About the project
Pai Thai is a fine dining establishment located inside of the Jumeirah Al Qasr Resort in Dubai. Designers Wilson Associates were tapped to refresh the restaurant’s interiors while simultaneously increasing dining capacity, season-proofing the exteriors for year round service, and creating efficient patterns of mobility and flow for both patrons and staff.
The senses served as inspiration for the design concept, encouraging guests to let go and allow their senses to guide them through the dining experience, with each element permeated in the authentic scents, sounds, and lighting of Thai culture. Traditional Thai umbrellas, the soft glow of candlelight, and the scent of jasmine welcome patrons as they arrive by boat, while the sound of water and the aroma of incense await guests at the grand arrival pavillion.
These sensorial ambiances continue throughout the various spaces, and the finished interiors offer a buzzing yet intimate experience. An impressive central bar anchors the new lounge, creating an environment that transports visitors to Thailand upon arrival. Playful lighting overhead dons monkey and parrot figures, hung from the newly installed retractable ceiling, which allows the reactivated courtyard to be used seasonally. Further exploring the animal theme, the bar footrest is supported by elephant shaped hardware, a concept the design team implemented down to the smallest detail. The warm yet vibrant interior complements the overall Thai flair with stylish iconic elements and traditional, eclectic glamour.