Well established as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand, Koh Samui is rich in beauty with all its white sandy beaches and green mountainous topography, yet also sophisticated in its offerings of world class accommodation and entertainment choices.
The coastline is in some places framed with powdery beaches, in others with dramatic rock formations, while the inland is characterised by hilly jungle dotted with waterfalls and elevated viewpoints. The most densely populated areas are those around Chaweng on the east coast of the island, Bophut and Maenam in the north and Lamai on the southeastern coast. Nathon on the west side of the island is the main port and commercial centre for the locals, where most of the ferries from the mainland and neighbouring islands arrive and depart.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, close to the mainland and served by Koh Samui International Airport, which connects the island to Bangkok and other regional cities several times a day, Koh Samui is easily accessible for locals, tourists and expats living in Asia.
Traditionally a very hotel and resort dominated island, the maturing of the tourism industry has seen a shift in the choice of accommodation on offer to serve the many visitors to the island.
While resorts and hotels are many in number on Samui and new accommodation offerings often announced, plenty of international travellers prefer the exclusivity of their own Samui private villa complete with all the services usually found in a five star-resort such as housekeeping and concierge, but also more personal services, which are provide by the villa's dedicated manager and private chef.
Luxury villas on the island are mainly private properties belonging to international investors who have built them as a second home. They therefore come in an array of layouts and designs to cater to a wide range of guest needs and preferences. Facilities in private villas commonly include:
“Locating the perfect holiday villa for that special trip with friends or family can be a challenge and many people choose to use the services of a professional agent or villa management company.”
Established firms such as Luxury Villas and Homes can also assist guests in finding the right villa for special occasions such as anniversaries, weddings, or the annual company outing. They know the local market well and can therefore recommend various villas that suit very specific needs. LVH staff can also assist home owners with villa management and promotion so as to protect their investment and maximise revenue potential.