In our opinion, there's nothing quite like a bit of travelling to give you fresh perspective, nourish the soul and feed your creativity.
A recent Thailand trip did just that - and we hope to 'virtually' pass on some of this through featuring a Casas del Sol villa in Koh Tao we stayed at just last week!
Koh Tao is a small tropical island ('for the indulgent and adventurous traveller') accessed by ferry from the larger and more developed Koh Samui, or from mainland Chumphon. It's significant attractions - and there are many, are the fantastic diving and snorkelling (best we have experienced!) the secluded beaches, the ability to get off the beaten track and generally chill-out!
Casas del Sol consist of five villas, about a five minute drive from the main village up a perilously steep hill, followed by a scramble up more steps - but all worth it for the simply spectacular views that reward you from the minute you walk in the door.
We stayed in Villa of the Rising Sun - aptly named as the panoramic 180° views give you prime-site viewing of the sunrise from both the wrap-around deck and the open-plan living/kitchen/dining space.
The old adage 'less is more' is so true here - using limited materials and a simple colour palette, the villa provides a feeling of luxury and comfort that is just what we needed (and inspiration for our own homes).
Designed by the owner Christina Sáenz de Santamaria (who is also a record breaking free-diver by the way - see more about that here) - the Villas offer luxuriously appointed facilities to really provide a tropical home away from home.
If this villa doesn't convince you about the versatility of polished concrete then nothing will! This material is repeatedly used to great impact here, and offers a really practical solution to tropical interiors as well as creating a contemporary aesthetic.
The villas are self-catering, giving you flexibility and complete freedom to enjoy your holiday. Casas del Sol are managed on site by the wonderful Natalia who is on hand to help and gives you a mobile phone with all the crucial speed dial numbers you can possibly require (restaurant home delivery/taxi etc!).