Sala plans major Thailand expansion


Sala Resorts & Spas has announced a major expansion in Thailand that will see it double its portfolio.

The luxury hotel company, which currently operates resorts in Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Yai, will add a further three properties in the next six months under its Sala Boutique brand. Sala Lanna Chiang Mai will be the first to open in December 2012, followed by the Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok and Sala Ayutthaya in 2013.

Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok will overlook Wat Arun
Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok will overlook Wat Arun

“We are thrilled to be expanding our Sala boutique-branded properties in these cultural Thai cities, all of which have important historical significance to Thailand. These retreats, escapes and getaways, in addition with the flagship – Sala Khao Yai – are the ideal enhancements to the beach resorts and spas Sala owns and operates in Samui and Phuket,” said Brian Moodie, Sala’s Chief Operating Officer.

Launching before the end of the year, Sala Lanna Chiang Mai will be located on the east bank of the Ping River. The boutique hotel will feature just 16 rooms with river views, including the two-bedroom Ping Riverview Pool Suite. It will also feature two restaurants.

Then in January 2013, the Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok will open in Bangkok’s old city, close to attractions such as the Grand Palace. Again the hotel will be small, with just 17 rooms, most of which will offer views of the Chao Phraya River, Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), while facilities will include a restaurant and rooftop bar.

Finally, opening in April 2013 will be the Sala Ayutthaya. Located in Thailand’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed former Royal capital, just north of Bangkok, the hotel will feature 27 rooms, many of which will have views of the Chao Phraya River. Other facilities include a swimming pool, art gallery, restaurant and bar.

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