Samujana: A Picture-Perfect Winter Bolthole on Koh Samui

The pre-eminent, independent, secure estate provides a rental programme, so buyers can try before they invest with a winter holiday.

As the Thai property market continues to power ahead, there has been a surge of property and hotel investment in Koh Samui over the last two years. Within the large luxury villa market on the island, the Samujana estate has been a consistent market leader.

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, and is positioned 10 minutes from the airport and close to the major beaches, restaurants and shopping areas in the North Eastern part of the island. The estate has its own dedicated professional General Manager, John Dopéré, and his hospitality and management team, who are on hand to deliver 24/7, five-star service for villa owners as well as its cosmopolitan rental guests.

From 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 to have open living spaces that embrace the spectacular ocean view, while being sympathetic to the surrounding environment. Unlike other villa developments, each villa is bespoke, but maintains thematic and uniform elements of architectural composition that have led to the creation of a unique, hillside estate masterpiece. 

Samujana’s villas are beautifully equipped to the highest standards. Each has a private infinity pool looking out onto a stunning ocean view. Many have fully-equipped gyms, private cinemas, BBQ terraces, and indoor spa treatment rooms. Villa owners have the option of offering their villa for rent for part of, or all the year through the management company’s dedicated reservations and marketing division.

John Dopéré, General Manager of Samujana commented: There is a significant shortage of superior quality residences for sale on the island of Koh Samui. With our exquisite hillside villas commanding some of the best views on Samui, we have a unique offering in terms of both the sales and rentals.

“The beautifully established landscaping provides shade and unrivaled 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 Samujana estate contrasts with many of Koh Samui’s other villas, which mainly tend to be individual properties. For Samujana owners, there are 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 (as foreign owners aren’t legally allowed to own land) and comes with the benefit and security of a shareholding in the management company.

All 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.

Ten out of the 27-villa estate are currently for sale, starting at $3m. In addition, there are villa resale opportunities available starting at $1million.

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 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.