While pleasant in chilled way, Sala is definitely not a five star resort. At times they seem to be doing things on the cheap. On arrival there was no staff out the front, and we weren’t sure what to do with our luggage or where to go. We found reception and got a fairly peremptory welcome, left sitting for fifteen minutes or so without much of an explanation. Our deluxe Pool Villa 74 backed up against the restaurant. The room is narrow and felt a little crowded - the wardrobe area is fairly basic. The villa pool area was large and lovely, with young trees creating a sense of peacefulness. Thought I was prepared for the outdoor bathroom, as we’ve stayed at resorts with outdoor showers/baths previously, but found it quite bizarre using the outdoor toilet while restaurant workers chatted and emptied trash on the other side of the wall. Evening thundering showers meant trudging outside on wet tiles to the bathroom at night was unpleasant. Housekeeping was good-natured but took about an 1.5 hours to clean the room each day, which intruded into our plans. As others have mentioned the beautiful beach is steeply sloped with a strong undertow, which can feel unsafe when the tide goes out, so we swam when the tide was coming in. The water was clean and warm, and swimming was lovely but we stayed wary. Unlike other nearby resorts there’s no buggy service to the small local shopping centre. An unexpected plus was an empty road that circuited around mangrove, great for jogging or cycling. We ate most of our meals at the hotel restaurant the food was okay and the ambiance pleasant. We enjoyed the special Christmas meal. Had several great massages at the spa, pleasant design and great service. Although we had an enjoyable time at Sala, I probably would choose a resort that was a bit more luxurious in the future.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sala Phuket Resort And Spa
- Sala Phuket Mai Khao
- Sala Phuket Hotel Mai Khao
- SALA Phuket Resort & Spa Mai Khao