Indoor & outdoor living
We’ve built the house to maximise two sacred things: ocean views and time with people we love.
To this end, you’ll find both indoor and outdoor living areas for all-night chats or riotous games. Best of all? Whether stretched out and relaxing on an indoor or outdoor sofa, you’ll always have an ocean view.
so many places to relax
ocean views from the shade
music system indoors and out
acoustic guitar and board games
"I enjoyed relaxing as the living room was so large!" – a recent guest
Half a dozen steps separate the entry area from the large upper terrace. With cool tile and shade from wide roof coverage, it’s a favourite spot for enjoying beautiful views while avoiding sunburn. Its proximity to the coffee machine (≤10 seconds) doesn’t hurt, and this might be the spot you end up spending the most time.
Outdoor seating (and great coffee)
Two large outdoor sofas will fit a gathering, and extra wicker chairs can be rearranged as people move in and out of the conversation. If you manage to find it all to yourself, it’s an ideal place to blaze through an entire book in one sitting (ideally having trained a relative to bring you a fresh coconut on the hour, every hour). Outdoor speakers stand ready to add a soundtrack – just sync your phone to the Bluetooth in under a minute.
Keep your cool
Breeze off the ocean and a pair of ceiling fans help to keep you cool. In all but the hottest parts of the year (usually April and May), it’s comfortable here in the shade all day long.
Want some sunshine?
No need to go downstairs. A comfy bench seat overlooks the pool and is long enough for two adults to sit stretched out. Whereas the terrace is covered and remains in the shade until late afternoon, the bench seat is open to the sun all day (and is wonderful for star-gazing at night).
Secret stairs (and gecko HQ)
Just around the corner, off the kitchen, you’ll find a half bathroom as well as the second staircase down to the pool level. The outdoor ceiling in this area is a popular spot for little geckos – so say hi, and enjoy the mosquito-free environment they’ve created for you. They're totally harmless, pretty cute and (usually) stay outside eating insects.
Family living room
Let’s head inside! At The Pool on the Hill, every day is your favourite kind of Saturday. Open-plan living, ocean views (and seriously comfy sofas) offer you the best of home and holiday combined.
Lose the shoes!
A quick request: Before you enter a room, would you mind slipping off your shoes? It’s Thai custom to remove shoes or sandals before going inside a home, as feet are considered dirty. As such, we ask you to slip your shoes off outside the kitchen/living room, your bedroom or the downstairs sala. You’ll see that staff and housekeeping does likewise – it’s just common Thai courtesy all around. Thanks!
Included in the living room
Three supremely comfortable sofas
Large coffee table (ideal for multi-player Monopoly)
Various antiques and decorative pieces
Smart TV (Netflix/Amazon capable)
Board games and jigsaw puzzles (actually – they’re in the kitchen cupboards)
Selection of books and magazines
Bluetooth music system with indoor/outdoor speakers
From time to time: a frog, a butterfly or a gecko (casing the joint, we presume)
Air-conditioning with remote (and instructions)
Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and windows – to open as you choose
Solar battery socket and USB charging point (in case of power cuts)
USB charging station for phones, iPads, etc
We keep an acoustic guitar for guests to release their inner Dylan. It’s not studio quality but it's better than bringing one as carry-on (unless your roadies do that for you).
In or out?
You’ll love the foldable floor-to-ceiling windows – essentially moving glass walls that can be totally open or completely shut, as you like. For the ultimate 'indoor-outdoor-tropical-living' success, you can open a total of five walls of windows. (Guess what? You'll find the same sliding windows in the bedrooms, too).
Suitability for children
While families with kids have loved their time at The Pool on the Hill, please note that the home has many features that have an inherent risk to children. Within the living room, three walls of sliding windows open directly on to the pond.
Can't make this up
Fun fact: A woodworker named Sh*t helped construct the living room's vaulted teak ceiling. While that was his actual name (seriously, 'S-H-eye-T'), the result is *anything but*. It’s four-metres tall and at many times of day comes alive with reflections off the pond. Two ceiling fans and a healthy amount of accent lighting set you up for some serious relaxing.