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Review of SALA Phuket Resort & Spa

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SALA Phuket Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Mai Khao
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“First visit and love every bit of it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Checked-in on 15th - 16th June and every single moment since we stepped into the resort were never ending wow! The room, the amenities, people, services, food and environment deserve a 5 stars from us. Great place for any occasion especially honeymoon!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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SALA_General_Manager, General Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 21, 2014
Dear Signature Goh W. Thank you so much for the positive and encouraging review on both the resort facilities, guest services and cuisine. We are so pleased your honeymoon and vacation was a memorable one and we look forward to welcoming you both back to the friendly shores of Phuket and of course SALA Phuket Resort and Spa in the near future! Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you require any assistance on booking one of our wonderful resorts on your next planned trip to the 'Land of Smiles'. regards GM - Jon Ashenden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

When it comes to our vacation time I am very fussy, also I like to try out new places. The fact that we decided to return to the Sala and indeed stay only and the Sala and not try out any other hotels in Phuket speaks volumes for how good we think the Sala is and how much we enjoy ourselves while staying there.

After being picked up by the hotel's driver (recommended) We were kindly welcomed back on arrival by John and his team which set the tone for superb service for the next two weeks.

I love the fact there is a beautiful pool area on grass but you are still next to a beautiful beach. We love the fact that in the forest there are some great local places to eat.

The Sala is a pretty laid back resort - which suits us down to the ground - even more so that nowadays we are travelling with a toddler.

We look forward to going back to Sala again, the decision is whether to go to Sala Samui or Sala Phuket next year........tough choice :-)

Room Tip: All the pool Villas are very private with high walls.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andymac01
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Dear Signature Andymac01, thank you so very much for in entrusting us with your family holiday for the third consecutive time. We are so pleased that you all had such a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed your stay. Please do let us know when you’d like to come back next year, whether that be to SALA Phuket or SALA Samui you will be welcomed warmly. Our very best regards the SALA Management
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

We chose this resort after 8 weeks of travelling around so we just wanted a nice resort with our own pool in the villa to relax and swim and eat and not have to leave for any sightseeing....
Sala Phuket is this resort if you have enough money to not have to eat elsewhere as the food is quite expensive. There is only one restaurant and one bar so it doesn't offer alot of choice but the menu is varied. Tell them you want the complimentary Sala water at dinner or they will charge you for a bottled water at nearly $10 AUD per bottle. Also they add 17% to everything so remember that when having a drink or two and just signing anyway!

The food is triple what you pay for on the streets of Thailand but obviously not as upmarket as Sala's very delicious food! They have a breakfast buffet included as part of the room rate which is excellent and you get all things continental as well as a hot breakfast selection included. The quality of the food is excellent!.

The 3 pools are great and there are plenty of sun loungers free and they give you complimentary drinks while lying by the main pool which is nice.The pool villas are beautiful and well worth the extra money. Plenty of privacy but don't get a villa on the side near the staff area as this is where the rubbish is collected and the smell is pretty ripe in the hot weather. We had villa #70 so steer clear of this villa as you don't just get the rubbish smell, you also get loud music fairly constantly from a nearby restaurant/club......

I don't want to make Sala sound terrible because it wasn't at all - as long as you pick the right villa and eat out which there are heaps of places to use close to the resort and there are 3 - 4 big resorts also within walking distance for you to try as well!! I would go back for sure but eat out (my partner didn't want to try the local restaurants which was a shame!) There is a free tuk tuk shuttle to the local shopping area Turtle village but it is pricey. Sala has their own shop which is quite reasonable for all the basics but this resort is lovely for totally unwinding and relaxing and you don't have to leave if you don't want to but they will organize all your tours as well if you want!

Check it out as it is definitely 5 star luxury with the right villa location :)

Room Tip: Don't pick villa 70 - go for a villa on the left hand side of the resort as you walk in facing t...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank taj67
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Dear Signature taj67, thank you so much for choosing to spend the last segment of your travels within the comforts of SALA Phuket Resort & Spa and for taking the time to share such a comprehensive review of your stay. It is so lovely to read you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and would return, with respects to the water we do offer at dinner three choices, the mineral water both still & sparkling as well as, our bottled SALA water and the complimentary reverse osmosis water, apologies for any confusion. Thank you again and we look forward to you returning in the future. Our best regards the SALA Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

We have just got back from two weeks at sala Phuket where we stayed for our honeymoon. We had great time. We received a free upgrade from deluxe balcony room to a garden pool villa which we loved, having our own pool was lovely!Our villa was excellent we enjoyed the outside bathroom with amazing bath. We loved the architecture and overall feel of the hotel with the lights hanging from the trees and cute swings scattered around the grounds. The two main pools were really good with loungers all around. Pool staff we great bringing jugs of ice tea and smoothies for sunbathers. Service was really good, staff were always friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the breakfast selection in the morning and felt there was a good choice on offer. Food in the restaurant was tasty and the menu was also varied. The hotel is right on the beach, which was fantastic, and it was very romantic to watch the sunset on the bed style seats at the bar. The hotel is out of the way from everything which we liked, but means travelling to any other locations in Phuket requires forking out a far whack in taxi fares. Would recommend for couples who want a romantic time in paradise.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jade W
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
Dear Jade, thank you so much for writing such a wondrous review of the honeymoon at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa in your garden pool villa. It’s so lovely to read that you enjoyed your stay so much and that you have left us with so many fond memories of your honeymoon here. Let us congratulate you both once again and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together. We hope we’ll see you return to celebrate an anniversary in the future. All the best the SALA Management
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights with my family along Mai khao beach we rented car from Phuket airport and drove here took us about around 20 minutes, Very courteous and friendly staff, Thai hospitality is always very good. Efficinet check in procedure and was guided to our room. Beach themed room with lots of wood motiff and curtain. Nice relaxing room, only concern was the bathroom is outside the room and if you wanted to pee in the evening you would have to go out of the room, open doors and curtains. The shower is similarly outside the bedroom and you have to close most of the curtains in the terrace to have privacy during a shower. other than this everything else was great with. Some of the bath towels though were quiet old and yellowish in color, probably due as well to the quality of water for washing the items, would suggest tp them to upgrade the quality of their towels and curtains as some as quiet old and need replacement already.

Room Tip: If you want absolute privacy they have small villas with their own pool, ideal for family a family v...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gatch69
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
Dear Signature Gatch69, thank you for choosing SALA Phuket Resort & Spa for your 3 night vacation in Phuket. We’re glad you thoroughly enjoyed your few days with us in your own private pool villa and for your suggestions which we shall try to take on board. We hope you’ll return in the near future, our best regards the SALA Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had a magical stay in Sala Phuket. Really thoughtful and friendliest staff. You ask anything, guaranteed to be taken care of within minutes. Open plan through out the hotel with utmost privacy. Amazing pools, beach and restaurants. Spa is excellent, must visit when you are there. Quiet and peaceful area. Be it breakfast, room service or anything, top quality in everything they do. I stayed in lot of hotels, but Sala Phuket is something special, never had such an experience before. Sala deserves more than 5 stars ! Highly recommend specially if you are looking for relaxing, intimate holiday. I really miss this place already, waiting to return soon !!!! Highly recommend.

Room Tip: Mai Kao area is north of Phuket, city center & entertainment areas are more than 1 hour drive fr...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pg_trip_021
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Signature pg_trip_021, WOW! Thank you so very much for your wonderfully positive review of your stay at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa. We have shared your comments with our team and feel so proud that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Please let us know when you’d like to return. Our best regards the SALA Management
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Got a chance to stay at this incredible hotel during May 2014. First of all, the service is great with friendly staffs. I stayed in the Garden pool villa for 3 nights. the room is spacious, and the best part is the private pool, which is quite large for 2 people. I would say based on many pool villas that I have been to and with this price range, Sala Phuket has the pool that you can actually swim!! Others just more like a plunge pool.

The breakfast is also great. Although, it a la cart, not buffet style, but you can order until you just have enough. I would like to recommend Egg Benedict with pull pork and Pancake with mango, very tasty!

Now for the cons part, even though SALA is having its own beach, but you cannot really swim there during May because the tide is very high and there's no lifeguard. Also, the hotel itself, is quite far from the downtown Phuket (around 40 mins driving), which mean that it will take you a while to get to good restaurant outside the hotel. I also have Thai set dinner with Sala, but just personal opinion, I feel that they did not do a good job with it. (Not that tasty comparing to breakfast.)

The room has outdoor shower with no shower curtain. If traveling with friends, you have to ask the staff to bring the partition for you. Also, if you are not fan of bugs, it would be a bit problem to take shower outside, especially during night time. I found a frog in the bathroom as well (which is a bit scary for me).

Other than that, I would still recommend this place to others!!!

Room Tip: Garden Pool Villa has a bit more space than Sala pool villa. The pool size is the same, but Sala poo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CakeHunter
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SLP_Manager, Manager at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Signature CakeHunter, thank you very much for choosing to spend your vacation at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa in one of our garden pool villas. Thank you too for sharing your insights and your lovely photos and for recommended us to fellow travellers. Chef’s Egg Benedict with the pulled-pork as well as the pancakes are very popular and are a favourite with many of our guests. We are located in the picturesque Sirinath National Park and on the longest and most unspoilt beach in Thailand, Mai Khao, so being that we are so close to nature you do get to experience some of the wildlife however this is few and far between and everything is perfectly harmless. Thank you again and we do hope to see you return in the very near future, our sincerest regards the SALA Management
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Property: SALA Phuket Resort & Spa
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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Mai Khao
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Mai Khao
#5 Business Hotel in Mai Khao
#5 Luxury Hotel in Mai Khao
#5 Spa Hotel in Mai Khao
#8 Family Hotel in Mai Khao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — SALA Phuket Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 79
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 beach side lawn surrounded by a coconut tree plantation swaying in the wind. In addition to friendly, professional and personalized 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 traveler 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 available. Weddings at SALA Phuket, marriage 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 and intuitive staff will ensure your special occasion receives the attention it deserves. ... more   less 
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