Guest review by Characterstays:
As a grubby little farm dweller, to me there is nothing that beats a glamorous stay in a clean, open space. A stay at Thonga Beach Lodge is like entering into one of those minimalist decor magazine photographs that those of us with messy partners, kids or dogs pore over with homicidal intent.
Looking around the suite I can see why it is said that what makes minimalism work is to have varied textures within the same space. Thonga Beach Lodge achieves this effect brilliantly, with surprises at every corner. In my suite there are cool, smooth floors, contrasted with grass mat walls and a thatched roof. The bed is dressed in clean, silky white linen. The bathroom is a flow of smooth, shiny, copper-coloured concrete. The glass doors and windows are wide and open, with natural reed blinds.
I sit in my beautiful suite enjoying the breeze blowing off the sea on a warm night, appreciating the artistic calm of the lodge. I can hear the sea moving down below. I feel like I am in a different world to my one, and remotely placed at the edge of the country. The calm infuses me and I become a better version of my usual stressy, restless self. I guess that is partly the point of character accommodation – to offer an experience of the antithesis of our usual lives. By engaging intensely in a different landscape, and in unique local architecture and style, we are taken to the edges of ourselves. This process brings with it a fresh clarity of insight which we can take back with us to our homes – an energy of something having shifted within and we can return gratefully to our own messy lives while enjoying the clean sweep of ongoing inner change.