Koh Samui is famous as one of Thailand's most popular and best loved tourist destinations, with a constant stream of international and domestic visitors. The island is guaranteed to provide the perfect surroundings for a memorable holiday, whether it is a relaxing escape with family, an exciting trip with friends or a romantic getaway with a special loved one.
Offering white sandy beaches, lush tropical interiors, pumping nightlife, tempting shopping and tasteful cuisine, Koh Samui promises to entertain even the most exacting of visitors and the island is seeing an increasing number of long-term residents and retirees choosing Koh Samui over more traditionally popular places such as Phuket, Pattaya and Hua Hin. The upgrade of the airport in 2007 increased access to the island, allowing the airport to accommodate up to 16,000 passengers per day through its multiple terminals.
As a result of the influx of visitors, the Samui property market has also experienced an uptick in business volume. Both the hospitality and the residential sectors have benefitted, with the number and quality of developments rising. Sometimes the two converge, and investors are given the opportunity to buy a property and maximise their investment by entering it into a villa development's rental pool. The Four Seasons, Conrad Koh Samui, and Horizon Villas are just a few of such developments. Other rental properties are purely private residences, which the owners then choose to market as a rental property either through professional agents such as Horizon Homes or through their own private websites. By using a professional agency however, owners can benefit from an already developed database and a professional marketing and planning team. Some agencies also offer added services such as the use of concierge services and the option of adding staff to the villa.
Building and construction quality has also improved and healthy competition in the property industry ensures that quality and safety are just as highly valued as innovation and creativity. Developers continuously come up with new ideas and the selection of private residences on the island bears testament to the outstanding quality of construction services available. Due to the island's fragile natural environment, more and more developers, investors and end-users strive to develop more sustainable buildings with water and energy saving features such as natural ventilation and reuse of black water to the irrigation of gardens. Not only does such energy saving qualities make financial sense but some of these green features also enhances the overall appeal of the place and make it easier to market and rent out.
Owners who purchase a villa for rental purposes often go to great lengths to make it stand out from the crowd and offer as many facilities and amenities as possible. In order to cater to a wide range of visitors, some of the larger villas have a wide range of entertainment on offers such as private spa, BBQ facilities, game and media rooms, fitness facilities, sauna and swimming pool. Some even have their own tennis courts. And as if that wasn't enough, many of the villas are located a short distance from shopping and entertainment areas such as Lamai, Bophut, Maenam and Chaweng where world-class restaurants, bars, shopping and spa facilities await.