Phuket, Thailand

Sala Phuket

Rates from (inc tax)$134.95

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB5,608.58), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Sino-Portuguese perfection


Mellow Mai Khao Beach

Heaven isn’t so hard to get to, apparently – just check into Sala Phuket on Mai Khao Beach in paradisiacal Phuket. An award-winning spa and bar, dreamy dining, tropical gardens and tuneful birds keep things celestial.

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Daily credit of THB800 to put towards food and drink at the hotel, plus 4pm late check-out (subject to availability)


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Need to know


79, including 63 suites.


12 noon; check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $134.95 (THB4,725), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB5,608.58), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (buffet and à la carte options) and WiFi.


Sala Phuket pleases crowds and critics alike – the hotel has notched up a cabinet-worth of awards, including accolades for its wine and spa.

At the hotel

Beach (public), three pools (two for adults; one for little Smiths), spa, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, iPod dock, mini-fridge.

Our favourite rooms

The Sala Pool Villas come with an amazing open-air bathroom with a merman-sized, egg-shaped bath tub and a private pool that you can swim proper laps in. You’ll have your own little tropical garden to relax in; inside, styling relies on white and wood, with a comfy king-size bed and oversized daybed. For more space and a bigger private pool, splash out on a One Bedroom Duplex Pool Villa Suite.


Even the most lazy landlubber will find themselves itching to notch up some laps, or at least splash around a bit, in the hotel’s gorgeous, sea-surveying main pool, which is sunk into the green lawn and positioned just a bucket-throw from the beach. There's also a lap pool and a shallow little oasis for children.


Have a treatment at the award-winning spa: a salt glow body scrub, white clay body wrap or Thai herb facial, perhaps. If you’re looking a little shaggy-haired, have a trim and hair mask, too.

Packing tips

Something sparkly for moonlit cocktails at the bar; swimming togs for the beach and pool; a healthy appetite for feasts in the restaurant.


Mrs Smiths (and their long-haired heroes) will be pleased to note the in-room hair straighteners – you’ve no excuse for frizz, whatever the weather. Leaving no little detail to chance, Sala Phuket sends guests a questionnaire to fill in before arrival.


The hotel accepts children, but isn’t really geared towards them. That said, babysitting can be arranged (THB300 an hour) and the hotel has a stash of travel cots, available on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Up the romance (literally) by sitting above the restaurant in the rooftop dining area, admiring the reflection of the white-linen-topped tables floating in the pond. ‘Radiant’ Smiths can cool down in the icy inside dining area.

Dress Code

Take inspiration from the gorgeous white-and-cream interiors: waft around in ghoulish white layers, with patterned accents here and there. A dash of spicy cologne won’t go amiss.

Hotel restaurant

Come here hungry – the food really is amazing. The sensible menu has hefty sections dedicated to different options – ‘Crabs, scallops, prawns’; ‘Lobster’, ‘Lamb, pork, beef & the rest’ – and makes for a mouthwatering read. Standout dishes include: mousse-stuffed blue crab, scallops served with sage-and-lemon beurre blanc, and oven-roasted half chicken served with sweet potato-and-coconut mash and hot Thai basil brown butter. (Opt for a tasting menu to canter through a variety of Thai treats in one sitting, or earn brownie points with the chef by opting for his signature seafood platter, which includes: lobster brushed with herb butter and chargrilled over coconut wood, spotted grouper served with soy, ginger and garlic on hot river stones and a variety of tasty crustaceans.) The beachside restaurant is an airy, relaxed space, with steel-grey seats and banquettes surveying the pool and beach beyond.

Hotel bar

Kick off your flip-flops and climb onto one of the oversized daybeds, a fun setting for the bar’s inventive cocktails. We’d order another burnt lemon and vanilla margarita or lychee-and-lemongrass martini in a heartbeat. Of course, whatever you order is best enjoyed with a few rounds of Thai tapas.

Last orders

Buffet breakfast starts at 7am and ends at 11am, but you can order à la carte options at any time; the restaurant stops serving food at 10pm.

Room service

You’ve got until 10pm to order your favourite dishes from the restaurant menu; there’s a limited selection after that. The hotel also offers a personalised dining service that will have you eating in your favourite patch of the resort.


Sala Phuket
333 Moo 3, Mai Khao Beach, Thalang District


Phuket International Airport, which receives regular international flights from dozens of destinations, is 20km from the hotel (an easy 20-minute drive). For flights, try Thai Airways (, Cathay Pacific ( or Air Asia ( if you're coming from Europe or Asia; from Australia, check out Virgin Australia ( or Jetstar ( Bangkok Airways ( offers domestic connections.


Phuket is a 40-minute drive from the hotel, but you’re on holiday on an island – for the utmost relaxation, gad about by boat or on foot, instead. Taxis are pretty cheap, too.

Worth getting out of bed for

Marvel at Phang Nga Bay’s sheer limestone karsts that jut improbably out of the glittering green water. Hop on a day-long boat trip around the bay, pausing to admire James Bond Island – immortalised in The Man With the Golden Gun – and Koh Panyee (the bay has 42 islands in total, plus many different species of mangrove); there are also plenty of untouched stretches of sand for you to wash up on. Snorkelling around here is dazzling, thanks to the coral reefs and kaleidoscopic resident fish. Take part in the hotel's cookery classes, which start between 12 noon and 3pm (flexible, subject to participants’ preferences) and last for two hours (THB1,600 for one person; THB2,500 for two). You'll learn to make gaeng kiew waan gai (green curry with chicken), tom yam goong (Thailand's famous spicy prawn soup) and nam tok nuea (chargrilled beef salad with chilli and mint). Mai Khao is part of Sirinat National Park, known for its unspoiled milk-white beaches; go for a long walk along the sand, keeping an eye out for turtles and tropical birds. 

Local restaurants

Tha Noon Seafood is a 10-minute drive away, close to Sarasin Bridge. Take the hint from the name and expect succulent seafood, dressed with Thai herbs and spices. Walk to JJ’s Bar & Food (+66 (0)86 954 6967) on Mai Khao Beach near the Marriott for a cheap and authentic Thai meal. The freshly cooked curries and just-caught prawns are delicious and the owner is a delight; whatever you do, don’t leave without having the mango sticky rice pudding. Takieng Thai Restaurant at the Renaissance Phuket Resort (+66 (0)76 363 999) is deservedly popular: expect a meal with beach views, excellent service and unabashed flavours. The papaya and pomelo salads are refreshingly zingy; save room for chilli-chocolate ice-cream. Sit amid the mangroves, with the sounds of birdsong and crickets chirruping while you eat, at Kin Dee Restaurant (+66 (0)82 814 8482) at 71/6 Mai Khao Beach. Don’t be deceived by the simple wood styling – the food is brilliant; standout dishes include softshell crab with curry sauce, duck with passion fruit sauce, banana blossom salad and fragrant pots of lobster, crabs and clams.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachside hotel on Mai Khao Beach and unpacked their recipes and Ray-Bans, a full account of their luxury Thai break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sala Phuket in Phuket…

If you don’t like massages, sunshine, delicious dining, tourist-free white-sand beaches, white suites and villas with private swimming pools, tropical gardens, birdsong and an irresponsibly romantic atmosphere, look away right now: Sala Phuket on mellow Mia Khao Beach is not for you. If, on the other hand, you like the idea of waking up to your own sun-kissed tropical garden, being massaged with seaweed- and water lily-potions, swimming in a glittering sea-spying pool, eating barbecued scallops with kaffir lime leaves and roast chilli oil and drinking utterly delicious cocktails – home-made tamarind nectar with dark rum and ginger ale, for example – you’ll fit in nicely.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sala Phuket’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything, but the staff were the highlight. So helpful professional and lovely. The rooms were five star, the restaurant was amazing and the pool was beautiful. I couldn't recommend this highly enough. I don't use this word a lot but it was perfect. My husband said it was the best hotel he'd ever been to. High praise indeed.

Don’t expect

Nightlife. This is a very relaxed resort - we were in bed at 9 every night but that was perfect!


Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

We loved

The pool villa is a must for a honeymoon. This was our favourite hotel of the 4 we stayed at in Thailand. It's absolute bliss to have your own little compound for a few days. The staff is really excellent and goes out of their way to know the guests.

Don’t expect

A beach atmosphere, we had a nice walk on the beach, but there were red flags for our whole stay so no swimming. Didn't really bother us as we had another beach resort in our future, but it might be annoying to some as apparently it happens often.


Stayed on 29 Nov 2015

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