After the island’s discovery more than a century ago, stories of fishermen, sailors, and sea traders who found the island as a harbour against monsoons and high seas live on in the local folklore. A.Shore at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, the latest addition to Koh Samui’s vibrant beach life, takes inspiration from this alluring blend of heritage, the stunning Gulf of Siam coastline and rustic aesthetics of the neighbouring fishermen’s village.
A.Shore Beach Bar is a haven where the islands trendsetters can find refuge and relax with a glass of a refreshing beverage and a plate of simple, wholesome food. Putting a 21st century spin on the idea of a tropical paradise, the rustic looking bar is peppered with Instagram-friendly spots, the furniture and furnishings are made from reclaimed wood, including a boat that before getting a new lease on life as a glamourous beach sofa was a hard-working fishing vessel. Set on a whitewashed deck, swings, beanbags and beach beds create an inviting display against the shimmering backdrop of Bophut’s stunning white sand beach.
Matching the décor, the menu is stylish yet informal and centres on the rustic Mediterranean fare with Asian influences. For lunch, think light appetisers, flavoursome main courses, and various grilled fish and seafood ideally suited to be enjoyed in a stunning open-air setting. Featuring signature dishes such as a fresh Samui Seafood Platter, Guacamole Ciabattas or a Tofu Satay Baguette. Cool down with refreshing drinks such as the A.Shore signature cocktail Sabai Sabai, which includes Mekhong whiskey, sweet basil leaves, lime juice, ginger ale, Angostura bitter and syrup. Kids can also enjoy a Unicorn Loaded Shake – a bubblegum flavoured milkshake topped with candy canes, sprinkles and whipped cream.
As the day progresses and guests settle into sumptuous beanbags, sunset-coloured Sangria in hand, the upbeat tunes and soft roll of the waves start humming in perfect unison. A.Shore promises varied music programming with guest DJs – guaranteed to ensure time spent with family and friends is worth every second. For those who prefer to simply kick back with a drink and trade stories, there are sundowner sessions, guest bartender days, as well as local collaborations for art and culinary experiences that will support the local artisan community.
Come for the swing, stay for the beach bar – located on the shore of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, A.Shore Beach Bar is open every day from 10.00 am until sundown. For more information, please visit us on Instagram.com/ashoresamui.