A sparkling new white hotel has opened on the exotic shores of Thailand’s Ko Samui island. The Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort is the definition of an idyllic island getaway. We find out more.
Summer seduction in Ko Samui
The Thai island of Ko Samui is one of the world’s most popular destinations, and a solid bet for any hotelier thanks to the large volume of tourists that hit the island´s shores each year. A new venture by Sala Resort Group is a stunning beachfront property that mixes luxury with contemporary beachfront design and the conveniences of a resort. Designed by Thai architecture practice onion, the hotel was completed in 2018 after five years of construction. The firm was commissioned to design everything from the hotel’s guest rooms to the site’s landscaping and pool areas. The resort has 138 rooms, and the 52-room beachfront phase of the property opened to guests in January of this year. Each of these incredible villas, suites and rooms has its own private swimming pool and views out to the sea.
Ko Samui is the haunt of revelers and partygoers, who come to Thailand to experience its world famous Full Moon parties. Onion took guidance from this celestial orb in the conception of this resort, saying, “Onion’s design direction comes from an observation that our perceptions of the moon change every night, even if the source of light remains the same. Full moon is the time when we see the moon. Black moon is the period when we see no moon. Crescent moon is in the space in between. Everything at Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort is designed to enhance a sequence of light, shade and shadow.” The overall appearance of the hotel is one of brilliant whiteness, with the exterior carved into a series of white arches, portholes and overhead openings so that shadows create dramatic effects on the walls and floors as the sun moves around.
The designers opted for a more open-air approach on the beach side of the site, where pools mirror the sky above and the sea beyond, the the circulation space through the courtyard is free and open, so guests feel completely at ease in their exotic surroundings. The interior palette of the resort is natural and calming in neutral shades of creams, beiges and soft browns, as well as a natural selection of materials including wood and lush cotton. The second phase in the resort, the roadside sector which contains 85 rooms, is expected to be finished in December 2018.
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