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 last reviewed this hotel in 2016 and vowed that if we came to Phuket again, we'd stay here. Well we did.
We had another great stay in the same beautiful, zen like surroundings that we had enjoyed two years prior. This is a testament to the maintenance efforts at the property as it didn't look or feel a day older.
The Sala Pool Villa that we stayed in was the perfect spot of 5 nights of relaxation and pampering and absolutely worth the premium over the balcony room that we had enjoyed during the previous stay.
There is very little to do here and that is the beauty of the place, it really fosters a sense of calm and forces you to slow down.
One noticeable difference was the food - a new head chef has been appointed since we last stayed and though the service was still great some of the food was not as great as we remembered - specifically the themed food nights which were essentially all you can eat buffets. One example was a chicken curry and the meat was chicken wings - not what i'd expect from a high end hotel.
That said, we still had an amazing stay and will probably return some time in the future!
My Husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in Thailand and our first stop was Sala Resort! Bad move, because the two hotels we stayed in after SALA just didn’t even come close to the amazing place that SALA is. The staff are amazing, the Garden Villa is absolutely outstanding! Honestly, like Resort heaven. It wasn’t overflowing of people. The food was beautiful. Breakfast is nice enough. The beach was lovely and complimentary kayaks were a great activity! The little huts to the side of the resort towards the beach were amazing for 1 hour massages for $18-$20 AUD. Amazing! Turtle village nearby was not worth a visit, but 3 nights was a perfect amount of time to stay at SALA. Could not recommend more if I tried!!! Perfect perfect place and amazing for honeymooners. I mean they even let you pick your soaps, your pillows etc! 10/10!
We arrived here on a Saturday morning about 90 minutes later than scheduled (Pakistan’s airspace was closed........) but were met by a driver and car with chilled water and a smile. Checked in efficiently and our room was all ready for us (about 10 am).
We had a one bedroom pool villa which was very spacious with the bathroom outdoors. So we spent the first day around our own pool at the villa - sun pretty much all day. That evening we went out on the free shuttle to Turtle Village shops and restaurants. Frankly don’t bother other than to maybe get some beers/soft drinks for your room at the 7/11. The shopping isn’t very great and the restaurants poor too.
We normally eat out of the hotel as it tends to be better food for less money. Here I’d say that’s not so true. Yes it’s cheaper but the food at Sala Mai Khao is so much better than anything I’ve had in a report hotel in Phuket before. Chef Tony and his team delivered excellent food at every meal all week - Thai food, western food and other Asian delights. There is absolutely no need to go out to eat. If you are on a tight budget then yes you’ll get it cheaper but it’s really not worth the effort of finding something sub standard for less money.
Later in the week we had a couple of massages - both excellent and with the discounts they offered very reasonably priced.
The staff are the ones who can really make or break a holiday and the team at Sala were truly fantastic. Always smiling, always happy to see you and to serve you there’s nothing more needs saying really. Well done everyone you are a great team and do yourselves proud by offering the best Thai service.
We would definitely visit again
Yes, this a such a fine Beach Hotel Resort. When you drive into the Resort you ‘now immediately that this is a fine designed location. Very friendly reception, with flowers for your arms and a cool lemon drink, they guide you to your spot. We had an own house with a privat pool. All was just perfect. The service, The housekeeping and al, the facilities you may want for a vacation like this.We noticed the fine management of the personnel. The Manager MsMon (Vimonthree Chaisith) gave us a great feeling to be at the right spot. For us it was a little bit to hot. We are not used to this clima, but we had our pool and the walks at the evening or in the morning. Breakfast was excellent like all others, including the perfect spa. This alone is a treat!
We stayed here for 2 nights in a pool villa.
The pool villa is amazing, super private just as the pictures show. The service is good and the quality of the evening meals was exceptional although I felt they were on the expensive side (250 baht for a bottle of water for example + 17% taxes).
A couple of things that I didn’t like. The breakfast was very disappointing. We had stayed at SALA in Samui and we were expecting the same concept. At SALA Phuket the selection of fruits and beverages was relatively limited and I thought that cakes and pastries were on the dry side. In SALA Samui they also offer a selection of different coffees and frappes, not here. The second thing (not a major issue) was the lobby, it is one of the least inviting hotels I have visited, we actually thought we had arrived via a back entrance. It’s very strange given how nice the actual hotel is.
All in all a good stay, we are planning on visiting Phuket next year and we will definitely consider SALA, but we will have a a look at alternatives first I think.