffet breakfast, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and in the evening select from the delicious à la carte menu, featuring international cuisine, along with traditional Thai fare and seafood specialities, all incorporating the finest and freshest locally sourced produce.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to join General Manager Stefan Heintze for an early evening meal. As we took our seats, just inside the open French windows, a dreamy, orange sun was sinking into the ocean, a mesmerizing and glorious spectacle!
The menu that was placed before me was almost bewilderingly extensive, with a wide selection to choose from. I decided, on this occasion, to dine “Western-style” and to start, I picked ‘Seared Foie Gras’ , its smooth creamy texture served in a delicious port wine sauce, garnished with Fresh Mango Salsa. For a main course, I was extremely tempted by ‘French Filet Charolais’and by its cousin ‘Australian Wagyu Filet’, but, with the ocean just paces from our table, I selected ‘Barracuda Filet’ in apesto crust, accompanied by sautéed spinach.Meaty and full flavored, this proved, for me, an inspired choice, and I really can’t remember when I have enjoyed a dish from the sea as much as on this occasion. The menu is matched by a considerable international wine list, and the warm hospitality and personalized service from gracious staff with endearing smiles enhances the relaxing, tranquil ambiance of the restaurant.
Stefan is an excellent, amenable host, and the evening passed quickly; over coffee we were joined by Executive Chef Mario Drewes, Berlin-born and trained, with, as I discovered, extensive global experience, having previously held high level appointments in England, Borneo, Kuwait and here in Thailand. Stefan explained that he has brought a new level of international culinary expertise to Tides and, as I can testify, his friendly and amusing bonhomie delights and entertains guests on his regular table visits. Mario’s skills, creativity and amiable personality promise a lively and challenging future as Tides looks to raise the bar still further.
Tides is not an exclusive haven for guests of Layana Resort & Spa, and visitors are always welcome. It is, though, a very popular destination and a prior reservation is advisable.
Note to editor:
Layana Resort & Spa is nestled on Lanta Yai Island in Krabi, situated about 2 hours south of Krabi International Airport. The resort enjoys a spectacular beachfront location on three kilometers of white sandy beach. Environmentally-conscious design throughout the property results in a simple and elegant Thai atmosphere; alfresco architecture combining contemporary design to provide an open, cool and natural feel. MBK Hotel and Tourism Co., Ltd, a member of the MBK PLC Group, has a vision to create a dynamic new standard for management and services in the hotel industry with the aim to achieve the highest public recognition in every potential area, both domestically and internationally.
MBK Hotel and Tourism also operates a tourism business with professional and dedicated management focused on the needs of customer, investors, and other stakeholders. Presently, operate tourism and hospitality business management includes Pathumwan Princess Hotel (Bangkok), Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort (Krabi), Layana Resort & Spa (Koh Lanta, Krabi), Tinidee Golf Resort @Phuket, Tinidee Hotel @Ranong. In addition, we supervise the management system and service standard for restaurants in Clubhouse of the Riverdale Golf Club in Pathumthani, Loch Palm Golf Course and Red Mountain Golf Course in Phuket.