There has been a major increase in the number of villas being built on Koh Samui in recent times. In fact, compared to 2012, with more than 130 new villas being added to the market in traditionally popular areas such as Chaweng, Cheong Mon and Bophut beaches as well as lesser known areas such as Mae Nam and Lip Noi. With numbers like these, it seems the island's property market has recovered from a couple of slow years after the global financial crisis and visitors can now enjoy a wider variety of rental villas to suit their holiday needs.
Villas on Koh Samui fall into many categories. Some are attached to or managed by high-end hotels. This means that guests can enjoy the services and facilities of the parent resort and also have access to special offers on food and beverages. In most cases, villas like these are owned by individuals and then used as part of the hotel or resort inventory to rent out and generate income. The properties also benefit from a high level of management and maintenance.
Many villas on Samui, however, are standalone properties owned and built by individuals with no connection to a resort or hotel. These villas typically enjoy less onsite facilities, but come with an added sense of independence and privacy. Stand-alone villas tend to offer more unique design and interior schemes, as they were built by people who want to stay in their villa for longer periods of time and who like to surround themselves with more personal affects. These types of villas are usually rented out to visitors as a way to generate a little income for the owner and cover the cost of maintaining the villa.
For those whose idea of a holiday is more than just lying around your own private pool in a villa, fortunately Koh Samui has plenty to offer. Areas such as Chaweng, Lamai and Bophut beaches are full of dining and drinking venues, as well retail outlets and wellness spas. Visitors who are looking to get close to nature should head inland and experience Koh Samui's rugged interior where dramatic waterfalls compete with impressive viewpoints offer stunning tropical vistas.