Need to know
79, including 63 suites.
12 noon; check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $160.16 (THB5,525), 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 (from THB1500 for one child for two hours to TBH4250 for two children for seven hours) and the hotel has a stash of travel cots, available on request.