The attraction of renting a villa while on a holiday is becoming more and more apparent as the quality and variety of villas on offer in destinations like Thailand increases.
Gone are the days when islands such as Koh Samui were merely a backpacker location with accommodation limited to mediocre hotels and guest houses operating on a very limited budget and catering to those traveling on one too. Today's Koh Samui offers a wide range of excellent accommodation choices for the discerning traveller, including five star resorts, as well as luxurious private villas scattered all over the island from Maenam in the north to Taling Ngam in the southwest.
Koh Samui has become a truly global lifestyle destination in terms of the many attractions and entertainment options now offered to visitors. Swanky beach clubs such as Nikki Beach and sophisticated beach resorts such as W Retreat Koh Samui and Beach Republic Koh Samui cater to a young, discerning crowd who are well travelled and used to bespoke travel experiences. The dining scene has also experienced a renaissance and the best restaurants are now oftentimes visited by guest chefs from famous restaurants around the world.
The private villa segment on Koh Samui is perhaps the newest addition to this upscale development and more and more villas are continuously being added to the island's appealing and diverse portfolio. The villas vary greatly in terms of facilities and number of rooms, but what is common for most of them, no matter the size and style, is the added privacy they afford and the feeling of exclusivity that many tourists look for.
While many people presume that private villas are an expensive option and and only for the rich, it couldn't be further from the truth. For families or friends travelling together in groups or staying for longer periods of time, renting a villa can actually save money and offers an exclusive alternative to staying at a hotel or resort.
People staying in private villas on Samui no longer need to worry about missing out on the facilities often associated with luxury resorts, as many villas have high levels of comfort and modern facilities. Most villas have a private pool as minimum, and some villas also have private gyms, spas and gaming rooms as well as the option of hiring staff such as a chef, driver or a maid. Some villa rental agencies also have dedicated concierge services to assist with booking restaurants, planning excursions or making travel arrangements.