LOCATED a short stroll from the sands under a dome-topped gazebo and decorated in a modern Moroccan style, the Al Janna Beach Bar at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa is a lovely spot to sink a few cocktails and while away an afternoon or evening with friends.
Staking a claim for being the most exotic beach bar in Hua Hin, Al Janna takes its name from the Arabic word Jannah, which means ‘garden’ or ‘paradise,’ and with its lovingly maintained lawn, low-slung brass tables, oversized bean bags, and subdued lighting, it certainly delivers a unique and wonderfully laid-back atmosphere that’s unlike anything else in town.
Come evening time, you can then choose to order food from the resort’s Al Hamra Restaurant, which specializes in Exotic Fusion Cuisine blending renowned flavours of East and West. And you don’t need to leave the comfort of the bar – the staff is more than happy to bring the dishes to you.
The most popular options include the signature Al Janna Pizza (B450++), topped with mozzarella, basil, seafood and a spicy sauce; and the Salmon Oasis (B680++), featuring grilled salmon marinated with Moroccan spices, spinach ragout and couscous. But don’t miss the Moroccan chicken tajine (B550++), a classic slow-cooked Moroccan stew served in an earthenware pot with butter couscous; and the Pad Thai with soft shell crab (B380++).
The Papaya salad with deep fried soft shell crab (B280++) and Grilled salmon teriyaki (B280++) are also worth a try.
To wash down your food Al Janna offers a decent selection of wines, beers and spirits and also has 10 unique cocktails specially concocted to embrace the resort’s neo-Moroccan theme. Our faves include Arabian Night (a sweet and tangy cocktail blending Absolut Mandarin, Blue Curacao, orange juice, lime juice and syrup. B300++); Prince of Persia (Absolut Raspberry, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, lime juice, syrup. B300++), and If Tah Ya Sim Sim (which was inspired by the folktale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and features Green Cream De Menthe, Kahlua and coconut juice. B300++).
Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa. 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin. Tel: 032 616 777 www.marrakeshresortandspa.com