TASTED: BRUNCH AT DREAM BEACH CLUB

There’s nothing like great big meal to bring people together. It really is one of the most rewarding experiences – sitting down with good friends or family, in no rush, to enjoy the company and chew the fat as they say. There is history dating back thousands of years of feasts being shared by groups of our ancestors. It’s essentially part of our DNA by now. Especially the Egyptians, they loved a good feast with a huge spread of fresh and prepared foods, music and other entertainment, and of course … wine.

Well, guess what? We still love to indulge just like the Egyptians and anywhere else in Phuket would be hard-pressed to host a feast like the Sunday brunch at Dream Beach Club. Everything about Dream Beach Club seems to be elevated to a higher caliber. First, take a look at their location. They have a ridiculously exclusive spot on Layan Beach which is a beautiful stretch of uncrowded sand bordering a National Park. Next, it’s a swanky club with comfy beach chairs and cabanas surrounding a sprawling pool. It’s all very photogenic – a selfie enthusiast’s paradise – and definitely considered an elite place to see and be seen. Then there are the entertainers: a one-man-band on acoustic guitar and piano, killer DJs spinning the latest house, exotic dancers, conga players, and more.

How have we made it this far without talking about the food? There are some good brunches around Phuket that offer dozens of different dishes, but Dream steps it up a notch with 120 options coming fresh from the pan, oven, and barbecue from 12-4pm every Sunday. Obviously they can’t all be mentioned here but we’re talking imported cured meats/cheeses/olives, fresh steamed or barbecued lobster, sushi bar with nagiri, sashimi, and creative rolls, seafood paella, fresh-shucked oysters, and the list goes on and on. To be so bold as to make a few specific recommendations, the lamb massaman curry has an extremely rich and complex sauce perfectly accentuated by the lamb. The tandoori chicken is unreal, moist and tender with that strong smoky flavour inside and out. And the pastas … it’s just better if you go try it all for yourself.

The food is phenomenal, both the quality and variety, but it’s really the whole package that brings it together. It’s a feast that’s also a huge pool party with a rocking sound system. It’s a club – but it’s on a stunning tropical beach. It would be a challenge to come up with a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Layan Beach, Soi 2, Thalang District, Phuket, +66 (0) 76 684 964

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