Our green & eco features
Jump out of bed each morning to enjoy an outdoor shower with filtered rainwater, heated with solar panels using Thailand’s non-stop sunshine.
We’re green! And so is The Pool on the Hill. Our commitment to – and interest in – green, eco and healthy living is evident throughout the house, from the filtered rainwater in your showers to the tiniest LED bulbs around the pool. We hope to operate The Pool on the Hill as a Koh Samui eco villa using the best practices we can for green, sustainable living – because Koh Samui’s too pretty to ruin.
Chlorine-free infinity pool
Filtered rainwater used throughout
Green cleaning products
Solar power and solar water heating
1. Chlorine-free (freshwater) infinity pool
You’ll love The Pool on the Hill's chlorine-free (freshwater) infinity pool – it's filled with filtered Koh Samui rainwater. A clever system keeps the swimming pool as chemically free as possible so you swim in fresh water – it feels like silk – while enjoying180-degree ocean views (and hopefully some fantastic sunsets).
added benefits of a freshwater pool?
To you: Your swimsuit will last forever and you won't get green hair!
To Koh Samui: Pool overflow and maintenance (eg backwashing) doesn't put chlorine into the eco-system
How is the pool chlorine-free?
The Pool on the Hill uses fairly new technology to cleanse the pool with hydrogen peroxide. In the sunshine, this immediately breaks down into water and oxygen creating a fresh-water pool that feels like swimming in silk.
2. Filtered rainwater and water conservation
More fun than a barrel of monkeys? A barrel of rainwater. Koh Samui is smack-dab in the tropics and enjoys its fair share of astonishing showers. Like seriously soggy stuff. Yet, owing to tourism, the island has recently experienced severe water shortages. As such, at The Pool on the Hill, we collect, filter, double-filter, and re-use rainwater everywhere throughout the house:
For your use
Water to the dishwasher, kitchen and bathroom taps, showers, baths, sinks & toilets passes through three filters and an ultra-violet sanitiser on its way to you
Your drinking water and ice-maker has a further four steps of filtration
The swimming pool has the same filtration as general tap water, prior to hydrogen peroxide treatment
In the pond – home to a robust family of frogs
In the garden
In the hose pipes regularly attached to our power-washer
3. Solar powered with Koh Samui sunshine
The Pool on the Hill has hard-working solar panels in place – kept perpetually busy in Koh Samui's sunshine.
shower in sunshine
At The Pool on the Hill you can literally shower in Koh Samui sunshine (in the master bedroom's outdoor shower you'll even have an ocean view). As well as solar panels for power, we also have solar collectors that heat water for your showers and baths.
Recap: You'll shower in filtered Koh Samui rainwater, heated with Thai sunshine.
We can't control the sun but we like to work with Nature, so we have automatic valves to prevent the solar-heated water to bathrooms and showers becoming too hot and avoid risk of scalding. Set the temperature as you like it and step in!
Power cuts and solar power
Should you experience a power cut while staying at The Pool on the Hill (they happen occasionally, particularly during heavy rain), the solar power and a solar-powered battery back-up will keep the fridge, freezer, water filters and safety lighting running. As well, each bedroom has a solar-powered socket and a USB charger so you can power devices (such as a room fan), or charge your phone or tablet.
solar heated swimming pool?
As is customary in Thailand, the pool is heated by direct sunshine only – meaning it’s bath-warm for most of the year but can be cooler after heavy rain. See our FAQs for more details.
You won’t see our rooftop solar panels, but they’re always hard at work.
4. Avoid chemicals
We're always trying to reduce our chemical usage at The Pool on the Hill. The latest? Borrowing methods developed by our neighbour, eco resort Six Senses Samui, we're testing a variety of non-toxic, enzyme- and vinegar-based products for use in household cleaning and throughout the garden. So far, so good! Other ways we try to keep our eco villa as eco as possible:
Minimal chemical usage
No mosquito fogging
Non-toxic pest control
Potable tap water = no water bottles, no plastics
Potable water is available straight from filtered water taps in the kitchen and beside the pool – so you can avoid plastic water bottles entirely.
5. Conserving energy
Stay in a Koh Samui eco villa built to maximise sea breezes. Cleverly placed windows join forces with ceiling fans for minimal electricity consumption. A few ways we conserve energy at The Pool on the Hill:
Low-energy appliances (Energy Star)
LED lighting throughout
(Hoping to conserve your own energy? See some ideas for in-house spa treatments).
Of course, air conditioning is available as a trusted back-up in every bedroom, as well as the open-plan kitchen/living/dining room. With a handy remote control, you can adjust the temperature to your liking without getting out of bed.
LED lighting: Every. Single. Bulb.
It’s true! Every single light bulb in The Pool on the Hill is an LED. Every light source in every ceiling, floor, wall, step... in the pool, the pond...We do love our LEDs. Compared to normal light bulbs, LEDs last twenty-five times longer, use one fifth of the power, don’t emit UV and infra-red, and have no mercury. An extra benefit to an eco villa on Koh Samui? They don’t emit any heat.
In the kitchen at The Pool on the Hill, our Siemens appliances are low-energy rated and include an induction cooktop to boil water nearly instantly.
6. Non-toxic building materials
It’s what’s inside that counts. Throughout The Pool on the Hill, from the sandstone pool deck to the bathroom counters, you’ll find natural materials and finishings sourced as locally as possible. All-natural stone is used for floors and granite counters, and won’t emit anything nasty, like VOCs.
7. Animals and wildlife
The welcome mat is out for any and all wildlife, and the frogs in the pond heard that invitation loud and clear. The Pool on the Hill’s wildlife is:
65% birdlife (we currently have hawks and falcons nesting nearby in our palm trees, and a variety of year-round residents)
20% frogs in the pond
5% small geckos (they eat mosquitoes)
5% bats and cicadas busy at sunset
Mosquitoes on the menu
Non-toxic pest control methods keep the mosquitoes to a blissful minimum, and bats and geckos reduce populations further.
8. Pond & garden
We talk to plants – will you? Although The Pool on the Hill is newly finished, we had a head-start with the garden just outside the open-plan kitchen. Arrive to find a large mango tree that fruits once a year, a beautiful Hong Kong orchid tree, some aptly named traveller's palms, and a ficus that means business.
A great variety of tropical plants surrounding the pond and kitchen windows include frangipani, heliconia, bougainvillea and a riot of orchids. You might even spot a mini pineapple plant (though it's purely ornamental).
Within the pond, water lilies, pink lotuses and ‘fishing rod’ plants seem to keep the frogs happy.
What you won’t find at The Pool on the Hill?
Grass. In Koh Samui, grass takes too much water and changes the micro-climate. Instead, look forward to a ‘controlled jungle’ of native tropical plants – and some baby coconut trees sprouting beyond the pool.
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