Charming Natural Hillside Villa

Villa - Entire home/apt · Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
Julien L.
Your host, Julien L.
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The Space

This rather luxurious natural villa - earlier this year included in airbnb's seven wonders of Thailand - artfully combines granite, wood and earth. It has a 70 sqm (760 sq ft) ground floor divided into three rooms on 3 levels, topped by a 20 sqm (215 sq ft) loft. While the earthbag walls elegantly fill gaps between large boulders, the double roof structure is elliptic in shape and rests on two massive Sandalwood poles which previously served as main masts on a sailing boat. Warm natural light finds its way in through downlights and a large glass front. Corners are entirely absent, and a feeling of peace and tranquility prevails.

The villa features a large stylish outdoor kitchen that overlooks the surrounding forest. It comes fully equipped (stainless steel kitchenware), but instead of electrical appliances you will find a wood fired brick dome (pizza) oven on the kitchen counter.

The villa is located off the beaten track in a quiet & superbly relaxing natural setting. There are no neighbors to worry about, yet the nearby village of Sri Thanu is less than a 5-minute bike ride away. You can find there many great eats - from seafood to Thai to Italian, French and Mexican, as well as a pharmacy and shops that carry almost all you could possibly need. One of Koh Phangan's most stunning swimming and snorkeling destination - a peninsula called Koh Ma (Mae Haad) - is a mere 15 minutes drive away. Haad Yao, a local hotspot for divers, is a 10-minute drive away and even closer than that you find several yoga centres that offer daily drop-in classes in different styles.

The villa is 100% powered by solar energy and all water used in both kitchen and bathroom is harvested rainwater. We have a water system in place which refines clean, safe rainwater into an alkaline, magnetized, mineralized elixir of youth.

The villa comes with an eclectic collection of books centering around the themes of Yoga, Tantra, Integral Spirituality, Psychology, Taoism, Organic Farming & Permaculture, Physics, Earthen Architecture, Biographies & Autobiographies.

Both bedrooms have a queen-sized bed. In the master bedroom you will sleep on custom-made Japanese tatami mats. In the second bedroom you can dream on a 100% natural latex futon. I'd say the villa is ideal for a couple, or a couple plus a guest, or two couples.

The villa is built with the concept of natural luxury in mind, it's an open and airy space, individually designed to blend into the lush tropical hillside setting. Please note that this concept entails that at times nature enters the living space – the majority of animals are entirely harmless, and to most guests the occasional lizard, frog, cicada or gecko is an appealing feature.

This is my home when not away, and you will therefore find most things you could need during your stay. This unique space is perfect for travelers who want the comfort of a large but unassuming space, good taste, and easy access to everything.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Cleaning Fee: $70
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • It's a real lifetime experience. You can try luxurious nomad life in this fantastic villa. Drink cleansed rainwater and try out the traditional thai shower or make a smoothie without eletricity. It is really private you are on your own, none disturbes but the jungle (frogs, spiders, ants and geckos live in/on/under the house)
    Julien was really helpful. The explanation on how to get there, how to use the house, where to go for a massage, for a dinner of for yoga were all really useful and good.

    February 2014
  • We had an absolutely wonderful at Julien's eclectic home. It had all we could require while remaining wonderfully rustic. The location was great, nice and quiet, surrounded by beautiful jungle but close enough to anything you could need. Julien himself was very helpfull giving us the rundown on his house and the beautiful island of Pha Ngan. Thanks for everything and we hope to see you again.
    Rowan and Caitlin

    January 2014
  • The house has a beautiful location and a lot of space around it, perfect for one who is looking for peace and tranquility. We enjoyed sitting around the fire at night gazing at the stars in the night.

    Julien (email hidden) and the communication went flawless before and during our stay. Long story short, highly recommended.

    January 2014
  • This place is simply amazing.
    Be prepared to live something that will make you feel awesome.
    Thank you Julien!

    August 2013
  • Unique, stunning and extravagant….
    (email hidden) to escape from the hectic city life and to immerse in the beauty of nature and in a simple and slow-paced lifestyle. During our holiday trip my friend and me stayed for 4 nights in Julien´s "Charming Natural Hillside Villa" and it was an amazing and unforgettable experience which we do not want to miss. The villa is perfectly integrated in the nature and landscape and is tastefully furnished. The whole place can be considered as a wonderful work of art. We really enjoyed the calm and simplicity of this place surrounded by nature and just let the spirits flow.
    Julien is a very friendly and easygoing host who acts in a very professional and reliable way. Prior as well as during our stay we had a good and friendly communication with Julien who gave us perfect instructions and all the required information for a smooth and wonderful stay at Koh Phangan and his villa.
    The only difficulty we had at the beginning of the journey was to find a taxi which brings us to this "hidden" place. Even though we had a perfect description from Julien on how to get to his villa we had some difficulties due to the language barrier to explain to the taxi drivers how to get there as they did not know the place. Julien was so kind and helped us with the way to the villa and our luggage. Thanks again for the great assistance!

    In the proximity of the house there are a lot of good restaurants and also the sea and wonderful beaches are not far away from this "luxury hillside cave". The best is to rent a bike and explore the island by bike.
    For us the 4 nights in the "Charming Natural Hillside Villa" were a wonderful experience and we can definitely recommend Julien´s place to all who are looking for some place which is unique and calm, simple but extravagant and luxurious in its natural beauty. You will enjoy as much as we did!

    May 2013
  • What a sweet spot on planet earth! I just spent two fantastic nights up in Julien's "Cave". It is everything and much more you can gather from the detailed description and photos. Spacious, peaceful, organic, pleasing to the eyes, even uplifting - a unique house really. It is surrounded by jungle and lush greenery and one easily feels at one with nature. I have traveled extensively and stayed at many cool places, but I don't think I have ever seen a place that blended so effortlessly and harmoniously into the surroundings. The house is very ZEN - a tasteful combination of simplicity and luxury, very nicely designed indeed. I loved sleeping on the tatami mats, and had some of the most vivid dreams ever (maybe the large boulders I am thinking?). I also appreciated the attention to details - the organic cotton towels or the organic coconut soap to name just two. One clearly is off the beaten track, yet it only takes a few minutes by scooter to hit the nearby beaches. The fully equipped kitchen is a dream for all who love cooking, and the homegrown green veggies I was given as an extra were the cherry on top of the cake. I should not forget to mention the easy, clear and good communication with Julien the host, both before and during my stay. Give yourself the gift of renting this one-of-a-kind house when you can! Thanks a million and all the best.

    September 2012
  • I received everything I expected from Julien and his place. It was absolutely incredible. He's very helpful, fun, considerate, professional, clean, etc. I would definitely (email hidden) again and recommend it to anyone!

    September 2012
  • We were looking (email hidden) faraway from the touristic agitation, closest to the real island. We found it with Julien's place!
    He was nice, helpful and understanding, how its place nice warm, real and peaceful!

    August 2012
  • Finally I have a break in my travels and time to tell the world about this unbelievable gem of accommodation!

    I had the amazing opportunity to stay at Julien's house - aka the "hillside cave.". Wow - if I had known that such a peaceful, nourishing, and gorgeous home was to be found on Koh Phangan, I would have stayed much longer. I'm a bit too seasoned of a traveler to want to stay in ramshackle huts, yet not so interested in the "cookie cutter" Western tourism model you also see everywhere nowadays. Julien's house could actually appear in a Western "Eco-Architectural Digest" magazine. For someone like me, who appreciates green living, aesthetic living, and rich intimacy with nature - so lacking in so many modern itineraries - this home is a rare undiscovered treasure. I could easily picture this gorgeous, thoughtful home renting at three times its price in Malibu or similar coastal areas.

    While here, though my stay was short, I did make use of the fabulous pizza oven - hosting some friends for the evening (cool jungle air enveloping a nicely candlelit kitchen) - and Julien's very special library of spiritual works. I spent the large part of an afternoon chilling out in a hammock with some fantastic books. Just as said, you are also very close to shopping as well as the sea here, and I took in some of the best snorkeling of my entire life at Mae Haad, a short scooter ride away. There is an underwater coral garden very close to shore and you will not be disappointed by the amazing sealife.

    If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend Julien's incredible home. It is absolutely stunning - reflecting the cool peacefulness of the home itself and a warmly inviting harmoniousness you probably won't find anywhere in Asia. If this house is available, I would urge you to rent it! You will not be disappointed!

    April 2012
  • Julien's "luxury cave" is truly one of a kind. All unique and natural, yet cozy and inspiring. If you're looking for something off the beaten track and if generic soulless hotels are not your cup of tea, I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay here. I did, very much so.

    April 2012
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Full-time yogi, photographer and co-owner at Stocksy United
Born in Switzerland, but been living the tropical island dream on Koh Phangan for the past 10 years. Into traditional yoga, photography, film, whole-leaf quality oolong and pu-erh teas, and all that is sattvic & healthy.
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