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The Cove Phuket – A Hidden Gem on Ao Yon Beach

Discover a hidden gem on Ao Yon Beach

The Cove Phuket is a lovely little hideaway nestled in Ao Yon Beach near Panwa, a beautiful part of Phuket where very few tourists set foot. This small open-air restaurant and bungalow resort is blessed with a beautiful seaside view, making it a great way to escape the crowd for lunch or dinner. The food is good and well prepared, not toned down like often in other restaurants.

The Cove Phuket

The restaurant is divided into two areas: the seaside terrace and the covered bar area. The terrace is obviously where everyone prefers to sit, in the shade of palm trees and a set of large umbrellas. If you are lucky, you might even witness a beautiful sunset. We went there twice during day time only, once in the morning and once for lunch. Looks like we need to plan another visit for dinner!

the cove ao yon

From our experience, The Cove Phuket is great for a slow and relaxing breakfast. Sip your morning coffee or go for a full breakfast, enjoying a peaceful sea view as a cool breeze flows through the trees. Life doesn’t get any better. You’ll be surprised how fast time goes when doing nothing!

the cove restaurant phuket

Lunch is as enjoyable, and the food is even better than we anticipated. Food is really good, prepared with very fresh ingredients and well presented. The menu is large and varied, but without photos, so you must use your imagination. We found it easy to read and to choose from. You can pick from a good choice of Thai, international dishes and even pizzas baked in a wood fire oven. Everyone can find his treat. The Cove has a good choice of salads, seafood and meats to choose from, plus a decent list of wines to go with (available by the glass as well).

the cove restaurant som tum

As an appetiser, we had salt pepper squid (260 baht), which was very fresh and tender. The fresh Vietnamese spring rolls (220 baht) were perfect with the atmosphere and warm weather. We also ordered a simple Som Tam Goong (Papaya salad with prawns, 270 baht), which was really good. Just thinking of it, I know I will order it again next time. Overall the prices are a little high, but the quality and the chef’s cooking skills are perfectly justified, and the team was very friendly and attentive.

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A special mention: The Cove is the only place we found so far in Phuket using bamboo straws instead of plastic straws.

Bamboo Straw at The Cove Phuket
Bamboo Straw at The Cove Phuket

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The Cove Phuket Info

Location: Ao Yon Beach
Address: 8/1, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000
Open: 7:30 am – 9.30 pm
Phone: 062 242 3442
Price: Moderate

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Willy Thuan

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!