Tuk-tuks, cars and motorcycles rip up and down Chaweng Road, one of the main traffic arteries on Koh Samui, where this hotel has also set up tenancy. In an area where convenience stores, massage parlours and street vendors all visually compete for your attention, you could easily miss the elusive and understated entrance to this luxury five-star hotel. Upon arrival, an offer of a welcome cocktail and cold towel helps to quickly wipe your memory of the organised chaos from just moments ago.
Attendants whisk the burden of your luggage away whilst other friendly faces check you in promptly, not to keep you waiting. Heading towards the rooms, down some steps from the lobby to the courtyard, you’re greeted by a big white path that spans the entirety of the property. Turn left for the presidential suite, turn right for the hotel restaurant, or just take a few steps forward to admire the huge infinity moon-shaped pool that is signature of the hotel. Here, you are finally exposed to the full beauty of SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort.
If the idea of minimalist luxury appeals to you, then you will love the rooms at SALA, as they embody the very definition of it. A huge king-size bed, a circular bathtub for two, and mood lighting installation are simplistic features but elevate the vibe. If you’re in one of the Oceanfront Balcony Pool Suites, it won’t take long before your eyes are drawn to the flickering water reflection beyond the huge glass sliding doors on the other side of the room. Picturesque palm trees and ocean waves play backdrop to your very own private balcony pool. White painted steel arch-grills above provide sun-relief, casting ever-evolving shadows across the pool and daybed throughout the day. Taking this all in, it’s one of those pinch-yourself moments.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at The Tent Beachfront Restaurant and Bar — the resort’s main restaurant. As the name suggests, it is an open-air beachfront venue, designed for guests to enjoy their meals while soaking up the balmy island weather. The menu features delectable options, with cuisines ranging from Chinese to Italian, Modern Australian, and of course, Thai. The incredibly hospitable staff here reflect the sentiments of the entire crew.