From the moment you drive through the carved wooden gate you know you are entering a special place. A paved driveway curves towards the impressive main building, boarded by lush manicured gardens. Tassana pra is set on nearly 5000 square metres of land and is home to many fruit trees, exotic plants and water features.
A Thai sala sits serenely by a lily pond, surrounded by tropical vegetation, the water features serving the practical purpose of collecting rainwater, as well as offering visual delight. An imposing teak covered walkway, crossing a lily pond brings you to the carved wooden entrance, the doors decorated with Thai dancers and flanked by shuttered windows.
Even before you enter the house and drink in the views, you feel a total sense of privacy, solitude and peace with no sign of neighbours or hints of the bustle elsewhere on the island.
Designed to capture the breeze, the open plan living and dining area opens out onto a huge terrace. Floor to ceiling folding doors and shuttered windows open up the entire room, ensuring that the area is kept constantly cool, whichever way the breeze is blowing.
The spacious living area boasts a high vaulted ceiling, supported by 10 antique teak wooden pillars and beautifully maintained teak wood floors. Large comfortable armchairs and sofas are positioned to enjoy the views, listen to music or watch satellite TV on the modern entertainment system with 50 TV channels to choose from.
Carefully chosen Thai and Asian artworks bring colour and vitality to the room and to the right, a large wooden dining table comfortably seats 8 people looking out across the bay. A fully equipped, modern service kitchen to prepare snacks or drinks leads off from the living and dining area.
The generous terrace that fronts the living and dining area is designed to maximize the 180 degree views of the bay. On either side of the terrace, double day beds with cushions are ideal for reading in the shade and enjoying the vista or watching the children play in the pool.
A wooden table in the centre can also be used for outdoor dining, playing games or working al fresco, connected to the complimentary wireless internet.
Thai elegance on Koh Samui