Tasted: Sky Bar at Nook Dee

One of the defining characteriestics of Phuket is its mountainous topography, with vantage points opening up mind-blowing vistas of the island-dotted Andaman Sea to the west and Phang Nga Bay to the east. The name “Phuket” is believed to come from the Malay word for hill – bukit.

Few sights of Phuket are more stunning than those available to guests at Nook Dee, located on an ideal vantage point between Kata and Kata Noi beaches. Perched high on the mountainside, this small boutique hotel offers some of the most eye-popping views found anywhere on the island. And with such heady visuals, it was only natural that they set up a place to contemplate them over drinks.

The 360 Degree Rooftop Sky Bar at Nook Dee is cosy and colourful, sporting low tables and comfy bean bags in a sprawling patio ringed with a wall of glass to provide panoramic views. Open from 5pm to midnight, the bar serves up the perfect sunset experience with a side of delicious tapas and cocktails.

If you want to make your Instagram photos extra special, opt for one of their nitrogen concoctions. Try the Lang Dee, which glows blue and spews dry-ice steam from a glass containing a mix of gin, light rum, vodka, blue curacao, lime juice and Sprite. For something fruitier but no less garish, go for the bright green Keaw Dee with crème de menthe, Prosecco and lemon, or the Lheang Dee concocted with crème de banana, Prosecco and fresh banana.

If you find yourself feeling peckish, don’t worry – the Sky Bar runs a strong tapas game. For prawn lovers, the grilled southern popper will bring a smile to your face: The toasted brioche is decorated with ripe avocado, tangy pico de gallo salsa, and topped with a grilled prawn with sweet and spicy chilli sauce. More intriguing still are the giant prawns buried beneath a mountain of a savoury crispy-fried garlic, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass and chillies. The complex and mouth-watering blend of textures and flavours are complemented nicely by the sweet, tender grilled prawns.

The chef also offers personal favourites – two DIY dishes that are as tasty as they are quirky. A jar filled with fried lardons of pork is served with small dishes of dried chilli flakes, crushed, roasted sticky rice, and a specially blended sauce. Tip a bit of everything into the jar, shake, and serve over a bowl of shredded carrot, cabbage, and spring onion. The other dish is similar but uses raw tuna, fresh kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass, and a sweet roasted chilli sauce. Both come highly recommended.

You might plan on just a quick sunset cocktail, but with its breezy, beautiful location and a wide selection of Thai and international tapas to explore, don’t be surprised if you find yourself chilling on a Nook Dee bean bag all evening.

The 360 Degree Rooftop Sky Bar at Nook Dee
216/9 Khoktanod Road, Kata Beach, Karon, Mueang, Phuket, +66 (0) 76 688 888, nook-dee.com

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