Connect with us


Across the Land: Luxury villa rentals picking up in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: This year, the luxury villa rental inquiries are coming in early. By March, agents had already started calling around asking for rental rates over the holiday season of December 2017 to April 2018.

Luxury villa rentals over the last two holiday seasons have been somewhat disappointing, with villa owners either not achieving any rentals for their properties at all or conceding a lower rental rate to accommodate the budget of the booking. It was also noted that the length of bookings over the last two holiday seasons, if any, were shorter than previous years.

The holiday season also looked quite positive, with inquiries for rentals coming in strong.

Nearly all of the early inquires are from the Russian market, and with the strengthening of the Russian ruble and US dollar, it looks like the more popular villas could be snapped up faster than expected. Villa rentals, as compared to hotels, are popular among Russian clients as most of them travel with family (and even extended family) during the holiday season. Thus, they require a villa with a minimum of 3-5 bedrooms or more. Most Russian families also tend to cook – especially if they are staying for 1-3 months – so the fact that nearly all villas come with fully equipped kitchens is another plus.

With holiday villas not renting out well during the last two seasons, we expect rental price wars and steep discounts to begin soon, as most villa owners will attempt to secure an early booking for the coming season. For those villa owners who try to hold out for a higher rate or a longer stay, it will probably be a chicken and egg situation about whether to secure an early booking with a lower rate/shorter period or not get a booking during the holiday season if demand dwindles closer to the holidays.

However, if demand continues to increase and most of the holiday villas are booked, then those owners who have held out will get the most favorable rates.

Russian tourists have always been big spenders, with average spend per person being 5,520 baht per day (source: Russian Tourism Market Report – C9 Hotelworks, March 2017).

Average spend takes into account accommodation; food and beverage; retail; and spa and excursions. Last year saw an increase in non-scheduled flights from Russia and this year is looking positive as the Russians are finally starting to flock back to the white sandy beaches of the Andaman.

Amy Koh is the sales manager of Engel & Voelkers Phuket. To contact Amy or for more information, visit

— Amy Koh


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Phuket25 mins ago

“Phuket Sandbox” still on, provincial restrictions set after uptick in Covid-19

Thailand41 mins ago

Thailand News Today | Boss indictment, Pattaya arrests, bubble burst | July 27

Best of1 hour ago

Top 5 bars in Pattaya

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand1 hour ago

UPDATE: Dying Samut Prakan mother tells daughters to go to orphanage

Best of1 hour ago

Top 5 Thai restaurants in Krabi

Drugs2 hours ago

Hong Kong officials seize 61 kilograms of heroin shipped from Bangkok

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of2 hours ago

Koh Pha Ngan’s 5 best resorts

North East2 hours ago

Couple “drops off” Covid infected 80 year old father at Korat temple, drive off

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Phuket officials add new layers of restrictions, Central closed for 7 days

Thailand3 hours ago

Korat construction camp closed following Covid outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 14,150 new cases; provincial totals

Crime4 hours ago

Attorney General still plans to indict Red Bull Heir, cites new ‘evidence’

Best of5 hours ago

5 of the best spa hotels in Hua Hin for a relaxing getaway

Bangkok5 hours ago

Bang Sue walk-in vaccinations for elderly expats to end Saturday

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Special train takes Covid patients home to northeastern Thailand

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8