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Hidden away by the beach and in the embrace of lush mountains, Ta Khai at Rosewood Phuket has become one of the must-check-out spots in Phuket presenting the best of Southern flavours with local ingredients. In the marvellous setting, the restaurant offers a one-off indulgence into mellow dishes made from nutritious local produce and fresh catches. Some of the ingredients are sourced right from the on-site garden. On the menu is a myriad of Thai favourites that may sound familiar, but the experience at Ta Khai is totally different, mostly thanks to the secret magic the chefs put in every single dish. Southern’s must-try Moo Hong (THB 460), braised pork with black pepper and garlic, melts in my mouth with ultimate tenderness and flavour. Gaeng Som Pla Gao (THB 460), spicy and sour black grouper curry, comes with the right level of spiciness and tangible freshness on the fish. Not to be missed is Pla Tod Rad Prik Sabparot (price varies) that combines all flavours harmoniously, plus pleasant crispiness. Cocktails served at Ta Khai make a great match with the food, as they creatively add subtle Southern scents into each glass. Galangal Negroni (THB 450) here does not taste too boozy, and it is a very charming drink, thanks to the scent of fresh galangal. If you like it exotic, try Tom Yum Moscow Mule (THB 450), made to be completely enjoyable with a subtle bit of Tom Yum. Made with perennial passion for Southern cuisine, every single dish served at Ta Khai is undoubtedly a heavenly experience that will make your casual evening feel special.   TA KHAI AT ROSEWOOD PHUKET 88/28, 88/30-33 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, 83150 Phuket, Thailand T. +66 (0) 76 356 888 E. phuket@rosewoodhotels.com W. www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/phuket/dining/ta-khai   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit Photos by Nissorn Somrattanakul

The best way to boost your immune system is on a wholefood, low sugar diet.  The more nutrient dense foods you can get in on the daily, the better. There are five significantly potent immune boosting nutrients that will give your body an extra wall of defense. Zinc Zinc is a well-loved mineral in the immunity world.  It nourishes and supports the innate (first defense) and adaptive immunity (long-term, has memory).  Zinc is a co-factor for over 200 enzymatic reactions within the body, with many of these being immune dependent mechanisms.  It supports the thymus gland in adaptive T-cell production/regulation and acts as a free-radical scavenger.  We love zinc as it supports against viruses and bacterial pathogens and promotes healthy function and integrity for our white blood cells: macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, T-cells and lymphocytes. Food Sources:  Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, egg yolks, seafood, oysters, beef Vitamin C This is probably your go-to nutrient when it comes to immune boosting superstars, and all for the right reasons!  Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is one of the bodies most essential antioxidants, and unfortunately we need to get it from external sources.  Vitamin C has shown to significantly strengthen the body’s immunity, particularly during times of stress and infections.  White blood cells have high concentrations of vitamin C that are essential to all levels of defense against free radicals, pathogens and inflammation.  It helps to upsurge white blood cells (first defense and adaptive) communication, durability and pathogen killing abilities! Even better, if you have those nasty lymphatic inflammatory conditions, vitamin C contains substantial detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties.  This is a great nutrient to have on hand for viruses, bacterial infections – especially for systemic or respiratory conditions. Food Sources:  green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwis, papaya, strawberries, mango, red peppers, and cabbage. Kiwis and strawberries are some fruits that are high in Vitamin C.   Vitamin A Vitamin A comes in many different molecular structures, retinyl palmitate is one of the most abundant forms and retinyl esters are found mainly in animal products such as: eggs, liver, fish oils, milk and butter.  Plants provide us with the precursors to Vitamin A in a carotenoid form, this proceeds to further biochemical reactions to make Vitamin A.  Plant sources are mainly found in orange coloured fruits/vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables: papaya, squash, carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, and pumpkin.  Carotenoids have potent antioxidant effects in the body and can improve our immunity by nourishing our white blood cells and lymphatic detoxification.  Vitamin A is excellent for skin and gut integrity, which is our first line of defense from the exterior pathogenic world. Vitamin D Vitamin D is best sourced from UV sunlight, it is obtained through 2 pathways: activation within the skin and through the diet.  If you receive adequate levels of sunlight, usually you would not need to supplement vitamin D.  Unfortunately, many of us live in rather gloomy climates where supplementation is vital.  Vitamin D has been shown to significantly regulate immunity and to support auto-immune conditions.   This wonderful fat-soluble vitamin also

With the opening of Age, Anantara Layan Phuket aspires to accommodate the best grill restaurant in Phuket, if not Thailand. Serving up dishes both proven and experimental, Age is nothing short of a gastronomic sanctuary guarded by the hands of time. Age takes you on a culinary journey along the most exquisite meats and the finest locally caught seafood, paired with the very best wines from around the world. To dine here is to commemorate life’s defining moments. And as every era and milestone has its own unique tastes, a night out at Age is catered entirely to your wishes. Hand pick from the finest cuts of meat. Choose from one of sixty premium vintage and new world wines or entrust our award-winning sommelier to tailor your selection.  If it’s a view of the spectacular Phuket sunset sinking into the Andaman Sea that you’re after, you’re more than welcome to take a seat on the Age terrace boasting panoramic scenery and sample our extensive menu of classic and contemporary craft cocktails made from the most astonishing mix of ingredients.  The boldness of Age’s cuisine is matched only by its interior. Dominated by dark woods, rusted steel and raw leather, its industrial look is more akin to a warehouse restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side than a tropical island location.  Situated on Phuket’s serene northwest coast and surrounded by national park forest, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort features 30 guest rooms and suites and 47 one- and two-bedroom pool villas. In this luxurious hideaway, both resort guests and day visitors can enjoy the timeless taste of authentic quality.  For more information or to make a reservation visit https://www.agerestaurant.com/ .

Savour the flavours of the holiday season with a line-up of epicurean celebrations at Silavadee Pool Spa Resort Koh Samui. Starting with the opening ceremony on December 20th to the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st there will be activities for each taste and age available to not miss the festive spirit . CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP CELEBRATION AND COCKTIAL RECEPTION Resident Guests at Silavadee are invited to open the festive season on December 20th from 06:00 pm onwards with a complimentary Cocktail Reception, live music and a joined “lighting ceremony” to set the mood for this year’s festive season. MOET CHANDON CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA Enjoy a slow Afternoon over our Christmas inspired three-tiered Afternoon Tea presented with a glass of Moet Chandon Champagne. Silavadee’ s Pastry Chef will have some wonderful sweet, festive treats prepared along with delicate, classic tea Sandwiches. A signature Tea with a blend of aromas and spices will add the extra touch to bring back memories of cinnamon, cardamom and Vanilla which are all reminiscent of the Christmas season. Afternoon Tea is available daily starting on December 21st between 2:00-05:00 pm at Moon or Sun Lounge and is priced at 1899 THB net per set for two guest including one glass of Moet Chandon per person and at 899 THB net per set without Champagne. ONCE IN A LIFETIME DOM PERIGNON EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE DINNER The festive season is a perfect opportunity to create special, lifetime moments. A team of professionals will create exactly this for only one couple per evening at the resorts most iconic spot “Sundeck”. Meet the Khun Pamon, Executive Chef at Silavadee and Khun Vee, Food and Beverage Manager to customize your Menu, music and set up for a 6 course, crafted menu. A bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, one of the most prestigious Champagne of the world will await you during dinner time. A private Chef and personal host will cater to your every need during your dinner.  This sophisticated dinner is available only with 24 hrs advanced notification between 21st and 30th December and only for one couple per evening and is priced at 25.000THB net per couple including 1 bottle of Dom Perignon. CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET DINNER Gather friends and family and enjoy a festive Buffet Dinner full of flavors from East and West with a special appearance of Santa Claus and live Christmas Carols by the “Silavadee Elves” Starting at 06:30 pm onwards on December 24th at Moon Restaurant priced at 1,890 THB net including soft drinks. Children aged 4-11 years pay half price. OPERA MEETS POP & CHRISTMAS CAROLS “A 6 COURSE OPERA DINNER UNDER THE STARS” The Highlight at Silavadee and the Highlight on Samui Island for this festive season will be an unforgettable Opera dinner at STAR Rooftop Restaurant. Enhance Christmas Day and be enchanted by “HOMMALI” a Quartet form Bangkok who will perform the finest of seasonal Opera, Pop and Christmas Carols along a six course dinner menu crafted by Chef Pamon and his culinary team. “Hommali”, are four talented and professional Opera Singers who will engage

‘Phuket FantaSea’ celebrates its 20th anniversary with the grand opening of the world’s first Thai Carnival Theme Park in Thailand. Built with a budget of over THB 5 billion (USD$ 160 million) and spanning over 40 acres (100 Rai), Carnival Magic aspires to become an exciting new landmark tourist destination in Asia and is expected to attract over 1 million tourists per year with annual revenue of no less than THB 1.5 billion. ‘Carnival Magic Co., Ltd.’ is an affiliate of ‘Phuket FantaSea Co., Ltd’ and is located in Kamala Beach in Phuket province, adjacent to Phuket FantaSea. Mr. Kittikorn Kewkacha, the CEO of ‘Phuket FantaSea Public Company Limited’ and ‘Carnival Magic Co., Ltd.’, explained the significance of creating this new project. “This year is the 20th anniversary of ‘Phuket FantaSea’. We are celebrating it with the opening of an astonishing and uniquely new project – ‘Carnival Magic’, one of the largest nighttime theme parks ever constructed, and the first of its kind in the world.” Inspired by the many traditional festivals, carnivals and market fairs that abound throughout the Kingdom, Carnival Magic aims to establish itself as the very first Thai Carnival Theme Park, rejoicing in the vibrancy of Thailand's rich cultural heritage and offering an experience unmatched by any other theme park on earth. “Our mission was to establish a landmark destination that would encourage more visitors to the island, and in so doing, help create jobs, stimulate the local economy and ultimately boost the local tourism industry. We wanted to offer something positive, entertaining, uplifting, and welcoming that would showcase the beautiful uniqueness of Thai culture with the enhancement of modern technology and special effects.” Carnival Magic’ consists of 4 main zones: Zone 1 - Carnival Fun Fair: an exciting and colorful carnival-themed street fair offering themed shopping arcades, boutique eateries and bars, street dancing and parade performers, fun games, kiddie rides and lots of guest activities.  Various quality products from all regions of Thailand will be featured in one-of-a-kind themed souvenir shops lavishly decorated with carnival lights and Thai inspired architectural features. Zone 2 – Bird of Paradise Restaurant: A fully air-conditioned gala buffet restaurant that can accommodate over 3,000 visitors and is reached by passing through an enchanted Garden of Paradise entranceway.  With an interior design suggesting a heavenly hall watched over by 2 giant peacock sculptures in full plumage, Bird of Paradise will offer over 100 varieties of menu items featuring delicacies from all around the world. Three separate dining halls are also available for private dining events. Alternatively, the River of Bliss Restaurant offers a more opulent dining experience within a design inspired by the world famous Loy Kratong festival.  The 400-seat dining room is lavishly accented with giant Kratongs (lotus float) reflecting the best of traditional Thai craftsmanship.  A special feature of this restaurant is that guests will first arrive at a waterfall known as “Happiness Falls” and ascend to the restaurant via a mystical barge called the “Barge of Happiness” which rises approximately 7 meters to deliver guests into this uniquely themed

The air is crisp and spooky jack-o-lanterns are popping up around the neighborhood, which means that Halloween is around the corner! Here are two places to celebrate Halloween in Thailand. Trick or Treat and Spooktacular Halloween Celebration JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa In celebration of the Halloween, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa will be hosting a fun-filled activities, themed buffet and whimsical Halloween experience on Thursday, 31st October. Kids’ Halloween Party: Get your little one ready to take on the action of Halloween. Dress up on the superhero theme and enjoy the fun-filled Halloween party together. Our Recreation team will transform the meeting function spaces, Layan and Rawai rooms into a haunted town. Halloween party starts from 5 – 7 pm. Price is THB 1,200++ per child. Inclusive of Halloween party, haunted house activity, games, dinner, prizes, trick-or-treat and more. Spooktacular Cocktails at Sala Sawasdee Lobby: Treat yourself for ghoulishly drinks, Halloween-inspired experience from our mixologists. The Zombie Punch and Undead cocktails are available exclusively from 28 – 31 October only. Price is THB 299++ by glass. Halloween Buffet Dinner at Marriott Café: Gather your family and friends for a wicked and to die for Halloween dinner and indulge in an international buffet selection alongside special Halloween treats. Price is THB 1,299++ per person. 50% discount for children aged from 7 – 12 years old. Children under 7 years old, Dine For Free with a paying adult. Children also receive a complimentary goodie bag after the meal. Marriott Cafe will be open from 6 – 10 pm. For more information or reservations, contact our dining experience team. Tel +66 (0)76 338 000   Bad Witches Halloween Party Woobar, W BANGKOK HOTEL Get ready to bring out your bad witches energy this Halloween and come cast your spells at WOOBAR—W Bangkok’s most happening signature bar on October 31, 2019, starting from 7PM and goes on until you drop. Prepare to be spooked with WOOBAR Horror Show, gathering all the bad witches from everywhere for the night. The exciting and scary live performance will be led by Pangina Heals—Thailand’s most phenomenal drag queen—together with her fellow bad witches Miss Gimhuay, and a very special guest from Hong Kong, Mocha Diva. Early bird tickets are THB 300 with limited offers, so save yourself some regrets, head over to Megatix.in.th and grab some before they’re gone. Standard tickets are THB 400—both ticket types come with one free drink. Table packages are also available, starting at THB 4,000, including entry passes and bottles. For more information please contact Woobar at 02 344 4000

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa joins nationwide to celebrate the Vegetarian Festival by offering delectable dining promotion from 28th  September to 31st October. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the century old festival honours the Chinese community’s beliefs that abstaining from meat and other stimulants during the 9-day event, it helps to purify your body, mind and spirit as well as bring a good health and fortune into your life. In celebration of the Vegetarian Feast, Andaman Grill and Ginja Taste restaurants create contemporary non-meat cuisine by experimenting with original and surprising flavour combinations.  Serving mouth-watering Thai and International combinations and offering a special menu specifically for vegetarians, guests will leave with a new sense of appreciation for vegetarian dining. Phuket Vegetarian Set Menu: Ginja Taste, Thai restaurant invites you to try “Phuket Vegetarian Set Menu”, ideal for sharing between friend or loved one.  Highlights menu include Som Tum Khao Phod Jay – Thai sweet corn salad with soya sauce and fresh lime; Phad Thai Jay – wok-fried rice noodle, tofu, mixed vegetables with tamarind sauce; Phad Prik Thai Dum Med Mamuang - wok-fried bell pepper and cashew nut with black pepper sauce and save some room for dessert, Bua Loy Nam King – sticky rice ball in ginger syrup.  This promotion is available from 28th September – 7th October 2019. Dinner commences from 6 pm – 10 pm. Price is THB 1,999++ per set/couple. This promotion is also available on the a la carte menu as well. ‘Gin Jay’ Thai Tapas Set Menu: Ginja Taste restaurant continues to celebrate the World Vegetarian day by offering the ‘Gin Jay’ Thai Tapas set menu throughout the month of October.  Gin Jay in Thai means ‘Eat Vegetables / Non-Meat’. Our Thai chefs would like to encourage you to eat well and feel well by offering the sampling vegetarian menu of Thai tapas. The sumptuous dishes include Kien Mun Tes – Thai mashed potato wrarpped with tofu skin and tamarind chili dipping; Pha Kranoon - Thai young jackfruit spicy salad mixed with lemongrass and lime dressing; Panang Fux Kiew - braised winter melon with Panang cream sauce; Gaeng Massaman Fuxtong - Thai pumpkin Massaman curry served with steamed rice just to name a few.  Price is THB 1,299++ per set/person. Dinner commences from 6 – 10 pm. World Vegetarian Day Set Menu: Andaman Grill also joins worldwide to celebrate the World Vegetarian day. The Andaman Grill chefs present the tasting vegetarian set menu that delight the palate without the need for meat. Price is THB 1,499++ per set/person. Dinner commences from 6 – 10 pm. This promotion is available on the 2nd October only. Reserve your table, contact our Food & Beverage dining experience team. Tel +66 (0)76 338 000

Refresh your culinary skills and enjoy an authentic Thai experience by learning how to cook local dishes, explore a unique fish market, picking up lots of delightful recipes and cooking tips along the way. Explore Patong's local market, “Baan Zaan market” and learn how to select and buy fresh ingredients before doing the cooking in a fully-equipped workspace at Bubbles Restaurant for a half-day package at THB 2,500 per person and THB 2,000 minimum 2 participants. Travel to the popular Rawai fish market in Phuket and choose your ingredients. Lunch at a beachfront restaurant, where you can taste the local food in a beautiful natural atmosphere. In the evening, it’s back to your Thai cooking class at Bubbles Restaurant and dinner by the poolside for a full-day package at THB 3,700 per person and THB 3,000 minimum 2 participants. Complete the day with a tour of the local handcrafted rum at Chalong Bay Distillery where you learn the process of making the fine spirit from 100% natural sugarcane for full day package and visit Chalong Bay Distillery at THB 4,200 per person and THB 3,500 minimum 2 participants. For more information or reservation, please call +66 76 231 999 Grand Mercure Phuket Patong 1 Soi Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi 2, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150

Features a rich assortment of delicious Thai cuisine, as well as our International Buffet Breakfast and imported treats such as Australian lamb and beef, Italian pasta, Indian kebabs, and homemade Chinese noodles. Get the perfect start to your day with one of Patong’s best breakfast selections! Whether sightseeing, shopping, or relaxing at the resort, let us take you on a culinary journey with European and Asian favourites, buttery croissants and pastries, or vegetarian and halal specialties! A-la-carte options for lunch and dinner as well as buffet themed evenings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are also available for your enjoyment. Every Monday, we are delighted to introduce our traditional Thai cuisine “Phuket’s Night Market” Buffet Dinner. Choose from a unique and authentic selection of local cuisine, featuring traditional Phuket only THB 799 per person. Every Wednesday, Embark on a journey to the four corners of Asia and enjoy a lavish array of Thai, Chinese, Japanese and other Oriental recipes with our “Oriental Buffet Dinner” only THB 999 per person with a special promotion of “Dine 4 Pay 3”. Every Friday, savour a gourmet selection of local and imported seafood with our “Grand Seafood Barbeque” featuring a seafood-on-ice station displaying scampi, rock lobsters, French oysters and Japanese sashimi, while snappers and blue crabs are being prepared for the barbecue every Friday at THB 1,399 per person with a special promotion of “Dine 4 Pay 3”. Experience the ultimate of local and traditional cuisine “Jewel of Phuket’s Cuisine” prepared by our Executive Chef Anurak Kannittharat. The highlight of this set menu is not only its innovative use of great and fresh flavours but we use all ingredients that could be found in Phuket fresh market and seafood from the Andaman Sea for only THB 1,400 per couple. If you are looking for authenticity and a taste bud revival, Bubbles Restaurant represents a quality, reasonably priced alternative to touristy dining. Located on the ground floor and daily open from 06:30 – 24:00. For more information or reservation, please call +66 76 231 999 or email h8109@accor.com.