Baan Chang is one of six beachfront residences nestled into a tranquil cove with mature, tended tropical gardens that extend through the ample grounds and open onto an undisturbed stretch of sandy beach.
Chang means elephant in Thai and the Kingdom's famous royal beast is beautifully represented throughout the property, from the giant statues in the garden at the entrance to delightful, hand-painted sliding doors on the TV cabinet in the lounge.
Despite an atmosphere of royal antiquity, Baan Chang is also a very modern holiday villa, fitted with the latest home technology and furnished throughout with unique pieces like the impressive, circular dark wood table in the dining room and the huge sofa-daybed in the lounge poised in front of an LED Smart TV.
All the spacious en-suite bedrooms open onto meditative ocean or garden views and also boast indulgent bathtubs for the ultimate private soak.
The villa's huge private pool offers a constant, easily enjoyed opportunity to cool off, with plenty of cushioned sun loungers to use for relaxing days on the sun terrace or reclining in comfort on the beach.
Baan Chang is the first but least visible of the villas when you enter the Dhevatara Cove Estate; its grounds follow the side of a forested headland that forms the tip of picturesque Lipa Noi bay. The villa occupies the largest of six ocean-side plots, and the luxurious living spaces and bedrooms are spread through a series of spacious stand-alone pavillions that sit either side of an open-air central courtyard and 20-metre private swimming pool.
Guests enter the main part of the property via a series of wide steps over a soothing water feature, then pass beneath a grand, Thai-style pointed roof that represents the traditional Thai greeting or "wai"; the same shape is used for the roofs of the living and bedroom pavilions inside the villa.
Baan Chang's kitchen, dining room and lounge occupy two pavilons on the right-hand side of the property, each sliding open fully onto the poolside terrace. A fully fitted western kitchen is positioned close to the entrance and features a breakfast bar for casual morning gatherings.
From there, a corridor leads directly through to the dining room, then there's a small internal garden in front of the comfortably furnished lounge pavilion, which opens out at one end onto a beach-side terrace, itself furnished with day-beds and an indulgent sunken, sea-view jacuzzi.
The villa's five generous en-suite double bedrooms all slide open onto the enchanting tropical grounds. Two of the suites are close to the villa entrance, while one is located above the kitchen and boasts its own private, ocean view terrace. Another bedroom sits poolside, and the master suite occupies its own beachside pavilion offering views of the soft sand and gentle waves right from the bed.
Living the outdoor life is an unobstructed pleasure at Baan Chang. The beach is so close and private that it feels like part of the grounds, and the waves provide a constant, gentle soundtrack to the stay.
Guests at Baan Chang also have the unique opportunity to charter one, or both, of the owner's luxury vessels at special rates to explore the azure waters and teaming coral reefs of the Thai Gulf in consummate style. MY Absolutely (50ft) accommodates 2 crew and 12 passengers, while MY Escape 1 (31ft) accommodates 2 crew and 8 passengers.
The villa offers nightly rates for 3 bedroom and 5 bedroom occupancy (certain seasons).