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Partying at Nikki Beach

September 3, 2014

Nikki Beach knows how to cure your hangover: waterfalling back in with a beach party and buffet. Jeninne Lee-St. John spends her days-of-rest in a hedonistic blur of bounties that put soporific brunches to shame.

Published on Sep 3, 2014

If you don't think a motorcycle-mounted belly dancer zooming around the pool with sparklers to a dramatic soundtrack straight out of a Rocky movie is the most effective way for bar staff to deliver that guy's magnum of champagne, then this probably isn't the brunch for you. If, however, you'd take your waffles and wontons with a healthy side of live saxophone, signature sangria and near Cirque de Soleil-level acrobatics, then spend your Sunday sunning at Nikki Beach. Because that guy just might buy a round of bubbly for the entire place, which is a surefire way to get everyone dancing on the daybeds.

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Jamming with the saxist in Samui

Not that they'd necessarily need more incentive. DJs spin poolside, outlandishly attired models pose and preen, that roaming saxist serenades, and hip-shakers groove on platforms—happy to take the hands of little kids who clamber up. Yes, this is relatively wholesome fun for a broad age range, having been named, after all, for the beloved daughter of the brand's founder.

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Local b-boys battle atop the pool.

Ah, but wait. We're talking about brunch, which more than holds its ground here in a vast party-spanning spread. Jive and sway as you load your plate with everything from omelettes to sushi, Thai noodles to raw oysters. The carnivore station has been known to boast three kinds of beef, though I'm also partial to the porchetta with extra-thick crackling. And take this tip from an insuppressible DIYer: Stop by the prosciutto carver and then pick up some camembert or emmental at the cheese station before hitting up the mainly sweets-stocked crêperie to custom-order yourself a savory, melty galette.

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Raw oysters and fresh seafood at Nikki Beach

Brunch ends at 4, but the fiesta rocks on until the last merrymakers boogie off their daybeds—dusk or beyond, in the high season. At this point, if you're in Samui, you'll be thanking the gods that this Nikki Beach, the first in Asia, is the brand's only location with an attached hotel. Makes it a lot easier to drag yourself off to one of the 48 suites, bungalows or villas.


Nikki Beach Samui  96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi; +66 77 914 500; At both, Amazing Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations required.


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