Renting a private villa on Koh Samui has never been easier, with a number of professional rental companies offering services to make the entire process easy and convenient. Koh Samui has experienced a boom in private villas in recent years, aimed at visitors who want a more bespoke holiday experience. While the island's hospitality industry has for many years been dominated by traditional hotels and resorts, the increase in high end travellers has called for alternatives and Samui developers have answered the need by offering some of the most lavish villas one could imagine, rivalling those found in established resort destinations in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Private villas on Koh Samui come in many different forms. The most extravagant properties can sleep several families and offer services and amenities that rival even the most luxurious five star hotels and resorts. It is not uncommon for these villas to include one or more pools, fully equipped gyms, tennis court and spa facilities, as well as the latest entertainment technology. While these villas come at a premium, they can sometimes offer good values for large groups travelling together when compared to the price of staying in individual hotel or resort rooms for the same amount of time. The added privacy and exclusiveness of having your very own private abode is also a major benefit.
More modest villas have fewer services and amenities, but still suit those who wish to spend time exploring the many attractions and activities Koh Samui has to offer. To the northwest of the island lies Angthong Marine National park, which is an archipelago of more than 40 uninhabited islands. The park covers more than 102 sq km, of which only around 18 percent comprised islands. The main attractions in the park include an inland salt water lagoon, which is accessible only via a steep trek. Most visitors also take even longer treks up to the many viewpoints where one can enjoy stunning views over the many limestone islands.
There are also plenty of attractions on Koh Samui itself. Of course, the main appeal is the island's pristine sandy beaches and the most popular are Chaweng, Lamai and Bophut. The are also plenty more secluded beaches for those wishing to escape the crowds.
Although Koh Samui is one of Thailand's biggest islands, it is not so big than it cannot be explored in a day. It's possible to rent a car or motorbike ( be sure to have insurance) and explore hidden beaches and get to now the local culture and friendly people that live as they have done for decades in less touristy areas.