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“If you like raw concrete and overpriced food etc”
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The Slate
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Nai Yang
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Reviewed January 19, 2008

Unfortunately my insurance company booked this for me waiting for transport home.
I guess it is intended to be a'modern' style based upon old industry but its a labyrinth with stairs everywere, up and down. 3 - 5 times good hotel and restaurant prices.

The room is raw concrete (smells moisty. The bed is soft OK but pillows I need all 4 plus a decoration pillow to get the head resting comfortably since they are only air.

OK the staff is smiling and talk in a friendly tone but the definitively need someone to straighten up services and quality.
I would move to another place immediately if I could decide.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 9, 2008

I was nervous about staying in this hotel because there were no reviews, but it was great! It was re-done by one of the top designers in Thailand, and is really impressive. It's close to the Phuket airport, and situated well for the Fantasea elephant show and the James Bond boat tour, but is pretty far from the throngs at Patong. I stayed one night and wish it had been a longer stay. Check prices; I saved about 40% by staying at the end of my stay (April) rather than at the beginning (March). It was the best value of my 14 hotels by timing it right; otherwise it would be a little bit high. By the way, it's a really huge hotel, but is spread out. There are too many families there for me, but I had a nice quiet room (which I loved).

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled solo
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7  Thank Sarah2015
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Reviewed January 9, 2008

After 20 days in southeast Asia, this hotel stay was our one big splurge. Wow. We can't rec' it enough. It's so beautiful, new and modern. The staff is excellent. We felt like we found a hidden treasure. Tennis courts, 3 beautiful pools and gorgeous rooms. Awesome breakfast buffet. We don't like to spend a lot of money on hotels but this one was totally worth it.
We want to go back when we have kids cuz it's very kid friendly.
Very welcoming - not snobby at all.
Go the extra mile and get the pearl bed.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank actorgolferhoneymoon
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Reviewed January 8, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Indigo Pearl at the beginning of November 2007. It's Excellent.

The hotel was previously known as the Pearl Village, but was taken over I believe in 2006 and has had a total re-vamp and it's fabulous.

We stayed in a Cottage Room and the facilities were excellent. We had purchased some DVD's whilst in Bangkok and didn't have a DVD player in the room, I called the front desk and literally within 5 minutes, we had a DVD player connected to our TV!

The hotel itself if lovely, they have about 3 pools of varying degrees and the sun loungers, towels, etc are all top class.

The hotel is quite expensive for drinks/food and the best thing I can recommend is to walk out towards the beach as there are probably 20 different places to eat/drink and the prices are far more reasonable out there - we ate outside of the hotel permanently as the quality of the food was excellent.

The on-site spa is very good quality, I had a 5-hour spa session which only cost me £110 - it would have cost me £400-£500 in the UK. There are a number of thai massage shops near the beach and these are extremely reasonable and the massages are out of this world - extremely thorough and very relaxing.

My husband did a diving trip for the day and again this was very reasonably priced.

Patpong is the main resort area and takes approximately 45 minutes to get there in a taxi and if your planning on staying for 4-5 hours in the evening, your likely to need to get a put-put back which will take 55 minutes. Patpong wasn't really our cup of tea as it is extremely commercial, but it was good to visit it.

The people in Thailand are always friendly and provide the highest level's of service.

You will definitely enjoy your holiday if your looking for a 5 star quality hotel, good food/drink and the beach - this is your place to go - highly recommended - we loved it.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2008

After lengthy research before our trip to Phuket finally settled on Indigo Pearl and was not disappointed. The first ime we have arrived at a hotel and been truely overawed. Impressive reception area, modern decor but very welcoming. Followed tripadvisor reviews and went for a Pearl room which was spacious and absolutely stunning (very open plan though, so close family and friends only!). Huge choice for breakfast and of good quality. Black Ginger Thai resturant excellent, eat inside though as it stands on stilts over a pond, which attracts mosquitos at night. Rebar is top floor of really cool wooden framed building and is great for cocktails with excellent live music, downstairs is the Rivet restaurant which serves amazing steaks, a bit more expensive but very special in great surroundings. Wonderful spacious landscaped gardens with interesting sculptural features. All 3 pools (one for adults only) clean with great staff bringing towels, iced water and fresh fruit, poolside snacks also great. Everyone at the dive centre very helpful and knowledgable and good company on the boat trip. Super (and cheap) massages available just near hotel also use the beach bars and restaurants, all very good and amazing value. Made use of fully equipped gym and tennis courts (lessons available with Darren who also has lots of local knowledge). Beach O.K. but preferred next one along, Nai Thon.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed January 5, 2008

My Husband and I stayed at this resort, close to Nai Yang Beach, in September 2007, for two weeks. We had originally booked 10 days but loved the resort so much we extended our trip to a fortnight. This was a special holiday for us as I had been in Asia on business for the previous 2 months and would not return to the UK till February 2008.

The resort had only been open a short while but was fully functioning.

The resort is located a short distance from the airport, though it is located around about an hour from Phuket’s main night life in Patong and also the main shopping centres.

The staff were so attentive, looking after your every need and remembering our names which was such a nice personal touch.
The whole hotel has a modern ‘iron works’ feel to it, which was very cool. This theme flows though the hotel restaurant, library, lobby etc through to the guest rooms.

We stayed in a room with a balcony over looking one of the hotel’s three pools. It had a huge bathroom which comprised a separate bath and shower area.

We used many of the Hotel’s facilities during our stay at Indigo Pearl. We spent a large amount of time chilling out around the main swimming pool opposite Tin Mine. The pool staff were very attentive and were on hand refilling ice cold water and handing out lunch menus etc. One very nice touch was the complementary ice cream served wrapped in a banana leaf. These were handed out mid-afternoon. A very refreshing surprise!

We also utilised the hotel’s new gym and tennis courts which are of a very high standard. Again, the staff were fantastic and had ice cold water, refreshing towels and all the tennis gear set up before we arrived at the courts for our booking. My husband took up some Muang Thai boxing lessons which the hotel arranged at a reasonable price. My Husband was very impressed.

The Library, which is located behind the front desk, is superb housing a good collection of books in numerous languages as well as two computers with free internet access. All the books are bound in white giving the entire room a real chic, contemporary and chilled out feel. There is also a small DVD collection which can be borrowed and watched in the privacy of your own room.

We decided to go on one of the hotel’s recommended trips to Phi Phi Island and the Viking Caves. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed with some snorkelling and a stop for lunch at an island restaurant. Lunch was served buffet style on the upper floor of a hotel restaurant. While lunch itself was not too bad, there were other trips which clearly included the same lunch deal. At times it did get quite busy.

I visited the main shopping centre several times using the hotel mini bus facility. There is an additional charge for use of the bus, even though it travels every day at the same time, with one or 8 guests. We had assumed this was a free facility and in actual fact this is charged separately to our account. We only realised this once while we were checking out. This should have been explained properly before hand, however, it was still cheaper than using a taxi.

There is lots of choice for food at the resort if one does not want to venture out of the resort. These span from fine dining to really tasty, more casual food in Tin Mine. Black Ginger serves high quality Thai food and is a must. The hotel was not too busy when we arrived, however, I imagine in peak season and once the hotel has established itself you may need to book.

Our most enjoyable evening was at the Rivit restaurant. We had a cocktail or two in Rebar above before hand, which is definitely worth a visit, and then headed down to Rivet for some scrumptious fine dining. Again, may be worth booking if it is high season.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Indigo Pearl and are considering another holiday stay next year.

  • Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed January 4, 2008

We just returned from a 10 day holiday at the Indigo Pearl. The Hotel itself looks very nice the style is Tin, Screws etc. but its very interesting. The hotel has 5 pools including one baby pool and one adult pool(16 and over) with its own bar. The hotel also has 5 restaurants/cafes but the breakfast is only at one. This hotel has its own little library too which i really enjoyed. it has 2 computers and books in different languages. Now about our holiday. The hotel has its own beach but you need to go on a tuk-tuk to their beach club.The tuk tuk is outside the hotel gate next to the dive centre. Also if you would like to each a bit cheaper than then the hotels prices you should go to "Linda Seafood". This cafe is located outside the hotels back gate next to the dive centre. Cross the street and you will see it. We also like massages in phuket just before crossing the rode to linda seafood there will be a big massage room which was very nice.
We only used the hotel for swimming pools and sleeping the rest of the day we went to massages, beach cafes and the beach club.
This hotel was a great place to stay at!

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Address: Nai Yang Beach & National Park | 116 Moo 1 Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket, Nai Yang, Sakhu, Phuket 83110, Thailand (Formerly Indigo Pearl)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District > Sakhu > Nai Yang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nai Yang
#2 Spa Hotel in Nai Yang
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nai Yang
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Nai Yang
Price Range: $147 - $638 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Slate 5*
Number of rooms: 177
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in its own private paradise adjacent to unspoiled Nai Yang Beach and Phuket Airport. A Bill Bensley design masterpiece and a member of Design Hotels, The Slate manifests an avant-garde expression of Phuket heritage, its rich culture and traditions with bold design and fearless imagination. A place where family legacy meets raw design, industrial beauty interrupts with unexpected elements. The all-suite property offers 177 accommodation choices, 7 luxuriously designed Pool Villas, 8 restaurants and bars, 3 outdoor pools, beach club, art gallery, fitness studio, tennis courts, 'Tin Box' kids club, award-winning Coqoon Spa, conference facilities and Thai cooking classes. ... more   less 
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