Villas on Koh Samui are as varied as the guests that stay in them. The villa market has seen a dramatic increase in the number of properties in recent years with the island welcoming a more sophisticated clientele who are used to bespoke travel experiences.
Such savvy visitors want an alternative to a conventional hotel or resort stay. In fact, the island has transformed itself from catering primarily to budget travellers into one of Asia's premier travel destinations for visitors from around the world. It also boasts a large expat population who regularly visit or even live on Koh Samui full time; enjoying its vast range of entertainment options.
Samui villas are mainly located close to the coast as the island's many beautiful beaches are a main draw when people decide where to stay. The west and north sides of the island are the most developed, with the main areas being Chaweng beach – a wide beach stretching the entire length of a huge bay, a s well as Lamai – a slightly smaller bay to the south, and Bophut – a cosy fisherman's village and beach on the northern side of the island.
Many villas are also located on the more secluded west coast, as well as in the inland hills, where they offer sweeping views over the island with the coast and ocean in the distance. Those villas facing west enjoy particularly stunning views of the Ang Thong National Marine Park, and of course, spectacular sunsets.
Villas come with a range of facilities. Most have private pools as a minimum inclusion, and some are just steps from the beach. Some of the most extravagant villas have up to 10 bedrooms and a host of facilities including private gyms with Jacuzzis, steam rooms and the latest in AV equipment. Some even have their own private movie screening theatre with an updated library of the newest Hollywood films or a games room with pool, table tennis and fusbal.
With so may choices, it can be a challenge to find the perfect villa to suit everyone in the group's needs. A couple on honeymoon will obviously have different needs than a large family travelling together for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
Luckily, the boom in private villas on Samui means there are professional agencies like Horizon Homes well versed in helping visitors find the perfect villa. Such companies will be able to guide travellers to make sure they find the right villa to guarantee an unforgettable holiday.