The purchase of private villas on Koh Samui has become increasingly popular in the last five years as investors look to this popular travel destination for a chance to leverage the steady number of tourists that arrive year after year.
In 2013, the number of villas added to the island's property portfolio was 134, according to published reports, compared to just 16 the year before. As the market grows, visitors can enjoy an ever wider range of villas to choose from when planning their perfect private holiday.
Koh Samui is an ideal combination of natural beauty and comfort that caters to a wide range of travellers' needs. Indeed, it has come a long way since its beginning as a modest backpackers' paradise with little in terms of comfort and glamour; today this island in the Gulf of Thailand is one of the hottest lifestyle destinations in Asia, featuring everything from hip beach clubs to world-class dining options and sophisticated, luxury spas. The bonus of a well-connected international airport only makes Samui even more appealing and accessible to visitors coming from all over Asia and beyond.
Private villas are largely concentrated around the main tourist areas including Choeng Mon, Chaweng and Bophut beaches on the northern and eastern sides of the island. These areas offer plenty in terms of dining, shopping and entertainment options and are only a short drive from the airport. For people renting villas more long term and in need of shopping facilities, these areas also offer larger retail outlets such as Tesco Lotus, Big C, Makro and Central Festival Samui. Although the beaches are relatively busy, they still give visitors the feel of a tropical paradise.
Villa facilities vary depending on the size and level of luxury. Some villas are rather modest, offering little more and a pool and one or two bedrooms. Others are suitable for royalty, with everything from private gyms, spas and tennis courts to movie screening rooms, gaming rooms and an army of well trained staff. Some villas seem built for entertaining or celebrating special events such as weddings or anniversaries. The key for visitors is to find a villa rental company to help find the best villa to suit your specific needs.