Koh Samui. Just the name of this Thai island seems to exude pure and utter luxury. You would be forgiven for thinking that a trip to this tropical paradise is only for the very, very wealthy.
You would also be wrong.
If you know where to look, you can find luxury accommodation in Koh Samui without wrecking your budget. Not convinced? Check out these eight Koh Samui villas that could be yours for under USD $500 a night. To give some perspective: as some villa sleep up to 12 guests, you could bag a luxury villa for less than $50 per person per night.
1. Ban Nai Fan
Ban Nai Fan is a three-bedroom villa with a magnificent private pool overlooking the Andaman Sea in Choeng Mon. Because Cheong Mon Beach is only five minutes away, you get a healthy balance of poolside bliss and beach life. The villa can also be booked as a two-bedroom option.
Prices start from USD $352 per night for a two-bedroom villa for up to four guests.
2. Bacay Villa
Bacaya Villa is in great company with a beachfront location overlooking Koh Samui’s famous Big Buddha. Needless to say, the views from the villa are simply stunning. Bacaya Villa has two bedrooms, a spacious pool and a great location in Bophut. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the pool, a visit to the night market at nearby Fisherman’s Village is an absolute must.
Prices start from USD $447 per night for a two-bedroom villa for up to four guests.
3. Baan Sijan
If you’re looking for amazing value in Koh Samui, Baan Sijan is the way to go. The five-bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 guests and prices start as low as $385 a night! Baan Sijan is located in Nathon. You can reach Lipa Noi Beach in 15 minutes or simply enjoy the in-house facilities which include a private pool, gym and a spa.
Prices start from USD $385 per night for a five-bedroom villa for up to 12 guests.
4. Villa Maeve
Villa Meave has an inviting blue pool and a convenient location by the beach: a five-minute stroll and you’re treated to amazing views of Koh Phangan. Villa Meave has three bedrooms and a massive flatscreen TV perfect for a movie night with the family.
Prices start from USD $462 per night for a two-bedroom villa for up to four guests.
Emerald Sands Beach Villa is a beachfront villa with a glorious modern design boasting endless windows and picture-perfect views. The private pool has a shallow end perfect for the kids and the three bedrooms offer enough room for up to eight guests. If you’re looking for family-friendly accommodation, check out our list of the best family villas in Koh Samui.
Prices start from USD $330 per night for a three-bedroom villa for up to five guests.
Villa Seven Swifts offers amazing views of the ocean and ample room for the whole family with rooms spread over three floors. The five bedrooms include a twin room ideal for the kids. The infinity pool has awesome views and includes a Jacuzzi. The villa sits on a headland between Bophut and the Big Buddha. The best part? You can reach the beach through a private walkway.
Prices start from USD $418 per night for a five-bedroom villa for up to 12 guests.
Baan Bua Sawan is a stunning split-level property housing Thai antiques and curated art. The four-bedroom villa has a massive private pool and boasts beautiful views of the ocean. And it doesn’t exactly hurt that both Chaweng Beach and the extraordinary Big Buddha are within a few minutes from the villa.
Prices start from USD $470 per night for a two-bedroom villa for up to 6 guests.
8. Baan Buaa
Baan Bua is a three-bedroom villa with a beautifully authentic Thai design. The villa has a spacious blue pool shaded by palm trees. You can enjoy the tropics to the fullest courtesy of the exotic outdoor showers (don’t worry, there’s still plenty of privacy). Best of all, the villa sits just a few steps from Nahai Beach.
Prices start from USD $330 per night for a three-bedroom villa for up to 7 guests.