Koh Samui, an exotic island holiday destination in Thailand's Gulf, offers some of the best beaches in Asia and truly stunning sea and island views, making it one of the best East Asian destinations to enjoy a luxury villa rental holiday with exceptional tropical views. Samui sea view villas are dotted around the island with the largest density within the busy northeast of the island, specifically the Bophut and Maenam hills, Plai Laem, and the hills above Chaweng and Chaweng Noi. Typical sea view villas have two to six bedrooms with views which range from partial views to complete 360 degree panoramas and rental rates ranging from approximately $150 to $1,500 USD every night. But simply what level of luxury can you expect in return for your hard-earned cash?
At the top end, you will probably pay between $600 and $1,500 USD per night for any top-class, luxury, three to five bedroom hilltop villa with panoramic views. For this price you would expect the villa to have uniquely designed, stunning interiors with only the most opulent in furnishings, artwork and fittings. These villas can be fully staffed with the latest in electronic lighting and top-end entertainment systems with a villa manager to take care of every single wish. At the opposite end, you can expect an inferior, two to four bedroom villa with swimming pool and good to excellent sea views, though not panoramic, for around $300 to $600 USD per night which would include daily cleaning.
Rental rates for villas on Koh Samui are highly seasonal. Most of the smaller, medium-budget villas have a high season from December to April and July to September, mid-season from May to June and October to December and high season during Christmas and New Year. The greater luxurious, hilltop panoramic view villas have four different rental rates which consider Asian festivals for example Chinese Year or Songkran (Thai Year) when rental rates can sky-rocket.
The best times to look for a bargain are September to mid-December and also the months of May and June. The annual monsoon arrives right at the end of the year, usually in November, so booking during the middle of the year should offer better weather. At these times, the majority of luxury sea view villas offers low-season rates and often has free night promotions such as stay four nights and pay for only three.This is a great time to pick up a good deal on a reduced occupancy rate as you can often save about 20%, for instance, on booking a five bedroom villa with only six guests who require using three bedrooms only.