Open: Noon until late
Telephone: 076 316567
Address: Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay,
Phuket 83110, Thailand
Style: Plenty of seaside style, plus substance.
Price range: Tourist prices but not over the top. Brunch buffet from 610 baht. Luxury dinner buffet (1190 baht) with half bottle of wine (1490 baht) a la carte tapas, pastas and pizzas, spaghetti marinara (450 baht) penne (440 baht) tapas (330 baht) pizza margarita (390 baht) baked cheese cake with berry sauce (350 baht) vanilla creme brulee (310 baht) cocktails (230 baht) beer (130 baht) corona, hoegaarden (190 baht) soft drink (70 baht) dom perignon (12,900 baht). BBQ nights on Tuesdays and Fridays. Day Pass 1500 baht.
Specialties: Sunsets and fun.
IT HAS taken us years to try a Phuket beach club. Now we understand why Phuket has a growing number of clubs by the sand, and why Catch Beach Club is rated the best. Is there a more perfect place to sit and watch the sun set over the Andaman Sea? We've seen a few Phuket sunsets, but never from quite this close to the waves, with dappled rays bringing the day to a close. Others are enjoying the magic with a stroll along the beach. Phuket has some excellent dining options, but when you add the scenic wonder of a sunset over crashing waves, an early arrival to take in nature's beauty followed by dinner here is difficult to beat. The quality of the food matched the outlook: both were delightful. After dark, in a purple haze, the club takes on an ethereal quality. Twilight, minuses the vampires. The place is popular year-round, probably because monsoon sunsets are moodier and quite different to the ball-of-flame in the water dunkings of high season. If the future of tourism on Phuket is all about giving tourists what they want, then there will be more beach clubs. For now, Catch Beach Club sets an exceptionally high standard.
How to find it: On the shorefront at Surin beach, turn right as you head to the sea.
Parking: It's a stroll from most of the Surin beach resorts and there's a small car park close to the beach. If your car is in the super luxury class, you may even be allowed to park at the club.
Phuketwan reviewers pay for their own meals. If we don't, we tell you. Catch Beach Club is a candidate for Phuketwan's Phuket Restaurant of the Year 2012.