About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 5 nights
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 6
Many tropical Samui villas are of a fairly predictable design. Not so with Baan Palang Hin!
This villa is crafted right into the granite hills, with open-air showers between huge boulders, and the stairs organically following the natural rocky curves. The quality of respect and integration with nature is nowhere as visible as in the heart of its living space where a gigantic rock towers more than 8 metres from the polished teak floors. Its massive presence at once grounds you and uplifts you, balancing the soaring wooden roof above with the expanse of island-dotted seascape to the west and south, forming a seamless ying-yang of earth and water, nature and nurture.
You feel this sense of dance between the elements everywhere: the amazing gardens bloom with diverse botanical treasures lovingly planted and cared for, while at the same time the wild forest trees purposefully form an integral part of the landscape, providing homes and playgrounds for the many local birds and the occasional squirrel.
Baan Palang Hin offers much, but imposes nothing: It’s private, but within easy reach of everything on Samui, giving you independence but with full seclusion, as well as security. You can choose to enjoy the detail of fine workmanship in the finish and appointments, or soak in the big picture view of the Gulf of Thailand. You can relax at the delightful community horizon pool just a few minutes from the house, or enjoy the easy ocean access and beachcombing on the nearby deserted south coast. You can have your meals prepared for you in the villa, explore local Thai eateries, shop and cook for yourself, order takeaways, or dine at one of many high-end restaurant options at nearby resorts. You may choose to book a massage in any of Samui’s fine wellness sanctuaries, or enjoy an inhouse massage at home. Or you may find yourself simply sitting in the garden and listening to the buzz of the cicadas.
From the top of this high lot to the house itself is a meander down pathways lined with exotic gingers, palms, forest ferns, orchids, carnivorous plants and Spanish moss. But it’s a fairly long walk nevertheless. Please consider this if you are coming with small children, or if you have any challenges walking up and down steps.
Or slow down, and take your time. There is much to enjoy in the carefully planted garden. Around any bend you may come across a stone bench for meditation or to take in the view, or a perfectly positioned water feature to slow you down and bring you into the moment.
The villa is open to the environment. Walls? While fully secure, the house has few interior walls and the huge rock forms a natural divider between the bedrooms and between the bathroom and living space. The master bedroom is separated from the living room by its elevation and beautifully carved wooden panels, which seclude the space but don’t obstruct the views or breezes. Windows? While fronted by sliding doors and windows to shield from any occasional winds or showers, the house can also be opened up to take in the delightful breezes and to the sounds of birds, squirrels and the sea far below.
You will lack for nothing in this thoughtfully appointed house. The sofas and veranda furniture are custom-designed and flexible to fit your every whim or mood. Whether enjoying the gentle smooth surfaces of the fine wood staircase under your feet, or the convenience of a thoughtfully and fully appointed kitchen(including fridge/freezer, microwave / convection oven, juicer, rice cooker, hot water kettle, coffee press, toaster and water purification system), you will find the house very comfortable.
The delightful and discreet guesthouse at Baan Palang Hin can accommodate two persons, and is a wonderful option if you want to share a holiday with family or friends while maintaining your privacy. The guesthouse has air conditioning, but you may prefer to open all the sliding doors to the surrounding breezes. A soothing waterfall backs the outdoor terrace, and views extend all the way down the southern coast from this high vantage point.
The guesthouse has a small under-counter refrigerator, kettle, coffee press and glasses etc adequate for sundowners, early morning drinks or light snacks, but it’s not equipped or intended for preparing meals.
Please be assured, that should you not require this space, the guesthouse will not be rented to any other party during your stay.
Baan Palang Hin has a full time housekeeper who can arrange a number of services in addition to her normal duties. Noi is a skilled Thai cook, and can organize massage services in your villa, or help you with booking a tour.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Jacqui Battaglia
Baan Palang Hin is home (when they have time) to Penny and Steve and their daughters Emily and Ariane, who were all involved in the design of this family villa. Penny and Steve oversaw the three-year construction process from their home in Kathmandu, with many visits to Samui, spending long hours talking with architects, choosing materials, meeting with Shawn the garden designer, and shopping with Beth who sourced the furniture and many of the accoutrements of the house. Together they have created a space that is delightful to visit -- full of treasures that reflect their love of Asian art and their combined experiences of living all over the world, with door handles from Kathmandu, Buddhas from Burma, antique or custom-built furniture from Thailand to fit this unusual villa and garden, and the tropical lifestyle it embraces. Penny and Steve would like to thank photographer, James Redrup, for his photos.
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Breathtaking hillside villa.
If you have the love of nature as well as the love of a quality home this is a villa that gives you that and so much more. There are quite a few steps from the parking area down to the main house but the scenery is so fantastic you forget the number of steps quickly. The team you work with, Shawn, Noi and Jacqui all make sure you have what you need and with Shawn and Noi the housekeeper being right there you feel very well taken care of. Noi came to the house everyday and the property was immaculate. The pool area is lovely and it was hard to beat on a hot afternoon. Local restaurant Sweet Sisters is a must and you should also try the French food at the rum factory!! Right down the road is the ShaSa Resort and they were wonderful in helping us with spa sessions and I highly recommend going there. Overall a fantastic experience that I hope to come back to in the near future!
Home away from home in Koh Samui!
My husband, daughter (5 years old) and I stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of July. This home was impressive and we loved staying here. The property was well maintained and was clean. We had some issues with the plumbing but after notification were dealt with quickly.
The best things about this rental are:
1. Away from tourists.
2. It is open air, so you get to see a bit of the Thailand wildlife as well (mostly just frogs and lizards) - but still very neat as they are so skittish!
3. The people that take care of the place are wonderful and will give you as much privacy as you would like.
4. Gorgeous view.
5. A large hill. Some people might say that this was a bad thing, but for us it was great as only very determined people will ever reach the property.
6. Shared pool was great.
7. One of the better stocked places we have ever stayed in. Including fruit, milk, cereal, eggs and coffee. It was very nice to not have to worry about this.
8. Ability rent a car from a local. One of the things that I love about using rental properties is that I know whose hands my money is going into and this is a great example of it. It was nice to not have to worry about needing to rent a car when we got there.
9. Breakfast can be made for you. We did not take full advantage of this as we were still jet lagged from traveling from the US and found that we kept on getting up very early and were unable to wait for breakfast.
10. Great little town just down the hill with very good restaurants!
A few cons:
1. Difficult to get to a nice beach as the property around the beaches was currently being developed by big cooperations. Not a turn off for us but something to consider.
2. When renting the car, if you need seat belts in the back seat be specific as we did not and as such my 5 year old sat in the front seat with me buckled together. Also, the car we rented had a completely empty gas tank. Please note that this has NOTHING to do with the property owner but rather something you should be aware of in Koh Samui.
Suggestions: a guest book that guests can sign in to and put down any little tips or tricks that they have learned while staying there. I have always found some very interesting and off the beaten track things in these books when they are there.
Overall we had a fantastic time here and would highly recommend this property! Thank you so much for having us!
Nous avons passés un séjour formidable dans cette grande villa dotée dune vue imprenable sur le lagon. Décoration de charme, literie très confortable, cuisine bien équipé. Rien ne nous a manqué. Le personnel de maison (nommée noi) est top, aussi discrète qu'efficace.une personne adorable, parlant que quelques mots de anglais mais cela ne nous a posé aucun problème. La piscine est certe commune, mais.nous y avons éte quasiment seule pendant notre séjour (15jrs). Elle se trouve a 2 min à pieds de la maison. Attention: je confirme que la maison ne se prête absolument pas aux enfants en bas âge. A noter aussi que le intimité se retrouve un peu réduite étant donné que les 2 chambres de la maison principale ne sont pas cloisonnées. La gueshouses est très agréable et climatisé.
Baan Palang Hin is located in the south of Koh Samui in an area called Laem Set.
From the high balconies, guesthouse and main bedroom, you will enjoy panoramic views of the island’s most spectacular sunsets and over the islands between Samui and the mainland as it stretches down to the Malay border in the far south.
On the nearby coastal beaches and in the intertidal zones you are guaranteed to find peace and privacy. There are also some fine local Thai restaurants, and a number of upscale resorts within a five minute drive of your home.
45 minute drive to airport
Walking distance to the pool
5 minutes to the beach
5-15 minutes to some of the best spas on Samui
15 minutes to local shopping
45 minutes to golf
Within Santikhiri, a secure estate with shared facilities (pool, yoga sala)
Panoramic sea and island views from both houses
Extensive garden with exotic and diverse plants
Walking distance to estate pool
Main house with two bedrooms that share an ensuite bathroom
Dip pool above bathroom
There is an additional bathroom under the house
One-bedroom guest house with ensuite bathroom
You will require a 4WD vehicle to reach the house. The roads are paved, but steep.
With unguarded balconies, this house is definitely not suitable for infants.
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Additional information about rental rates
Complimentary fruit basket upon arrival and daily continental breakfast. A security deposit is due 10 days before arrival and will be returned within 7 days of departure.