There is everything to be said about stunning views, tranquil beaches, warm seas and magnificent sunsets that the Thai island of Koh Samui can offer the wistful investor. It’s natural beauty and charm is attracting a growing number of visitors to this little piece of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand.
The island is the Kingdom’s third largest with established and extensive infrastructure including an international airport that serves Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and routes to Mainland China. Medical tourism is on the increase and the island has several international standard hospitals. Leisure pursuits are almost infinite from eco-tourism and water sports, to shopping and dining. There are several golf courses within easy reach of all hotels.
With its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest it has attracted some of the best luxury resort brands and upscale spas that cater to a more affluent, discerning visitor demographic.
Investing in resort properties as part of a fully managed portfolio is developing into a lucrative niche segment provided that the developer has a good standing track record. As with all investments, independent due diligence is a must for each prospective owner to carry out by themselves.
Koh Samui’s somewhat passive hotel pipeline and controlled airlift are the two largest benefactors to the tourism market.