SALA Phuket Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Private pools in 63 of the 79 villas and suites
- One of the most dramatic settings in Phuket, on pristine Mai Khao Beach
- A rooftop dining area where tables “float” on a reflection pond above the restaurant
What To Know
- Shuttle service from the airport costs about $28
- Published rates include a resort fee
- Pets are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On Phuket’s northwest shore near famed Phang Nga Bay, SALA Phuket combines unique architecture with modern luxury hotel facilities like 32-inch LCD TVs and home entertainment systems. The bathrooms in the 79 suites and villas—no regular rooms here—are open air, with outdoor showers and bathtubs. Speaking of soaking, the spa is a contemporary temple to wellness that offers both traditional Thai rituals and skin care treatments using Clarins products from France. As befits a resort that exudes romance, meals can be had at the striking restaurants or in villas or a choice of secluded locations around the property.
In the Area
Located on pristine Mai Khao beach, the hotel is just 20 minutes from the international airport and near Blue Canyon Country Club, which has what Tiger Woods deems to be one of the best golf courses he’s ever played on. Sirinat National Park is also nearby, and is one of the island’s largest and most unspoiled nature areas. For those who prefer their aquatic adventures to be more controlled, Splash Jungle Water Park is said to be Thailand’s wettest, wildest water park.
How to Get There
We had a Garden Pool Villa: spacious with a patio and large pool (almost 10m long), very private because enclosed by walls. Unfortunately, the air condition is quite noisy. We had to switch it off when we were in the patio or in the pool.
The design of the whole site is rather "functional", the garden is not exceptional.
The beach is beautiful, almost no people, there are always enough free sunbeds available.
The breakfast buffet is sparse (not comparable with other hotels of this category).
The menu is a bit limited and expensive by Thai standards. Unfortunately, there are no alternatives nearby.
The service is generally very good, friendly, the staff speaks good English (except housekeeping).
Housekeeping is understaffed, so the gardener (in work clothes) helps to put the bed on.
We once had a problem with the food, to which General Manager Anthony reacted very professionally.
We visited Sala Phuket when it was heavily raining and stayed for one night prior to flying out. The hotel is about 30 mins to the International Airport and this convenience was fantastic. As an overnight or a day pit stop - this hotel is great.
The open air lobby, open lounges, common public areas and the pool villa were good. The hotel is about 10 + years old and you can see that it is tired and definitely needs a good refurb.
The staff are very friendly. You are restricted to one restaurant and room service. The prices are on the upper side and expensive. The food quality and taste was good.
The Breakfast was very busy. Everyone is shoved into a small section within the one restaurant. Tea/coffe and a la carte orders were very slow - although the staff are very friendly.
The Turtle Village and Mai Khao Plaza are about 5 mins drive away and there are free shuttles all the time to and fro. These are small shopping centers with several F&B eateries and way more economical than your in house prices.
I would definitely stay back as a transit stop provided the room rates are still kept reasonable, otherwise there are other plenty options in Mai Khao. The hotel is small and that has its advantage.
If the hotel could be refurbed/slicked up and provided another F&B offering - this would be a great choice.
As a regular to Phuket I often get away to visit different hotels and beaches around the island. Mai Khao was the one left on the list and Sala came highly recommended.
It is now a firm favourite and I’ll be back. Amazing food, rooms are excellent, it feels small and cosy with great service. It’s close to the airport and has some great day trip activities you can take advantage of, both group and private. WiFi works flawlessly throughout and the f&b options are some of the best in Phuket. Often the western offerings are a let down even in 5 star establishments in Thailand, but Chef Tony from the uk has got the kitchen well drilled with some excellent lunch and dinner options and not to mention a fully a la carte breakfast menu.
Top marks for a great hotel.