The View is the Melati Beach Resort & Spa's signature restaurant. The role of concept in dining out is more important than a lot of people realise. Promoting a restaurant as a 'tranquil oasis of peacefulness' when it's kerbside, downtown, and under the local airport's flight path isn't the best of ideas but when a restaurant gets its concept right the wow factor really kicks in. Such a restaurant is The View.
Beachside, fantastic views, gentle sea breezes and stunning décor – The View has all of these factors and knows how to make the best of them.
The View is breezy and open sided with a great vista of neighbouring Koh Phangan, the world-famous 'party island'. The restaurant has wooden deck floors on its beach side with interior buffed concrete floors. Spectacular bamboo partitions separate the lush seating arrangements (both table and sofa dining available) and a pool bar is just metres away.
Overhead and pillar lighting is kept to a romantic low with additional table candle lamps. The View also has a beach dining option for that special moment: staff members will set up table and chairs in the sand along with bamboo partitions and flaming torches to set the mood for you.
Mediterranean in tone, The View is spacious and yet intimate in parts. The discreet lighting helps the atmosphere along but the setting and views, more than anything, dictate that this could never be an ordinary hotel restaurant.
A Filipino couple stroll from table to table singing a good selection of light music while staff members are admirably discreet. On the evening we visited The View, the restaurant only started to get 'busy' at nine o'clock so one could safely say that it's not a rushed, torrid affair – and is all the better for it.
With a competent wine cellar and some 80 labels to choose from, there's enough here to satisfy all but the most exigent wine snobs. The View hosts wine dinners and also features a 'wine buffet'. For a fixed price you can help yourself to six labels ranging from Chilean to Italian to Thai.
Speaking of Thai wine, the PB red, from the Khao Yai region just north of Bangkok, is a complex mixture of flavours and a pleasant surprise. There's also a good cocktail list and – another nice surprise – a wide selection of single and double malt whiskies.
The selection of fresh and well-presented dishes at The View includes Mediterranean-style mussels, spinach ravioli, tomato-and-buffalo-mozzarella salad, stuffed chicken breast and a host of other healthy options.
The roasted sea bass filet on a bed of vegetables is a case in point regarding the nourishing and healthy dishes here while lasagne with slow-cooked veal ragu in meat jus, proof of the tasty options.
Pan-seared tuna with asparagus, eggplant on a bed of pine nuts, raisins and pumpkin is piquant and a hearty dish. All in all, a fine range of main course dishes along with a competent and inexpensive desserts menu.
As mentioned, discreet and unobtrusive with a wait staff numerous enough to handle a busy wine dinner.
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Melati Beach Resort & Spa
Melati Beach Resort & Spa enjoys a superb location on Thongson Bay in the northern part of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Siam.Right on an almost-private beach with a superb view to neighbouring Koh Phangan, the resort is set at a mere 10 minute drive from Samui Airport and 20 minute away from the hurly-burly Chaweng Beach, the most popular destination in Samui Island with its tremendous dining, shopping and nightlife scene.Melati Resort hosts 77 suites and villas categorized as following: Grand Deluxe, Junior Pool Villa, Pool Villa, Pool Villa Suite, Family Pool Villa Suite, and Presidential Suite. Read More...
The View Restaurant
- Location: in Melati Beach Resort & Spa
- Tel: +66 (0)77 913 400