Paresa Resort (www.paresaresorts.com), the luxurious Thai hideaway in the Kamala hills of Phuket, hosted the first in a series of extraordinary gourmet food and wine dinners in April and raised over £10,000 to support its nominated charity, the ‘Barnhem Home for Children’ in Muang Mai.
Under the theme ‘Innovation meets Tradition’ the evening featured the renowned Peruvian chef Paulo de Souza, Head Chef at the award-winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, who was making his third visit to Paresa to appear as guest chef alongside the resort’s own Executive Chef, Jordi Valles Claverol.
Both Claverol and de Souza have previously worked in Michelin three-starred establishments in Spain, so April’s event was effectively a ‘six-star dinner’, with Claverol spending part of his early career at one of Barcelona’s most glittering establishments, the illustrious Michelin three-star restaurant ‘El Racó de Can Fabes’. Whilst de Souza spent time at the famous ‘El Bulli’ restaurant and in the kitchen at ‘Gordon Ramsay Restaurant, London’.
To the delight of the 40 diners these two exceptional talents created an eight-course tasting menu mixing new and modern dishes with more traditional ones. Featured dishes included a starter of Porcini carpaccio with smoked aubergine, followed by Rock Fish with sweet potato and Peruvian chilies. The highlight of the evening was a ‘Group(ER)’ a dish of Andaman Grouper with white clams, bread & tomato salsa’. Three desserts featured ‘Passion Fruit, Basil, Vanilla Chantilly’, ‘Dolce & Panna’ - a Dulce de Leche with lime and crepe flakes followed by ‘Mignardise’ – a Lemon curd meringue cornetto with Passion choco rocks.
Wines for the dinner were paired with each course by Paresa’s General Manager and wine expert, Dawid Koegelenberg.
Following the success of April’s event, de Souza will be returning to Paresa in November 2016 to take part in a ‘Twelve Hands Dinner’ which will see six of the world’s top chefs coming together for one night only to raise money for the Barnhem children’s home.
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Paresa Resort Phuket
Translated as ‘Heaven of all Heavens’ in Sanskrit, Paresa Resort Phuket is a luxurious hideaway built into the cliffs of Kamala on Phuket’s ‘millionaires’ mile’. Surrounded by lush, tropical virgin forest, it features 48 individually designed suites and villas, each of which has breathtaking 270-degree views over the clear waters of the Andaman Sea.
The resort offers a choice of dining options from its signature fine dining restaurant, ‘Talung Thai’, which serves authentic Southern Thai cuisine to ‘Diavolo’, Paresa’s Mediterranean style restaurant, where a generous à la carte breakfast and tempting European delicacies are served throughout the day, in a spectacular setting over the Andaman Sea.
In addition, the resort features its own Culinary Academy ‘Recipe’ and offer an ‘Infinity Dining Experience', where diners are seated on ‘private islands’ positioned within the shallow waters of the fibre optic lit infinity pool. Beyond the resort options include an intimate private chef cooked dinner deep in the heart of the jungle and a romantic beach seafood BBQ at nearby Hua beach, one of Phuket’s best kept secrets.
Paresa Resort Phuket Awards
2016 Nominee for 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards
2016 Nominee for Travel+Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards Survey
2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards- Country Winner – Luxury Boutique Hotel
2015 World Boutique Hotel Awards - Winner 2015 – South East Asia's Best Culinary Boutique Hotel
2015 World Luxury Spa Awards – Finalist - Best Luxury Resort Spa
2015 Luxury Travel Guide - Luxury Spa Resort of the Year
2015 Hotels.com - The Best Outstanding Reviews and Rating from Guests
2015 The Best of Thailand Awards - Top Ten Best Resort as voted by Chinese Tourism
2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards - Best Luxury Resort Spa in Thailand
2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards - Luxury Wedding Destination in Thailand
2010, 2011 and 2012 TripAdvisor’s Best Spa and Relaxation Hotel in the Traveller’s Choice Award