Quentin and his wife Muriel, known as Moon to the local thais, have now been on Koh Phangan for five years after escaping their lives in Belgium to come and live out their dream life with their two sons.
Leo Beer took Phanganist along to Seetanu Bungalows which Quentin and Moon run, situated on Ao Chao Phao beach in a heart of a magnificent tropical garden,a delightful setting for relaxation, tranquility and to sit down for an interview with us...
Hi Quentin, so tell us your Phangan story...
It’s a long story, we came from Brussels whist we were travelling for nearly six months but not continuously, I would holiday with my wife only or the whole family.
We went to Croatia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and then nearly twenty days on the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and here, but most of the time on Phangan.
In 2011 on the 26th of September we arrived here after leaving our jobs and selling the house in Belgium, we found this place in March and within one month had put down the deposit.
We didn’t change the name, we stayed with it and knew that Seetanu Bungalows was what we wanted even though it needed a lot of work. After the bungalows being here for twenty years with the sea and salt elements, this takes it toll on them so this is why we have made everything new!
What attracted you about Seetanu Bungalows?
The location! We knew it needed a bit of love and work so we could really create something. One of the small bungalows was being used for laundry so we got rid of this and turned it into something nice
Now we have three different styles of bungalow, on the beach, aircon and fan, it’s a good mix.
What kind of guests do you get?
Couples, families and yoga students. The yoga community use us as a landing point, they rent for one month or one week whilst they look around for a house. We are really seeing more and more families coming as well.
In July and August there is a holiday in Europe and we find that a lot of people come then, we have learnt a lot through the job and customers on what to do with our business.
What is the concept behind Seetanu?
‘My home is your home’, we are a family business and I haven’t changed my way of life, I work a lot here and with the staff, our customers feel at home which is very good.
We like to exchange knowledge with our customers, they are interested to know about why my family is here and some come back next year or the year after so we get to see the children grow and make friends.
What makes Seetanu Bungalows unique?
We are not on the road and the beach here is like a private beach.
As I said, with more families coming here it is a good place as the children can play around without the worry of traffic in a very beautiful setting and location.
The sunset here is amazing, I set up the Koh Phangan sunset lovers and garden lovers pages and we are in the process of building a swimming pool for when it's hot and the tide is out then people can cool off and swim.
And tell us about your restaurant...
It’s the same menu as our Belgian Beer Bar with a sea view and eleven tables which seat approximately thirty five to forty people. People come from outside, even if they are not guests so it is advisable to book a table in high season.
We are open from 8am to 10pm so customers can sleep after being out the night before and have breakfast at 2pm if they like.
So what are your hopes for the next few years?
The next step is the pool, it will be fifty metres with a kids area too, then in November or earlier we will do another restaurant by the pool with a different menu and drinks.
We work together with Chaloklum Diving for accommodation and we send customers there also.
I love cooking, really I do, I go every morning to the market and teach my staff which I and they enjoy so I will continue to do this. Many people come to us for meat and steaks and I get the black angus and kobe steaks in especially for the meat lovers.
Do your children enjoy the lifestyle here?
Yes, our younger son does kitesurfing in Ban Tai with Dani V and the other one works at The Challenge although they are both still studying online and with a private tutor.
And what is your life philosophy?
(Quentin shows us the tattoo on his arm) My wife and two sons, this is their names in Thai.
Follow your dreams, really, it is that.
We got told we were crazy when we wanted to be expats but in Belgium we didn't see our children, here we do and we live the dream.
Seetanu Bungalows hosts seventeen bungalows and one villa with nearly twenty attentive staff.
Each area of the resort has taste, the garden is beautifully taken care of, there are waterfalls and ponds and pretty flowers including the arching buganvilia which encases the restaurant entrance with its wonderful fuchsia colour.
Quentin, Moon and their dog Furby will welcome you like their own family to come and enjoy a piece of their perfect paradise at Seetanu Bungalows.
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