Resort real estate sales have dropped globally, but properties with good fundamentals, such as the Conrad Koh Samui Residences, will stand up well, says David Simister, chairman of CB Richard Ellis Thailand. 'The combination of a guaranteed yield and professional hotel management offers a secured investment,' he says. The development is located on beach-front land in Phang Ka, on the southwest coast, surrounded by coconut plantations with views over the Gulf of Thailand and the Five Islands. The residences are within 45 minutes' drive of Samui International Airport, with daily connections to Hong Kong. Villa owners can use a range of Conrad-branded resort facilities, including world-class dining, a swimming pool and signature spa, gym, secluded private beach and concierge services. The 32 residential pool villas are part of the Conrad Koh Samui, due to open later this year. Two-bedroom and three-bedroom villas are priced from US$1.3 million to US$2.6 million. Claire Brown Realty offers Sukha Samui, a luxury wellness resort and spa, featuring 38 Zen Suites, available for sale and optional lease back. A shift from the traditional resort model towards the health and wellness industry puts Sukha in a position to capitalise on this growing trend, Brown says. She expects multiple market groups will ensure high occupancy levels. 'A lot of traditional wellness retreats are at polar ends of the scale - either amateurish and poorly equipped, or extremely expensive.' she says. Sukha Samui will be a totally chic environment designed by Palladio in Kuala Lumpur (designer of the award-winning Verve Suites), so this really is a cutting-edge concept and executed to the finest standards.' Prices start at US$95,000 for a 33-square-metre suite, and US$150,000 for a more lavish Zen Suite of 50 square metres, with a private entrance and garden terrace. Brown adds that British citizens can purchase Sukha Samui properties through their pension schemes to enjoy a 40 per cent tax rebate. Claire Brown Realty also has an investment offering at the Koh Samui Country Club, which launched in Hong Kong last month, with prices from US$139,000.