sala bang pa-in, the stylish new boutique retreat on the Chao Phraya River from SALA Hospitality Group, is giving Thai residents the opportunity to leave the heat of the city behind and unwind in a world of contemporary design and classical Thai heritage, just a short drive from the Thai capital.Nestled on an island in the “River of Kings”, only 60km north of Bangkok, sala bang pa-in showcases a charming yet relatively undiscovered part of the Kingdom. This makes it a captivating destination for curious travellers, especially Thai nationals and expats who want to escape the crowds and create unique Instagrammable occasions.
The gentle flow of the Chao Phraya sets the stage for many magical and memorable moments at sala bang pa-in, just as it has done for centuries. Each of the 24 deluxe rooms and villas offers river or pool views, along with modern minimalist design, spa-inspired bathrooms and cutting-edge technology. All 10 villas, including the sala signature – villa 1 – three bedroom pool villa, open out onto expansive waterfront terraces with daybeds and private pools overlooking the rippling river.
During their stay, guests can uncover this legendary waterway’s rich backstory with complimentary daily boat services from the resort to Bang Pa-in Palace, also known as the “Summer Palace” ¹. For more immersive explorations, private sightseeing tours and sunset cocktail cruises can be arranged aboard the resort’s elegant wooden riverboat, which was hand-built by a local master craftsman. Thrilling adventures, special occasions and exclusive half-day charters can also be enjoyed aboard a luxurious 26ft leisure craft speedboat, Horizon 260, which was designed for its style and performance by Four Winns, the world-renowned American manufacturer. Rates start from THB 8,000 net per hour.
Bang Pa-in is ready to reveal its historical and cultural wonders to every visitor. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was constructed by King Rama V in a unique blend of Thai and European styles; Arts of the Kingdom is an exquisite museum that celebrates Thailand’s traditional arts and crafts; and Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts & Crafts Centre is a spectacular 14-acre heritage centre that highlights rural life in the four regions of Thailand. Just a short drive away, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples of Ayutthaya never fail to inspire the imagination.
Golfers seeking a sporting getaway can tee-off at a choice of impressive courses, including Royal Bang Pa-In Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course that was designed by award-winning Schmidt-Curley Inc., and the 27-hole Bangsai Country Club, which was created by the celebrated Thai golf course architect, Pirapon Namatra.
Back at the hotel, gourmet travellers can learn the art of gastronomy and mixology with a cooking class or cocktail school on the alfresco lawn. Kids will be entertained with art classes at the rain tree deck, and all ages can come together and savour exceptional Thai and international dining at sala bang pa-in eatery and bar, as the Chao Phraya flows gently by. The following morning, guests can start their day by presenting alms to local monks, before enjoying a blissful floating breakfast in the privacy of their pool villa.
To celebrate its opening, sala bang pa-in has created a choice of rewarding packages. “The Getaway” is a tempting two-night break in a choice of riverfront rooms or villas, including daily breakfast, one roundtrip boat service to and from the Summer Palace¹ and THB 1,000 of resort credit for food and drinks during the stay. Valid for bookings made from now until 30 June 2021 and stays taken before 31 August 2021, this enticing offer starts from just THB 10,358 net for two nights.
Alternatively, couples seeking a romantic retreat can choose the “Just the Two of Us” package, which comprises an overnight stay on a bed of rose petals, breakfast for two, one roundtrip boat service, two glasses of Prosecco, and a three-course candlelit dinner for two. Rates start from THB 7,623 net per room per night and are available from now onwards. With such a serene setting and so many indulgent amenities, you’ll fall in love all over again at sala bang pa-in!
Now open, sala bang pa-in is the ninth property in SALA Hospitality Group’s nationwide portfolio and the fifth member of sala boutique, a collection of intimate hotels situated in picturesque locations throughout Thailand, many of which are filled with historical significance. Under the SALA Safe programme, sala bang pa-in adheres to strict health and hygiene standards whilst preserving the core guest experience. The full list of measures can be found on the SALA Hospitality Group website.
For more information and to book your riverside escape at sala bang pa-in, please visit www.salahospitality.com/bang-
¹ Due to the recent restrictions, the Summer Palace is currently closed. Please check beforehand if you plan to visit the site. Complimentary daily boat services will still be available to explore the local area.