Does Santa Work Out? Christmas Feasts on Phuket You Won’t Want to Skip

So you’re heading to Phuket this Christmas. We think it’s a great idea: Hello there sun, sand and sea! But oh no, that maybe kinda dramatic member of the holiday group chat (you know who we’re talking about) just CAPS LOCKED “Wait, what about Christmas?!” with way too many exclamation points and suddenly everyone’s murmuring about the last fiasco that one time not so long ago on Christmas.

Don’t worry Luxe Nomads. Go ahead and text the group #NotThisChristmas. We’ve got your back. Here are the best Christmas shindigs on sunny Phuket, plus a couple of opportunities for the kids to meet Santa!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Roast at Catch Beach Club

Catch Beach Club

What: Celebrate Christmas Eve with Catch’s chef’s selection of foie gras, truffle stuffed goose, traditional honey glazed ham, Pommery mustard whole spit lamb, Christmas turkey, Japanese raw bar buffet and more. If you haven’t stuffed yourself silly on the mains, finish it off with delectable desserts and cheese.

Where: Catch Beach Club – 202/88, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

When: 24th December 2019, 7 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 2,500 ++/per adult, THB 1,500++ for children. Price includes a bottle of house wine per couple.

Learn more here.

Christmas Eve Seafood BBQ Dinner at Palm Seaside

Palm Seaside

What: Spoil your gang rotten. Palm will be serving up seafood treats and traditional Christmas-fare such as honey glazed ham, and Pommery mustard-crusted French lamb. Finish off the meal with their mouth-watering buffet with appetizers, desserts and cheeses.

Where: Palm Seaside – Bangtao Beach

When: 24th December 2019, 7 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 1,800 ++/per adult, THB 900++ for children.

Learn more here.

A Brazilian Churrasco Style Dinner at Shimmer Beachfront Restaurant 

Shimmer Phuket

What: For the carnivorous sort of family, Shimmer is serving up a Traditional Christmas Dinner with a Brazilian twist. Meat carvers will rotate around the restaurant with slabs of barbequed meats. Dinner will be accompanied by the resident DJ, so you can dance the meant away. The BBQ selection includes freshly skewered beef, chicken, duck, pork and lamb and will begin with bread and side dishes.

Where: Shimmer Beachfront Restaurant

When: 24th December 2019, 7 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 1,500 ++/per adult, THB 800++ for children. Price includes a bottle of house wine per couple.

Learn more here.

Christmas in the Sand at Pullman Phuket Panwa

What: Tiki cocktails, artistically crafted Christmas faves by Executive Chef Luca and rousing beach entertainment. Will you be shimmying under a pole of fire this Christmas?

Where: Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road Panwa

When: 24th December 2019, 6 PM to 10 PM

Price: THB 1,500 ++/per adult, half price for children 4-12 years old

Learn more here.

Sugar – Christmas Dinner at Kata Rocks 

What: Embrace the Christmas spirit with carols, cocktails and a family-style Christmas Eve family-style dinner at the Kata Rocks Clubhouse.

Where: Kata Rocks Clubhouse, 186/22 Kok Tanode Road Kata

When: 24th December 2019, welcome cocktails from 5.30 PM, dinner from 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM

Price: THB 4,500 ++/per adult, THB 1,500 ++/per child 5-12 years old

Learn more here.

Scandinavian Christmas Buffet with Chef Daniel Isberg

What: Swedish Vort Bread, Vasserbotten Cheese, all kinds of herring, gubbrora, Prinskorv, Jelly Kalvsylta, and other fun tongue twisters! Tickle your tastebuds across the world.

Where: Café Del Mar Phuket, 118/19 Moo3, Kamala

When: 24th December 2019, first seating from 6 PM to 8.30 PM and second seating from 8.30 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 1,950 ++/per adult and THB 750 ++/per child up to 12 years old

Learn more here.

Christmas Eve Italian Set Menu Dinner

What: Buon Natale with an intimate Christmas Eve with an exquisite 5-course Italian festive-themed menu and spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. Positano-Phuket, same same but different!

Where: VERO Trattoria & Wine Bar, 22/2 Moo 4 Tambon Saku Amphur Thalang

When: 24th December 2019, 5 PM to 10 PM

Price: THB 3,900 ++/per adult and THB 1,500 ++/per child between 8-12 years old. Children 7 and under dine for free

Learn more here.

Christmas Eve Poolside Buffet Dinner at Pullman Phuket Arcadia

What: You, Santa and the Stars – what better way to celebrate Christmas than poolside with friends & family. Tuck into a delicious Christmas buffet in the playful surrounds of Azur Pool with live Christmas songs and a special visit from Santa himself.

Where: Elements Restaurant, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, 22/2 Moo 4 Tambon Saku Amphur Thalang

When: 24th December 2019, 6.30 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 4,200 ++/per adult and THB 1,500 ++/per child between 8-12 years old. Children 7 and under dine for free

Learn more here.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day Brunch at Catch Beach Club

Catch Beach Club

What: Who doesn’t love a beachside brunch? At Catch, eat all you can within three hours – there will be a seafood assortment on ice, their world-famous cheese raclette is, and there’s also foie gras, smoked salmon, Japanese style sashimi and sushi. This feast will be topped off with Christmas turkey, whole spit lamb, and BBQ station. And of course, this beach brunch offers a chocolate fountain and various other desserts.

Where: Catch Beach Club – 202/88, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

When: 25th December 2019, 12 PM to 3 PM

Price: THB 2,900 ++/per adult, THB 1,700++ for children. Price includes free-flowing house wine.

Learn more here.

Christmas Day Brunch at Oriental Spoon

What: This is a brunch with all the toppings – there will be French Fine de Claire oysters, foie gras, steak tomatoes with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Scottish smoked salmon with gravlax, Boston lobster with Champagne and Périgord truffle sauce, Christmas turkey with chestnuts, roast French leg of lamb and honey glazed ham. Even better, for dessert, Oriental Spoon will be rolling out a chocolate fountain with a plentiful selection of fruits and cheese.

Where: Oriental Spoon

When: 25th December 2019, 12 PM to 3 PM

Price: THB 2,500 ++/per adult, THB 1,500++ for children.

Learn more here.

Shimmer’s Christmas Day Brunch

Shimmer Phuket

What: Take in the sight of Kamala Beach (and perhaps an after brunch swim) while feasting on a range of seafood dishes like lobster and freshly shucked oysters. If you want something a bit heavier, there will be roast turkey, lamb and beef with all the Christmas trimmings.

Where: Shimmer Beachfront Restaurant

When: 24th December 2019, 7 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 2,200 ++/per adult, THB 1,200++ for children. Price includes free-flowing house wine.

Learn more here.

Christmas Brunch Pool Party

What: Classic beach vibes, mini sliders, BBQ delights, and free water sports activities including paddle board and kayak. How about a jump up and dance your heart out kind of Christmas?

Where: Edge Beach Club, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road

When: 25th December 2019, 1 PM to 4 PM

Price: THB 750 nett/per person, or THB 1,600 nett/per person with free flow drinks

Learn more here.

Spice – KRUNCH Pool Party at Kata Rocks 

Kata Rocks

What: This special Christmas day edition of Kata Rocks iconic KRUNCH Pool Party will be ‘SPICED-UP’ with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. We hope your stomach is as big as your eyes!

Where: Kata Rocks Clubhouse, 186/22 Kok Tanode Road Kata

When: 24th December 2019, brunch from 12 PM to 3 PM, but the pool party continues to 5.30 PM

Price: THB 3,600 ++/per guest with free flow wine, beer and cocktails, or THB 4,500 ++/per guest with free flow wine, beer, cocktails and a bottle of champagne for two, and THB 1,600 ++/per child 5-12 years old

Learn more here.

Christmas Day Surf & Turf BBQ Buffet at Pullman Phuket Arcadia

What: ‘Tis the season to grill & chill. Australian Executive Chef, Craig Napper recreates a Chrissy Day surf & turf BBQ inspired by elements of his culinary journey through Asia.

Where: Elements Restaurant, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, 22/2 Moo 4 Tambon Saku Amphur Thalang

When: 25th December 2019, 6.30 PM to 10.30 PM

Price: THB 1,500 ++/per adult and THB 750 ++/per child between 8-12 years old. Children 7 and under dine for free

Learn more here.

For the Kids

Christmas Family Day at Catch Junior

Catch Junior

What: Catch Junior is full of kids activities, from pools to slack ropes and spider line to rock walls and floating jumping pillows, this is the place for them to come and have a blast.

On both Christmas Eve and Day, they can come have a play burning off tons of energy before Santa comes around to greet all the boys and girls!

Where: Catch Junior – 202/88, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

When: 24th & 25th December 2019, 9 AM to 7 PM

Price: THB 1,000 minimum spend per sunlounger. (Children: THB 500 minimum spend)

Learn more here.

We’ll be updating this list as parties are confirmed. Check back in as more details come through!

Good Cheer and Ho-Ho-Hos

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Chloe Pharamond

This nomad's natural habitat is napping under a shady tree on the beach with a book clutched in hand. She likes fresh coconuts with a healthy splash of rum, organic conversations that meander into the night, and getting lost in new places.

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