Over the past few years, Koh Samui has reinvented itself as one of the most prestigious and fashionable Thai islands. While there is no shortage of high-end hotels to be found, the savvy travellers looking for something a little unique and special are increasingly opting to stay in private villas instead. These tend to be found in the most stunningly beautiful parts of the island – and how better to enjoy such a location than to do so without any interruption from other guests?
Here is all you need to know about the many advantages of choosing a private villa instead of a hotel on Koh Samui.
1) It Is Fantastic Value
Whether you are looking to enjoy a honeymoon, anniversary, or mark any other significant occasion in a truly unique style, one of the first factors to weigh up is always going to be the expense involved. Surprising as it may sound, top of the range private villas on Koh Samui work out at around US$150-200 per room per night. So a five bedroom villa with all the amenities anyone would wish for (more on this below) is going to total at about $1000/day during peak season. By comparison, most five star hotels on the island will quote that rate for their most basic rooms, and often charge extra for use of additional facilities.
2) Private Means Private!
Most private villas will be set in their own enclosed grounds. Some will offer hillside panoramas and others may be literally a few meters from their own private beach! Either way, whichever villa suits your requirements all of the facilities/amenities are for your own exclusive enjoyment. Expect the pool and gardens/grounds to be cleaned and maintained on a daily basis, and the majority of the villas also offer the services of local housekeeping staff such as cooks and maids. This freedom adds a level of freedom that few hotels can ever hope to match, and you needn’t worry about the room next door taking up your places by the pool!
3) As For The Pools…
Each luxury villa on Koh Samui will come with a pool – and in most cases, these will be pretty substantial! Many of the hillside villas will now come complete with infinity pools, offering a glorious way to take in sunsets over the coastal vista. Hot-tubs are pretty much standard with any villa, although you will likely only be needing these if taking in some nocturnal bathing. Homes closest to the beach will usually have pools that provide access straight towards the sea/private beach area.
4) You’ll Be Near The Beach!
Chances are that you and your group will be looking to make the most of your private villa, but it’d be crazy not to also spend plenty of time at the beach as well. Whether your villa has a private section or not, finding a private villa near the beach is highly recommended whichever part of the island you find yourself in. The Koh Samui beaches are among the most beautiful on the planet, and being able to stroll between the villa and beach in just a few minutes is something which makes this kind of holiday so uniquely memorable.
5) Expect Absolute Luxury
Most high-end private villas on Koh Samui will be one-of-a-kind designs, often in an art-deco open plan style. It is common for the larger villas to include more than one pool, and has additional features such as home cinemas, adult games rooms, bars, and even a dance floor! The majority of rooms will also be en-suite, have double/king/queen sized beds as standard and feature a kitchen (often with stocked fridges/freezers if notified in advance). It is a good idea for larger groups to take up the offer of a maid for the duration of their stay to keep on top of the housekeeping.
Elite private villas on Koh Samui are an affordable alternative to premium grade hotels that offer a level of freedom and flexibility that simply cannot be found elsewhere. If you are looking for somewhere to stay when visiting one of the most beautiful islands on earth, it makes sense both practically and financially to look into these options. Experiencing a ‘movie star’ lifestyle without any of the assorted hassles is what these kind of breaks are all about, and there is no finer location to take a taste of such luxury.