Families, couples, newlyweds and groups of friends have all been choosing Koh Samui as a preferred travel destination for some time. This island, which is Thailand's third largest, is only an hour's flight from Bangkok, so many visitors and long term residents enjoy a pleasant combination of urban excitement and island relaxation.
Samui has evolved over the years from more of a backpackers' haven into a top quality boutique destination that draws visitors from the Americas, Europe, China and other Asian countries, as well as parts of Thailand.
Samui has also become a popular location for many expatriates. The island offers an attractive investment proposition for those looking to buy properties they will use occasionally, but also rent out to visitors and long-stay residents when not in use.
As a result, Samui now boasts a whole host of properties on its forested hillsides, as well as in beachfront areas, quaint villages and close to the more built-up tourist zones. The island continues to attract a wide range of first time visitors, as well as repeat arrivals who have rented on the island for decades. What's more, the newer private properties on the island are increasingly being built to ever higher standards, offering visitors an appealing and exclusive alternative to hotels.
Properties built and managed by long established companies like Horizon Homes are particularly popular with international buyers. The concept of a gated, serviced community adds quality assurance and with projects built close to attractive beachside locations like Bophut Fisherman's Village, with its many wooden homes and designer shops, and charming Choeng Mon, a small beachside town in Samui's northeast corner, the draw of peaceful island living is hard to resist.
Some of the oct extravagant villas on Koh Samui now now boast extravagant bespoke facilities that include advanced entertainment systems, fitness facilities, private spas and the latest in home security. Others are more modest homes set in attractive, landscaped grounds just a short drive from gentle waters of the Gulf of Siam, or surrounded by lush, tropical forest, with birdsong as the morning wakeup call.
No matter the size or facilities, Samui villas offer rental guests the very best in terms of comfort, with a minimum of effort required to make the stay a perfect one, no matter how long it lasts.