Each time you visit Coconut Lagoon, you're quite likely to have a different experience, not just outside your room but in it too. Every piece of furniture has been meticulously chosen to give our interiors an individual look.
Villas will have different beds, cupboards and chests of drawers that we've sourced, not from a store but slowly, from traditional homes and of course, the famed craftsmen of the region. Furnishings too rely on local materials, offset with linen, rough-woven cotton and other natural fabrics.
A short way from the reception is a little wood-frame structure, the resort shop. Pick up handicrafts, jewellery, local dresses and assorted bric-a-brac. Many of the screwpine, coir and coconut-based products made by the local village women are also on display. Try too, some of the fine incense products and natural soaps available here. Most of these are bought locally, often directly from the craftspersons themselves.
The reception of Coconut Lagoon has been washed with sunlight for over 400 years. It was transplanted here piece by piece, over several months. By and large, we tried to preserve the soul, and let the rough edges be. Notice the elaborate carvings on the roof-fringe, a once-common feature of the tharawads, it's replicated often, but rarely preserved, as it has been here.
The traditional architecture I saw made the home sanctified place to return to. The simplicity of interior style is really all that is needed in this world of stuff; Maintenance-free floors, polished timbers, natural cotton, and white ivory and ecru.
Latika Khosla, Guest