SALA Samui Resort And Spa

Address: 10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem Bo Phut, Ko Samui, 84320, Thailand | 3 star resort
 
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This 3 star resort, located on 10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem Bo Phut, Ko Samui, is near Samui Crocodile Farm.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews SALA Samui Resort And Spa Ko Samui

      Great resort and total privacy at Sala Samui

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      We stayed at Sala Samui for 4 nights in early September and it was absolutely wonderful. We had a Sala pool villa with our own private pool, which is great if you want total privacy. It took a little getting used to using the toilet outside, but the outdoor bath and shower is a nice touch. We love the lightings in the villa (all of which can be manually controlled) as well as in the resort in general. Our room also has a stereo/cd/dvd player, and the reception has a generous list of dvd's which the guests can check out for free. There are also two computers with internet access that guests can use without charge.

      We did check out the two main pools and they were never crowded during our stay. You can walk straight from the pool area onto the beach, where there are lounge chairs and umbrellas if you want to be in the shade.

      The staff is absolutely wonderful, friendly and courteous. The housekeeping staff managed to clean our villa while we were at breakfast every day, and they never bothered us the rest of the time. Everyone, from the gardeners to the receptionists, greeted us every time and they tried hard to please. We called housekeeping a few times for different items and they were brought to us in less than 10 minutes.

      Some people here mentioned the mosquitos, and true, they are absolutely vicious. They are unstoppable, so be warned. We loved the buffet breakfast, with made-to-order hot food and a wide selection of fruit, bread and juices. We also had a couple of lunches at the restaurant The food is fresh, top-quality and absolutely delicious. However, we were a bit put off by the numerous flies that instantly appear as soon as the food was served. I can't explain why the flies hover around the resort restaurant but not the other restaurants down the beach. I also find that the Sala restaurant is a bit overpriced. There are other restaurants serving fresh seafood and various fares down the beach from Sala, and their prices are much more reasonable.

      There is constant construction outside Sala. It's not really the resort's fault, but the noise and dust can be annoying if you are near the reception area. The construction also makes the dirt road leading to Sala filled with potholes and flooded with water, making the trek at night to 7-Eleven down the street quite an adventure. We considered Tongsai Bay in addition to Sala, and we were glad we chose Sala. Tongsai Bay has a great view and wonderful rooms, but we really value privacy and the private pool with daybed and lounge chairs at Sala was a big draw for us.

      Okay, but would not recommend

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      Sala Samui (stayed for 5 nights in a Balcony Room)

      Because this hotel had such great reviews on this site we had high expectations of the hotel. Unfortunately they didn't deliver to that standard, as I want to be objective I thought it best to write the positives and negatives in bullet point form.

      Positives

      1. Located on a good, quiet beach with some restaurants you can walk to within 2 minutes. Also if you walk outside of the hotel for 5 minutes you come to a Seven Eleven place for cheap drink. i.e. Large Beer Chang 660ml for 37Baht, 1.5litre water for 13Baht.

      2. Great breakfast. There is around 7 different types of fruit, 5 different breads, sticky rice, lovely banana or plain pancakes and cooked breakfasts. We stayed in 6 different hotels during the 3 weeks and this one one of the best.

      3. Lap pool is beautiful. 25metres long and great for a long swim. most of the time it wasn't busy.

      4. The main restaurant is expensive for Thai standards, however the food was lovely. We had seared scallops to start and then seabass for main which was well seasoned and cooked perfectly.

      Negatives

      1. All balcony rooms overlook each other and the pool rooms had small pools and no views. Felt like you could be anywhere, ceratinly not on a beach.

      2. The balcony rooms are actually pretty small, little or no space for storage, mainly because the outside balcony is too large.

      3. Very little breeze, because of the buildings and tress which made it very hot.

      4. Entrance of hotel next to building site.

      5. No reall view of the beach and sea from the pool area, so again doesn't feel like a luxury beach hotel.

      6. Even though there were only 70 or so rooms it felt like a large resort and not a boutique.

      7. No real atmosphere or vibe about the place.

      8. Not a particularly pretty resort. I bought a digital SLR camera for my Cambodia and Thailand holiday in which I took 800 pictures of which none were of Sala Samui, because it didn't feel that great.

      Overall an okay hotel but just wasn't that special. If you want something which is sheer luxury and every cottage has amazing sea view of Ko Phangan stay at the NAPASAI, an Orient Express Hotel. We stayed there for 6 nights. Review also written for that hotel.

      Cockroach Hell!

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      We counted 10 large cockroaches in the dining area during course of our dinner! We dined at this hotel one evening as we had heard so much about the hotel and were intrigued to see what it was like. We were on our honey moon and we were staying at the tongsai bay (just around the corner). before we booked our honey moon we had been torn between tongsai bay and sala samui. I can tell u we made the right choice paying the small additional cost and staying at the tongsai. We did not notice the cockroaches at sala samui until one ran over my husband's foot - gross! After that we were looking at the deck floor in the dining room and we just kept seeing loads of roaches. Strangely enough no - one else really seemd to notice - apart from the last reviewer who also visited in August.

      We mentioned the cockroach problem at the front desk and asked to see the manager, explaining that whilst the food and the ambience was nice, roaches crawling over one's feet during dinner was off putting, but they just looked at us and smiled. they told us there was no manager available. We appreciate that cockroaches do live in places like Thailand, but the only other place we saw a roach on Koh Samui was in the gutter at Chaweng! What are they doing at Sala Samui - very off putting indeed!!! My advice - spend your money at tongsai bay - it's much cleaner , better service and all around has a 5 star feel - spacious and luxurious (unlike sala samui)

      Top Class Romantic Resort-best we've ever stayed in!

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      please take my advice and book this resort immediately! save yourself the hassle of looking around at where else you can stay. seriously, i am a total perfectionist, a serious travel planner who researches hotels in great detail before deciding where to go. i spent weeks looking at the hotels/resorts samui had to offer and ultimately chose the sala samui. thank goodness i did! i was torn between tongsai bay and the sala but i made the right choice....

      the sala samui resort was simply incredible! it was the best place we ever stayed and i was upset to leave. i told them it was our anniversary when i booked the room (through sawadee) so when we arrived they presented me with a dozen red roses! i was so shocked and excited. also our lovely bed had rose petals on it in the shape of two hearts and the HUGE (biggest ever!) bathtub also had water in it with floating rose petals. they gave us a bottle of sparkling wine too which we promptly enjoyed in our private pool- what a lovely welcome!

      we stayed in a 1 bedroom pool villa and it was incredible. you have your own nice sized villa and a private pool with an outdoor patio, 2 sun loungers, a dining table and a big day bed for lounging in the shade. the whole villa/pool is all enclosed and private so it is a romantic paradise! the

      bathroom is great too - a lovely rain shower and HUGE bathtub, toilet and 2

      sinks and it is technically outside surrounded by gardens although it is covered with a roof and has drop down clear side panels to keep bugs out. it was a cool experience to feel you were showering outside.

      also the air conditioning is strong and controllable manually and the housekeepers come and provide you with fresh towels on your villa sunloungers each day. the room also has a dvd player and stereo which was a nice touch.

      just a note - we stayed in the 1 bedroom pool villa only because the sala pool villas were all booked up. ours was more expensive but there isn't much difference. the only difference is that the 1 bedroom pool villa has an extra room with a couch and another tv.

      the resort also has two really nice pools and is right on a great beach -clean, calm water to swim in, jet skis & boats for rent and a nice scattering of restaurants and bars that are all lit up at night with fairy lights and tables on the beach!

      the staff at the sala samui were so friendly and helpful and we took a day

      long tour for a great price all around the island with one of the sweetest sala drivers named Noi. he was so helpful and he even took us to the temple where he was a monk years ago. also the price was much cheaper than what we saw quoted elsewhere and he would go wherever we wanted!

      we had breakfast included as part of our booking and wew were impressed by the selection and quality on offer. the food was just delicious in the restaurant and the atmosphere at night was so romantic with candles and even one table that was 'in the pool' at nighttime. it sits in a raised area with a few inches of water so you eat dinner with your feet pleasantly paddling in the water! definitely ask for this table! also if you are a picky eater (like me) then be aware that even at night they will allow you to order off the 'european' daytime menu. room service was 24 hours which is great - we ordered it once and it was prompt and tasty.

      the only negative is that the spa and massages are very pricey but they are amazing. it is way cheaper to go out on the beach to get an hour long massage for only 6 euro! go to the ladies just on the beach where you exit the sala samui by the lap pool side.

      oh, they also have free internet access for guests which is great!

      also i know a lot of people are torn between staying at the sala samui or tongsai bay (which is just next door around a cove). i know two couples that went to tongsai for their honeymoons and loved it but they'd never seen the sala samui. we actually went over and had a tour of the tongsai bay and its rooms just to see what we thought. i can honestly say that it is a lovely resort with incredible views from its rooms that are high up on hills (which sala doesn't have as it's on flat ground) but they are really tired and dated looking where the sala samui is totally modern and new! also they don't have private pools and were more expensive than the sala.

      anyway, overall, we loved the sala samui and will definitely be going back next year but we'll be booking early to make sure we get a reservation because it seems to be getting really popular! i highly recommend this resort - you feel so looked after here that you won't want to leave!!!!!! feel free to email me if you have any questions - lollyflashpants@hotmail.com.

      cheers, susan

      Paradise at sala samui

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      what can i say about sala samui only excellent. all ones expectations will be exceeded. myself and my new bride spent the first 3 days of our honeymoon there in early july. from the moment we were greeted at the airport to the day we checked out everything was sheer class. when we checked in we were greeted with a bouquet of flowers and smiling faces all around. we stayed in a sala pool villa which i expected to be nice and private - was not disappointed. the rooms are immaculate and the pool is the real icing on top. idea of outside bathroom i thought strange at first but loved it. the staff are so friendly - just like all thai's. we ate in the restaurant twice - both very good. the real treat for us was a half day in the mandara spa - absolute paradise. for someone who does not go to spas regulary this was an amazing experience. i am assured for the treatments on offer it represents good value.

      overall i can safely say it was the highlight of our accommodations in thailand. i think it will be very hard to beat in the future.

      jinks

      Fantastic Hotel if a little quiet

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      The hotel is amazing! We stayed here for 5 days in the middle of May and really enjoyed ourselves. We had a Sala Pool Villa and it was well worth the money for your own garden and pool! It is expensive but we have stayed at cheaper places in Thailand and you get what you pay for. The hotel is so quiet but it is only 10 mins to Cheweng. The beach is perfect, the service is good but a bit slow, the reception staff are helpful and we took advantage of their taxi service. They could do with more fans in the restaurants and some protection against the flies and mosquitos while you are eating. The portions could also do with being a bit bigger. The spa was expensive compared to other spas in the area and the treatments were not any better. However I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a quiet and luxurious holiday at a brand new hotel!

      Fantastic Hotel!

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      Before I went to Thailand I spent ages on this site and the forums reading all the reviews and discussions and so I thought I should post one of my own.

      I stayed at the Sala Samui the first week of March 2005 and I absolutely loved it. From reading the earlier reviews it is even more finished now as all the shop /spa etc was fully open.

      The hotel is very modern and every little detail is wonderful. The staff are so friendly and helpful and will do anything for you.

      We stayed in a pool villa which was amazing. I think the best hotel room I have ever stayed in. It was really large and very private and romantic. The pool was bigger than I was expecting and the outside bathroom was fantastic. It's not every day you get to look at coconuts growing on palm trees while you are in the shower!

      All the other facilities are great too. The food in the restaurant was delicious and there was a really wide choice. The swimming pools were beautiful and so unique - I thought one was just a lotus pond at first until I discovered the stepping stones to get across.

      Chong Mon beach is lovely and very soft sand and also there are other bars and restaurants on the beach for if you fancy a change of scene but without being too busy or noisy. There is even a little deserted Island that you can kayak across to.

      The spa was lovely but expensive by local standards and there are many good spas nearby. We went to one called Ban Sabai which was very good and in beautiful setting and only 20 each for two hours of treatments!

      I would definitely recommend this hotel especially for those on the forums thinking of booking it for their honeymoon. I think that for the standard of accommodation and service that you get at Sala Samui its really good value for money. You certainly wouldnt get a large room with private pool for this price in Mauritius or the Carribbean.

      Pure paradise

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      what a fantastic place. it is new clean in a quite location yet not too far from chaweng. the food is simply out of this world. and has a wine cellar, what more can i say. great staff they just cant do enough for you. the pools are a work of art. most the time we had the two pools to ourseves. the mini bar is cheap in the room, there is also a dvd player, so buy some in bangkok to watch if you cant sleep. having met people and seen their hotel you realised how amazing the sala was. the spa was good expensive for thailand but same price as uk.

      i would recomand it to anyone, i will be back next year for my honeymoon!!

      Wow what a fantastic resort, fantastic, loved it.

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      Stayed at the Sala Samui Jan/Feb 2005

      The Sala Samui resort is fantastic and finished, couldn't ask for a better holiday, ten days of pure bliss, yes it's new, the staff are new and they need time to get to grips with understanding English but I didn't go on holiday to find the negatives. I whent with the intentions of having a great time and I did. The construction site I am sure will be finished in no time, they did wonders in the short time we were there and it didn't impact on our holiday at all.

      I got a tour of and took photos of the president suite, wow you lucky peeps if you are staying in one of those, fantastic bedrooms, bathrooms and pool area, you are really lucky. The president suites had two lots of peeps staying in them whilst we were there and we spoke to some of them, they were delighted with the standard ect.

      We didn't use the spa, found it very expensive, the massages in town or on the beach were very good and far cheaper. I think my hubby said the spa treatments start at about 30 pound sterling {I will let you all do your own conversions lol}, I cannot remember how much the meals cost in the hotel, we only had 2 dinners there but I do know you can walk down the beach and pay around a quater to half the price for the same thing. I did like the lunch menu, still expensive compared to nearby cafe's ect but about the same as other hotels,resorts. The hotel will arrange any trips you want, they are only too happy to help in any way they can.

      You will see from the pics that the beach is fab, it's not too busy near the Sala, it's a lot cleaner than some of the other beaches I saw. The people at reception are very attentive, they go out of their way to help with all requests. I am glad I upgraded to a Sala villa as these seem to be slightly bigger and nearer the beach, though the others are not too far away either.

      As another forum member {Haribo} pointed out, the hotel needs too update it's web site to include the fantastic pools, most days we had one or other pool to ourselves. We only saw a handful of kids the whole time we were there, most parties seem to be couples, I don't think the hotel is really intended for kids though it did make them welcome. I think having private pools in the villas might put some parents off, but there are the Balcony rooms. I must say having a holiday without hundreds of kids running round the pool was bliss for us, I love kids, have grown up kids myself but wow it was sooo nice having peace and quite whilst lazing in the sun.

      Oh BTW, internet access at the hotel is free, maximum 1 hour but you can sit there all day igf no one else is waiting to use the pc's.

      The minibar is well stocked with soft drinks, beer, fruit juice ect plus you get a tray next to the minibar with half bottles of spirits including, brandy, whiskey, vodka ect. Every night a staff member comes in about 7pm to turn your beds down, pull the blinds down, change towels, empty bins, replenish tea and coffee and leave you a little bowl of local sweets. Natural env friendly mozzie fogging is used at dusk each night throughout the resort.

      Before I left I asked if the hotel had a brochure, they did and gave me a couple. If you are going to stay at the Sala ask for a brochure on day 1, it is full of info and a map of the resort. It wasn't untill I looked at the map when I returned home that I realised I had completley overlooked exploring the spa building!!!!! Hubby and I thouight the spa area and rooms near the pool were the spa, but looking at the map we now understand these are the salas and massage areas the spa is near reception lol lol. Not that we would have used the hotel spa, the prices were far to expensive, but it would have been nice to just go and have a look. Can I just add something, I know I missed seeing the spa, however, I have just read in the brochure that there is a ''swim up bar'' I know I did not see a swim up bar anywhere, so please if anyone is going to the resort please let me know if you find one lol.

      Sala villas: We stayed in Sala villa 9

      First of all, none of the villas are on the beach, if you want a sea view you will need to go for the president villa or perhaps the 1 or 2 bed pool villas. The Sala villas are lovely. It appears from the map that the order goes like this from the beach front to the back end near reception, beach row = president suite and 1/2 bed pool villas then Sala villas, then garden then balcony rooms. The best located Sala villas were in my view numbers 10, 27 and 16 and 9 there is little difference really in location of the villas it's just that I liked being on the main path to the beach cos I get lost in strange places lol.

      The villas are not claustraphobic in my view, plenty of space for 2 people and the garden plants take the edge of the walls, which were not a problem at all. How often do you get to use the loo and have real bannana plants with growing bannanas on them to look at lol. The villas do get the sun at different times of the day, we got the sun during the afternoon/eve OMG we just loved getting back from the beach/pool or trips and jumping into our own pool sipping something cool from the minibar with music playing on the villa cd player :] You cannot help but chill out.

      The possitive things about the resort for me included:

      * Privacy, no neighbours peeking over the villa wall

      * No hoards of screaming kids :]

      * No unruley drunken Brits lol {don't take offence I am a Brit}

      * New, clean, modern and stylish villas with many extra facilities

      * Our very own pool for 10 days

      * Smallish and very friendly resort, in a lovely location on Choengmon Beach

      * Choengmon Beach = very clean and not too crowded around the resort area, liked it far more than Chaweng beach

      * The swimming pools are the best I have seen anywhere, in particular the lap pool it looks like a big block of beautiful marble when no-one is swimming in it, fantastic.

      Ok now the niggly bits {not Negatives}

      * The gift shop was shut, due to open 2 weeks after we left

      * The entrance needs some lighting {I am sure this will be sorted when the construction work next door to the resort is finished} BTW, the construction work did not impact in any way on our holiday

      That's all the negatives I can think of, well for me anyway.

      Hope this helps a little. If you are going to the Sala Samui, enjoy. I know I did.

      chazy x

      Not finished

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      We have originally reserved Sala Samui resort for our December vacation. Upon arrival in mid-December the property was not finalized. Not only the spa but the territory of the resort as well. The workers were everywhere....The entrance therefore made a very strange impression....

      The villas themselves were accomplished. In really looks on the pictures of the web-site better than it looks in reality. The design is minimalistic and is a definite plus. The problem is that the villas are surrounded by the high walls, and the air stays within, which makes it possible to enjoy the fresh air after 11 pm only. There is a great deal of privacy, but for me it also meant claustrophobia. There is no view of course, only the one of the wall. A great option for shooting an xxx movie, but nothing for the romantic stay.

      Food at the restaurant is very good.

      In general the amount of the resorts in koh samoi is huge, so new resorts have few chances of attracting new professional employees. So they were quite green at Sala....

      Hopefully it will all change soon to offer 5 star promised quality.

      TripAdvisor Reviews SALA Samui Resort And Spa Ko Samui

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