View From Terrace - 9 Gems Samui Lounge & Restaurant, Koh Samui, Thailand

9 Gems Samui Lounge & Restaurant

This alfresco hilltop restaurant and lounge overlooking Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake offers a fun alternative to resort dining. Under the ownership of a Thai/Swiss couple, the property is actually a two-bedroom villa available for rent, featuring an outdoor poolside restaurant and roof deck lounge that is open to the public. Lit with multicolored LED lights and decorated with all white, Art Deco furniture, 9 Gems offers trendy, lounge-style dining and cocktails with panoramic views over Samui. Though you come for the ambiance more than the culinary experience, the slightly over-priced menu offers well-prepared fusion tapas plates served at leisure and intermittently between drinks and chats with owners Sathit and Peter. Plan to make a night of any dinner reservation here and don’t miss a drink on the rooftop or a stroll through the back garden.

Aerial View - Air Bar, Koh Samui, Thailand

Air Bar

Sunset cocktails at the Intercontinental Air Bar, perched on the cliffs of Surat Thani, offers spectacular views over the gulf. Playing light lounge music in an open-air setting, the appropriately named Air Bar is also a lovely place for an after-dinner digestif while the green lights of squid boats offshore twinkle in the distance.

Terrace Bar at Dining on the Rocks, Koh Samui, Thailand

Dining on the Rocks

The culinary must-do on Koh Samui is having dinner perched above the island and with views of the sea on the terraced, hilltop roof decks of the Six Senses Resort restaurant, Dining on the Rocks. Serving innovative food concepts with deconstructed interpretations on intercontinental classics, Dining on the Rocks offers award-winning food with organic produce and herbs, many of which are sourced from the resort's own garden. Set menus allow for patrons to enjoy a comprehensive sampling, which reflects the restaurant’s overarching concept of preserving and utilizing the purity of original flavor.

Wine aficionados will appreciate the extensive wine list that is offered. Perhaps the most impressive aspects of the restaurant are the stunning views from the weathered teak-and-bamboo decks (both covered and open air). Stylish, candle-lit tables that boast 270-degree panoramas over the sparkling Gulf of Thailand, creating the ultimate ambiance for a romantic dinner or wow-factor for a special night out.

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