The Dusit Thani is one of the region’s leading resorts that are coming out of the shadows of the Covid-19 blues; commencing during the Christmas/New Year holiday season.
New Year’s Eve may have been subdued with crowds dissuaded from gathering in big numbers, especially with most officially organised events cancelled, but ‘boutique-styled’ events, often with elaborate entertainment and extravagant offerings of gourmet dining have flourishing.
One big event was presented on the expansive lawns of the Dusi Thani Resort on three holiday evenings, that is December 30th, New Year’s Eve and finally on New Year’s Day.
This was billed as the Dusit Local Feast; an elaborate presentation of entertainment, arts and crafts, music and food, glorious food.
Dusit GM Pipat says the event was never intended to be a Cicada or Tamarind Market look-alike, but some comparisons may be inevitable. The perfect setting was alongside the resort’s centre lake with the ocean within view, a verdant backdrop of huge sheltering trees and separate zones for kids, art and craft workshops, family relaxation or a tented bar and food pavilions by the score.
This was a combination of local and Bangkok artisans and chefs showing their skills and wares as a variety of musical combos serenading family groups and couples. New Year’s Eve was the big night with a cascade of fireworks behind the Dusit’s 30 metre high sparkling Christmas tree.
Our visit was the quieter evening of New Year’s Day, not surprising, especially without a real marketing push for this new attraction. That’s soon to change as the market will soon be a regular feature of the local hospitality landscape.
GM Pipat is about to reveal other new developments at the Dusit, including a new Caribbean-themed restaurant to open in February and an expanded organic farm project. After recently completing room renovations, a rejuvenated and vibrant Dusit is about to remerge.