Arriving at Samudra
Stepping stones meander through the lush tropical grounds, past frangipani trees and their subtle perfume, and let you uncover several unique pavilions, each with antique windows and doors and serving a purpose during your holiday.
The Balinese Temple
Behind the Bali temple living room, another pavilion hosts 2 spacious double bedrooms. Their wooden floor creates warmth and the large stone slabs remind of the closeness to nature that Samudra wants to bring. One bedroom has an indoor en-suite bathroom with shower and the second bedroom opens onto the outdoor bathroom with a shower set amongst the tropical garden.
The Pool and Outdoor Dining Sala
If you wonder at the uncanny similarity in colour between the placid waters of the infinity pool and the limpid blue waters of the sea that lap the shores below, it is the handwork of tiles of Balinese stone studded in the pool floor. Spend days out in the sun, soaking in the goodness of Samudra.
Stone steps lead up to the dining Sala that covers an enormous seven-meter long table made of reclaimed Takian wood that was discovered in a boatyard in the South of Thailand and comfortably seating 24 guests. The lush tropical gardens and the size of the dining table make this the ideal spot for weddings, celebrations and large gatherings.
The Garden Master Suite
The Garden Master Suite is cleverly designed around the rock formations that are a feature of the bedroom with a comfortable living and
sleeping area. A ventilation chute rises out of the rear of the suite creating a natural airflow and sliding pocket doors open the room up for outdoor style living. The bathroom is elegant with a large natural stone standing at the backdrop of the shower while terrazzo was the material of choice to complement the simplicity of the intended design and mood.
The Octagon Temple
Within this pavilion is a large bedroom boasting a refined mixture of antique, oriental treasures and modern convenience. The vaulted ceiling, with its heavy Takian wood beams, gives a feeling of times gone by. The room is lit with unique lamps that have been crafted from Chinese lanterns that hang from the ceiling. The room is cooled by both ceiling fans and air-conditioning.
A second adjacent bedroom, usually suited for children, is separated from the main bedroom by a large dressing room that has beautiful antique Chinese wardrobes, and a well-appointed outdoor shower room. The Octagon temple also features an open- air bathroom built at the base of a huge granite rock face Here you can enjoy a tropical bathing experience under the rain shower or in the terrazzo bathtub. The bathroom leads to the living area through ancient doors opening onto some teak steps.
At the end of the wooden terrace along the bedrooms lays the stunning Octagon Temple, an open-sided living area that offers spectacular 180 degrees ocean views and the natural breeze of the sea. The design of the raised kitchen cleverly disguises the modern conveniences it contains. The lounge area disguises a high definition projector and roll-down screen. The centrepiece of the room is a coffee table made from rare, green Kanchan Aburi river stone. On the balcony of the Octagon Temple is a hand-made dining table that seats up to 8 guests.
The Tree House
On the upper part of the land sits the Tree House, a two-bedroom pavilion with its own kitchen and covered deck, comfortably sitting amongst the trees and overlooking the rest of the villa. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, one has a double bed and the other 2 single beds.
An attentive yet unobtrusive staff of five gently take care of your needs and requests. Dolly, the onsite villa manager since the opening, is a delightful and efficient host and her husband Yo is a skilled Thai chef who prepares a mouth-watering selection of Asian and Western cuisine, ensuring fine taste becomes an integral part of the Samudra experience.