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.
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.
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.