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“Delicious food, private pool” 5 of 5 stars
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SALA Phuket Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   333 Moo 3 Mai Khao Beach, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand   |  
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“Delicious food, private pool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Stayed in the Sala Pool Villa, which came with a private pool, outdoor shower, bathtub and toilet. I really enjoyed taking a shower under the blue sky, with the light breeze blowing around. There are curtains that you can pull to divide the outdoor area into sections, and for a little privacy if you want to do your "business" without your villa-mate being witness to it. You'll still have to put up with the lizards peeking at you though. Noted that no mozzies made an appearance for the duration of our stay, although you may pick up a couple of sandfly bites around the cafe/main pool area.

Breakfast a la carte buffet is hit and miss though generally good. Some dishes are better than others, and it depends on who is making it that morning. I ordered a lovely waffle that was nice and crisp around the edges, but when I ordered it again the following morning, it was soggy.

Food at lunch and dinner is a little pricey, but portions are adequately filling. The fish with lime juice and chili is delicious (my mouth is watering at the memory), kurobuta porkchop got two thumbs up, but the Fisherman's Catch we had on Sunday was lacklustre and seafood was powdery (not very fresh, would not recommend). They have movie screenings on the lawn on some nights, accompanied by fresh popcorn.

We had requested a private pool with lots of sun, but failed to specify that we wanted evening sun (not morning), thus could only use the pool in the morning as it was too chilly to swim in after about 3pm. Noted that several other villas have trees overlooking the pools, which looks great but probably makes the pool a little too cold to lounge about in. This is not too much of a hardship given that the main public pool gets sun throughout the day and is nice and warm and long enough to do laps.

The gym has a dumbbell rack, weights machines, and treadmills, but no squat rack or barbells. There's a spa and sauna, but we didn't manage to get round to giving those a try. Bikes are free to borrow at the poolside, but don't come in many sizes, so you can't be terribly picky if it doesn't really fit you. Also, they stop loaning them out after 5.30pm, so gets yours early and don't be a bike hog. ;) Took a short bike ride to Turtle Village, where there's a supermarket in the basement for snacks, drinks and ice cream.

The stretch of beach is quiet and peaceful. The sand is not powdery white though, so don't come expecting that. The water isn't all that clear either. It was actually nicer to sit in the swings facing the sea and watch the sun set (gorgeous!). The massage hut on the beach charges THB500 for a massage; didn't try it, but this is cheaper than the in-house spa.

I would definitely come back here for the private pool and outdoor shower, and next time I'd be more specific about the direction the villa faces. The staff are generally attentive, although can be hard to wave one down during peak hour meal times. We actually have a nickname for Leo at the restaurant (he's Mr. Smiley to us). Frankly, there's not a lot I can really complain about, it really was a very relaxing stay and I would recommend it to friends and family in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Dear Signature TravelingGlutton, thank you both ever so much for writing such a wonderfully concise yet detailed review of your vacation at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa in one of our SALA Signature Pool villas. It’s so pleased to read so many positive comments and that you enjoyed so much the freedom of your outdoor bathroom experience. We have shared your review with our team and have raised the consistence comments you mentioned to which we will strive to eradicate in our continual efforts to improve on all aspects of our guest’s stay with us. Thank you again and please do let us know when you wish to return. All our best wishes for this Chinese New Year of the Horse, the SALA Management.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

For those who want to enjoy real nature, good and stylish ambience and amazing phad thai sea food *must have to try)
THE ONE AND ONLY PLACE FOR ME IN PHUKET!
The only one thing i would change- the music in restaurant is to noisy sometimes.
The style of the hotel- lounge, and i think they should keep this lounge and relax ambience.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Dear Signature OLGAPAPINA, thank you ever so much for choosing to stay with us at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa. We are so pleased you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we look forward very much to welcoming you both back in the near future. Our best regards for the year ahead the SALA Management
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Having previously stayed at the Sala Samui I decided to book a stay at the Sala Phuket. I was not disappointed.

When we checked in porters appeared as if by magic to whisk our bags away and get us checked in. The entrance to the resort sets the tone for the tranquility that awaits.

We stayed in a Sala Pool Villa which was a great size with plenty of room and a perfect pool. The outdoor bathroom is wonderful with plenty of space and a double basin. Privacy is good and make for a relaxing stay.

The beach is spectacular - one of the best I have seen. The public areas of the resort are excellent with a large pool, plenty of sun loungers and good service from the staff when you want a drink or refreshments.

The breakfast area outside which is the restaurant in the evening is lovely. However, the inside area feels more cafeteria like. The selection at breakfast is a bit disappointing with a lack of choice and not enough change day to day. I did feel it wasn't in line with the rest of the standards of the resort and didn't live up to the selection at the Samui property.

The bar and restaurant in the evening are a relaxing place to be with good food although the service could be a little mixed but was generally good.

What impressed me most about Sala Samui was the very personal level of service and how friendly everyone was. I would say that the Sala Phuket doesn't quite achieve that which is a shame and may partly be because it is larger. However, it is a larger more modern property with excellent facilities and I would happily return there.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Signature Speedbird747, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a splendid review and for choosing to stay with us at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa. It’s so lovely to hear you enjoyed our beach so much, it’s the longest and most undeveloped in Phuket stretching for over 15kms and is protected being it’s part of the Sirinath National Park. We have ensured our team have all seen your review and that you are both such big fans of both us and our sister property SALA Samui. We also have smaller boutique resorts in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai and opening soon Ayutthaya a little later this year. We hope the weather back in the south of England improves for you. Thank you again and we shall look forward to giving you our warm SALA welcome upon your return, the SALA Management.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We stayed in the Sala Resort and Spa the first last days of January 2014. It was a beautiful property with totally thoughtful details. From the water features at the entrance, to the charm to hang on your entry for privacy - every detail was special. The public restroom had birdcages to toss your used hand towels, the suitcase stand was an old travel trunk. All of these small details added up to a unique experience in an otherwise fabulous compound. We had a 2 bedroom suite. Each bedroom was the same size with an outdoor bathroom attached. There was also a livingroom and extra bathroom/shower next to it. All rooms opened to the private pool which was just deep enough to cover your shoulders in most places and a shallow area for sitting. The pool for our room (79) got lots of sun. There was also a little outdoor seating area by the pool with an overhead fan. Restaurant/public pool was just outside our door, and the beach was just past that (about 100 meters away). All VERY nice.

Staff was extremely friendly (as are almost all Thai people). Always happy and smiling. I can highly recommend this place if you are looking for a quiet relaxing time. I might recommend heading to Patong for more of an urban / going out area of Phuket.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Signature djordan777, wow – it’s so wonderful to read your beautiful review on yours and your friends enjoyment of your 2 bedroom pool villa suite. It’s so pleasing that you all thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay and in particular the finer details of our award winning design. Thank you again and we wish you all the very best for the remainder of the year and look forward to you all returning in the near future. Our best regards the SALA Management
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We are well traveled and not easy to please. Three of us just spent a few glorious days here in a two bedroom private pool villa. It was so amazing I don't even know where to start. The grounds are immaculate; the modern architecture was very attractive. It was like a mini compound where all the doors from each bedroom and the living room open to the pool. The garden style bathrooms are as long as each room and are all open air with an outdoor type shower (although still very private). There is also a third bathroom and shower by the living room and pool. There beach front is not as turquoise blue as in other parts of Phuket, but is exclusive and pristine. The staff is friendly and attentive as you would expect from the Thai people. I did not want to leave.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Signature Joe7e7, thank you for choosing to stay at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa with your friends and for writing such a splendid review on your few days with us enjoying your 2 bedroom pool villa suite. We have shared you lovely review with our team and really look forward to you and your friends returning. All the very best for the year ahead the SALA Management
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

... Thank you for the most relaxing holiday I ever had! The Hotel is located in such a beautiful location, with a quite Beach and refreshing ocean at your doorstep! The staff is very friendly and they make you feel like home away from home! The food at the Restaurant is very good but if you want to have some "real" local food, you can find it very close by as well!
If you are looking for party and crowded beaches dont come to sala- it takes about an Hour to get down to Patong- the hotel offers trips to phuket city and patong (and many more) but we were so happy to come back to sala after a visit to patong beach :)
I will be back for sure!! Thank you

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Signature steff_Perth, it’s so wondrous to read that you had such a splendid time at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa and you enjoyed so much the peace and tranquility of our setting in Sirinath National Park. We shall look forward to welcoming you back upon your return. All the best the SALA Management
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We chose this resort after staying at Sala Samui in Koh Samui and the resort was just as good. The restaurant food was absolutely great, the Thai night was particularly good much to our surprise as we are not ones for theme buffets but it was set up like street stalls with individual carts which cooked a specialty from different areas of Thailand to order. The breakfast was not as good as Sala Samui's but was good all the same. The restaurant and bar areas are especially nice with day bed along the front of the bar to chill out with a drink and relax.
We had a Sala pool villa which was a good size and well maintained, I agree with the people who said the tiles were very slippery although on the main walkway they have put on a net sort of covering which was good.
The beach was the best I have seen in Thailand so far, beautiful white sandy beach and blue water which had small waves.
Be aware that unlike many resorts in Phuket there are no sunloungers allowed on the beach as it is a national park which is a pity, in fact there are no views from the resort at all except if you have a booked dinner upstairs. The pool areas have been done beautifully to compensate for this and the iced tea which magically appeared whilst you were laying around the pool was a great touch.
My only complaint was that it is sooo far away from anything other than other resorts it cost 700 baht each person return for the shuttle to Patong which is about AUD$50 for the two of us and there was only one at 5.30pm to Patong and 10.30pm home. A taxi was more expensive I think it was 1200 baht each way.
There was a little shop just outside to buy some beers, cokes and snacks from.
Overall I would definitely recommend Sala to people who want to completely get away from it all and just enjoy the resort and it's facilities and the lovely beach.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Signature Debbieandfriends222, thank you so much for choosing to spend your holiday at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa in the splendor of one of our SALA Pool Villas. It’s so wonderful to hear that you has such a memorable stay. Thank you too for being such a huge advocate of SALA Hospitality, we also have sala boutique resorts which are smaller in Bangkok, Khao Yai, Chiang Mai and soon to open Ayutthaya a little later this year. We hope to see you return in the near future. Best regards the SALA Management.
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Address: 333 Moo 3 Mai Khao Beach, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District > Mai Khao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Mai Khao
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Mai Khao
#4 Business Hotel in Mai Khao
#5 Spa Hotel in Mai Khao
#5 Luxury Hotel in Mai Khao
#7 Family Hotel in Mai Khao
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Hotel Class:5 star — SALA Phuket Resort & Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SALA Phuket Resort and Spa is a stunning deluxe pool villa resort, featuring private swimming pools in 63 out of 79 rooms, villas, and suites.SALA Phuket boutique resort is an impressive compliment to its popular sister property, SALA Samui. SALA Phuket combines rare historical Sino - Portuguese architecture with modern 5-star facilities.Located on pristine Mai Khao beach on Phuket's northwest shoreline, SALA Phuket resort and spa is just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport. The famous Blue Canyon Golf Course is a short distance from SALA Phuket and the picturesque Phang Nga Bay is located just 25 minutes away.SALA Phuket is the ideal location for a Phuket wedding and honeymoon with its vast and private pristine golden sand beach and lush beachside lawn surrounded by a coconut tree plantation swaying in the wind.In addition to friendly, professional and personalised service, SALA Phuket luxury resort offers facilities including:- 3 large beachfront swimming pools- World class international beachfront restaurant and bar with an air-conditioned dining option- Award winning SALA Spa- Full equipped Gym, Steam Rooms & Salon- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the entire resort- Gift Shop- Business traveller services- Entertainment and Theme Nights- Nightly Villa Turn down Service- In-Villa Dining- Miles of untouched beach front, the longest and least developed in Phuket- An array of local activities and excursions are availableWeddings at SALA PhuketMarriage is an occasion that should be cherished always. A variety of locations for your ceremony are available, from golden sand beach stretches, lush green lawn expanses or an intimate sunset rooftop vantage. Our personal, intuitive staff will ensure your special occasion receives the attention it deserves. ... more   less 
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