Locals say the signature restaurant of the Six Senses Hideaway Samui kick-started the island’s gastronomic revolution when it opened in November 2004. Critics certainly agree: Dining on the Rocks often crops up on short lists of the best restaurants in Thailand. The restaurant spans nine wooden terraces that seemingly hover over the boulders that provide its name, affording diners a 270-degree view of the Gulf of Thailand.
Officially “modern Asian-influenced,” the food might sound suspiciously like fusion, but it’s thoroughly sophisticated and unexpected at the same time. Guam-born head chef Ryan Dadufalza turn Asian staples on their heads by mixing up textures and tastes. Grain-fed beef tenderloin swims in a sukiyaki broth with a whiff of sesame-flavored air and a side of spiced popcorn. Tom yam emerges as a tangy foam, served with ginger-tinted scallops and a crumbly cracker of parmesan cheese.
With its own deck, Table 99 is the place to pop the question.
Six Senses Hideaway Samui
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem
Ko Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Telephone: +66 77 245 678