Koh Samui has for many years enjoyed a status as one of the most sought-after holiday and lifestyle destinations in Thailand and wider Asia. The weather, friendly people, amazing beaches and affordability have all helped make the island what it is today to the benefit of the many hundred thousand people who visit every year. New retail initiatives also regularly appear, such as Central Festival Samui, a massive shopping mall located right in Chaweng beach, the island's main entertainment zone. The Wharf Samui is another, smaller community shopping mall located in the popular Bophut beach neighborhood.
But shopping is not the only area in which Koh Samui keeps growing. The accommodation of choice for visitors has long been hotels and resorts. As a result, the island now boasts some of the region's most impressive tourist accommodation. However, in recent years the hospitality industry has changed, introducing a new form of accommodation to suit more bespoke needs with private rental villas.
One of the main benefits of staying in a private villa is the added luxury of having an entire house to yourself and being able to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones in a private setting. Private villas are often owned by foreigners who want to keep a holiday home to use part of the year and who also want to generate some income from the many visitors that arrive to Koh Samui every year.
Owners range from expatriates based in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to British, Australian or French nationals. In recent years there has also been an increase in buyers from emerging economies such as those in China, Russia and Eastern Europe. These investors will usually build a villa that is easily rentable so as to maximize the appeal of the property to travellers.
The majority of villas have three to five bedrooms with 450 to 650 square metres of living space on a sizeable plot of land. Most villas are located within easy reach of the popular beach areas such as Bophut, Chaweng and Lamai where visitors can enjoy an array of amenities such as restaurants, bars, spas, retail and of course the beaches themselves. For those unsure of where to stay on Koh Samui, there are several villa rental agencies on the island like Horizon Homes, who can assist in helping to find the perfect villa to suit your needs.