Phuket resort to raise the gastronomic bar

17:14 SGT January 19, 2018
Chef Will Holland with executive chef Mark Jones and the culinary team at The Nai Harn aims to reach even “greater epicurean heights” in 2018.

The Nai Harn, a Phuket-based luxury resort overlooking pristine Nai Harn Beach, is aiming to reach even “greater epicurean heights” this year with a series of exciting gastronomic events and activities.

In January, for example, the resort is hosting extended visits by two of the UK’s most celebrated masters of fine dining and mixology.

Acclaimed mixologist Salim Khuory, former head barman of the iconic American Bar at The Savoy London (recently voted the “Best Bar in the World”), is sharing his expertise during his annual residency at The Nai Harn. As part of his stay in Phuket, Khuory is adding to The Nai Harn’s extensive list of original cocktails two of his brand-new signature creations.

January 19-27 also see the return of British celebrity chef Will Holland to The Nai Harn. Michelin-starred chef Will is creating a series of special dishes for the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, Rock Salt. He is also set to host an exclusive six-course dinner at the resort’s Cosmo restaurant on January 26.

The Nai Harn’s executive chef, Mark Jones, explains the culinary connection: “I have known chef Will since 2007 when he was working at La Bécasse (the UK restaurant that received a Michelin star in 2009). We bonded over a shared love of amazing food, so he was first on the list of top chefs I wanted to bring to Thailand when I moved here in 2013.”

He adds: “During his first visit, we really rocked it together, attracting high-profile guests and inspiring diners and chefs alike. I am sure that this year’s residency will reach even greater heights and I look forward to exciting our guests with chef Will’s incredible culinary creations.”

The return of the two masters in their respective crafts comes just a month after the resort hosted the world-known wine critic, James Suckling, for Phuket’s second ‘Great Wines of Italy’ tasting event. The exclusive gathering in December marked the final stage of the wine critic’s multi-city Grand Asian Tasting Tour. Suckling has already confirmed a third event at The Nai Harn on December 8 this year.

The hotel’s Cosmo restaurant has also launched a fresh menu, which draws upon chef Mark’s 20 years’ experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury resorts. He has created a series of stunning dishes focusing on the freshest and finest ingredients from sustainable sources. Chef Mark has also helped elevate the resort’s artisanal cuisine to new levels with the launch of The Charcuterie, an extensive selection of home-cured meats and other delicacies for the hotel.

Other gastronomic highlights for this year include a residency by another Michelin-starred chef, Massimo Camia, who will be showcasing the flavours he creates at his eponymous restaurant in La Morra, Italy, this March. Then in May, wine critic Suckling with return to judge the third Best Rosé of Thailand competition, with blind tasting on May 10 and a gala awards ceremony on May 11.

“These world-class events and special guests will further establish The Nai Harn’s position as Phuket’s foremost gastronomic destination in 2018,” concludes Frank Grasmann, general manager, The Nai Harn.