We have more photos online here. We’ve booked flights to Samui for a few days next weekend and we’re taking the kids (the ultimate test!!) so will be adding to the blog again shortly.
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I arrived back in Samui last night where even queueing at immigration is a relaxing pastime. The airport has no walls, just vertical posts and thatched roofs so you immediately feel a sense of tranquility. The queue isn’t speedy but there’s no jostling or frustration … just a sense that you’ll get to the desk in the end and that your holiday has already started.
Arriving at the house in the dark, I was greeted by Michael’s interior design wizardry. He completely understood that we wanted natural materials, soothing colors and a feeling of comfort and space. I am working on a website, soon to be revealed, with photos of the house, but here’s a sneak preview of the twin bedroom…..
It’s hot hot hot here in Samui with bright blue skies and our terraces are proving to be real sun traps. Off to check out that pool…
Baan Pimalai is adding some color to her pristine white walls with an injection of leafy green. Between the jungle-covered hills and the coconut palm fringed shores, Koh Samui is an island rich in plants, trees and flowers so it was only right that Baan Pimalai have some of her own. We have grassed the garden so whether you want to kick a ball about with the kids or plant your sun lounger there for some bronzing, this could be the ideal spot. We’ve also added some plants to the Balinese shower. This downstairs bathroom has the best of an outside rain shower and being sheltered enough to use whatever the weather. The huge shower head is attached to the ceiling, but the wide gap between the wall and the ceiling will make you feel as if you are showering outside in the rain. We will be adding more plants and flowers to the garden and terraces over the next weeks to keep up the tropical feel of Baan Pimalai.
The scaffolding has finally come down and Baan Pimalai looks like the white, airy, contemporary villa she was always intended to be. There is a week or so of work to be done (pool to be tiled, kitchen installed etc) as well as lots of finishing, cleaning and tidying. After that, we can hang the lovely curtains we have chosen and ask our interior designer to install furniture, furnishings and artwork.
You visit, things go slowly, you leave, things seem to go quickly. I’m sure there is a lesson to be learned.
Below are the pictures of the house on Sunday July 24th taken by a neighbour. It looks like Hans’ team are progressing nicely with the tiling and some of the windows appear to be in.
Looking at the pictures, the house should be pretty bright and sunny, which was the aim. With white window frames and clear glass it should be nice.
So the house is coming along and although there doesn’t appear to be much change since the last photos 2 weeks ago, the pool has been worked on and the outside plastering around the back has been done. The reason for a slight slow-down is that all the workers are busy completing another house on the development and a second one in another part of the island.
Baan Pimalai is the last house to be built on the site and once the other villas are finished and handed over (one is already, the other will be in less than a couple of weeks), we should have dozens of workers getting ours up to scratch. The completion date for Baan Pimalai is still mid August, kitchen will be installed 2nd August.
Today a Thai friend of ours met with me to pass on her ideas about our villa’s name. Although L-08 had served her well up to now, we wanted something a bit more meaningful. Normally Buddhists call on monks to name children, houses, towns etc in order to bring good fortune. Not having access to a Thai speaking Buddhist monk in Singapore, we asked our friend to come up with something beautiful, tranquil and easy for non-Thai speakers to pronounce … and so Baan Pimalai was christened!
Baan comes from the Thai word meaning Villa
Pima comes from the Thai word meaning Castle in the sky or Heaven
Lai come from the Thai word meaning Beautiful