Surprise and Spoil

A surprise party .. yes they still exist

Before we headed to Pattaya for the main event, we stopped off in Ban Chang to surprise a mate for his 60th birthday. It’s getting harder and harder to do these days, with instant messaging and all.

I think we pulled it off as he seemed genuinely surprised. But then while he was probably expecting a quiet night in, he had to rush around and get music, drinks and seats sorted pronto.

There were 5 pizzas! I only got 3 slices 🙁

Cake was killer!

It was a fun Friday night. The beers were chilled to exactly the correct temperature, no mean feat given the Thai climate.

Music was great as I was the DJ and controlled the tunes from my trusty iPhone 5 via Bluetooth to the boombox.

Dinner wise, the pizza hit the spot and before I knew it I was crawling into bed for a well-earned ‘drunk sleep’.

Good crew, ice-cold brewskies and a catch-up with some folks I hadn’t seen in a while.

Great stuff! Happy belated birthday wishes Dazza – all the best for you and yours for the coming year.

A nice stay at Royal Cliff Resort Beachside Terrace

September is a busy month for birthdays and you know what that means – folks were bonking their brains out at Xmas time! yeah, baby!

This year I spoiled the wife by taking her to a 5-star resort for her birthday and she really enjoyed it.

The Royal Cliff resort is great but, as you’d imagine, isn’t cheap.

While a little dated, it still manages to hold its own.

We checked in at 14:30 after stopping off at Jomtein for lunch and a foot massage. Nursing a decent hangover we both were in desperate need of some food and ended up ordering too much. Managed to fit in a quick haircut while in town as well.

After dumping our bags in the room it was off for a swim and a stop-off at the wet bar, that unusual beast you will typically only find at resorts these days.

Cocktails were good, and I have to say, reasonably priced, especially given the presentation.

Then it was on to the Beach Terrace Sunset bar where we witnessed an amazing sunset. Pictures won’t do it justice – we watched as a fiery sun ball dipped through a hole in the clouds before finally dropping below the mountainside. Spectacular!

If you stay here, this is the place you want to be between 5 PM and 7 PM as it’s happy hour with 50% off pretty much the entire drinks menu. Now that’s good value!

We dined at one of the eight restaurants at the resort, Caprice, which describes itself as European fusion food. We had to dress for this one, and I donned the wedding garb for the first time since the big day. Happy to report those clothes fit much better now 🙂

Dinner was lovely, cocktails to start – a blood orange margarita for him and a cosmo for her.

For starters, the lady had pan-seared duck Fois Gras while the gentleman enjoyed pan-fried scallops.

Mains were a rack of lamb and Australian beef tenderloin. Can you guess who chose what? All washed down with a bottle of St Hallets Poachers Blend, an Ozzie wine I haven’t had for a while. Nice, but I wish I’d picked a red in hindsight. Meh.

Dessert was a complimentary small birthday cake, with the staff singing their 2nd Happy Birthday chorus for the evening.

All-in-all the meal at Caprice was lovely, befitting a special occasion. Staff were great, food well cooked and we pretty much had the restaurant to ourself on a Saturday night. That tells you how tough Pattaya is doing it tourist-wise at the moment.

All up a one-night stay with nice dinner, cocktails by the pool and breakfast came to the same amount we pay for a months-rent. I find it hard to spend that kind of money these days on entertainment.

If you’re going to stay here, my big tip would be to skip the breakfast – disappointed at the value for money here given it is 600 THB ++ per head. The Marriot buffet breakfast absolutely kicked your ass folks!

As I said, the night wasn’t so much about me and that’s an important part of any relationship.

Happy wife, happy life!

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