We had the privilege of staying at the Indigo Pearl from the 1st -8th April at the start of a 16 day holiday in Thailand. We wanted the luxury of a 5 star resort, as close as possible to a beautiful beach with turquoise water & white sand, with a local village to experience Thai food & culture , without the crowds. After much research, Indigo Pearl was the one that ticked all the boxes,& we weren't disappointed. The fact that it is a 5 min. drive from the airport was a huge bonus ( it is actually relaxing lying on the beach watching the planes ,as you can't hear them).
Contrary to previous reviewers , we loved being welcomed in the stunning open pagoda style reception area by Pang , the guest relations officer, who orientated us as we cooled down with ice tea & cold towels.
We chose the cheaper Kelly rooms as we required a 2nd room for our 3 sons aged 18, 15 & 9 years, & we didn't anticipate spending much time in them.The rooms were very adequate, comfortable, clean & accessible to all areas of this well designed resort.
All staff members were amiable & obliging. Room service , always prompt.
We were invited to cocktails at Rebar by the General Manager , a very approachable & down to earth Frenchman, Arnaud Girodon , who sat with us for some time & seemed genuinely interested in us & out thoughts about the resort.
Indigo Pearl is an independent resort owned by a tin mining family who empolyed an American architect to thoughtfully & stylishly design this very chic resort ,with a tin mine theme. The gorgeously well maintained landscaped gardens blend in perfectly . Unlike many beach resorts world wide, it has been cleverly designed not to spoil Nai Yang, as it can't be seen from the beach .
We utilised as much resort facilities as time would allow. Breakfast at the Tin Mine was opulent, catering to every culture. We went to the elegant Black Ginger for our son's 15th birthday ,a gorgeous traditionally Thai restaurant set in the middle of a pond. The same son also loved his Thai boxing class at the gym, which is set beside the tennis courts, & is well equipped.
The family pool is large ,& very inviting . The 14 yrs & up pool , great for a dip on the way back from the beach ,or just to lie on a sun bed & read a book away from the kids. This wet edged pool looks over several amazing ghost palms to the other adult pool , which we loved to frequent at 4pm (happy hour) at the swim up Plumb Bob bar for a cocktail while Cafe Del Mer type music created the perfect ambience .They had a DJ some afternoons.
The beach is just across a narrow street with a small village of restaurants & bars. We tried several of these for dinner & found the food authentic , fresh & cheap (recommend The Batik) & who wouldn't love dining on the beach watching the setting sun.
During the day the beach club really looks after you. We never had trouble attaining sunbeds . Towels were always plentiful . The extras, eg.little cups made out of leaves with fresh fruit, popsicles, iced water & cold flannels felt decadent.
Lee , the beach club manager, went above & beyond to help with water sports . When our boys disappeared from site to explore a small island, Lee was out to them in his rubber rescue boat like , "Bondi rescue", even though we assured him that we weren't particularly worried. He also spent a lot of time helping them learn to wind sail.
The locals are gentle, friendly people. Their children were on summer holidays while we were there & a few were working on the beach , selling ice creams & drinks . Along with the massage ladies , they quietly offered their services without being intrusive.
Locals with long boats will take you to neighbouring beaches for jet skiing & parasailing.
We opted to hire an airconditioned car ($30Aus dollars /day) to visit the night copy markets near Phuket town (about 40 mins drive),& the next day to visit Patong for jet skiing , parasailing & fish spa(hilarious).The drive was easy & roads good. We visited a few of the other beaches on the way back to Nai Yang & were satisfied that we had chosen the right resort for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Style and distinction - Historic detail fuses with chic industrial elegance. A 5 Star Luxury Design Resort touching Nai Yang Beach, Phuket. The Indigo Pearl resort experience is an encounter with Phuket's collective imagination - a gathering of intriguing details, re-envisioned through imaginative design. Architecture inspired by Phuket's tin mining past. The hotel decor evokes a Thai factory of a century ago. A landscape overflowing with surprises: the postmodern transformation of a mature plantation, spiced with modern sculpture and found industrial art. Luxury, comfort and service surpasses expectations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Indigo Pearl Nai Yang
- Indigo Pearl Phuket/Nai Yang