Relaxation comes easy on an island framed in tropical beaches and swaying coconut palms, but on Koh Samui the appeal for visitors extends far beyond the island's famed natural scenery. Activities abound for the adventurous, with everything from water sports like sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling, to jungle trekking on foot, by mountain bike or ATV. You can even explore the island interior on an elephant.
The wide variety of attractions and indulgences available on Koh Samui means that many people return and even relocate to the island, then have guests join them to enjoy the fresh and fun tropical atmosphere and warm weather. On the cultural side, there are numerous temples (or, 'wats') to visit, from the highly revered Big Buddha temple with its golden statue that most arriving flights pass over, to hidden shrines high in the mountains and in many small villages. Plai Laem on the north coast, for example, has a stunning array of temples all built in one setting by a large man-made lake.
For adventure-seekers and culture-vultures alike, nothing quite beats coming back to a perfectly maintained, secure, and well-designed private rental villa after a day out exploring the island. In fact, private rental villas are becoming a popular choice for Samui visitors for a woile host of reasons.
Properties built and run by established real estate specialists like Horizon Homes now offer amenities on a par with the island's top hotels and the hospitality services available to guests are no less impressive. A villa or estate manager takes care of personal requests, maids arrive daily to keep things clean and tidy, a personal chef can be hired to prepare delicious daily meals, and couples tying the know can even enlist the services of professional wedding planner to help arrange a dream villa wedding based on their budget and personal desires.
Even without such exclusive services, private villas set in lush jungle and beachside areas offer a rare chance to enjoy glowing sunsets and sunrises as if they were laid on specially for you. Koh Samui also has every modern convenience with satellite channels and high-speed internet almost standard inclusions. This means guests can design a holiday that combines the best of the island's natural and man-made attractions, all in the comfort of their own private space.
Wake at your villa to enjoy breakfast to the sound of gently tapping palm fronds, then head off to explore Samui's waterfalls, secluded bays and glittering temples. Whatever type of villa you choose to rent, you're guaranteed a real sense of privilege when you get home, and a a holiday to remember that may even inspire a more permanent retirement on one of Thailand's most inspiring tropical islands.