The Boathouse Phuket, a long-standing food destination on the island, has been refurbished and updated by its new Singapore owner, Hotel Properties. Guests not only have the option of indulging their palates but also trying their hand at making their own meals.

SINGAPORE (May 7): A pungent mixture of chilli, garlic and coriander root splatters my face as I clumsily work a pestle and mortar for the first time in years. I am in a private dining room at The Boathouse Phuket, attempting to make a spicy glass noodle salad with prawns. The dish is the appetiser in a three-course Thai meal I managed to whip up during a cooking class that was the highlight of my recent stay at the boutique hotel.

When I arrived at The Boathouse the previous day, I immediately recognised the narrow driveway of the building from a trip to Phuket more than 15 years before. It was known as Mom Tri’s Boathouse at the time. I remembered lunching in a restaurant that exuded a 1970s charm and opened onto Kata Beach. The property was acquired by Hotel Properties in 2016. It was subsequently closed for a five-month refurbishment and ­reopened in November last year.

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