The Boathouse Wine & Grill, Kata Beach, Thailand
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 Mom Tri's Boathouse Wine and Grill

Nestled onto Kata Beach rests The Boathouse, a boutique resort praised by the international press as "Simply the Best!". It may also be the most romantic.

Designed by the owner, noted Thai architect ML Tri Devakul, The Boathouse is more than a boutique resort with 33 rooms and three suites. The international acclaim has come because of the international menu, excellent service and world class wine cellar which is regularly presented with the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine.

"Mom Luang Tri opened The Boathouse primarily for people who prefer not to stay in hotels," states General Manager Louis Bronner. "He designed and built major hotels on Phuket including the Club Med, Le Meridien Phuket and Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club but for The Boathouse, he designed a resort for his family, friends and valued guests which would provide more personal service."

Mr. Bronner has built a career in the hospitality industry entertaining society's elite.

The Boathouse has the most expansive views of sunset over the Andaman Sea. Every afternoon, guests can relax and enjoy a cocktail while watching the day end when the sun descends into the water. Then it's time for a memorable dinner. In the background, the Boathouse Band, led by jazz and blues singer, Bonnie Anderson, provide the perfect accompaniment for a long, satisfying meal.

Executive Chef Tamanoon Punchun created the celebrated menu which can be found no where else on Phuket. He constantly explores how to combine Western cuisine with Thai spices and herbs.

Last year, The Boathouse released a compilation of Chef Tamanoon's favorite recipes in the first Boathouse Cookbook with photography by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni and introduced by respected writer William Warren. The recipes were developed in the popular Boathouse weekend cooking classes where guests learn the essentials of making a Thai soup or curry. Students prepare a full course Thai meal, including spicy salad, main course and dessert, before sitting down and enjoying their creations together.

"I would describe The Boathouse cuisine as based on French recipes using Asian flavors," explained Chef Tamanoon. "Each year I travel in Europe and study the cuisine of a different region. Recently I worked in three different Relais & Châteaux in various regions of France where the foods and methods of preparation are all different. I brought back an exciting new selection of recipes for my customers at The Boathouse."
He also invited Maître Cuisinier at Le Château-Hotel Le Prieuré, Jean Noël Lumineau, to The Boathouse to present two weeks of fine French cuisine. This distinctive celebration of French cuisine was held during the same period as the Baan Kata Artsfest, a festival of music, art and food, held at ML Tri's nearby home which overlooks Kata Noi.

For the past six years, ML Tri has invited members of the Bangkok Symphony, led by ML Usni Pramoj, to present a concert of classical music. The weekend event also includes a cocktail reception. The art chosen for this year's Artsfest, were traditional scenes of historic Thailand painted on wood by a group of artists from Chiang Mai. The Artsfest was directed by Boathouse GM, Mr. Bronner, who supervises all events around The Boathouse and Baan Kata.

A visit to The Boathouse is always full of surprises. Just off the lobby is The Boathouse Art Gallery, Phuket's primary venue for artists of all mediums. Curator Lori Ashton organizes stimulating shows each month which showcase the works of both established and emerging painters and weavers with what she thinks will delight both local residents and guests to The Boathouse.

Recently, she co-ordinated a textile show, Woven Textiles of Thailand, which demonstrated the various styles and techniques of weaving in different regions of Thailand. During April, she chose to hang a mixed medium show of a young Thai artist, Chalit Nakpawan who creates large, unrestricted acrylic abstracts.

The Boathouse also has a boutique visible from the lobby of textiles for sale, silk and cotton clothing and highlighted on display, the jewelry of Patrick and Printemps Wal, whose bright, spontaneous bead bracelets and necklaces were spotted by Japanese designer, Kenzo, and used in his Paris show this year.

ML Tri Devakul also established the Chao Phraya River Club Literary Society where each month, published writers and local residents read from recent works to a capacity crowd who enjoy the lively monthly meetings.

Adjacent to The Boathouse, still facing directly onto Kata Beach and the Andaman Sea, is a newer restaurant, the Gung Café, developed by ML Tri and managed by The Boathouse, for those wanting a more relaxed ambiance for dining on fresh seafood.

"The Gung Café offers Boathouse service but in a more informal atmosphere. We invite guests to try any of the wonderful rock lobster recipes or other seafood entrees which are original Boathouse recipes," invites Mr. Bronner. "We also have a surprising menu of fun cocktails such as the The Gung Viagra which is certainly unique."

The Gung Café is part of Lobster Square. Again ML Tri has designed a collection of boutiques which offer high quality handicrafts. In Spirit House, designer silver jewelry and fine silks adorn the shop as well as miniature spirit houses which make a perfect gift or reminder of a visit to Phuket.

Gourmet delights as designer salads and sandwiches and select wines are offered in The Little Lobster and ML Tri has recently opened an art gallery in Lobster Square as his continued commitment for supporting the arts on Phuket.

The Boathouse provides visitors to Phuket with a glimpse of "Simply the Best" that a visit to Thailand can offer. 
The Boathouse contact details: (66-76) 330 015

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