Koh Samui is becoming one of Southeast Asia's playgrounds for the young and successful. With stylish, luxurious villas and resorts, exclusive beach clubs and seductive night clubs seemingly opening every month, Koh Samui has become a distinctly upmarket destination vie-ing for the attention and success formerly reserved for long-time holiday favourite Phuket.
With an award winning boutique international airport connecting Koh Samui to nearby regional cities such as Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, the island is easily accessible for holiday goers, both foreign and domestic, as well as the many expats living across Asia, many of whom have invested in the island's lucrative real estate market.
One of the areas in which Koh Samui has seen the most growth and prosperity in recent years is in the island's construction and real estate sectors. With an increase in tourist numbers since the beginning of the 2000s, the demand for high quality resorts and private villas increased and a number of professional developers and construction companies transformed the island from a sleepy fisherman's enclave into a global destination. Samui now boasts some of the most architecturally stunning resorts in Asia, and with high-end hospitality chains such as the InterContinental, Four Seasons and Banyan Tree all arriving to the island the bar was raised in terms of quality and service.
Private luxury villas have also been built all over Koh Samui and fall into several categories. There are those that are built as part of a resort in order to diversify options for guests. Sometimes these villas are available for sale and the investor can then choose to make the villa available to the parent resort to use as part of their rental inventory. Such agreements often maximise the rental income from a given property because it benefits from the resort brand's marketing and exposure. Other villas are built by private individuals as a holiday or second homes, or even as a place to retire. Such villas are not built purely for investment purposes and buyers of these villas often have more freedom in terms of architecture and interior design.
It can be difficult to navigate the ever expanding villa market on Koh Samui, but fortunately established rental agencies like Horizon Homes can help identify the right villa to suit rental guests' or buyers' needs. Many of the most professional agencies have full time staff on hand to recommend villas and provide information about different areas and amenities. Some of their websites also have intelligent search functions where visitors can filter search results based on location, price, number of rooms or types of facilities.