SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort has officially opened with an entirely new design, conceived by Thailand-based architectural and interior design firm Onion, which drew its inspiration from Koh Samui and neighbouring Koh Phangan’s world-renowned Full Moon, Half Moon, and Black Moon celebrations.
“Varying moods are pegged to the three lunar phases and these provide the design compass for different spaces within the resort. As guests move through the property they will experience a shift in mood – from the openness and high energy of the full moon on arrival, through smaller half-moon connecting courtyards to the more intense shades of the black moon spaces,” said Erwin van der Veen, the resort’s general manager.
Interior archways, lamps, and interior furnishing in phase one Oceanfront Wing’s Pool Suites and Villas follow the full moon concept.
For the first phase of the resort, the Oceanfront Wing, the designers drew heavily on the energy of a full moon, inspired by the 120 metres of beach frontage, as well as facilities and guest rooms designed to take in the ocean views.
The circular shape of the full moon is incorporated into various design elements, from the architectural façade with touches deliberately placed to cast circular shadows, to the swimming pool, aptly named the Moon Pool, which references the lunar muse. Inside the rooms, the circular motif continues, with full moon-inspired lighting fixtures and circular bathtubs.
Interior archways follow the curve of the pervading theme, creating a relaxing and organic sense of space. Wall mounted lights in the Oceanfront Balcony Pool Suite are reminiscent of a total lunar eclipse. The Garden Wing is further from the sea and reveals a shift towards smaller courtyards guided by the half moon and dark moon concepts.
Compared to the full moon, the half moon designs feel more cozy and private, with moderate lighting adding to the relaxed atmosphere, enhanced by trees and plants that are placed around the 83 rooms, pool villas and pool suites.
This second phase will also include the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, as well as a garden oasis swimming pool, restaurant and bar. For the most intimate spaces in the resort, the dark moon inspiration was interpreted by further increasing the density of trees, plants, and green areas to offer a feeling of natural tranquillity.
The privacy and intimacy in these spaces is even more pronounced, with native landscaping planned to provide a sense of sanctuary in areas such as the SALA Spa.
Other highlights include the stunning Moon Pool located on the seafront, and an open-air beachfront restaurant – The TENT Beachfront Restaurant and Bar – serving a combination of international cuisine, modern Thai favourites and SALA Signature dishes amongst various private dining spaces, casual beach salas and romantic beachfront gazebos.
Other offerings include exclusive in-villa dining options and SALA’s signature selection of pillow types, organic soaps, scents and lotions.
The second phase will be completed in 2019 and will comprise 83 rooms, pool villas and pool suites, as well as the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, a garden oasis swimming pool with an Garden Pool Bar, plus an open-air show kitchen experience with a roadside concept restaurant and bar.