Refreshing Simplicity in a Minimalist Eco Camp in Thailand
Separate cabins of polished concrete cubes are scattered throughout the grounds of a laid-back retreat, set on the tip of Thailand’s crowd-free Koh Lanta island. Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag’s Costa Lanta Resort makes a bracing change from the usual tourist fare.
Only five trees were removed during construction of the industrial-inspired, tropical-minimal eco-luxury resort.
The hardwood timber used throughout this simple retreat was reclaimed from old factories and barns.
Like a lime palate refresher between courses of an elaborate meal, the barefoot luxury creates an escape from overwrought architectural design.
Luxuriously spartan villas dotted around the grounds embrace the outdoors with entirely retractable walls and see-through ceilings.
The retractable wooden walls in the sleeping pavilions just fold up accordion style.
In the polished concrete bathrooms, translucent roof panels bring in natural cooling and light.
Part of the peacefulness of the minimal design comes from the spaciousness. Towels hung on the far wall are reflected in the slanted mirror…
…. and with wide open sleeping pavilions, a spacious sense of camping out in the open is conveyed.
This resort has more of the feeling of a campgrounds off the beaten track, than an eco hotel.
The sleek, minimal and spartan aesthetic works because each part is so well thought out.
At the end of a day of lazing and naps, all the escapees return to eat together in the large central dining area.
Via Mr and Mrs Smith’s Luxury Boutique Hotels