Nataraj is not a house, it's not an apartment, it's your own spectacular nature spot in the rocks. It's the place of opposites: living in a huge hut with the power of nature & the elements, the place is superbasic, yet with the luxury of white cotton sheets and the dedicated room services of our beloved Song, your Thai host.
Nature living with wonderful ocean&jungle views
Perfectly located at the wonderful jungle bay Had Tien at Koh Phangan, right at the beach, built in the rocks, Nataraj is one the most amazing jungle houses of the bay, and the only one you don't have to climb any hills to access. No walls, no windows, sheltered by a huge, thatched roof, gorgeous crystal rocks and some bamboo pools, at Nataraj you live in and with nature. Beautiful ocean view from the bed, great jungle view from the hammocks, surrounded by magical crystal rocks.
White cotton mosquitonetted king size bed & open air rainshower
There's a 110m2 meter wooden platform, 60 m2 under the thatched roof, 50m2 outside deck. Beautifully handmade kingsize four poster bed, white cotton mosquitonet and sheets, hammocks, sunbeds, small table and bamboo chairs, simple campingstyle kitchenette, wardrobe, toilet in a bamboo cabin on the outside deck, no hot water. Electricity to charge your phone or other devices is provided from 6 till 10 pm. You can choose to light a few lamps during that time, but you'll probably prefer the fairy tale like lighting of the oil lamps. Enjoy the exciting experience of taking an (open air) rainshower directly under the stars. Thanks to the location, you don't need a fan or airconditioning; most of the time there's a gentle, natural breeze from the ocean.
Superbasic yet luxurious: daily roomservice will be provided to you by the lovely Song. Song only speaks a few words of English and his services are friendstyle like, laid back, and always with a heartwarming smile.
He takes care of the house, the cleaning, and of you. He'll be happy to get you your meals from any bay restaurant, light the more than a dozen oillamps at evening time, get you filtered drinking water every day, do your laundry and even gives you a great massage. On occasion, he might bring you some of his delicious barbecued fish, that he catches himself, a spicy papaya salad or fresh cut coconuts. It's totally up to you whether you want him to wake you up with a cup of coffee, fried eggs and fresh fruits (you can buy all at Hadrin) and make you a boil of hot water to shave or wash, or you only want him to clean your house and make your bed after you've left the house. Song will be stand by, he and his lovely wife Nok live just next to Nataraj.
Had Tien is a quite secluded jungle bay, to be reached by boat from Hadrin, and is known for the famous Sanctuary Spa, Detox & Wellness Resort, a few minutes walk from Nataraj. Together with the 4 Thai resorts in the bay it's attracting a beautiful blend of people of many styles and from all over the world. Travelers, health seeking people, yoga students, dancing crowd and hippies, creative people, entrepeneurs, easily mixing together.
About doing & not doing
Enjoy all of the famous dining and wining, meditation and yoga classes or workshops of the Sanctuary ((website hidden)) or have a candlelight dinner at Spice, one of the bay's best fishrestaurants. Take a swim in the ocean, hike to Hadrin, ask Song to take you fishing, or take Thai boxing classes at Horizon. See movies at the next beach, or dance till dawn or midday at famous Eden or Guy's bar parties.. Or..... choose your solitude and ask Song to bring you your meals and drinks at home. It's totally up to what you feel like doing (or not doing :-) in the moment!
Please note the Friday night Guy's Bar parties
!! At Friday nights there's a (loud!), funky open air Guy's Bar party in the bay, that lasts till the next day. Some people love it, some don't, and if you can't sleep with the sound of music, you may NOT want to rent Nataraj on Friday nights, or at least use earplugs (you can buy them in the Sanctuary's shop!!
Some people in the bay choose this night to spend time in a different bay, or at Thon Sala, and stay over in a cheap bungalow. But if you do like to dance, it's a wonderful experience to wake up very early and dance into sunrise.
Pets and animals
Comparing to the jungle houses in the hills, at Nataraj chances aren't big you come eye to eye with any scorpions, snakes or centipedes at Nataraj. Gekko's, monetary lizards, frogs, bats, and loads of butterflies and dragon flies come as pets and it's joyful to watch them. Ants will be your roommates too; as long as you store your food right, they simply walk in a straight line, and you'll come to appreciate their peaceful company. Sometimes a cat or a dog comes to visit you, and if you're lucky, a monkey will try to draw your attention by throwing little pieces of glass from one of the rocks. To some it can take a day or two to get used to 'jungle living', but most people come to love it in no time.
Private retreat or honeymoon suite
Staying at this wonderful, magical spot is a true one of a kind experience. It's not for everyone. It doesn't have walls or even hot water, it's designed for people who love the beauty of nature and the elements, while still being able to choose to eat great food, socialize or feeling cherished by roomservice. At day time it has its rough natural beauty, at night time it's magical, lighted by more than a dozen of oillamps. With good wheather it's a serene romantic spot, with storm or lightning it can be quite adventurous.
Make it your private yoga or meditation retreat, your super romantic honeymoon suite, or invite friends for moongazing parties or naked sunbathing at the outside deck. Go climbing in the attached caves, it's truly like a boy's book!
We enjoyed our stray at Nataraj and on Kohphangan. The location and the house are truly unique and lovely. There are not many places like this in the world, certainly not many with running water. I only remember one comparable and it was in the Brasilian amazon.
The house arcitecture is excuisite and blends with nature. Simone was very responsive by email, practical and helpful and Song is very sweet and caring and always there if you need him. Everything in the house works as Simone described it and if you are prepared to live in the house without walls, you will enjoy your stay enourmously. In February at least, mosquitoes were only a very minor annoyance at the sunset hour, there was no rain and waves were not too high or too noisy. I imagine that in a storm the house may be less iviting. We dropped some of the plastic screens down at night when it was very windy and it makes house much more cozy. They are very easy to operate.
Sanctury and other resourts neerby are very open to non-residents and food there is good and inexpensive. It is also very healthy and between all the excersize, swimming and eating locally I lost 10 lb without noticing it. Taxi boats are the best way to “get in or out“ if you get bored of the village or need supplies. It is really a very short trip to HadRin and fro there roads lead everywhare.
So completely peaceful and tranquil! I loved waking up and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and the incredible view from Simone's place. There are a few places within short walking distance where the food and drink are excellent, so there are plenty of dining options. I stayed six nights and loved it! Simone is responsive and helpful and Song is very kind and made sure we were taken care of!
This was the best “hotel” experience we have had forever. And we have had a few.
I will not repeat all the previous feedback – just give you an advice. Go there!
We are a sixty-year-old couple staying for three days in January – only complaint is that it was too short.
Thank you Song for your outstanding help and excellent service and thank you Simone for letting us stay in your house.
Bente & Ole.
Amazing experience! We absolutely loved Simone's place. We stayed here over Christmas and New Years and enjoyed the quiet beaches, the beautiful food and yoga at The Sanctuary (5min walk) and the party's at the local bars.
Simone's place is incredible, it has the most amazing views and you feel 100% at one with nature. Song is very helpful and I would highly recommend the massage lady's next door.
Fantastic place surrounded by the ocean and the jungle next to a great small resort.
I was booked to stay at Simone's place for 2 nights but unfortunately was only able to make it for 1 night. Simone was very prompt responding to my queries and last minute booking and everything went smoothly. After catching the long tail boat to Haad Tien Bay, I was greeted at the hut by Song, the lovely Thai host, who had helped me with my bag and made me a lovely cup of tea upon my arrival. Always with a smile! The hut itself was fantastic, lots of space, comfortable bed, and amazing views of the beach and the ocean. Great hammock and floor sofa for reading and relaxing. 5 minute walk to Sanctuary and Spice restaurant (amazing food), and just next door to the Mamma's massage parlour (I had two massages, so relaxing). Although there was only electricity from 6-10pm this was enough to charge my phone and devices and Song came to light the oil lamps and the fairy lights added a lovely cosy touch. The sound of the ocean at night and the open air ambience was really beautiful. I have never stayed in an open air hut like this before but I really did feel safe and knew that Song could help if there was anything I needed. When it was time to leave, Song helped me carry my bags to Sanctuary and gave me a big hug when I left. Made the stay so much more comfortable knowing a caring host is closeby. Was a great experience staying here and I would recommend it to those wanting a really relaxing, truly one-of-a-kind experience. Make sure if you stay, you also walk around to the next beach, Haad Yuen Bay which I personally found to be much prettier and the water clearer than Haad Tien (although Haad Tien definitely has a certain charm). The walk to Haad Yuen is lovely and the steps up the hill to Horizon (next to Sanctuary) is certainly worth the view you get at the top. Loved Simone's house and I think you will too! Thank you Simone & Song!
Nothing could describe the experience. the only thing i could say, visit it and go. i velt more secure in this place then in the hotel.
Magnifique endroit au bout du monde la maison de Simone est juste une cabane de rêve posée au dessus de la mer . Expérience à vivre !! et surtout à revivre au plus vite.
We are simply blown away by the sheer beauty of this whole experience. The bay itself is incredible and there is access with a short walk to two other different and beautiful beaches.
The place has the most amazing views out across the bay, it has a feel of a adult tree house sat above the sea. It's much larger than expected with several private sun spots and interior boulders and cave to explore.
Note: this is a quite spot, if you want a break from the crazy Haad Rin, this is for you. You can get there by boat very easily whenever you desire
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I will be going back but for more time next trip.
Simone, We say Thank YOU!!!
Thank You and Song for great vocations in this perfect location !!!
All is as described and even better (if this is possible...)
In the heart of HAD TIEN BAY, this is really the most incredible spot of airbnb here.
Everything was just awesome! If you’re looking for a plасе like Home but in the nature – this is it!!!