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Koh Samui is attracting a surge in new property investment, but long-established Samujana remains the pre-eminent, independent, secure estate with 27 bespoke and secluded villas with an ocean vista
As the Thai property market continues to power ahead, there has been a surge of property and hotel investment in Koh Samui over the past 18 months. Within the large luxury villa market on the island, the Samujana estate has been a consistent top performer. The pre-eminent, owner-managed gated estate has as an enviable international reputation for stunning villas with ocean views, award-winning architecture and five-star service.
Since the ﬁrst villa’s completion in 2004, the 18-acre estate has become one of the leading tropical private villa estates in the world. Each villa has been designed by multi-award-winning architect Gary Fell, and boasts open living spaces that embrace the spectacular ocean view, while being sympathetic to the surrounding environment. Unlike other villa developments, each villa is bespoke yet maintains thematic elements of architectural composition to create a unique hillside estate masterpiece.
Samujana’s villas are beautifully equipped. Each has a private infinity pool looking out onto a stunning ocean view. Many have fully equipped gyms, private cinemas, barbecue terraces, and indoor spa treatment rooms. Villa owners have the option of offering their homes for rent year-round or for part of it through the management company’s dedicated reservations and marketing division.
The 27-villa development currently has four new homes listed for sale, starting at $3 million. Resale opportunities are also available, starting at $1million. The villas come with dedicated villa managers and staff, regular maintenance, 24-hour security and the use of the common areas including a beach bar. Optional services include private chefs, nannies, personal assistants, drivers and business support. This structure gives new owners peace of mind that their investment is protected through year-round care and maintenance to a very high standard.
The estate has its own dedicated professional general manager, John Dopéré, and his hospitality and management team are on hand 24/7to deliver ﬁve-star service for villa owners and its cosmopolitan rental guests. “There is a significant shortage of superior-quality residences for sale on the island of Koh Samui,” says Dopéré. “With our exquisite hillside villas commanding some of the best views on Samui, we have a unique offering in terms of both sales and rentals.
“The beautifully established landscaping provides shade and unrivalled privacy. Unlike many other developments, Samujana is not owned or controlled by an international property or resort group, which helps to give the estate its truly unique character.”
The estate is located a mere10 minutes from the airport and close to the major beaches, restaurants and shopping areas in the north eastern part of the island. It contrasts with many of Koh Samui’s other villas, which mainly tend to be individual properties.
Samujana owners enjoy considerable benefits in the co-operative ownership structure of the common areas and management. The long-established, professional operating company that oversees the management reports directly to villas owners. Villa ownership is combined with a leasehold structure over the land and comes with the beneﬁt and security of a shareholding in the management company.
Koh Samui enjoys a well-developed tourism infrastructure with its airport, leisure facilities and proximity to the National Marine Park of Koh Phangan. Samujana’s long-established, vibrant, owner-led estate with its ﬁve-star residences make it one of the most sought after and secure investment opportunities on the island. A significant brand and identity initiative is currently underway to further anchor its position at the top of the market.
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