The island of Koh Samui is the third largest in Thailand and is fast becoming Thailand’s number one tropical destination for holiday-makers looking for beautiful white sands, azure waters and a plentiful supply of relaxation and entertainment. This tropical destination offers a huge range of luxury hotels to cater for every budget and taste, but the villa rentals market of Koh Samui is becoming an increasingly popular alternative. So what kind of villas are available for rent, what rental rates should you expect to pay and how do you find the perfect villa for your next luxury holiday?
Koh Samui offers luxurious beach front rentals, sea-view villas, hill-side retreats and hide-aways set in tropical gardens. Villas are available for rent in all areas of the island though the most popular location for holiday rentals is the busy NE coastline of the island in the touristic beach towns of Chaweng, Bophut, Bangrak and Choeng Mon. The opulent beach front rentals exemplify the luxurious, tropical living lifestyle available on this beautiful island. Beach villas are typically 4-6 bedrooms properties with live-in staff, chef and a villa manager who will cater to your every whim. Rental rates for a truly luxurious 5-bedroom beach villa can set you back around $800-$2,000 USD per night.
Tropical garden villas offer a more affordable option for those seeking a luxury villa rental experience. These range from popular 2-bedroom townhouses built around a communal swimming pool available from around $100 US per night to an 8-bedroom all-inclusive palace for $2,000 US per night. So when is the best time to book a villa in Koh Samui? Peak season is December to January when rental rates can double from low season prices. It’s recommended to book at least a few months ahead at this time, especially if planning your holiday at christmas or New Year. Bargain hunters should try to book up for the quieter seasons of May to June and October to November. Finally, who do you book with? Doing a Google search for villa rentals will bring up a huge choice of short-term holiday rental agencies and many villa owners have launched their own for rent by owner websites which can cut out the agent’s fee.