Samui Real Estate

Most people may know Koh Samui as a holiday destination, with an abundance of luxury hotels and resorts, sandy beaches and dramatic waterfalls. Yet while this all captures the essence of Koh Samui, the island is more diverse than most people would imagine. The island's Real Estate industry is one of the areas in which Koh Samui has developed favourably over the past couple of years with numerous and varied developments being added by experienced and professional developers. Especially after the global financial crisis, the island's real estate sector has caught the attention of investors looking for long term value.

The most popular areas for residential real estate investment generally follow those where commercial centres with shopping opportunities and a happening night life have created a favourable business environment. While this is also the case for Koh Samui real estate, there is the added value of sea views or beach frontage, both of which also play an important role in the value of a given property. Places around Chaweng, Lamai and Bophut beaches are generally higher priced due to the easy access to these popular tourist areas, yet a plot of land close to the beach or on the side of a mountain offering sweeping sea views may also attract high bids, even though there may not be such easy access to shopping or dining choices.

Because Koh Samui is a small island community, its eco system is fairly vulnerable and the continued appeal of the island is dependent on a joint effort by local authorities, developers, end users and tourists. From a property investor's perspective, if the beach near a property is full of litter and murky water, the value of the property is likely to go down. On the other hand, if the property has proper water and waste management facilities the value is likely to go up. More and more developers and investors are acknowledging the importance of a clean environment and sustainable buildings and although they may incur higher costs initially, there is a general trend towards well planned and more sustainable developments.

The variety of Koh Samui Real Estate offerings on the island spans from extensive resort and hotel developments with hundreds of rooms and villas alongside numerous restaurants and recreational facilities to single villas developed and paid for by individual investors. Stand alone villas have become increasingly popular in the last five years as the tourism industry on the island has matured and visitors have opened their eyes to the added benefits of renting a private holiday home to generate yields. For those spending more time in the island, for example IT professionals escaping the European cold, and others who can work from anywhere in the world, serviced apartments are becoming a popular choice, especially resort style condominiums with a range of added services.


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