Where to? Koh Samui, Thailand
Why you’ll love it: Hidden away on the tippy tip of eastern Koh Samui, Dining on the Rocks is literally what it sounds like — gorgeous terraced dining platforms hanging over a cliffside.
The sprawling restaurant is part of Six Senses Koh Samui, an eco-friendly outfit that’s set far away from the rest of the island crowds. To get the most out of the experience, which is a fair drive from the main beaches, start with sunset drinks at Drinks on the Hill and then settle into a romantic table for two with a 270-degree view.
With nine teak verandahs on various levels, it’s a ridiculously romantic experience where you’ll hear nothing but the waves, and see nothing but stars (and maybe some candlelight) while digging into Asian-European fusion fare.
European cuisine might not exactly be the first thing you crave while in Thailand, but the menu is impressive. A lineup of innovative dishes takes inspiration from all over the world — think grilled salmon served on chunks of Himalayan salt, Hokkaido scallops with spicy paprika dust, and lamb rack vindaloo — and uses herbs and veggies from the resort’s own garden.
In addition to a diverse a la carte menu, there are several quirky set menus, such as eight-course Expressions (from THB2,600 per person) and five-course Sensibility (from THB3,800 per person) — or you can build your own three- to five-course menus as you please.
Fun fact: Ask about Tables 99 and 100 — they offer completely private dining experiences on separate boulders by the water. Book one of these secluded spots for a surprise menu designed by the chef.
Get there: Bangkok Airways flies two direct flights a day to Koh Samui, sometimes offering codeshares with Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines.
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