We looked at a few resorts on-line before deciding on Sala resort. We really wanted a pool villa resort and was tossing between sala and banyan tree as the pricing was similar but the ambiance was totally different. Sala is very zen minimalist whilst banyan tree is more lush tropical. Depends what you prefer at the end of the day.
We read some average reviews of banyan tree on trip advisor so decided on sala. And were we glad we did - this resort is exceptional and should be the benchmark of resorts, hospitality and service.
We stayed at the pool villa with a baby and it was fantastic - like having your own holiday villa by the beach for the week. They were also considerate enough to provide a cot for the baby. The villa was private, spacious, modern, chic and very very comfy.
Service was excellent as you would expect from the Thais. The general pool was nice but we spend most of our time in our private pool. There's only 1 restaurant for all meals but the food and service was great albeit pricey. They have different "food nights" every night.
The spa was also very magical and an experience and journey in itself.
In all a great resort offering the zen minimalist approach as compared to the usual jungle tropical setting. The only downside for us was it was very isolated (even walking to the next resort is not an option especially at night due to the lack of street lighting - but they offer shuttle services which is fine). It means you spend most of your meals at the restaurant or room service which does add up...
For US$300 a night it's also great value for money as compared to other resorts with pool villas. Go for the package deal as they throw in free dinners, breakfast and a massage.
Well done Sala, we will be back again soon.