The quality of construction has improved significantly on Koh Samui in the last five or so years as the island has become ever more popular as a home-away-from-home-destination. The continuous increase in visitors and people wanting to relocate to the tropical island created a construction boom, which, combined with better regulation and government oversight, means the quality of the island's built environment has improved immensely and Samui is now home to some of the most beautiful, innovative and environmentally friendly homes in Asia.
Today property investors on Koh Samui are largely divided into two groups: those who buy solely for investment purposes and wish to sell the property relatively quickly at a profit, and those who buy property as a second home, a holiday or a retirement home with the option of renting out the house when they're not using it. The latter option is often the most popular, given that the villa rental market on Koh Samui has seen a significant boom in recent years as the tourism industry has matured and the travelling habits of visitors have changed. Although property prices increase year after year, the market has shifted and become more stable, benefitting those investors with a long term view.
As Samui has developed a decidedly upscale feel, the facilities offered in the island's villas have also become more and more advanced and diverse. It is not unusual for some of the newer villas to have a choice of pools, a dedicated children's playroom, a fully-equipped gym, BBQ areas, entertainment rooms with private home theatre systems and gaming stations, plus state-of-the-art technical equipment such as satellite TV and high speed internet. In order to provide the best services possible and meet the needs of individual visitors, most villas also come with staff such as a personal chef, driver, maids, butler, nanny and on-call concierge services to make the stay as relaxing and trouble-free as possible.
In line with a maturing island tourism industry, infrastructure on Koh Samui has also improved immensely and the island now boasts all the services and convenience of larger mainland cities. International schools and hospitals, supermarkets, department stores and world-class entertainment are all readily available, making the island suitable for retirees as well as families with children. Increased awareness of nature has also improved the island's liveability factor with sanitation and energy conservation now being regulated more closely by the local government.