Sala Phuket is every bit the doyenne of boutique hotels in Phuket. Located in a sleepy northern corner of Phuket island, Sala Phuket it is the antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Decompression and soul soothing are the order of the day, whilst lazing on the loungers overlooking the beachfront infinity pool. Ginger elixirs and cold towels come as standard.
Sala Phuket is conceptually perfect, with the stunning open seascape of Mai Khao beach set against the angular architecture of the villas and suites, where open-air bathrooms, private pools and tropical gardens are little slices of heaven. It’s luxe and contemporary but without the stuffiness or pomposity of some of its larger, better-known competitors.
This is a boutique bolthole that draws a sophisticated crowd. You’ll see a great array of floaty linen kaftans, wide-brimmed straw hats and this season’s Vilbrequeins amongst its epicurean clientele. All lust after the laid-back vibes, exquisite food (included within Tatler’s Thailand’s Best Restaurants for four years in a row) and dreamy list of facilities. With two pools, a sensational spa and expert yoga teachers, there is no need to ever leave.
The service throughout is flawless. You’ll encounter ever smiling staff, eager to please. Whether you are sitting under one of the red parasols dotted around the gardens, slumped in a tub char on the deck or generally being a landlubber resisting the urge to submerge they will be on hand to respond to your every whim.
Our favourite rooms are the one-bedroom pool suite villas. The pools are just about long enough for laps and you’ll be able to luxuriate cocooned in your own private world.
On your doorstep
Five seemingly endless miles of golden sand. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket so get up early and go for wonderful walks to reinvigorate yourselves.