Formerly known as Indigo Pearl, the industrial-chic luxury resort has been rebranded as The Slate since August 2016 as a member of Design Hotels AG. Owned by the Thai Na-Ranong family, the hotel is a tribute to Phuket’s tin-mining history and the family’s role in that once-flourishing trade, which explains the unusual industrial elements of the beachfront property. The Slate offers what we’d call the perfect recipe for relaxation: dreamy suites and villas, two infinity pools, a world-class spa, and exciting dining options — which means you can simply stay in the resort without ever having to step out.
Nestled on pristine Nai Yang Beach, the design hotel is set amidst lush tropical gardens where inspiring art juxtaposes with natural beauty. Though the property is only a 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, it offers a blissful escape away from the main road and noises, making it a convenient location for vacationers to explore the area.
Occupying 35 acres of beautifully landscaped garden area, the resort offers 184 uniquely designed suites and villas, including seven private pool villas. Designed by luxury resort designer Bill Bensley, the concept of the rooms is inspired by the island’s tin-mining history, accentuated by bold contemporary design details and colours. We stayed in the one-bedroom Pearl Shell Suite, a whimsical world with lavish flower arrangements and garden-inspired murals. The walls and furniture are painted in various shades of green and botanical patterns, complemented by warm, rich wood and metallic touches, exuding natural beauty and sensuous elegance to match the sweeping views of lush green lawn. The highlight of the suite is undoubtedly the en-suite massage beds as an extension of the bathroom, which is stocked with The Slate’s own aromatic bath products. The balcony was one of the most spacious we’ve seen, making the perfect spot for a peaceful yoga session amongst birdsong and sea breeze in morning.
For an unforgettable stay at The Slate, book the one-and-only Bensley Suite, the resort’s iconic suite that is all over social media. The sleek, geometric design of the private plunge pool is not just extremely photogenic but also a lovely place to take a dip at anytime of the day. Inside the living room and bedroom is a brilliant contrast of tasteful flower arrangements and rich dark wood furnishings, all adding sophisticated warmth to the modern retreat.
Considering it’s home to eight dining venues, with Black Ginger being one of the most sought-after Thai restaurants in Phuket, it’s apparent that F&B is The Slate’s forte. Specialises in Southern Thai cuisine, Black Ginger’s selections of yellow, red and green curry are exceptional, paired with high-quality meats and local seafood to create flavourful dishes of Thai authenticity. We’d recommend opting for the dinner sharing menu (THB 900 or 1,200 per person), as it allows you to sample the best staples from the kitchen without having to study the menu multiple times before you can decide what to order — and before the stomach starts growling.
Aside from Black Ginger, there’s also Rivet & Rebar, a fine dining Japanese restaurant that offers a sophisticated, refined setting to complement the finest Japanese ingredients, from the freshest sashimi to grade sizzling marbled Wagyu. From Rebar, we thoroughly enjoyed the Oyasumi, a delicious mix of Yamamoto honke sake, Martini bianco, orange juice, lime juice, homemade cinnamon syrup and egg white. For the ultimate culinary journey, go for the degustation 5-course menu, which features No. 4 marbled Wagyu cooked on volcano hot stone — definitely the highlight of our meal.
The hotel also houses Tin Mine, an al fresco all-day dining restaurant where guests go for the daily breakfast and international offerings. Those who like a bite or a sip next to the pool will enjoy spending time at Underground cafe and Shore Thing, while Tongkah Tin Syndicate is a rustic cocktail bar where crafted cocktails are served. For a quick make-your-own sandwich, head over to Dirty Monstera next to the lobby, where the sleek interiors are sure to add some designer touches to your Instagram page.
Health & Wellness
Wellness is one of The Slate’s strong suits, and guests looking for a luxury spa with top quality service should look no further than the Coqoon Spa. Featuring eight luxurious treatment suites, the spa is tucked within the resort’s exquisite tropical gardens. The spa menu offers a wide range of body and facial treatments, specialising in deeply rejuvenating rituals with premium, luscious ingredients that can cater to different health needs. While each spa treatment rooms is designed to be a relaxing spa haven, we enjoyed the privacy of the in-suite spa service. Our experience of the traditional Thai massage and Anne Semonin cryotherapy age-defying facial was seamless — everything from welcome drink to post-treatment tea was well prepared, all in the comfort of our own suite.
For the ultimate pampering, book the The Nest packages, which include treatments inside The Nest, a one-of-a-kind spa suite suspended mid-air in an enchanted garden. We’d recommend the Nest Detox, a 150-minute indulgence of foot ritual, bamboo charcoal wrap, lymphatic drainage massage and back detox, which will leave your body feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Given the monsoon season in Phuket (May–October), the hotel has designed a couple of programmes to entertain guests when the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor activities. Take a gourmet cooking class at Moo’s kitchen, where you get to learn how to cook traditional Thai dishes such as Phad Thai and Tom Yum Goong using handpicked fragrant herbs, seasonal vegetables, and unusual spices. As an optional part of the programme, you can follow the chef to visit the food market in the morning, where locals get the freshest produce everyday. Throughout the cooking demonstration, our chef taught us the key ingredients, flavours and techniques in Thai cooking. Not only is the activity a great way to spend the afternoon, but also a cultural experience to learn new skills to take home with as you can get all the recipes and enjoy your own cooking at the end.
With countless fabulous hotel offerings in Phuket, The Slate has remained an iconic brand that reflects top quality accommodations, facilities, services and F&B outlets. Whether you’re looking for a quick island getaway or a long holiday, The Slate works equally well as a home away from home as it does a hotel that makes a great jumping-off point for exploring the ever-changing beach town.