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Phuket, Thailand: Boathouse by Montara

I don’t know why so many of my friends thought I was on some romantic getaway with a “new boo” (an ex’s words!) in Phuket. Hilarious! I suspect it was my Instagram post of this shot which I captioned, “My view at breakfast today. Table for two please!”

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At in-house restaurant RE KA TA where buffet breakfast is served every morning.

Two because there’s a bird perched on the chair across from me, you know? I wish it were the kind of bird attached to a dude. Gasp, no I don’t. Yes, I do. Whatever. But thanks, guys, for the interest in my non-existent love life.

I was in Phuket recently because the Tourism Authority of Thailand wanted me to come and check out what’s going on over there and tell you all about it. I’m so excited to show you what I made at a Thai cookery school, what I ate at the Amazing Tastes of Thailand food festival, and what my day of sailing the Andaman Sea looked like but I wanna start with the resort Boathouse by Montara where I stayed for two nights.

The Montara Hospitality Group operates Boathouse and another luxury resort on the island called Trisara (tell you more in a very-near-future post). Boathouse is a boutique hotel with an overall cozy feel despite the upscale accommodations. These paintings for sale that were hanging in the lobby also lent the place a dose of whimsy which I adored. So fun!

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My room wasn’t quite fronting Kata Beach but it was about twenty steps away so every morning, I’d wake up and step out to take in the sights. Living in the Philippines, I’m pretty spoiled with the best beaches in the world so I’m not easily impressed but Kata Beach was pleasantly surprising with its fine sand and clear waters. It’s also not a very long stretch of beach so it felt cozy and intimate, even out here.

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This shot probably didn’t help with the romantic speculations either.

Before heading to buffet breakfast, I’d make myself a cup of coffee and graze over a bit of fruit in my room. Because when there’s a badass coffee machine in one’s room, one must use it. 

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Also, I’m really most particular about the bathroom when I’m staying at a hotel and mine was the cutest thing with everything I could ever need, kissed with flowers here and there.IMG_4118Between my room and RE KA TA where I would have breakfast, I would pass the pool. I didn’t get to really hang out in this spot because I was out and about most of the time but I would’ve loved to do that while knocking back a few cocktails. Check it!

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What more than made up for missing happy hour was dinner at the renowned Boathouse Wine & Grill, the in-house Thai-French restaurant, and it was easily the highlight of my stay here. First of all, the view from this restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. We would’ve gotten the sunset too if it wasn’t so overcast but this was beautiful all the same.IMG_4377

Pre-dinner drinks were fun and fresh!

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A mojito and a cranberry-ginger beer concoction.

Boathouse Wine & Grill is known to have an extensive wine list so I guess it’s not surprising that every course was paired with a different wine. Our first was scallop with mash and mushroom washed down with a sauvignon blanc. I’m not very wine-conversant so I don’t know what to tell you about the wine except that it was…yummy!

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It’s sealed because there’s a burning sprig of rosemary inside.

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I love a well-cooked scallop really hard. The mash was rich and so smooth, the mushroom had some acidity to it and underneath all this was a thin crisp of some sort that added flavor and texture. The smokiness from the burnt rosemary was very subtle. What an exciting start!

The rock lobster ravioli was also paired with a white wine, a Chardonnay if I recall correctly.

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I enjoyed the bit of fanfare that came with this dish – South African executive chef Bryan Burger (I know) poured the shell velouté for us before we dug in and it made the delicate morsels even more delicious, the bisque even more flavorful.

Tom Yum Goong is one of my favorite Thai dishes but I never thought of it as a sauce! As you can imagine, a tom yum sauce is spicy and pungent and robust and it is super tasty over a fillet of hake and we had a Shiraz to stand up to it all.

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Served with rice. Which I would’ve loved to inhale with some of that sauce but I was running out of stomach real estate fast.

Service is impeccable at the Boathouse Wine & Grill. For dessert, Chef Bryan hiked up the sleeves of his chef’s whites and whipped up some Crêpes Suzette table side.

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This was way too sweet for my taste plus the dessert wine was expectedly quite sweet, too. But I’m a trooper so I sat there and polished it all away slowly but surely.

This meal left me quite tipsy and stupidly happy. Actually, I think that’s how I would feel about staying at the Boathouse on a lazy weekend trip to Kata Beach.

On my next post, I’ll tell you about my first activity on the island – a trip to Phuket Thai Cookery School where I tried my hand at making a few Thai favorites. UGH. A trip after my own heart!

Boathouse by Montara is located at 182 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100, Thailand. Check them out on their Facebook page or their website to take a tour and book!

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