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.