About this listing
Welcome to my abode of peace - a beautiful, organic and uplifting owner-built living space surrounded by untouched tropical forest. Come, relax and unwind, get inspired and leave another person.
This rather luxurious natural villa - in early 2014 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 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 equipped with a 2-burner gas stove, 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. There are 2 bathrooms - the first one comes with a Thai-style bucket shower, the other one (located in a detached Bamboo structure) comes with an overhead rainshower head and has an open 180 degree view towards the forest and ocean.
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. Please also note that the toilet is detached from the house (see the caption on the images).
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.
Behind the house there is a beautiful 90 sqm yogaloft that for the most part of the year can be accessed by guests staying at mine.
Interaction with Guests
I'm typically around to meet you upon arrival and give you an introductory tour of my space. Once you have moved in I'm mostly available via phone/email and in person if need be.
The fact that it isn't a typical neighbourhood! The villa is surrounded by untouched tropical forest, only a few other people live in the area. Yet, it's only a few minutes by scooter/car to the nearby village where you can find anything you might want and need.
As is customary in Thailand, shoes are expected to be left outside. The villa has a nicely waxed and pleasantly cool floor which looks forward to meeting your bare feet :-). If you have to, please smoke outside the house only. Living off the grid entails living more responsibly with regards to energy consumption. Although on an average sunny day in paradise there is plenty of solar and battery power you are expected to be responsible and not run the system into the ground. I will show you how to get a fire started, both in the oven if you want to cook/bake and in the firepit in front of the casa. Anything unclear or unanswered just contact me.