Secluded and creative
42/5 Moo 2, Ben Dan Kou, Ko Chang T: (087) 933 0681, (086) 149 6690
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About a kilometre past Amber Sands lies Blessed Residence, which competes with Independent Bo on Haad Sai Khao for the island's most artistic atmosphere and design.
The first things you see after turning off the main road are hundreds of discarded flip-flops and sandals attached to the trunk of a soaring palm tree. You'll then discover surreal sculptures made of tangled rusty steel wire or depicting vivid faces that reminded us of the totem-pole style spirit shrines made by Moken sea gypsies on the Andaman Sea islands. Imaginative wall murals of an octopus and sea waves, among many other things, are made almost entirely of tiny ceramic squares and sea-polished stones. Two interesting villas are kitted out with TVs, air-con, fans, fridges, small libraries, many colourful decorative touches and glass doors opening onto wide verandas perched over a lagoon. One of the rooms has a small kitchenette. Though we weren't able to look inside, the "main house" is also available to rent and it has a full kitchen. Connected to rooms by a raised walkway over the lagoon, an outdoor common area features bright sofas to go with several hammocks and many more artistic flourishes. Out back lies a spacious lawn that leads to a mangrove beach. While it's not great for swimming, Blessed offers kayaks for free, as well as two motorbikes and a handful of mountain bikes for rent. Groups of up to 10 people can rent out the entire property for 10,000 baht per night.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 23rd December, 2013.