Falling in love with Koh Samui, Hans and his wife decided to leave their country to settle on this little island… Villa Chocolat was born out of the couple’s passion. The colonial style tearoom is located in a quiet area of Hua Thanon; it is the perfect place to be for a leisurely afternoon, with fragrant coffee and decadent sweets. There is also a dance school that teaches ballet and jazz dance for adults and kids (4 years old and above). Samui-Villa.com team got in touch with Hans, the man behind this lovely place, to know more about him and Villa Chocolat.
Could you give us a short intro about yourself and Villa Chocolat?
For my wife and myself, living in Koh Samui was really like a dream. We fell in love with the island 25 years ago and we came back regularly on holiday, today we can say that our dream came true.
What is Villa Chocolat about?
My wife started a dance school and I opened a tearoom with homemade chocolate desserts.
Why do you combine chocolate and dance?
It is easy to understand when you know that my wife was a ballerina before she opened her own dance school in Brussels. Dance is all her life. It was normal for her to start ballet classes even if it can look like an ‘’atypical activity’’ on this island.
On my side, it was not so easy. In another life, I was an actor…of course, when I came in Samui, I already knew that I couldn’t practice my job anymore and then, I had the idea to develop one of my favourite passion which is ‘’chocolate’’…and since I am Belgian, it was an evidence to do it with Belgian chocolate.
What are the challenges and what have you learned overcoming them?
The challenges are really big because it is not only a question of business which is working well or not, above all it is more a question of lifestyle. When you leave your country and everything behind, it is very important to make sure you made the right choice…this, in my opinion, is the ‘’biggest challenge.’’
What is the most fulfilling part of your life?
Enjoy life with my family like a long holiday.
What is the most fulfilling part of your business in Samui?
To see the happiness in the eyes of my customers when they are eating my desserts and cleaning their plate ‘’like little kids’’ until the last piece of chocolate.
What is the next step on your journey?
I would like to start chocolate workshops and give more information about the unknown side of that wonderful product.
A piece of advice to your 20-year-old self?
To be happy in your life…do what you like and what you feel.
Any words you live by?
Be free! Be honest with yourself…and the other people too, of course!
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