Building a villa on Koh Samui has become a popular investment choice for many. Some see it as a retirement investment where they can leverage Koh Samui's status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and generate steady rental income; others build a villa in order to spend extended amounts of time in it and others still plan to move to Thailand upon retirement to enjoy the low costs of living, mild climate, excellent connectivity and friendly people. No matter what people's requirements are, Koh Samui ticks all the right boxes.
The villa segment is relatively new on Koh Samui. During the 1990s and 2000s, investment mainly went into hospitality in the form of hotels and resorts but as the tourism industry matured, visitors started to look for alternatives and thus the private villa segment was born. Offering a more private experience, renting a villa as opposed to staying in a resort became one of the top choices for discerning travellers looking for bespoke experiences. Depending on the villa, the season and the number of people travelling together, a villa may even be cheaper than staying in a traditional five star resort.
Villas have also become popular as venues for various events and celebrations. Local companies increasingly make use of private villas when they host clients and a private villa also lends itself perfectly for company functions such as seminars or team building excursions. They have also become increasingly popular for couples to exchange their nuptials; thanks to the intimate setups, to-be grooms and brides have the option of just inviting their dearest friends and family for an unforgettable celebration that perfectly combines privacy, intimacy, and exclusivity.
Facilities and amenities vary greatly from villa to villa. Some are modestly equipped with little in terms of recreational facilities while others have the newest and most extravagant facilities including well equipped gyms, gaming rooms with the newest technology, tennis courts, private cinemas, pools and spa facilities. Many villas also come with the option of hiring additional staff (if they don't already have live-in staff), including housekeepers, cooks or drivers who can help make the holiday even more relaxing. Some villa rental companies also offer concierge services to help plan trips and excursions to explore the destination.