"Valentines Day Getaway - Better than expected!"
After booking this resort, we were turned off by the fact that the toilets were outside and that the resort is far from Patong and other main tourist attractions. We were wrong!!! Sala Phuket is amazing! My boyfriend and I have stayed at tons of 5 star resorts world-wide, this is one of the best in it's own unique way. Upon arrival we were greeted by flower bracelets and some refreshers by a sweetheart named Mind, she walked us to our private pool villa, let us choose our pillows, soap, moisturizer and lead us through everything in the resort. The staff in general is just amazing- I have never received such amazing customer service at a hotel. The staff really tries hard to make you happy and it's just so pleasant to the heart. In particular bar staff Chia, Boy, Beam, and all other young staff beside the pool bar are really amazing. The breakfast is just beyond exceptions, lots of variety, all very fresh, clean, and tasty. Leo, breakfast and lunch waiter really makes sure you are happy during your meals and does everything he can so you leave the restaurant happy. During Valentines day my boyfriend surprised me with a private beach dinner, this is the only thing I do not recommend at the resort- our first course was a salad, plain not much flavour along with the pumpkin soup, although the main course of the snapper was amazing, beef was rubbery and lacked in spices. It was all so beautiful yet we didn't get a view of the beach since we came at 7pm the sun was already down it felt as if we were just sitting in a black room with wave sounds. There are lots of bugs which turned me off, but I expected it as we were on the beach. I recommended the private beach dinners before the sun goes down! Try to get there 6 or earlier. Boutiques of flowers were arranged and all so beautiful, the staff was so kind to later walked them to our room. The villa it's self is great! There is no view of the beach, but there is a private non-heated pool. The pool temperature for us was nice and refreshing, there was no need for a pool heater. The beds are extremely comfortable. The hotel provides you with all necessities from toothbrushes, soap, razors, comb, moisturizers. Downside- There is not much closet space so I kept a lot of my clothes in the luggage. Keep your door closed if you don't want funny looking insects and animals in your bedroom! (it wasn't a problem for us). I warn you the shower and toilet is outside, it's really nice the water was always warm, and it wasn't a problem for us as we are comfortable with each other. The 24/7 room service food was excellent although it takes a while (30 minutes plus). The food at the hotel restaurant is overall amazing with tons of choices, the main chef who is italian even comes out of the kitchen sometimes walks around and asks how everything is tasting, really a cherry on top to the customer service! My boyfriend and I are a young couple in our twenties, so we like to have fun. This resort doesn't have many entertainments at night and there is not much to do even during the day other than sit by the pool relax with a bottle of wine and have a nice lunch. We spent our "fun" nights in Patong beach and Surin Beach. (recommend Catch Beach club in Surin Beach) 1-1/5 hour away from the resort. We had no problem getting there and back. During the day if we weren't at the hotel we went to Tiger Kingdom (highly recommend), Gem Pavilion if you are looking for fine jewellery, elephant trekking (I do not recommend) - boring. And to the local malls. Although our resort was very quiet with not much to do but relax we LOVED IT, it's very peaceful and you really get to enjoy the nature. It's great for couples who are looking to relax. All in all this was a trip I would never forget thanks to Sala Phuket. The staff here is truly wonderful, and left a mark on me. Phuket it's self is not cheap as it is filled with tourists I don't recommend this island for anyone who is looking to save a couple bucks in their pocket. Thank you Sala we will be back! - Nataly and Sirri
The Sala is basically what you dream of when you think of a 5* hotel in Phuket. I had a room with a private pool/garden and it was just heaven. Food was amazing, pools were lovely, staff were top class, everything was better than expected. Highly recommended.
"Tranquil resort in North Phuket, beach is fabulous!"
Everyone kept telling me Phuket was crowded and full of tourists, this isn't true near Sala Resort! The hotel had a very peaceful, natural vibe with very private villas (only complaint here was outdoor bathrooms were a bit weird at first). The pool area is very modern, with a outdoor bar perfect for sunset watching and plenty of pool chairs to relax in. The hotel has 1 restaurant but a few fun specials throughout the week (ribs BBQ and Thai market buffet). The food and drinks were a bit pricey but everything we had was excellent! My favorite part aside from the sunset views every night was the beach. The beach at Sala (Mai Khao beach) is nearly empty, gorgeous blue waters, and perfect for swimming. We absolutely loved the ambiance at Sala and would recommend, especially for a romantic getaway or honeymoon like ours! Keep in mind, this resort is about an hour from the Phuket town and party area. We hired a private driver one day, and did a tour another day which turned out to be pretty easy just a bit more travel time. If you're looking for more of a party scene or more variety in restaurants and bars it's not the place for you. A few tips: - Bring bug spray, the mosquitoes were fierce at night! - Take advantage of the drink deals during the daily cocktail hour - Use the Thai Massage hut near the pool, around $20 USD for a massage right by the beach, much better than the spa - Use the Sala bikes and bike around the lake nearby - Turtle Village shopping near the resort is a waste, not worth your time - We dined at the Sandbox nearby for lunch, and the Japanese restaurant in J.W. Marriott next door one night, was nice to mix it up both were great
Extremely comfortable bed and pillows were welcome after a long journey. The staff were welcoming and friendly; the pool and beach beautiful; and the food delicious. We enjoyed relaxing on the day bed on our balcony reading our books. The courtesy bus to Turtle Village was useful.
Spent 9 days there. 10 out of 10 in every respect. Service professional, food excellent, staff friendly, setting beautiful, room spacious (Sala pool villa). Restful and peaceful; ideal for older people and honeymoon or young couples. Swimming in the sea could be problematic; strong undercurrents. I swam in the sea every day and just studied the wave movements before I entered the water.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM