The Setting: A touch of nature, situated on Koh Samui is north Chaweng Beach,
renowned as the most picturesque in Thailand with its powder-fine white sand and crystal clear waters,
Muang Kulaypan Hotel harbors a 100-meter beach frontage,
revealing a fabulous view of the sea and offshore islands.
The Design is inspired by a tale of Indonesian folklore introduced to Thailand
during the Ayudhaya period and translated into the Thai language many years later by King Rama II.
As a matter of fact, the historic Thai kingdom of Srivijaya was substantially influenced
by the Javanese and enjoyed their powerful sovereignty in Southern Thailand for centuries.
The Javanese tale of Inao is the legend of the romance of Prince
Inao and Princess Budsaba set in the ancient city of Muang Kulaypan
where this exotic love story unfolded. The designer of the hotel, profoundly
inspired by the tale of Inao, has created a unique architectural
style blending Zen form with Southern Siam and the life style reminiscent
of its people.
The large, central garden lends a palatial atmosphere fitting the inspiration
while terraces and walkways are dotted with sculptures and aged bonsai
trees alongside custom furnishings designed by the architect M.L. Archava
42 rooms are completed in an exquisite fashion combining Thai style,
comfort and modern amenities embellished with a touch of art and history.
Every room is fully air-conditioned with Satellite TV, IDD telephone,
safety deposit box and full mini bar. Bathrooms are equipped with the
shower and striking all black tiles whilst the designer bedding reflects
a blending of Asian culture with contemporary design. Every room has
a unique decorative flair with its own detailed scripture, sculpture,
imaging and bedding.
:: Superior Rooms A/C ::
Comfortable room with private balcony. Most rooms with partial sea view
and all upstairs rooms also share a large wooden terrace looking towards
the ocean and have access to Muang Kulaypan garden. Located on first
and second floor. Connecting rooms are available on request.
:: Deluxe Garden ::
Uniquely designed interior decoration with Japanese influence and mattress on
wooden platform. All rooms have DVD-player, complimentary coffee & tea-making
facilities and comfortable day bed on the balcony overlooking the garden.
Located on the first and a second floor.
:: Deluxe Balcony ::
Beautiful view to the Muang Kulaypan garden and to the swimming
pool and ocean. Large day bed on the balcony, large windows, DVD-player,
complimentary coffee & tea making facilities. All rooms are located
on the upper floor and. The most popular among honeymooners and individual
who wish to relax in private while admiring the sea.
:: Deluxe Suite ::
Deluxe suites are located on the Northern side of the hotel, on the
garden level. Ideal for a family or a group of friends. Perfect for
those who travel with children and would like to have a touch of home
since suite has kitchen, dining area and king size bed or twin beds.
Two suites can also be connected to each others on request. Suite has
coffee maker, full size refrigerator, DVD-player and direct access to
garden. Only a stone throw from the swimming pool and beach.
SERVICES & FACILITIES
:: In House Services ::
State below are some of our in-house services as well as other services recommended by the hotel.
- Check-In time : Check-In time is 2.00 p.m. or earlier if room is available.
- Check-Out time: Check-Out time is 11.00 a.m.
- Laundry Service
- Credit Cards
:: Budsaba Restaurant ::
- Local Transportation
- Mail / Telephone / Fax / E-mail
- Money exchange
- Reading room
- Tour Services
Open daily from 6.30 a.m. till late. A restaurant like no others,
Budsaba brings you the pleasure of dining while lounging in one
of its 20 private Salas (open wooden hut on stilts) in pure Thai
tradition. The Thai delicacies and fresh seafood are carefully selected
to reinforce this experience, an oasis of peace and flavour. You
may also enjoy the music and dances of the Kings of Siam Every Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun at 8.30 pm.
:: Panyee pool bar ::
Opening hours: from 10.00 a.m. till late. Located at the pool side on the beach,
Panyee is another ideal place to enjoy the beach front during the heat of the day with a long drink
refreshment while lounging in one of the Salas. The Bar also features
an extensive selection of legendary music for all tastes.
:: Swimming pool ::
Opening hours: from 8.00 a.m. till 7.00 pm. Reserved for
our in-house Guests, the black-tiled swimming pool is one of the
main attractions of the Hotel where all Guests can meet or quietly
sunbath. The swimming pool is equipped with a showers, bathroom
and fresh towels with are provided to all our Guests. Beach chairs
and umbrellas are also available.
:: Gym ::
Open Air Mini gym. A quiet location with a selection of fitness equipment
available daily for our guests to enjoy.
:: Library ::
:: Kulaypan - The city of Inao ::
In the reign of King Boromakot of the Ayudhya period,
Princess Kunton and Princess Mongkut were fascinated by a story
told them by their Javanese governess about charming Prince Inao
(Inu Panyee Karatapati) of the Indonesian Shailendra dynasty (807A.D.),
a great lover as well as a valiant warrior. From this time on the
legend became a well-known dance drama in the Royal Thai court until
the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
Rama V. Chaochom Manda Khian, the mother of my great grandfather
(H.R.H. Prince Naradhip son of King Mongkut), and niece of Queen
Somanat, was renowned for playing the role of Inao. In these times
it was royal practice that when a prince was born, King Mongkut
would lay a little sword as a gift in the baby is basket. For the
birth of Prince Naradhip, the king added a dagger or kris
as a special present for the Son of Inao. When I was asked
upon to design a hotel on Chaweng beach, Samui Island; realizing
fully well myself that the southern part of Thailand was once a
territory in the Sri Vijaya Kingdom, Kulaypan - the name of the
capital city in the story of Inao, sprang immediately to my mind.
Falling in love with the location was a delight from the first moment.
Through the coconut grove before me is a view all the way to
the horizon... waves dancing on a shimmering sea, a small isle and
the endless blue sky. Beauty, natural in form. Perfect light and
color. I decided straightaway that we could never spoil such a truly
wonderful vista. The view is ever marvelous: at dawn, the break
of day, late morning and towards noon, in the afternoon and twilight,
or even late at night you will find the indescribably beautiful
seascape and heavens changing their charms with time, your spirit
and your dreams. Come and be enchanted day and night at Muang Kulaypan.
by M.L. Archava Varavana (July 19th, 1996)
Membre Correspondant de l Academie Europeenne des Sciences,
des Arts et des Lettres Salon des Artistes Francais Gold Medal winner 1986