Thailand continues to attract many long-term residents for a host of reasons. Koh Samui, the country's third-largest island is one of those reasons and the island has built a reputation as one of the safest, most beautiful and relaxed locations for vacationers and second home buyers from around the world.
A number of factors have been driving up home prices in many western economies in recent years, with associated challenges including the rising cost of food, medical care and entertainment. This has inspired a considerable number of westerners to relocate to Asia for the high quality of life on offer, complemented by a warm climate.
One of the best ways to enjoy such a lifestyle is from the comfort of your own private island villa, and there are now a good number of these attractive tropical residences available to buy and rent on Koh Samui.
Some properties, such as those developed by long-established real estate specialists like Horizon Homes, offer foreign residents secure living within a gated community guarded by 24-hour staff. Even long after the properties are sold out, the best firms keep their managers on the community grounds or in easy touch by telephone, which means residents know that any issues that need addressing will be seen to quickly and efficiently.
Professional property management companies also ensure the best cleaning, maintenance an gardening services are available – and that appliances are all kept in working order. More modest private residences might have less elaborate amenities, while others offer more sophisticated accommodation, but all are designed to provide comfortable, convenient living, whether for long or short term stays.
Koh Samui villas are located in discreet locations all over the island, from the less crowded areas to the popular tourist centres. The island's infrastructure is constantly improving, with new amenities such as the recently launched Central Festival shopping mall adding to the appeal for newcomers and and long-term residents alike. The mall offers excellent Thai and international eateries as well as an impressive choice of retail outlets selling a blend of locally produced and branded international gifts, crafts, clothing and home furnishings.