Rest and relaxation was all we wanted for the long weekend so we packed a bag and headed off after work on Friday to Phuket. One of the main things that attracted us to a life in Thailand and specifically Bangkok was how quickly you could be on an island or in another nearby country. We jumped in a taxi from work to Suvarnabhumi Airport which only took half an hour and checked in swiftly for our Thai Smiles flight which departed Bangkok at 5.20pm, landing in Phuket a mere 61 minutes later!
We had arranged a transfer with the hotel itself so were greeted at arrivals by a lovely lady from the Indigo Pearl resort. We were shown to a private minibus where we were given cold, scented towels and water and no more than 5 minutes later we were pulling up at the hotel, it was just after 7pm. The Indigo Pearl is a luxury resort that has won many awards including Thailand’s Leading Boutique Hotel and Best Luxury Suite Hotel; first impressions were very positive, we were greeted and shown to reception, given a delicious Bael fruit drink and more cold towels, we were quickly checked in and told we had been upgraded…to a pool pavilion! We had booked our 3-night stay through their website and got a deal, 3 nights for the price of 2, so the upgrade was a lovely surprise!
The 177 room resort boasts 3 gorgeous swimming pools, 6 bars and restaurants, fantastic fitness facilities including tennis courts and a luxurious spa as well as being directly on the beach. The hotel’s design is inspired by Phuket’s history as a tin mining hub; to be honest the description of the resort on their website says it better than I ever could!
Discover an island of tropical breezes, lush rainforests and a panorama of ocean. An island resort steeped in history – of tin mining and sprawling rubber plantations. Of a founding family with a unique vision and their centuries-old ties with Phuket.
Discover bold luxury, where historic details and surreal twists meet Thai warmth – rough timber and sleek polished metal, sun-kissed beaches and a palette of ochre and rouge.
We were taken to our suite on a golf buggy and given a quick tour. The suite was just gorgeous, I could see us not actually leaving it for the next 3 days! There was clearly no expense spared in terms of the fixtures and fittings; the towels – thick and fluffy, the bed like a cloud. Everything in the suite was very cool and design-y but super comfortable at the same time.
The linen on the bed was such high thread count it felt amazing and there was a topper on the mattress – not something I’ve come across in Thailand before!
The bathroom door was the biggest I think I have ever seen in a hotel room.
The gorgeous concrete bathroom.
The his and her sinks with a tin mine twist – check out the beautiful taps!
The pipes were encased in leather.
The highlight of our pavilion had to be the outside space. We had a huge bath, sun loungers, table and chairs, a day bed area and a small swimming pool. It just looked so beautiful all lit up at night.
We had a quick freshen up then wandered through the huge resort to the Tin Mine restaurant for dinner. It was so quiet, just 2 other tables taken, so the service was very efficient. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and a few cocktails! I had a more western chicken dish with roast potatoes, Dave tried the Thai beef red curry which he loved. Saturday started with a truly epic breakfast in the Tin Mine; there was everything you could imagine from fresh fruit to fresh pancakes, eggs Benedict to cold cuts and cheese. It really was fab. Then we headed back to our suite to chill out in our pool for a while.
My yummy chicken Caesar salad with the biggest croutons I’ve ever seen!
Our pool buddy!
For the next three, days we basically followed this pattern; fit to bursting breakfast, vegging by the pool all day (thankfully I’d loaded my kindle!) and a wonderful dinner at the Tin Mine – pure relaxation! On Saturday evening we went for drinks at Rebar and watched the sunset with a couple of cocktails.
Rebar overlooks the gorgeous family pool.
There were a few little things that in the spirit of an honest review I should mention; on arrival we were told that one of the pools was closed for maintenance leaving the family pool and adult pool open – it’s low season so no problem there…until on Sunday the family pool was closed too meaning everyone in the resort was using the adult only pool. Despite being much busier than the previous day, it wasn’t too much of an issue; the staff quickly brought more loungers and the kids were mostly well behaved!
On our return to our suite later that afternoon we found we had no hot water, we were told the engineer was looking at it and it would be back in an hour or two. We went for dinner whilst they were sorting it hoping it would be back on for a shower when we’d finished! It wasn’t and it was now 9pm. After a quick call to reception we were told we could go to another room to shower or move completely, we chose to move completely just thinking it would be easier in the long run! We were collected by golf buggy and taken to our new (identical) suite where we enjoyed a good shower and settled down for the night! They also extended our checkout time until 4pm so we had all day to enjoy ourselves before leaving for our 5pm flight back to Bangkok. All in all the resort handled the situation really well, thank you!
Our 3 days at the Indigo Pearl were truly wonderful, I really can’t say enough good things, we returned to Bangkok feeling fully rested and thoroughly relaxed. The short flight to Phuket and the proximity of the resort to the airport make it an ideal place to get away for a weekend be it 2 days or 3 like ours! The Indigo Pearl is simply beautiful, the staff efficient and friendly and the facilities second to none. We didn’t try out all the restaurants and bars as we were on a bit of a budget but friends have raved about the Black Ginger restaurant which we will definitely try next time. And boy, there will definitely be a next time, the Indigo Pearl is my new favourite place in Thailand!
NB: Writing this makes me realise I did not take anywhere near enough pictures of the place so we’ll have to go back!
Nai Yang Beach
116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang
Phuket 83110, Thailand
T: +66(0) 76 327 006
F: +66(0) 76 327 338-9
*Addition 2017 – The Indigo Pearl is now called The Slate but thankfully the only change is the name, everything else is still as fabulous.