Koh Samui's real estate industry has gone from strength to strength since the island started to see signs of recovery after the global financial crisis. Samui is now teeming with activity in all segments of the market, from high end residential real estate to the commercial and hospitality sectors. The high number of visitors instills confidence in investors and as a result, Koh Samui has been able to remain one of the most popular lifestyle and travel destinations in Asia, with increasing numbers of Asian visitors starting to realise the beauty and investment potential of the island.
Residential real estate on Koh Samui has traditionally been a local affair; but towards the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, this started to change as more and more international developers started to introduce projects aimed at the many foreigners who were visiting the island and often returning year after year. Many of theses international visitors warmed to the prospect of having a holiday or retirement home on Koh Samui, especially with the added appeal of rental income from tourists using the villas throughout the year. Before long, the island offered everything from eight-bedroom majestic villas to one-bedroom condominiums.
While the Koh Samui property market was in the past mired by poor planning and poorly executed projects, today's market is very different. The financial crisis meant a lot of the badly managed companies simply went out of business leaving mainly professional firms with a good track record behind. The local authorities have also changed their views on sustainability and started reinforcing planning and construction regulations in order to preserve the beautiful nature of Koh Samui, which is also paramount to preserving the island's image as a truly first class tourist and lifestyle destination.
The real estate market on Koh Samui is supported by excellent infrastructure, which includes world class health care facilities, international schools and an international airport with daily flights to the mainland and many of Asia's larger cities, including Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong. This makes Koh Samui an increasingly liveable island and more and more people decide to retire there or spend a certain amount of time of the year on the island in order to recharge their physical batteries.