The four-bedroomed Baan Capo lies on the western end of Bang Rak Beach, along the Samui’s north coast. Baan Capo can best be described as ‘an eclectic mix of styles – beach house, country and modern chic, that all pull together and work well to make a comfortable and relaxing holiday villa.’
Upon arrival guests enter through the ornate wooden door into a garden courtyard and with the villa being located at the quiet end of the bay, privacy is not compromised. Bang Rak itself is a vibrant village, with endless choices for dining and cocktails, and Fisherman’s village is only a couple of-minutes drive away, and the nightlife of Chaweng Beach is just over 10-minutes away for those who want to venture further afield. At Baan Capo, guests have the perfect combination of being close to entertainment, yet the villa itself offers privacy and serenity.
From the beautiful entrance courtyard, glass sliding doors lead to a spacious living room, open plan to the fully equipped kitchen. A feature wall of wooden shelving holds an eclectic mix of collectables such as ceramics, and ornamental birdcages. Here too you’ll find the large plasma TV with DVD, satellite TV,a Harmon Kardon and JBL surround sound music system. This communal space is tastefully furnished with a sea-grass carpet, bespoke chairs and sofas, and scatter cushions to bring in the colours of the sea just outside. Vaulted teakwood ceilings are fitted with hidden air-conditioning as well as plantation fans. Cheeky scatter cushions on the sofa say it well: ‘The Good Life’ and ‘I love this place’. The open-plan kitchen comes complete with top-of-the-range SMEG appliances, including a coffee machine, microwave oven, two standard ovens and a wine fridge. The supersize island unit allows guests to gather for sociable cooking sessions.
Baan Capo’s living room opens up with floor-to-ceiling glass doors to the outside patio and pool deck. A spacious covered area houses the 10-seater hard wood dining table, and outdoor lounge suite, ideal for when shade beckons. Sun-seekers can move to the sun deck where the expansive infinity pool takes centre stage and is flanked by sunbeds, parasols, and plenty of outside chill spots, such as another dining table, couches, and a canopied ‘cuddle chair’ as well as a state-of the art BBQ. The rim-flow pool has a shallow section for children and stairs lead down from the pool deck to the quiet part of Bang Rak Beach. As the villa is positioned higher than the beach, guests have spectacular views, yet passers-by don’t look directly into the villa.
Baan Capo offers comfortable accommodation in its four spacious bedrooms each is 36 SQM. The two master suites open up to pool deck and ocean to the front, and to the covered patio and dining area to the side. Master suites boast king-size beds, feature walls with interesting artwork, built-in headboards with reading lights, and TVs with DVD. As with the living room, ceilings are vaulted and can be cooled by either air-conditioning or plantation ceiling fans. One room is decorated in greys and neutral shades, and the other in hues of blue, meaning both rooms blend in perfectly with the beach and sea views. Their en-suite outside garden bathrooms come complete with stone bathtubs, outdoor rain showers, as well as indoor showers, double vanities and dressing rooms.
Two triple rooms (twin beds plus a pull-out bed) open up to garden courtyard with seating areas and tropical plants. Each room is uniquely furnished in its own colour scheme, in cooling shades of blue and green. The triple rooms also offer TVs with DVD, as well as plenty of wardrobe space. En-suite bathrooms are equipped with outside rain showers set in private tropical gardens, as well as indoor showers, double vanities, and dressing areas.
Staff at Baan Capo have their own entrance, as well as a separate service area. The attentive yet unobtrusive manageress and her crew are there when you need them, yet out of sight when privacy is required. A continental breakfast with a twist is served on the covered terrace with its views, making a great way to start the day. Guests can enjoy the flexibility of having their own Thai cook on hand to prepare fresh, local produce and favourite Thai and international dishes (ingredients for guests’ account). The pool deck is the ideal spot to watch the sun go down while enjoying cocktails and a barbeque. Bang Rak is an active beach with plenty going on, making for an interesting view – fishermen set out their nets, boats come and go, and the views are endless to the small island of Koh Som and beyond to neighbouring Koh Phangan. The village is central, with plenty of restaurants in walking distance, ranging from fine-dining to local street cafes serving both Thai and international cuisine. Make use of the villa’s in-house concierge service to take the hassle out of booking day trips and boat tours. Baan Capo makes an ideal choice for those looking for a characterful beach villa, with plenty of space and centrally located.