Thanyamundra Organic Resort.
Thanyamundra Organic Resort. Supplied

Thailand resort voted top eco-boutique

THAILAND'S five-star organic resort, Thanyamundra, has been voted one of Asia's top three eco-boutiques by leading travel site agoda.com.

Thanyamundra placed third in agoda's prestigious new Top 10 Eco-Boutiques in Asia 2011, in recognition of the resort's commitment to sustainable farming and gourmet organic cuisine and also for its sheer breathtaking beauty.

According to agoda.com: "Thanyamundra inhabits the other-worldly terrain of Khao Sok … a two-hour drive from Phuket airport. Sitting on the fringe of one of the world's oldest rainforests, guests are perfectly placed to nourish their spirituality, with yoga, meditation and creative arts part of the programs on offer, plus jungle treks, river kayaking and tubing for the more adventurous.

"Thanyamundra's main point of difference is its organic farm, where guests are invited to pick their own fresh fruit and vegetables for their next farm-to-table meal. Organic cooking classes are also offered.''

The unique resort was also named one of Thailand's "Big Six Chic Thai Retreats'' by leading British newspaper The Independent - further confirmation of Thanyamundra's growing cachet amongst the cognoscenti - who described it as a "serene spot in the lush highlands of southern Thailand''.

With Asian antique filled rooms and suites in two modern, Thai-inspired golden teak villas, Thanyamundra has been transformed from the home of a European entrepreneur into an impressive retreat offering the finest hotel service, gourmet organic cuisine, and holistic wellness in an incredible natural environment.

Thanyamundra provides an accessible escape from urban life with butlers trained at some of Thailand's finest hotels, an English-speaking chef with an extensive repertoire and talented massage therapists on call.

At all times of the year, Thanyamundra welcomes its guests, limited to 20 at a time, to explore the 12 hectare (1,600 square metre) organic farm with Pierre Larigaldie, who oversees the crop fields.

Since Larigaldie began preparing the earth here almost five years ago, all plantings have been 100 per cent organic and chemical free. Rows of aromatic Thai and Italian basil, dill, coriander and chillies run parallel to white and purple eggplants, red snake beans, winged peas, bitter gourd and morning glory. Avocadoes, papaya, passion fruit, mango, banana, and more sprout besides verdant rice fields where three varieties of rice are grown.

According to Monsieur Larigaldie, Thanyamundra's produce is probably some of the most pure and natural food in Asia. "

The farm is fed by a beautiful mountain stream, and our pump is the first one to take water out for irrigation.

"We don't use any chemicals or fertilizer, apart from my own compost recipe. And we improve the quality of the soil by planting certain types of legumes, which naturally increase the nitrogen content," he said.

Today, Thanyamundra's organic farm is the only one of its kind in southern Thailand with an Agricultural Certificate of Thailand (ACT), part of the International Organic Accreditation Service.

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