Embark on the ultimate getaway at sala ayutthaya, where you’ll be treated to a stay of serenity and seclusion.
By Deboshree Banerjee
The road to sala ayutthaya from Bangkok was an impressive mix of lush greenery and picturesque pagodas, giving me a quick glimpse of Ayutthaya’s faded history. At the entrance of the boutique resort was a large iron door that opened upon an expansive terracotta brickwork wall with the property’s name and logo accented in gold. This was the perfect introduction into the resort’s historic architectural theme.
Stepping inside, I was mesmerised by the striking interior which elegantly displayed post-modern artworks and traditional symbols of Thai culture. Upon waiting to check-in, I was immediately given refreshing fruity drinks, while the friendly staff organised the details of my stay with experienced efﬁciency, after which I was escorted to my room.
The redbrick passage on my way mimicked the ancient Ayutthaya’s outer walls featuring masterful local craftsmanship. Divided into 12 individual homes, the gently curved terracotta-coloured walls were designed to offer visitors privacy, while the stark white walls provided a visually pleasing contrast.
With a total of 26 spacious guestrooms and suites, the immaculate property embodies comfort and style to become one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the city. Every room was well-equipped with handy amenities, stunning viewpoints and meditative spaces that are delightful for families, couples, and solo travellers alike. The wood-accented rooms extend onto a small but nicely formed marble pool, which is a base camp for fun, and therefore, has both children and adults addicted.
Upon checking into my 40sqm superior guestroom, I was quick to make myself at home in the incredibly comfortable king-sized bed, which was lined with a cosy daybed. The most eye-catching feature here was an outline of a pouncing tiger engraved on the corner of the large black headboard. The room with its subtle homey touches and snug furnishings is also blessed with in-room entertainment and world-class amenities, including a 32-inch Smart TV, stereo sound system and complimentary Wi-Fi. This enables all guests to stay connected and entertained throughout their stay. Meanwhile, the elegantly decorated bathroom boasts a ceiling-mounted shower head and a round bathtub, which is the focal point of the large well-lit area.
Guests can also opt for the luxurious two-level one bedroom duplex river view suite, which as the name suggests, grants them unobstructed views of the riverside scenery. There is also the river view deluxe terrace, which is identical to the deluxe river view suites, but comes with an additional terrace or balcony for lounging. On the other hand, the one bedroom pool suite is an alluring choice for honeymooners. This ground ﬂoor room has one king-sized bed, a spacious living area and 13sqm private swimming pool. No matter which accommodation you opt for, all provide a tropical setting surrounded by majestic trees and ﬂoor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in plenty of natural light.
All Things Culinary
Overlooking the magniﬁcent Chao Phraya River and Wat Phutthaisawan, eatery and bar is sala ayutthaya’s beautiful riverfront restaurant that answers all your culinary prayers with their extensive menu that consists of traditional Thai favourites, as well as a variety of international delights. The bar features a ﬁne selection of wines, beers and cocktails crafted by expert mixologists. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements, the eatery’s interior showcases several bell-shaped granite lamps suspended from exposed electric cables, providing a striking contrast to the restaurant’s modern décor. I was seated at the intimate riverside terrace where I savoured mouth-watering dishes from their à la carte menu, including Seafood tom yum soup, Kraphao kai and Thai red curry with duck. The meal ended on a sweet note with Mango and sticky rice accompanied by a plate full of tropical fruits. The next day, I enjoyed a complimentary breakfast which offers both a premium quality buffet and an à la carte menu. I opted for the Light breakfast à la carte option, which consisted of egg whites, buttered toast, roasted asparagus, mushrooms and a juicy tomato.
All Things Amenity
During your stay, you should take the opportunity to explore the property’s various leisure facilities. Art enthusiasts will ﬁnd refuge at the gallery, which features stunning contemporary work from local artists. The spacious venue is also equipped to host events, functions and presentations. For those who wish to indulge in a little pampering, the resort’s mini sala spa is a welcome retreat. The serene treatment rooms have twin massage beds, perfect for couple sessions, as well as a variety of in-room and poolside treatments. Thanks to the resort’s central location, guests also have a plethora of outside excursions to look forward to. These include temple visits and historical sites. The resort’s staff are also eager to assist with different excursions available, including bicycle tours and river cruises. There are golf courses, tennis courts and ﬁtness centres nearby as well. Just like sala ayutthaya, all of these activities are well-equipped to cater to their patrons’ needs.
About 90km north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya sits on its own little island surrounded by three rivers, whispering of its glory days as a royal capital. Now saved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this splendid ruin is ﬁlled with palaces, temples and religious monuments of great historical and cultural signiﬁcance.
Travel Tip: To make your experience more meaningful, do a little background research beforehand to provide yourself with some historical context. Or you can visit Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre once there to get an overview with informative facts, models and old photographs.
9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, 13000 Thailand
Tel: 035 242 588