The Slate, formerly Indigo Pearl
What We Love
- The bold use of innovative lighting throughout the resort
- Designer beach bags and shoes for guests to use during their stays
- Products from the cult French skincare line Anne Semonin in the spa
What To Know
- Guests can book VIP packages to expedite their arrival and departure from the international airport for about $46 each way
- Pets are not allowed
- Bar and lounge spaces have a nightclub vibe
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Indigo Pearl’s unusual industrial-chic aesthetic is a design nod to Phuket’s history as a center of tin mining and the raw beauty of the island’s early days. The rooms and public spaces are filled with rough timber and sleek polished metal with steampunk details. Many of the villas have private pools, and there’s one for the resort guests to share, as well as an extensive spa. The restaurants are architectural marvels that seem to be floating on a lagoon: Rivet and Rebar is a modern grill serving Black Angus beef and local fish; Tin Mine serves Thai street food like deep-fried soft-shell crab; and the Tongkah Tin Syndicate is a snooker hall and bar.
In the Area
Located on the lush north coast of Phuket, the Indigo Pearl is near Blue Canyon Country Club, deemed by Tiger Woods to be one of the best golf courses he’s ever played on, and Phang Nga Bay, known for its stunning limestone cliffs and caves. Sirinat National Park is also nearby, and is one of the island’s largest and most unspoiled nature areas. For those who prefer their aquatic adventures to be more controlled nearby Splash Jungle Water Park is said to be Thailand’s wettest, wildest water park.
How to Get There
We stayed at The Slate, for 3 nights, wanting a hotel near the airport for the first part of the trip, but still a luxury experience.
The transfer from the airport was about ten minutes. It was a smooth and comfortable journey, organised by the hotel.
Check in was quick and efficient, the staff were friendly and accommodating. One of my biggest annoyances is a long check in!
We ate at Black Ginger on the first night, it’s a very atmospheric restaurant, the entrance is an experience in itself. The food and service were very good.
Our room (3117) is a pool villa, large, open with comfortable bed, plenty of storage and a big bathroom. The outside area was nice, with a large outdoor bathtub and the private swimming pool.
The design/decor of The Slate is modern/industrial. It was designed to reflect the owners mining heritage and they have certainly committed to the aesthetic. It’s not especially to my taste, but that’s a personal preference.
The resort is huge, it’s a big, sprawling area, with numerous pools, pathways and lawns, a gym and a tennis court.
Our only issue was the quality of breakfast. The omelettes we had on day one were not very pleasant. The pork sausages were also pretty unpleasant, I cut into one and there was a huge piece of gristle, running through it. I like crispy bacon, but this stuff was literally inedible.
Dinner in the same restaurant as breakfast was actually pretty good, a nice varied menu and pretty tasty food. I think that shows the breakfast team need to up their game massively.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. I don’t know that we’d rush back, but for what we wanted it was a good choice.
We have been coming to this area for over 20 years. Stayed here before in its various guises.
Standout is the staff. They seem to come here as trainees and stay through to retirement. Su who runs the tinmine at breakfast has been here 25 years. She is like a mother hen to her staff, leading by example.
The lead breakfast chef, sorry didn’t get his name, ensures everyone has what they need. He knew I liked mango, so when not on the buffet, he ensured one was prepared for me. I was very touched.
It is the best breakfast of any hotel, fresh, huge variety, quality ingredients. All served with a smile. You all deserve a medal!
We spent our days by the large pool, it wasn’t too busy. Again the staff are gems. In charge is Coco, always a wave and some friendly words. Fame was there every day, ensuring everyone had plenty of fresh water, lollies etc. Such maturity and wisdom in one so young.
We had a top floor room with two balconies and looking over pool 1, a great spot! The mature gardens are superb, and the landscaping very clever. Just very calming. Hats off to the Gardener’s and pool cleaning team, who keep everything ship shape.
I am really not sure about the industrial theme. In some areas this looks more like neglect, does it need a refurb, or has it been deliberately made to look like it???
I did have a niggle. We were given complementary drinks vouchers, which we used towards the end of our stay. But we shouldn’t have bothered. They can only be used on a special limited cocktail menu or a beer? The one I had was awful! This is supposedly a 5* hotel? Nobody needs a free drink. So if you give one for goodness sake give a proper drink. That really made me cross!
The beach is outside the back gate, always a salute from the gate keeper. It is jellyfish time and quite windy so only walked on the beach. There are so many restaurants now, and even hawker food stalls. We always eat at our friends since our first time, excellent food. We buy from the minimart and generally support the locals. It was very quiet this time, we have never been in September before.
Thanks to everyone we encountered who contributed to our total relaxation. We will be back!!
Large resort.quite and serene two adult pools and three great restaurants,very good value ,even better if you can purchase it via a third party ,like My Thailand or Luxury Escapes as there are a lot of add ons and discounts.
Fronts onto Nai Yang beach . Good for swimming . Kite surfing and away from the resort ,lots of local eatery barrows and restaurants.Only 10 minutes from Phuket air port and about 45 minutes to Pkutet Town if you want the hustle and bustle and large shopping malls , good for a days outing.