Arm yourself with this comprehensive property buyer’s guide to navigate through the most attractive budget to mid-priced Villas for Sale in Koh Samui, Thailand. We’ve showcased our favourite contemporary and tropical style villas for sale on the market in Koh Samui.
Thailand Real Estate Investment
The tourist hot spot of Thailand is world-renowned for nightlife, tourist attractions, unique culture, and of course, pristine beaches. With an economy heavily reliant on tourism, foreign and local developers see strong investment potential in building residential and rental properties across the country, catering to a buoyant property investment market.
Thai capital Bangkok is the most popular city and a major draw for tourists thanks to its transport links, vibrant lifestyle, and things to do. It is also the business hub of Thailand. However, Bangkok can get quite overpopulated, with heavt congestion and pollution. There is also considered an ‘oversupply in the budget and mid-priced condominium market, which is why tourists, Thais, and overseas investors and developers look beyond the capital for more attractive options. One of the top islands is Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand.
About Koh Samui
The tropical island of Koh Samui is hailed by many as the perfect holiday hotspot. Due to its location by the gulf, Koh Samui enjoys pristine coastline beaches, and calm waters. The untouched nature is a big draw for those looking to escape city life.
In the past, Koh Samui has been renowned mostly just as a holiday destination for families but things have changed. Koh Samui has transformed into ‘a real estate gem’ for property investors and developers looking to build luxury resorts, and hotels for a more affluent market.
Prices have been rising at a steady 5-10% year-on-year and Koh Samui finds itself in favour as a first choice among British and Hong Kong expats, particularly for holiday properties, luxury rentals, and private residences. It has become the second most vibrant island real estate development after Phuket,
Koh Samui’s airport has excellent air links to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, after Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Koh Samui’s international airport processes millions of flyers annually, with three new routes planned linking China. This creates more foreign investor opportunities with quicker access to Koh Samui’s potential. This is also true for tourist visits.
Koh Samui’s untouched nature is a major pull for investors. Idyllic beaches, jungle backdrops, and culture, within minutes of first-class amenities, like eateries, bars and attractions. Koh Samui also has strict laws that protect its environment – no building may rise above 12 metres ensuring panoramic sea views are enjoyed by all.
The Global Property Report indicates Thailand’s property market has grown 5 - 10% between 2016 and 2020, continuing its solid investment rating for the foreseeable future. COVID-19 aside, Koh Samui still maintains its place as a relatively inexpensive luxury holiday destination, compared to Europe.
Thailand’s rental yields are also among the highest across Asia. This translates to impressive returns in the luxury property market, where yields of 8-10% are very achievable. It has been steadily growing strongly since 2013, along with i infrastructure improving. These include better schools, transport options, hospitals, and other facilities. This makes it an ideal investment for Luxury Property for Sale as a permanent residency and retirement.
Although tourism is greatly affected due to the pandemic, the real estate market remains attractive long-term. The tropical island has enforces strict building codes meaning the chance of Koh Samui becoming an overcrowded tourist red-zone is slim. Koh Samui projects steady growth through 2021.
Ready to invest in Koh Samui’s best real estate opportunities is 2021? Here are some of the most desirable Koh Samui villas for sale.
1) Luxury 3-Bed Sea View Villas on Chaweng Noi Bay
Located in the Chaweng Noi hills, this contemporary 3-bed villa enjoys ocean views, tropical greenery, and makesfor an ideal island getaway in a prime location place.
Built into the hillside, the villa offers plateaued sections at the front and back for private gardens – a first for this kind of property. Interiors are open-plan with a well-equipped kitchen, surrounded by large windows. Featuring bathrooms with separate shower, tub, twin vanity units, and natural rock boulders integrated into the structure, this stylish residence is superb value, particularly as it’s only 5 minutes from Chaweng Noi Beach and 15minutes to the airport.
2) Luxury 3 Bed Villa Sea View Residence in Chaweng Noi
This modern ocean view pool villa is one of the latest Chaweng Noi developments. It has a very stylish, contemporary feel. It comes with unique designed roofs, an open-layout for the dining and living room area. This creates a perception of a larger floor area, which illuminates the room to greater effect.
The outdoor terrace is the main attraction. The deck extends to the pool Sala’s seating area, offering fine ocean and greenery views, creating a perfect spot for al fresco gatherings such as a BBQ. This well-regarded project was built by a successful local developer.
3) Tropical Modern 3-Bedroom Sea View Villa in Lamai
This Thai-inspired modern 3-bedroom villa has a chic and tropical feel, perched on a hillside unlocking stunning ocean vistas. This island home located in Lamai enjoys a large, open plan living area, lounges on both sides for the pool deck or shaded garden, and luxury kitchen facilities. This villa is seamlessly designed for entertaining, with a comfortable corner TV lounge, breakfast bar, poolside dining and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining.
It has tasteful furnishings, with stone floors and natural wood fixtures. The lavish semi-open en suite bathrooms with outdoor showers are an eye-catching feature of his villa. It is a stylish option for a luxury permanent island home or as an idyllic rental property.
4) Tropical 2-3 Bedroom Villa in Lamai
This tropical Koh Samui villa is a fine alternative for people seeking a more secluded, private, tropical hideaway. of their own. It's tucked away in a coconut grove in peaceful Lamai, on a 440-square-metre plot. The residential estate is safe and fully enclosed
Via full-height sliding glass doors, the spacious open-plan living and dining space enjoys a view of the private pool. It has a fully equipped contemporary kitchen with breakfast bar, a private terace, a swimming pool, and a covered seating. This villa is ideal for a peaceful holiday home or an excellent value villa investment rental option.
5) 3 Bedroom Sea View Luxury Pool Villas in Bophut
Bohput is situated near the beach around coconut groves, making this 3-bed luxury pool villa a steal for savvy investors seeking a safe, tropical hideaway that is still accessible to amenities. This luxurious Koh Samui home is set in an exclusive community with an ultra-modern, minimalist style and cutting-edge fixtures.
In addition to the open-plan living and dining space, the villa provides an outstanding view of the big, infinity-edge pool and terrace area. It also features a stylish sunken seating area by the pool, ideal for relaxation. It makes for an ideal permanent home in a very desirable location.
6) 3 Bedroom Luxury Villas in Chaweng Noi
This elegant Chaweng Noi hills villa gives undisturbed views of the ocean across two levels, with a sky terrace on a third storey that overlooks Chaweng bay. This is has fine investment potential for people searching for a more rustic ambiance with acacia-wood columns, a homely interior, hardwood beds, plush soft furnishings, and an open-plan living and dining space with a fully-equipped kitchen.
Each double bedroom features an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and rain shower, and the outside space includes a spacious sun deck, swimming pool with sun loungers and a lush garden. This property can be purchased fully furnished.
7) Stylish 3-4 Bed Sea View Villas in Chaweng
The sky terrace of this impressive property unlocks a stunning view of the sea. The Zen-like modern beach home design boasts arty interior design in natural earth tones with hard-wood fixtures and a fully-equipped western-style kitchen.
This chic villa comprises an open-plan living and dining area, an infinity pool, roof-bar patio area, sun loungers and more. It is offered completely furnished and designed to a very high standard yet is very competitively priced.
8) Minimalistic 4-Bedroom Sea View Villa in Chaweng Noi
Minimalistic does not always imply simplicity, as this sumptuous 4-bed sea view property in Chaweng Noi demonstrates. The lofty vaulted ceilings of this grand home are accented with stone elements, natural wood, soft furnishings, and the occasional stone or earth. The open-plan kitchen includes premium appliances along with a breakfast bar. The en-suite bathrooms are high-end, with spacious walk-in closet in each.
Outdoors is an infinity-edge pool, sala, and BBQ seating area overlooking spectacular views of nature and the sea.. Given its size, premium quality and price, it makes for an excellent investment as a residential home or vacation property, with strong rental returns.
9) Charming 3-Bedroom Modern Pool Villas in Maenam
This modern pool villa is a secluded hdeaway within a gated community, only two kilometres from the Maenam white sand beach. This tropical luxury abode features an impressive stone-clad facade, rustic fittings, a swimming pool, and pristine landscaping in a Balinese style. Outside is dotted with Buddha statues, a private lawn, natural rock features, lush palms, and sun loungers.. The 149-square-metre modern layout features a large lounge and a dining area. The bedrooms, each with an individual en-suite bathroom, open on to a poolside patio.
These luxurious pool villas are still under construction, and will be fully equipped and furnished. This stunning property may be purchased turn-key (ready to move in or rent out straight away), making it a good rental investment.
10) Modern Beachside 3 Bed Sea View Villa in Hua Thanon
This stylish villa is ideal for people looking for an investment property to rent out or for a modern beachside residence. This contemporary retreat is just a few metres from Nahai Beach, unlocking stunning ocean views from its secluded setting. It has three double bedrooms and built across two levels, with Balinese architecture, elegant antiques, and a high-end western-style granite kitchen.
The open-plan living area with large windows provide a light and airy interior, opening on to a private pool beside a sandstone terrace, with a sala pavilion and loungers. It’s perfectly designed for entertaining and outdoor dining.
11) Modern 2-Bedroom Sea View Villa in Chaweng Noi
For stunning sea-views on the private Chaweng Noi hillside, this contemporary 2-bedroom sea view villa by an award-winning developer is a highly sought-after investment.
The open-plan living space comprises a dining area at one end and a spacious kitchen at the other. Its modern tropical look is evident throughout, characterised by the natural granite boulders at the corners of the bedrooms and bathrooms, which each twin vanity units, and separate bathtubs with shower. The villas are competitively priced, given their size, quality, and highly-desirable location, only a 5-minute drive from Chaweng Noi beach.
12) Contemporary Headland 3 Bed Villa on Taling Ngam
Be greeted at this contemporary headland 3-bed villa by a panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand. The open-plan living and dining area has a neutral colour palette artfully replicates the tropical landscape outside while keeping the inside sleek and clutter-free. It has a split-level mezzanine, outdoor sala, al-fresco dining deck and inviting infinity pool. This fully-managed villa is an excellent investment option whether you wish to settle in right away or rent it out year-round. It is located on a headland in southern Koh Samui.
13) New Modern 3 Bedroom Sea View Pool Villa in Bophut
This contemporary villa residence is located in a tranquil area of Bophut, which maintains its old-world charm. This home is cleverly built to accentuate the natural beauty of Bophut. The living area opens up onto a spectacular view through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors.
The terrace leads to the impressive infinity pool. The villa houses a western-style kitchen with an island, breakfast bar, and an outside dining area. The purchaser will enjoy a home in a prime location the will continue to grow steadily in value.
14) Panoramic 3 Bed Luxury Sea view Villa in Chaweng Hills
This delightful home perched on the Chaweng hillside wass created by a successful developer showcasing unique construction. This modern home has strong, straight contrasting with the tropical accents. It effortlessly matches the contours of the terrain.
The villa also has a chic yet cosy open-plan living room area with its major focal point extending towards the spacious terrace and an inviting infinity-edge pool
15) Contemporary 5 Bedroom Beachfront Villa in Bang Por
This beachfront property is ideal summer getaway residence, located beside the private beach of Bang Por. This idyllic location provides easy beachfront access while also being accessible to the island's many amenities and dining venues.
This luxury five-bedroom home features ensuite bathrooms, a luxury equipped contemporary kitchen, furnished lounge area and pool, BBQ aes, and its own private pool. It is an outstanding investment opportunity with a high rental potential due to the generous size facilities on offer. The view is also spectacular.
16) Charming 3 Bedroom Modern Pool Villa in Bangrak
When searching for quality real estate investments, a key consideration is its proximity to the beach, the airport, or any restaurants nearby. Bangrak, ticks all the boxes. This particular property is a mere 5 minutes away from the airport or the nearest ferry pier, although it enjoys seclusion. This modern villa, characterised by minimal elements, has a cosy ambience, with its use of tropical furniture to induce a similar vibe indoors. Large enough for a family, it comes with 3 fully air conditioned bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, a Western-style kitchen with an open layout and a private pool.
This functional property requires very little upkeep as well, making it ideal for a second home investment.
17) New Modern 4 Bed Private Pool Villa in Tranquil Lamai
This private 4-bedroom villa in Lamai is a tranquil escape amid beautiful Koh Samui scenery. This bungalow-style home comes equipped with an open-plan living room and dining area and kitchen.. Outdoors, the terrace contains a lounging area that surrounds the infinity pool. Being a walled property, the lush andscaped garden offers a tranquil, tropical vibe.
Being close to shopping, and dining,it is also another popular area for property investors who like convenience and easy accessibility.
18) Sumptuous 4 Bed Sea View Pool Villa in Taling Ngam
There are stunning panoramic sea views from every vantage point. The open spaces throughout the home produce a welcoming feel. The outside patio, equipped with sun loungers, is perfect for simple relaxation with family or entartaining.
It is an ideal investment for big families or renting to large groups - providing a seamless balance between shared and open spaces with private en-suite bedrooms. There is an open-plan living room, an outdoor sala, as well as an impressive infinity pool. This unique villa presents a highly attractive rental investment or private permanent residence.
19) Luxury 3 Bedroom Bali-style Pool Villa in Maenam
Exuding a true holiday home with natural breezes, tsunlight, and just a few steps away from a cannonball, this modern villa in the town of Maenam is perfect for those looking to leave the city life behind. This spacious fully furnished 4-bedroom villa comes with 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large Western-style kitchen and dining room area.
The saltwater swimming pool is a few steps away from the terrace, overlooking mountain views. The property is split over two levels. This villa remains at a competitive price given its fine location and amenities.
20) Luxury 2 Bedroom Sea View Pool Villas in Maenam
This luxury development in Maenam consists of two detached villas which provide a stunning views of the sea. A single-level villa with a contemporary layout and design comprises two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a guest bathroom, a fully equipped modern kitchen, and an open plan living area.
Compared to other developments, this one has no development fees and the buyer will have free-reign to design and transform the interiors. This offers great investment potential at this price and boasts , a prime location.
Some Final Advice
Koh Samui, like Phuket, is highly praised its tropical ambience and a famed vacation hotspot for travellers eager to get away from the city. The more populous regions of the island, such as Bophut and Chaweng, are at the heart of the Koh Samui property market. However, the whole island of Koh Samui, as well as its numerous hillside and beachfront settings, provide diverse options, unrivalled when compared to regions such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beijing.
Investing in a property that’s in a private, secure, well-maintained, and ideally affluent neighborhood is highly recommended. As of today, only 30 to 40 percent of hotels in major Thai destinations are operational, such as Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui. Despite the Covid-19 disruption,(check out our Covid Deals), these islands still boast unbeatable weather and luxurious, natural living all year around.
Invest in a property in these areas today and start reaping the benefits in just a few years!