The Indigo Pearl is a little piece of paradise in Phuket. We stayed there for 10 nights on our honeymoon and it was simply perfect.
There are so many lovely little touches such as the free welcome drink and cold towels by the pool but possibly the most impressive thing was the hotel staff. They are extremely pleasant and very happy to assist you with anything you need, we found going to the reception desk a very positive experience. The whole resort is spread out with little paths leading to different area and you never felt like you were in a hotel at all. We hardly ever saw anyone whilst wandering around.
We had a Kelly room booked but we were upgraded to a Plantation villa which we loved plus they also brought us a bottle of champagne and chocolate cakes as we were honeymooners. The room was lovely with a little garden area that contained 2 sunbeds and an outdoor bath tub which we used one night. As with other reviews I have to agree that there is a shortage of storage space - 1 hanging rail and 2 small drawers. However we managed and it was a small issue, not something I would even thing of complaining about. The rooms can be a little dim but there is plenty of lighting and we didn't have any issues. The bathroom at the back of the room is overlooked but there is so much shrubbery around that this did concern me at all.
There were three pools and two were adult only which we very much liked. The swim up bar is very good too! There was an abundance of sun lougers, clean towels and a few day beds as well. The bar person brings round chilled glasses of water and bowls of fruit when you arrive.
We ate at the Black Ginger restaurant twice and it was fanastic, highly recommended. The menu is lovely and the food was so good that I came away feeling extremely full each time! The prices are expensive by Thai standards but fairly cheap compared to the UK. We also went to the Rivet Bar & Grill twice for steaks which were excellent. There was a guy working in that restaurant called Pom and he was great, very attentive and keen to get to know the guests. The breakfast served at the Tin Mine restaurant each morning was very very good, huge range of food on offer. I tried it all but my favourite thing was the fried rice!
Some of the best food we had though was at a little restaurant down by the beach. Turn left at the road by the beach and then walk about 200-300 yeards to Ocotopus. It doesn't look much from the outside and the menu is very basic looking but the food is just divine. We ate there times and strongly recommend the chili fish. The prices are very good as well, exactly what you would expect to pay for a meal in Thailand.
Unfortuantely it did rain quite a bit while we were there but we always found things to do. We had massages at the hotel spa but the massage place near the beach is far far cheaper and just as good. We hired DVDs from the library at reception, a must when it's pouring with rain outside! We used the computers at reception to e-mail home.
Just outside the main gate was a moped hire shop and we hired a little scooter for 3 days which I would recommend, we saw the whole of Phuket. The traffic is not that bad and I never felt worried. The road signs sometimes leave a little to be desired and you have to watch out for some nutters on bikes! We wnet to Patong which we didn't like at all and I'm glad we didn't stay anywhere near there. It's very busy and full of stalls, McDonalds and lots of burnt English tourists! We went to Phuket town which was quite interesting but mainly I would advise just follwong the costal roads and stopping whenever you see an amazing view.
We did a trip to James Bond island which was good fun but a long day out. We didn't do any other excusions as the resort is so nice we were happy to spend time there.
The beach club is nothing to see really, we didn't bother with it. We went to the beach by the hotel once there but used our scooter to go to other beaches on the island instead.
I almost didn't want to write a rave review because I'd like to keep this hotel a secret. I loved every minute there and I will definitely be returning one day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Indigo Pearl Nai Yang
- Indigo Pearl Phuket
- The Slate Phuket/Nai Yang