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Refreshing Simplicity in a Minimalist Eco Camp in Thailand

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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.

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Only five trees were removed during construction of the industrial-inspired, tropical-minimal eco-luxury resort.

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The hardwood timber used throughout this simple retreat was reclaimed from old factories and barns.

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Like a lime palate refresher between courses of an elaborate meal, the barefoot luxury creates an escape from overwrought architectural design.

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Luxuriously spartan villas dotted around the grounds embrace the outdoors with entirely retractable walls and see-through ceilings.

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The retractable wooden walls in the sleeping pavilions just fold up accordion style.
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In the polished concrete bathrooms, translucent roof panels bring in natural cooling and light.
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Part of the peacefulness of the minimal design comes from the spaciousness.  Towels hung on the far wall are reflected in the slanted mirror…

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…. and with wide open sleeping pavilions, a spacious sense of camping out in the open is conveyed.
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This resort has more of the feeling of a campgrounds off the beaten track, than an eco hotel.
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The sleek, minimal and spartan aesthetic works because each part is so well thought out.

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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

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