Featured Restaurants

Pesto Restaurant @ Holiday Inn, Mai Khao Beach

As the name suggests, Pesto is an Italian Restaurant, it situated in the grounds of the newly opened Holiday Inn Resort, Mai Khao Beach, Phuket. Although the menu offers predominantly Italian dishes, there are also a range of sophisticated International dishes available.

Pesto allows diners to enjoy beachfront dining in the covered, open plan, decked dining area or al-fresco on the terrace. Whichever your preference, you are sure to be taken in by the spectacular views of the pine tree lined beach and the amazing sunset, which can be viewed from Mai Khao Beach should your timing be right. The cooling sea breeze is also a bonus on warm, humid nights.

The casual dining restaurant if furnished in a comfortable, modern style and offers a relaxed atmosphere complete with easy listening background music. Diners can also watch the kitchen staff hard at work behind the open view kitchen.

The team here at Phuketindex was recently invited to try some dishes which take pride of place on Pesto’s menu and some new additions, soon to be added to their ever growing menu.

Capricciosa Pizza

With fresh tomato, ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni, olive, mushroom, artichoke and mozzarella cheese.

This is possibly one of the best pizzas I have tasted in my time here on the island. To start with the base was just how I like it, or should I say how a real pizza base should be, thin and crispy. The busy fallout of toppings come strewn sparingly and complemented each other perfectly, the saltiness of the olives, the woody taste of the mushrooms, and the tang of the artichoke. A pizza which is more complex and satisfying than any other Italian pizza i have had. Amazing!

Fettuccini Vesuvius

King prawns, sea scallops, reef fish, fresh tomato sauce and chili flakes tossed with homemade squid ink fettuccini.

This pasta dish not only tastes fantastic but looks amazing too. The long square strings of fettuccine with black squid ink were very impressive, had a dedicated taste and were perfect with the choice of seafood included in the dish. All complemented nicely with the great tasting tomato sauce, with an added hint of spiciness from the chilli flakes. A must try dish!

Seafood Platter

What better dish to present since where here on an island where fresh seafood is in abundance. The dish included New Zealand scallops, Australian mussels and local sea bass and tiger prawns and was served with an amazing Café de Paris sauce.


Lemon Cream Tart with Bulla double cream

This was a fantastic dessert and a wonderful ending to a great meal. A lovely crisp pastry with a smooth, creamy lemon filling, all perfectly complemented with Australian Bulla double cream….. bliss in every bite.


Hoiday Inn’s Pesto restaurant certainly lives up to the company’s great reputation and the Thai chef definitely knows how to cook Italian food of the highest quality. Holiday Inn Mai Khao Beach should be proud of his wonderful creations. A truly amazing dining experience!

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach
Postal Address: 81 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83110 Thailand
E-mail: info@holidayinnmaikhao.com


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