SALA Hospitality Group, Thailand’s homegrown design-led hospitality company, has unveiled the latest addition to its curated collection of beachfront resorts and boutique hotels: sala bang pa-in, a “Historical Getaway” nestled on a private island at the Chaophya River bank. It is close to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, which boasts 389 years of rich heritage, and the resort has investment budgets of 300 million baht. sala bang pa-in is targeted at historically-minded Thai tourists, allowing them to escape the city, unwind in nature and learn about 671 years of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Scheduled to open its doors on 1st May 2021, reservations are expected to reach 70% in the first three months.
sala bang pa-in will become the group’s ninth property in Thailand and the fifth member of sala boutique, a portfolio of intimate hotels situated in picturesque locations, many of which are filled with historical significance. It marks the latest collaboration between SALA Hospitality Group and Twitee Vajrabhaya Teparkum from the Department of Architecture Co., the acclaimed Bangkok-based design studio, following the successful openings of Six Senses Samui and SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort.
Volkert Geertsen, Cluster General Manager for sala boutique commented, “The Chao Phraya is a legendary river that weaves timeless tales of Thailand’s past as it winds through the landscape. Now for the first time, curious explorers can discover the fables and folklore of Bang Pa-in, the home of the Summer Palace, while staying in a boutique hotel that delivers world-class experiences for couples, families and groups alike. Just a short distance from Bangkok, yet surrounded by unspoiled scenery, this is a captivating destination for urbanites who want to escape the city and unwind in peace and tranquillity. We look forward to welcoming guests to sala bang pa-in, demonstrating our trademark sense of style, showcasing the grace and grandeur of Old Siam, and the legend of Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.”
In the era of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, it is recorded that King Ekathosarot (reigned 1605-1620) was shipwrecked on an island in the Chao Phraya, Thailand’s “River of Kings”, as he sailed to the royal palace. There he met a woman named Nang In living on the island, and fell in love. Their son, King Prasat Thong (reigned 1629-1656) decided to build a palace in Bang Pa-In, as a tribute to the home of his mother, Nang In. Today, the “Summer Palace” remains an enchanting attraction that echoes the elegance of a bygone era.
sala bang pa-in is delighted to welcome guests under the SALA Safe protocols to assure them of safety and hygiene during their stay. The relaxing hotel houses just 24 deluxe rooms and pool villas, all of which reflect a modern minimalist design concept and cutting-edge technology, such as high-end sound systems with smartphone connectivity, LED TVs and Espresso machines in every villa. Each spa-inspired bathroom comprises a separate bathtub and rain shower, and all 10 villas open out onto expansive riverside terraces with daybeds and private pools. The top room category, the spectacular three-bedroom river view presidential pool villa, offers 484 square metres of indoor and alfresco living space, making it ideal for families and groups of friends.
There are plenty of options for families and couples wanting to be steeped in history at the World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. They can take a boat to Bang Pa-In Palace, see the historical sites and end the day sipping sundowners. Plenty of scenic cycling routes to and from the hotel include a 50km loop that encompasses Ayutthaya and the Summer Palace, and secure bike parking at the hotel. Guests can also jog along a path that winds around the property and along the riverbank, relax with in-room spa and massage services, or plunge into the inviting outdoor swimming pool, which stretches 30 metres along the waterfront.
Spa-inspired bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs and separate rain showers are available in every villa, including the 86sqm river view pool villas
Reservations for sala bang pa-in can be made now for stays starting 1st May 2021. Rates start from THB 5,180 net per room per night, including breakfast and river transfer to the Summer Palace. Book now at www.salahospitality.com/bang-pa-in.