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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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We were excited by the concept of Julien's home and all our expectations were met or exceeded. Julien was a charming host who communicated timely and fully with us in anticipation of our arrival, leaving detailed access information to the relatively hard-to-find property, and tips and local information. On arrival we were met and given the grand tour and really enjoyed talking to and learning from our interesting and enigmatic host, who was kind enough to spend some time talking about the property, it's construction and the land.
Our stay was peaceful and fun filled. The house is remote, but it's close enough to pop to the local cafes, restaurants and yoga schools, though a bike is required. We spent a lot of time just enjoying the peace, cooking over the fire, reading books, napping on the hammocks. We also enjoyed our time in nature and were really aware of nature all around us. This is not a super luxury stay, but it's a luxury experience. The property has everything you need and plenty you won't. A really lovely place and a definite recommendation.
Moments from the best of Ko Pha Ngan in a wild jungle teeming with life. Our experience at Julien's marvelous home was memorable! He has constructed an archetual marvel from earth, wood and stone. In hindsight wishing we booked a longer stay there. Next time we will!
Thank you Ben for your kind words and feedback. Next time around I will endeavour to be around...
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.
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
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 was a great host and the communication went flawless before and during our stay. Long story short, highly recommended.
This place is simply amazing.
Be prepared to live something that will make you feel awesome.
Thank you Julien!
Unique, stunning and extravagant….
Just a perfect place 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!
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.
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 stay at this place again and recommend it to anyone!
We were looking for a nice place 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!
Julien was a great guest. Open-minded, friendly and tidy. Was a pleasure hosting hin.
julien came to stay with us for a night before catching a plain down south. although we did not meet in person but he seemed to be a good "chap". we hope to see him back again soon and hopefully, having a few beers together.
Julien was a quiet and friendly person and we had nice conversations about photography and travelling. He left everything perfectly and is always welcome back at our house.
Julien stayed in my apartment for a month this summer was a very easy guest, well-organized, asked in advance before inviting family to stay over. He was careful with the apartment, and very patient with me being over-the-edge busy and forgetting parts of what we had discussed. Great communication too. Recommended, warmly!
Julien is the guest you don't want to leave. So nice and easy going, a great traveling spirit and philosophy. Clean and quiet and lovely to talk to. He is a free spirit traveler letting the universe provide for him as he goes so if he is looking to book last minute say yes to him. So glad we did! Highly recommended.
Julien was a great guest and has certainly raised the bar of expectations for future guests! Considerate, clear in his communication and orderly. What else can a host ask for?
Such a friendly guy! Unfortunately I couldn´t see the girlfriend but they left sweets for me on the table, I guess selfmade...so sweet! :)
I think I actually don´t have to say that everything was good with the apartment!
Julien & partner have been a great guests. They left the apartment impeccable clean. 100% to recommend to future hosts. You are welcome back to the East Side Loft Berlin!
Julien was a great guest!, great comunication, he was very respectfull and clean with the flat and also we had the chance to meet in person and hang out a bit and it was very nice. Everything was great! I defenetly recomend Julien as a guest.You are always welcome!
I have known Julien for a couple of years now. We met through yoga and mutual friends, here on Koh Phangan. He is kind and dear friend who is capable of almost anything he applies himself to. He built his own house (which is amazing, I love his house!), he is a professional photographer, he is a great yoga teacher, he runs a film festival and he got me hooked on to quality organic teas. In fact, I’m sure there's a lot more that he does that I’m not aware of.
For me personally, I really appreciate Julien's respect for the natural environment. He is the only friend I have on the island with an interest in Permaculture and natural building. These interests are very important to me and I am glad for the "oasis" that he and his home provides by just being there.
Julien has a very peaceful space, I enjoy visiting him. His home is elegant and earthy. The organic shapes and materials and the openness of the building, which lets in light and the view of the surrounding jungle, make you feel more connected to nature and it is easy to pass a number of hours chilling out together (often over a pot of Oolong ;-)
I have no hesitation in recommending Julien. He is a good, down-to-earth man with wit and charm and a wealth of knowledge. He is hospitable and generous with a good sense of humor...what more could you want?! :-)
I´ve had the most amazing time in this house for 2 months…Thank you for creating and sharing this great spot on Earth…
I studied architecture and was interested in trying this type of housing, the experience was absolutely different to anything…The beauty and harmony of the building, the fluid spaces, feeling completely inside the nature and the earth…So joyful!
I absolutely recommend this place.