Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel, Bang Tao beach, Phuket
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 The Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel

The Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel was the first five star resort property which opened in 1987 in the prestigious Laguna Phuket complex. It quickly became home to numerous international guests who have returned each year, often to spend many weeks over the winter months.

The Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel was the first five star resort property which opened in 1987 in the prestigious Laguna Phuket complex. It quickly became home to numerous international guests who have returned each year, often to spend many weeks over the winter months.

"At the Dusit Laguna, we are proud to be a Thai hotel chain which celebrates the culture and society of a great country," stated Mark Van Ogtrop, the property's General Manager.

While during the past dozen years, four other resort properties have been built close to the Dusit, this seaside resort is launching into the new Millennium with renewed energy which includes some of the most exciting food at Laguna Phuket, if not the island.

The Ruen Thai restaurant is a teak wood house set on the water facing the ocean. Here guests can appreciate the same type of setting that Thais have enjoyed for many generations as traditionally all houses were set by rivers, lakes or the sea.

The Ruen Thai offers Royal Thai cuisine which was specially developed in the kitchens of the Grand Palace in the last century. It is an advantage that the Dusit Laguna, as a prestigious member of the Thai Hotel Association, has access to the true cultural and culinary treasures of the Kingdom.

While the beautiful menu at the Ruen Thai offers Thai cuisine suitable for the international palate, several offerings are presented flambe, a Western influence which makes a Phuket Lobster topped with Sweet Red Curry sauce a special treat.

The Ruen Thai is designed to recall the era of King Rama V whose picture is displayed through the extended restaurant. Most Thai people respect and honor this monarch as he is seen as the bridge between Thai traditional life and the modern world. The lighting is soft in lamps also reminiscent of the turn into the twentieth century. The atmosphere at the Ruen Thai is relaxed and guests can sit and slowly enjoy a warm evening by the Andaman Sea.

Across the Dusit Laguna not more than a few meters from the beach, sits the La Trattoria, the resort's Italian bistro where Giordano, an Italian Chef from Bologna, waits to prepare authentic family style regional cuisine. He is joined by Renato Coco who manages La Trattoria and between them and the sounds of the Andaman Sea outside, guests are bound to have a memorable evening.

The menu at La Trattoria includes such pasta specialties as Spaghetti Aragosta with Phuket rock lobster, parsley and chili, Cannelloni ai Carciofi or pasta stuffed with spinach and sauteed artichokes and parmesan and Linguine Vongole with clams, broccoli, white wine and extra virgin olive oil.

"Every day, I design new menu items which I offer as specials," states Chef Giordano. "Today, I am offering fillet of sole and sea scallops combination with saffron sauce and green pepper corn and for dessert, there's chocolate and vanilla "Tartufo" ice cream cake with expresso coffee."

Renato has expanded the range of after dinner grappa available to nine labels and there's an exciting range of Italian coffee cocktails such as the Café Gennaro with Sambucca, rum bianco, coffee and whipped cream.

For anyone who loves to experience Italy, an evening at La Trattoria should be on the list.

Recently opened is the refurbished Recreation Center where guests can exercise on world class machines or take an aerobics class or play table tennis.

For families, the children's center or Kid's Club features an adventure playground and an air conditioned play area supervised by Dusit Laguna staff. There's a CD Games Corner, tennis courts, a games room and a Watersports center which offers kayaking and windsurfing lessons but experienced experts.

The Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel is a retreat from a busy world where guests may relax and have a soothing beach massage or can make an appointment to spend an hour at the Angsana Spa, opened recently to provide guests with rejuvenating and memorable health and beauty. Well trained massage spa therapists pamper the body with a blend of aromatherapy oils and international massages designed to nourish and refresh.

The Angsana Spa is set in a garden around a beautiful pond. Each massage pavilion is designed to not only relax the body by also the soul. Colors are soft and light and hints of tropical paradise surround the massage beds.

There are so many ways to enjoy a holiday at the Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel. Three nights a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, there's a sumptuous buffet set around the pool with professional entertainment. For example, Wednesday features a fresh seafood buffet with rock lobster, fish, and prawns cooked to suit individual taste. On the stage is a Viva Latino show.

But these outdoor feasts around the pool are more than extensive buffets. "Show stalls" have been created where cooks can entertain and cook orders to suit individual taste.
On the alternative nights, a mini buffet is set in the Dusit Laguna Resort's main dining room, the Laguna Café where Executive Chef Joseph Bender can be seen advising guests on what he can prepare specially to suit their tastes.

The Laguna Café is where resort guests have breakfast but it's a great place to sit and have lunch or dinner beside a waterfall that cascades down from the resort lobby.

The menu offers international favorites, from imported sirloin steak to Laguna seafood salad served in a pineapple.
Stop by the Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel and treat yourself to what may be your best meal on the island.

For more information or a table reservation, call (66-76) 324-320 at Dusit Laguna Phuket

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