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Live the Dream Sundays at Layan’s hottest poolside brunch

Brunch is not just about the food, it’s also about the experience. It’s one of the many favourite pastimes amongst the expat and local community in Phuket and there’s a variety on offer.


By Dalia Hilmi

Monday 11 April 2016, 02:18PM


To be considered one of the best Sunday brunches in Phuket requires a number of factors to set it ahead of the many contenders and there’s certainly no doubt that the recently opened Dream Beach Club has attained such status.

For anyone that enjoys a magnificent view, delicious food and a vibrant atmosphere, then be sure to check this fabulous place out. They recently launched the popular #LiveTheDream Sunday Brunch, which I was fortunate enough to review.

Set on the island’s stunning west coast, the newest beach-club on the island is a paradise for any bruncher. Upon arrival, you will be faced with all the trappings of a truly entertaining day: stylish white sun loungers and umbrellas for the sun worshippers, each surrounding a large and welcoming lavish swimming pool; as well as two pool-side bars. To top that off, there is also a swim-up bar where you will find Dream’s very own friendly, magnetic resident DJ pumping out all the right tunes to create an uber-cool, electrifying, and memorable atmosphere.

Behind the luxurious and attractive pool area lays the stunning beach, creating an idyllic setting for a truly mesmerising sunset and remains one of the only beach-clubs with direct access to the sea. The design is cosmically cool; a simple, yet stylish blue and yellow theme that is minimally displayed throughout the entire venue (you’ll see them in the umbrellas and the towels). But for the rest of the venue, a simple stylish white theme is used.

Naturally, all this fabulousness has food to match. My colleague and I were greeted by the warm, friendly staff who took us to our table. We had the option of eating alfresco or within the main restaurant area. The large, tantalising buffet impressed us even before we filled our plates. The delightful spread of international cuisine inspired by influences from Japan, the United States and Italy, seemed to have it all.

From the large, fresh seafood station, to the cold-cuts and cheeses, to the meat carving station, we really were spoilt for choice. We ordered some classic cocktails from the enticing drinks menu, as well as a few glasses of bubbles to go alongside.

First up, I headed to the salad station where I was faced with impeccable options such as pasta salad, quinoa, potato salad, Thai beef salad, tuna salad, and cute mini bruschettas. Then I headed to the meat station where I was given generous portions of roast chicken, roast beef and deliciously cut pieces of lamb, each oozing with flavour. There were options of grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, roast potatoes, fried rice, as well as homemade breads. Being a great fan of all things tapas and mezze, I largely took advantage of the coldcut station and indulged in some fresh salami, chorizo, olives, pickles and brie cheese.

After all that, I have to say that the star of the show lay within the dessert station. Each of them artfully presented and as delicious as the next. From chocolate walnut cake, to panna cotta, to brownies, to ice cream, the choices were magical. But the one option which left me weak at the knees was the pancake and crepe station. Boy oh boy, were we in for a treat. The chef whipped up some fresh pancakes and once they were ready, there was a delightful choice of toppings waiting for us including sprinkles, chocolate gems, icing powder, lemon, sugar and maple syrup. Absolutely divine.

When we finally finished eating we were taken to one of the poolside plush beds, where we got to soak in the heavenly sunset with a few more cocktails. There was a great blend of chill and upbeat music played throughout the day.

Overall, Dream Beach’s service is second-to-none, the staff are attentive, and well trained to ensure your experience is memorable and relaxing. It’s one of the more livelier brunches on the island, yet still attractive for families, and there’ll be no Sunday blues at this club. And what’s more, if you fancy making a weekend out of it, the beachclub is less than five minutes from Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa.

The consistently fresh flavours, along with the magnificent views and aura of the entire beach-club, not to mention the staff who go above and beyond to ensure guests are happy, all make Dream Beach a cracking venue. My experience at this enchanting playground was exceptional, from the food, to the staff, to the music.

For more information visit facebook.com/dreambeachphuket

 

 

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