Koh Samui has built a strong reputation as a travel and lifestyle destination in recent years, which in turn has made the island an attractive second home investment location. On of the most recent options to emerge – both for buyers and rental guests – is private villas, which have fast become the preferred accommodation choice for many international visitors as an alternative to rooms in a hotel or resort.
The demands of sophisticated global travellers have shifted away from traditional forms of hospitality toward private facilities with personalized experiences. This means more people are looking for opportunities to enjoy bespoke vacations. The private villa segment has therefore enjoyed exceptional growth in recent years, thanks to the exclusivity it offers guests.
Villa types vary considerably and while the majority of holiday homes have a private or communal pool, the designs can be very different in terms of the other facilities provided for owners and guests.
Some rental villas are relatively modest in terms of size and amenities and therefore cater to couples or smaller families. Others boast all the facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel or resort and also come with their own dedicated staff.
Most rental villas on Samui are located on the island's east and northern coast, within easy reach of the island's main entertainment, shopping and dining zones. Popular beaches include Bophut, Choeng Mon, Chaweng and Lamai.