Serenity Now in Koh Phangan: Confessions of a Control Freak

//Serenity Now in Koh Phangan: Confessions of a Control Freak
Baan Manali - the grounds

Baan Manali – the grounds

I’ve been called a “control freak”. I prefer “person with a low tolerance for uncertainty” but you get the point. However, on our trip to Koh Phangan, Thailand, I decided to undertake an exercise to challenge this part of me. I’m not going to plan anything. No hotel bookings, no activity scheduling not even the area we would scope out. This, of course, is terrifying but after much contemplation, I’ve realized my years of managing Pure + Simple Spas (orchestrating calm for others) has led to, ahem, a tendency to be wound up tightly.

This is a beauty blog. But since my view of beauty is rooted in health and holistic wellness, the mental and emotional is very much part of this. And from this point of view, I know that a control detox was in order. So when my husband found a deal online for a $15 hotel in a part of the island called Thong Sala – I had to take a deep breath and let him book it. Of course I was skeptical.

“Does it have a flush toilet? I at least need a flush toilet. For that price? Its not gonna have a flush toliet,” I said in a threatening tone. As you can see a take-it-as-it-comes attitude was not coming to me easily.
He simply replied: “Its gonna be great.”

Well, I’m publicly posting that I had to eat my words. It was lovely. The boutique hotel was called Baan Manali and it reminded me of one of my favorite places in the world: La Zebra in Tulum, Mexico. It was the perfect mix of eco-luxury with wonderful, personal touches.

Our room with handy mosquito net

Our room with handy mosquito net

Our bungalow was so clean and cute…And yes, it had a flush toilet. We were definitely not roughing it.

Lots of places to laze.

Lots of places to laze.

They also had kayaks you can rent for $3 an hour

They also had kayaks you can rent for $3 an hour

Also, a mini tight rope and zip line to practice your skills on.

Also, a mini tight rope and zip line to practice your skills on.

A pool for low tide!

A pool for low tide!

We had a wonderful night in there but unfortunately we couldn’t stay because they were fully booked the next day. So, in the spirit of being easy breezy we walked over to the bungalows next door called Angkana Hotel Bungalows and found that they were running a promotion for $40 per night. Follow the deals! It was also lovely, here’s what Angkana looked like inside:
koh phangan bungalow

After we were settled in, we rented a motorbike and rode up the coastline to scope out the new age neighborhood of Sri Thanu. Just our luck, we found an organic chocolate cafe that makes dairy-free, gluten-free raw chocolate – sweetened with local honey. Like I said in my last post, Thailand is a great place to get dairy-free food! I’m not a huge chocolate fan and Ben doesn’t love dairy-free chocolate because its not as creamy as milk chocolate but these truffles were A-mazing! A bit expensive for Thailand but well worth it. The owner (or at least I assume owner)- a young woman in a tank top and bikini bottoms, informed me that they didn’t have set hours and just opened up as they pleased. Now these people know how to go with the flow.

organic chocolate house

yumyumyum

yumyumyum

Now we are at The Sanctuary, a wellness retreat resort on a beach called Haad Tien. Its pure bliss here – and if you wanna know more about it, read my review from last year. Yes, I was here last year and now I’m back again! If you read the reviews on Tripadvisor you’ll see that some people have been here 15 times!

I would be lying if I said that I haven’t had a few hiccups but for the most part, playing it by ear has been paying off nicely.

2017-05-01T16:38:35+00:00 By |Stress|0 Comments

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