The Tree Top Sky Dining & Bar at the Anantara Lawana Koh Samui is a unique dining experience set (literally) amongst the tree tops overlooking the beautiful water of Koh Samui. It is a romantic, quiet atmosphere with superb service in which the staff makes you feel like royalty. The menu is a late carte with the option of two tasting menus. Some dishes were delectable while others needed more flavor. Nonetheless, this is an incredibly unique and romantic dining experience that is worth experiencing with your significant other.
OVERALL RATING: 4.75/5
Advanced reservations are highly encouraged as there are only 8 tree top seating areas over two meal periods. The first seating is 6pm – 8:45pm and the second seating is 9pm – late night. You can make reservations online and someone from the restaurant will respond within a few days. Many of the times the website will state that their first seating is fully booked. However, it never hurts to email the restaurant to see if first seating is available. Although the site said it was fully booked, it was not the case for several of our chosen dates. Booking online reservations was easy and seamless. The restaurant was very communicative and accommodating to our last minute changes.
Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar is located in the Anantara Lawana Samui Hotel and Resort. The moment you step in the hotel from the parking lot you are greeted with a wooden path running down the middle a man-made pond. At the end of the wooden path, you are greeted by the reception check-in. We informed that that we had reservations at Tree Tops and one of the ladies walked us to the bottom stairs of the restaurant. As you walk up the stairs, you are greeted with dangling lights and a bar. You can grab a drink if you desire and sit under one of the covered seating areas.
Once the host is ready for you, you will be taken up a series of wooden stairs and pathways to your dining table. There are eight individual, separate open-air tree tops, each able to accompany up to 8 persons. Each “tree house” is separated by a couple of feet of walkway, so you are neither too close or too far away from the next party. Each has tree house comes with privacy shades should you wish to use them for windy or rainy weather, or if you’d like complete and utter privacy from the other parties. Nonetheless, it is a quiet and romantic atmosphere with candles, low lighting, and a view looking out at the beautiful waters of Koh Samui.
The menu is created by Malayasian born, award-winning Executive Chef Azizskandar Awang. Chef Aziz first started off at in several hotel restaurants in Malaysia before venturing off overseas to Koh Samui. Now he serves as the Executive Chef Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort – Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar and Ocean Kiss Restaurant. Trained in classical French cuisine, Chef Aziz’s creation are mainly French influenced, and you will see this in the extensive menu offering.
We decided to order one of each of the tasting menu to get an array of dishes to try from Chef Aziz. These are the dishes we had from the tasting menu:
We won’t be doing a thorough description of each dish but we will mention a few we liked and didn’t like, most which were from the premium candlelight degustation menu.
Dishes We Love:
- Hokkaido Scallop
- French Quail
- Provencal Rack of Lamb
Dishes We Didn’t Love:
- Scottish Salmon “Confit”
- Beef Tenderloin
To sum it all up: is this restaurant worth trying? Absolutely! The atmosphere, the high quality of ingredients, the superb service, and the unique dining experience that you get at Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar is what makes this restaurant a must-stop experience in Koh Samui.