As the tourism industry in Thailand matures and the country attracts a wider range of travellers, there has been a need to diversify the accommodation and hospitality offerings in order to better cater to the many different needs of discerning travellers.
Originally Thailand was visited mainly by adventurous backpackers in search of an unexplored paradise, but over the years the country's beauty, world-famous hospitality and white sandy beaches now attract not only those travelling on a budget, but also high-end travellers looking for luxury and personalised services.
Koh Samui is on location that has seen the biggest change over the past five to 10 years is terms of accommodation. The transformation happened gradually as the island went from having mainly budget hotels and guesthouses to offering some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. In addition to high-end, independent brands, the island also features many of the large international hospitality brands offering luxury resorts with a range of services and amenities.
In the last few years, however, Koh Samui has seen even more luxurious additions arrive on the accommodation scene. Today, private villas are fast becoming the most sought after type of accommodation on the island, not only amongst wealthy travellers but also for those travelling in groups on a more modest budget.
Contrary to popular belief, renting a private villa on Koh Samui need not cost a fortune and in many cases it can actually prove cheaper than renting several hotel rooms, especially for larger families or groups travelling together. When taking into account the added privacy and pure luxury of having an entire villa to yourself, it is no wonder that private villas have become so popular.
Private villas on Koh Samui differ greatly in terms of size, services and amenities. A modest villa may have just one or two bedrooms and limited amenities, while a more extravagant villa will have everything one would expect from a five star resort. Some of the largest villas have up to 10 bedrooms and are able to accommodate large parties for special occasions such as a wedding, a large family holiday or a company outing.
These villas may also have private spa and gym, movie screening room, tennis court and of course a private pool with plenty of outside areas for dining and social time.