As the villa rental market on Koh Samui has become more popular, visitors to this stunning island have become spoilt for choice. The variety of properties on offer for rent is more diverse than ever before, with visitors having the option to choose villas based on location, facilities, number of rooms and price range. There is indeed something for everybody, whether you're looking for the perfect villa to spend an intimate holiday with your loved one, or a grand residence to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends.
Villas are commonly located in areas where there is good infrastructure and plenty of entertainment options including dining and nightlife venues, shopping opportunities and spas. The most popular areas are on the east and northern sides of the island, such as Chaweng beach which boasts several fine dining restaurants as well as more low key ones and a multitude of shopping venues. At night, the northern part of the beach becomes a popular clubbing area with night clubs and beach bars open late.
Many people think that renting a villa is a lot more expensive than staying in a hotel or resort, and in some cases this may be true. However, if visiting as a group or renting a villa as a family, the price may be similar or even cheaper than renting out a number of rooms in a resort. Some villas are built specifically to cater to visitors who want to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding or anniversary. Most villas will also have plenty of facilities of their own, such as private pools, gyms and home entertainment systems.
One of the reasons Koh Samui is so popular is thanks to its diversity. The beaches are still a big draw, and whether travellers are looking for tranquil sands or beach parties and funky beach bars playing the latest tunes, the island is sure to deliver. Water sports are also a popular past time with several tour operators arranging snorkelling or diving excursions from the island to neighbouring Koh Phangan or Koh Tao, the latter known as a divers' paradise.