It says something good about the robustness of Phuket’s tourist economy that even now, new hotels are continuing to open there. Sala Phuket, at Mai Khao in the island’s northwest, is a Thai beach resort in the modern mold: some seventy-nine airy loft-style modernist units strung along the coast, most of them with private swimming pools.
The exceptions are a handful of second-story balcony rooms — obviously not the way to go if a private pool is a must, but it’s clever that a few rooms are set aside for travelers on a bit of a budget. Anyway all of them, from the balcony rooms to the presidential villa, are in the same smart contemporary style, and all have open-air bathrooms and full-size outdoor daybeds for maximally efficient lounging.
Swim some laps or just lounge semi-socially at Sala’s swimming pools, or hole up in the canopied daybeds on the lawn by the beach. There’s a five-room spa and a fitness center, and activities from snorkeling to temple tours can be arranged. And at night guests dine in the poolside restaurant — get the rooftop table for the ocean view and the extra measure of privacy.
Sala Phuket is approximately a 20 minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
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