Well established as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui is rich in natural beauty with its white sandy beaches and green mountainous topography. Yet the island is also a sophisticated location in terms of its world class accommodation and entertainment choices.
The coastline is in some places framed with powdery beaches and in other areas with dramatic rock formations, while the inland is characterised by hilly, lush jungle dotted with waterfalls and elevated viewpoints.
More developers areas such as Chaweng and Lamai attract the largest crowds of visitors and also have the most dining and entertainment options, but other parts of the island are certainly gaining popularity as well.
While resorts and hotels are many in number and new arrivals often announced, many visitors now prefer the exclusivity of their own private Samui villa complete with all the services usually found in a five star-resort such as a maid, concierge, even a butler or private chef.
Many of the luxury villas on the island are privately owned properties belonging to international investors who have built them as a second home or for rental purposes. This means they come in an array of layouts and designs to cater to a wide range of clients. With many villas being added to the island in recent years, finding the perfect one to suit your needs can be difficult. Fortunately, there are several good rental companies such as Horizon Homes based on the island that can help with finding and booking the right villa. These companies can also help owners reach the right clientele and assist with management services such as property maintenance, taking care of the pool or gardening as well as marketing efforts to international clients. The rental companies then assist the owners with the post-cleaning of the property and may also assist visitors with travel arrangements and airport transfers.
While many of the villas feature all the facilities of a five star resort and can keep a party entertained for weeks, it would be a shame not to see some of Koh Samui's many other attractions. Fishing villages such as Bophut and Bang Po are perfect for a stroll along the beach and Chaweng's bright lights tempt with countless dining venues, good shopping facilities and outstanding spas.