With just one week to go before the opening of Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort on January 16, the recently appointed general manager, Erwin van der Veen, has revealed the inspirations behind the resort’s interior design scheme.
Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort was conceived by Thailand-based architectural and interior design firm Onion, and draws references from Koh Samui and neighbouring Koh Pha-ngan’s world-renowned Full Moon, Half Moon and Black Moon celebrations.
“Varying moods are pegged to the three lunar phases and these provide the design compass for different spaces within the resort. As guests move through the property they will experience a shift in mood – from the openness and high energy of the full moon on arrival, through smaller half moon connecting courtyards to the more intense shades of the black moon spaces,” said Erwin.
For the first phase of the resort, the Oceanfront Wing, the designers drew heavily on the energy of a full moon, inspired by the 120 metres of beach frontage, as well as facilities and guest rooms designed to take in the ocean views.
The circular shape of the full moon is incorporated into various design elements, from the architectural façade with elements deliberately placed to cast circular shadows, to the swimming pool, aptly named the Moon Pool, which references the lunar muse.
Inside the rooms, the circular motif continues, with full moon-inspired lighting fixtures and circular bathtubs. Interior archways follow the curve of the pervading theme, creating a relaxing and organic sense of space.
Slated to open in January 2019, the Garden Wing is further from the sea and reveals a shift towards smaller courtyards guided by the half moon and dark moon concepts.
Compared to the full moon, the half moon designs feel more cosy and private, with moderate lighting adding to the relaxed atmosphere, enhanced by trees and plants that are placed around the 83 rooms, pool villas and pool suites. This second phase will also include the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, as well as a garden oasis swimming pool, restaurant and bar.