Phuket’s relentless stress and challenging roads may-hem can easily exhaust you and as I had also endured a tough week at work, when Friday evening rolled around I felt in desperate need of a relaxing antidote. I’d decided to escape from Phuket across the small body of water that separates Laem Hin Jetty, a little to the north of Phuket Town, from the small Island named Koh Maphrao or Coconut Island.
As a sleek white cruiser slid alongside the jetty and a happy band of passengers climbed aboard en route to The Village Resort, I could feel myself relax and a con-tented smile settle upon my lips.
It takes just ten minutes to cruise across the narrow channel separating Coconut Island from Phuket, yet it’s like entering a quieter, gentler parallel universe. Disembarking at the resort’s private jetty, I was immediately claimed by a feeling of tropical island tranquillity. Waves gently lapped pristine sands, while huge palms waved to the deep blue sky in verdant salute.This is exactly how life on a tropical island escape should be I thought as I strolled past sun-loungers aside azure swimming pools; the resort’s open-air beachfront bar/restaurant; then into the verdant embrace of the huge grounds where, quite noticeably, everyone seemed to be beaming with happy smiles.
I decided to enjoy supper at The Village’s recently renovated fine dining restaurant KOKO and I thought what better way to build an appetite than with a bit of sea kayaking along the beach past the little Muslim fishing village, then a swim in one of the resort’s huge pools? Alternative appetite building activities might have included cycling the quiet traffic free island lanes, sailing a Hobby Cat, or hitting the gym, such are the wide array of gastro-stimulators on offer at The Village.
A shower, followed by an icy cold one watching the glorious sunset across the waters from the resort’s beach-front bar, brought me happily to the dining hour, while that slight smile upon my lips had blossomed into a full-blown grin.
KOKO sits upon a grassy hillock and offers both indoor and an outdoor dining terrace which commands wonder-ful views over the verdant amphitheater of the resort’s grounds and the lapping waters of the bay, with the shore lights of Phuket dancing in the distance and seem-ing a million miles away.
KOKO is equally inviting for a lovers’ tryst, a quiet supper with friends, or a boisterous family meal. All are equally welcomed and at home in this relaxed yet stylish restaurant.
The cuisine takes you upon a gustatory trip around Asia with Japanese, Thai and pan-Asian dishes bounteously represented both within the set menu and the brimming a la carte selection.
KOKO also boasts a fine selection of wines and imported beers covering all the main varietals and geographies and the wine by the glass is excellent and well-priced. There are nightly entertainments such as musical and madcap Happy Hours and a five course set menu “Journey through Asia” on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satur-days for just 999++ THB per person including a welcome cocktail.
As the ideal antidote to the stresses of Phuket and the perfect place to dine KOKO and The Village Resort on Coconut Island deliver on all counts!
The Village Coconut Island
51/7, Moo 6, T.Kohkaew, A.Muang, Phuket 83200 Tel: +66(0) 76 352148