By THE NATION
The moon plays an integral role in Thai culture, with each phase of the lunar cycle holding a deep historical and spiritual significance. The full moon, half moon or dark moon can dictate the timing of festivals, the schedule of planting and harvesting, and even auspicious dates in a person’s life.
At the luxury retreat on the pure shores of Koh Samui, the moon is creating many of life’s most magical moments. The resort is divided into two distinct parts - the Oceanfront/Beach Wing and Garden Wing - each of which has been exquisitely designed to reflect the changing phases of the moon.
The Garden Wing, recently opened its doors. Designed by Onion, the Thailand-based architecture and design studio, this new wing is intricately guided by the half moon and dark moon concepts. These areas feel cosy and private, with the ambiance enhanced by trees and plants, creating a sense of deep natural tranquility.
This family-friendly wing features 82 rooms, pool villas and pool suites, ranging from 45 to 181 square metres in sizes and all elegantly designed to reflect the lunar concept. Guests will have access to state-of-the-art IPTV and audio systems, coffee machines, mini-bars and full-size daybeds, and more than half of the units feature a private pool.
The Garden Wing contains an array of additional amenities, including the tree house restaurant/bar, a 25-metre swimming pool, the Garden Pool Bar, SALA Gym and SALA Spa, an inviting wellness centre with six private treatment rooms, steam rooms, showers and changing rooms. Reflecting the Garden Wing’s family focus, guests will also have access to a children’s pool and SALA’s first kids’ club, providing young guests with indoor and outdoor play areas and a full schedule of fun activities.
This enchanting new area complements the existing Oceanfront/Beach Wing, which is designed to reflect the energy of a full moon. Here, the circular shape of the moon is incorporated into various design elements, from facade to façade to the aptly names Moon Pool. Inside the rooms, round lighting fixtures and outdoor bathtubs were inspired by the full moon, while curved interior archways create a relaxing and organic sense of space.