Koh Samui enjoys a stunning location in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, just an hour's flight from Bangkok and a short distance away from Surat Thani in the southern part of the country. Out of the three islands in the region – Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are the others – Samui has developed as the most boutique, upscale choice attracting more mature travellers, families and investors looking for a truly five star island experience.
Koh Samui's international airport operates daily flights to regional hubs such as Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, which are all home to a sizeable expat community, traditionally a strong client base for the island's many luxury villas and apartments.
The villa rental market has in the past been concentrated on the north and east side of the island around the popular beach areas of Chaweng, Bophut, Lamai and Maenam. These places are still the most popular for residents due to their many entertainment options such as a vibrant nightlife, a wide selection of restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities. But as developers seek out new opportunities, the rest of the island has also started to see new developments spring up. The western part, until recently reserved for a few remote developments has now caught the attention of property developers and individual investors wanting to take advantage of the long stretches of unspoilt beach and the stunning views over the Gulf of Siam and out to the famous AngThong Marine Park.
Koh Samui's rental villas are as varied in terms of the design and facilities offered as the people who own them. Some are part of larger integrated communities with shared facilities and an overall design theme, while others are stand alone villas with private services and facilities and their own unique designs.
Due to the year-round mild climate on Koh Samui, most villas are designed to take advantage of the welcoming weather and will feature a combination of indoor and outdoor relaxation and dining areas. Other facilities include a private pool, gym, Jacuzzi, spa facilities, entertainment room – even a movie screening rooms and tennis courts in some of the most extravagant properties.
Navigating the expanding jungle of private villas can be a challenge, but fortunately, there are several professional villa rental agencies like Horizon Homes that can help identify the ideal villa to suit the needs of individual travellers. Villa websites have easy to use search functions where villas can be filtered based on variables such as number of rooms, facilities, location, availability or price range. Once guests choose their perfect villa, the best rental agencies will take care of the rest, including booking, preparation and even travel arrangements and support during the stay including concierge services so that visitors can just relax and enjoy their time in paradise.