SALA Phuket Review

Sala Phuket Resort and Spa on Mai Khao Beach is one of our all-time favourite hideaways in Phuket, but it is not a hotel for everyone. It is a romantic resort fully dedicated to couples, with a unique setting and total privacy. Such a luxury doesn’t come cheap but still is affordable, and Sala Phuket is one of the best hotels in Phuket.

What makes Sala Phuket our favourite?

Total privacy

The rooms at SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort have all the high-tech features you can expect from such a luxury resort, plus some nice modern Thai design touch. Quite minimalist but not over the top: just right.

Sala Phuket on Mai Khao Beach

Each of the 68 fully private villas has a huge pool surrounded by high walls. Not a foot bath or a ‘plunge pool’: here you get to play in a proper swimming pool. The outdoor bathroom is a great feature too. More than just an outdoor shower, it’s an actual real design bathroom with a large oval bathtub set by the poolside, with a fancy chandelier above. If it rains, it’s even more fun!

Designers had to make tough choices and decided that for such an amount of money, guests would spend more time outside by the pool or outdoor sofas than inside their room. Otherwise, they would have booked another resort. So less space was assigned to the room and compensated by a very high ceiling.

Restaurants and bars

Sala Phuket Resort

Fully open-air and faces the lawn and the sea beyond. The Sala Phuket restaurant serves an excellent selection of modern Thai dishes. The bar comes with large round sofas and giant bean bags. The large swings hanging from tall casuarina trees by the sea are perfect for a couple to watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand. The main pool is large and surrounded by inviting sofas; no fancy decoration here; open spaces and simple lines.

The spa

We love spas but hardly can tell which is best among the upmarket ones. The decoration and mood, as everywhere in the resort, are elegant and straightforward, the staff is polite and gentle, and treatments are as good as you expect them to be.

The location

Mai Khao is an endless remote beach in northern Phuket. Far from everything, far from Patong and far from any nightlife. Sala is a perfect hideaway for romantic couples. A good option is to rent a car at the resort (or at the airport when you arrive) to explore any part of Phuket or even discover Phang Nga Bay.

SALA Phuket Photos

SALA Phuket Info

Location: Maikhao Beach
Address: 333 Tambon Mai Khao, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 338 888
Open: 24 hours
Bookings and rates: see the rates for Sala Phuket


Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 (plus 1 in each villa)
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
from airport: 20 km
to Patong Beach: 47 km
to Phuket Town
: 44 km

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run and manage large international online travel guides.