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“Relaxing in an interesting environment”
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The Slate
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Nai Yang
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“Relaxing in an interesting environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

The style of the hotel is very industrial, which is consequently used in every detail. I have seen various reviews which hate the style of the hotel and say it is not 5-star. I disagree, but it is not a 5-star in the traditional style due to its design. But all services and amenities are certainly at a 5-star level. The rooms are very spacious and well maintained.
Contrary to some reviews you can close the bathroom from the bedroom with a big door. The shower is open, so prude couples might not like it.
We did not have a room with private pool, and actually happy with this as room on a higher floor offers a bit more of a view than those on the ground floor with the private pools.
On the higher floor you also have very comfy daybeds and the terrace is covered, so never full sun and no problems with the rain when there would be some.

I would recommend to take some insect repellent, with all the ponds there are a lot of small bugs around.

There are a lot of excellent restaurants to eat and room service is excellent. Prices are below the normal 5-star prices for restaurants, and quality at the same level. As always you can eat very cheap in the beach restaurants next to the hotels and on the street nearby but the quality is lacking as well as the freshness.
Breakfast buffet is very big and lots of choice including cooked to order eggs.

The beach area is not spectacular, but the amazing grounds of the hotel and the pools make up for this, you do not need the beach. The hotel is very large, but lots of signage and a good plan, after 1 day you know your way around.

Staff is very friendly as always in Thailand and go through every effort to make your stay better. Communication is not always as easy, but plenty of staff available to help out.

When checking out you can still make use of the showers in the fitness to freshen up so you can still enjoy the day when you have a late flight.

The massages are very good and in a luxurious environment (always in the industrial style off course). Yes you can find very cheap massages on the beach but they are not as luxurious or clean. The hotel has a very interesting promotion where every day they offer a package for a special price (4,200 Bhat per couple) but for this you get 1.5 hour of treatment, combination of 2 massages or a pedicure, a cocktail you can have in any of the bars with canapés.

Very close to the airport but no noise from it.

As we had been to Phuket before, we did not go an visit anything, so I cannot comment on how far it is to town etc

I would certainly recommend this place for a relaxing holiday with doing nothing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

lovely resort with private beach and as the drinks can be expensive there are a couple of small bars just outside the gates to the beach and so inexpensive used by locals and expats . rooms were quite adequate lovely pool area and happy hour is well worth a visit to the bar in the centre of the pool . another small bar with a full size snooker table and large screen tv which they will get any sports channel you need .

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Location

Close to airport, quite a way from Phuket, Patong (800BHT taxi one way, 40 mins min), Kata Beach (1000BHT taxi one way, 1 hr). We chose it to get away from the crowds and it's mostly peaceful unless there's a party on the beach pumping put loud tunes in which case the sound really carries. Our room was about as close as you can get to the beach and it was lucky that we were both so pooped after a day at sea that we managed to fall asleep through it.

Accommodation

We got bumped into a suite and it was pretty amazing really. I guess this is how the 1% live! Didn't use the outdoor massage deck as we went to the Nest instead but loved having our own pool. Downstairs living area and upstairs bedroom both tastefully kitted out in the tin mine theme. Wifi was occasionally wonky upstairs despite having a router downstairs so Facebook addicts might have a few palpitations but most folks should survive.

The Grounds

Three really good public pools, 2 for adults only and 1 kid friendly. Brilliant idea, for those with and without kids. Black Ginger restaurant looked spectacular at night and the food was fine but overshadowed by the design. Didn't make it to the pub or the steak bar. Breakfast was better than quite a few fancy places I've been to with enough variety to have fun: toasted green curry sandwich with smoked salmon anyone? :)

Service

I thought everyone was trying as hard as they could and the more senior staff certainly went out of their way to make whatever you wanted happen. Service isn't quite at the scary "anticipate what you want before you've articulated it" level that I've had several times in Japan and the US but it's more than good enough.

Cocoon Massage

The Nest is really beautiful and I found the whole experience almost spiritually transformative but then I don't get out much. The Wife said it was "more than good".

Value for money

By local standards this place is phenomenally expensive, I think the prices are comparable with established first world cities like Sydney and London but I left feeling that I had spent a reasonable amount and that I had had a wonderful time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

My husband and I had a hard time choosing the perfect honeymoon destination but heard amazing things about Thailand. We spent our first three days in Bangkok to experience the city and the remaining six days in Phuket.

There are so many hotels to choose from in Phuket, but do not pass up Indigo Pearl. The hotel is on beautiful, expansive grounds with access to a private beach (perfect for relaxing and imbibing) and public beach access. While the beach isn't nearly as exquisite as the Phi Phi Islands, the water is warm and perfect for swimming. It's rather shallow which makes it really kid friendly.

They were so kind and thoughtful when we arrived-- there were two chocolate cakes, champagne and fruit to help celebrate our honeymoon. The housekeeper, Bun was so helpful and attentive throughout our stay. Everyone on site was amazing.

The hotel is gorgeous and they carry the mine theme throughout the entire place. Take a peek at all the bathrooms if you have a chance! The decor is absolutely stunning and thoughtful. We loved the idea of something that felt different than most hotels or resorts. The Tin Mine has the best forks and spoons!

While we spent most of our time at the pool and beach, there are some great little markets just outside the hotel. Check in with the hotel concierge to set up a tour of neighboring islands or Phuket.

The beach is lined with some amazing restaurants (something we weren't aware of but very excited about)-- we fell in love with four and didn't make our way down the beach. We in fact only ate breakfast at the hotel and spent the rest of the time at the beach eating and drinking.

A few recommendations for your trip:

-Stay in the pool pavilion (the pool will be slightly cloudy, it's salt water but it's cool and a welcome treat from the heat and humidity)
-Spend time at the Beach
-Order the stir fried morning glories in oyster sauce and enjoy the deep fried morning glory leaves with spicy seafood salad
-Octopus has amazing food and great prices
-The Beach Club is a great place to listen to music and have cocktails on very cool beach recliners (don't forget to ask them about their dinner menu)
-Hana Seafood has great service and give you a yummy dessert at the end of dinner
-Phen's is one of the most inexpensive and has a tasty chicken and cashews
-Enjoy a spa treatment or two!
-The room provides bug spray, a beach tote and leather beach sandals as needed
-Book an adventure to Phi Phi Island (make sure to stop at James Bond and Monkey Island)

Enjoy your trip and the Indigo Pearl!

Room Tip: Pool Pavilion.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

I've been at the indigo pearl a few times for the sunday brunch. The food is really good and the staff is very friendly. Also the design of the hotel is one of the things that i like about this place.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This resort has everything you want and need. The pools are great, some private for adults only, one with swim-up bar, which we loved. The breakfasts were good, lots of variety. The grounds are too big. We stayed 7 nights, and by the time we left, we just started to know our way around. There should be a nice open area in the lobby, where you can enjoy a drink, The Tin Syndicate Bar did not open until 5 or 6pm from memory. Take insect repellent, they are rife here around 4.30pm. The staff were friendly, but really need some lessons in basic English. The place is so big, there was no room for personalized attention. There are 2 access points to the Beach,where there are numerous restaurants, but unfortunately on both sides of Indigo Pearl designated area on the beach is littered with refuse, which is really disappointing. The room we had was spectacular, plenty of room, and the bed was huge. Overall our time spent was exactly what we were after, relaxation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

I've mixed feelings about the indigo pearl really. The design is amazing although a little masculine for my taste but the idea is designed on the old tin mine.
The pools are all great and I like the touch of free water and fruit by the pool. But you don't get much free here beyond that....
The rooms are lovely but the designer had clearly not thought that women might want to stay here and need storage space for cosmetics. The robes and slippers are nice to use but is it really necessary to but price tags on everything to warn you if you take it home you'll get charged? A simple letter in the room would be suffice.
The breakfast is extensive and there is plenty to choose no matter what nationality you are, but you have to chase down staff to get a second tea or coffee. I thought that the restaurant was understaffed really.
The room attendant mr karn was great, always happy and willing to help.
The food in the restaurant is way too expensive. I paid more for a meal there than I do at home!!! The food is nice, but you get food just as nice on the beach for a quarter of the price. I did go to the siam evening and the food was good but i felt ripped off when i got the bill.
Try Naiyang seafood restaurant on the beach, the seafood is amazing and it's cheap too.
The spa looks amazing but the prices are way too high, it's hard to part with 3000 baht for a massage when it's 300 on the beach.
It seems that this hotel is more about making money rather than customer care, they really need to balance this out more or they will loose repeat customers.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: The Slate
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:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Nai Yang
#1 Family Hotel in Nai Yang
#1 Spa Hotel in Nai Yang
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nai Yang
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nai Yang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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