Set beside the tranquil shores of Nai Yang Beach and surrounded by the protected Sirinat National Park, is The Slate, a five-star luxury designed resort just a short ten-minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
The architecture and interiors are inspired by the islands tin mining history with bold and quirky details evident everywhere you look, even down to the cutlery being made from spanners and ratchets!
The moment you step into The Slate, you’re whisked away to another world where everything seems just that little bit surreal, you almost feel like an A-lister stepping onto a movie set. The lobby is a mixture of blue coloured glass, coppery screens, dark wood, and plush sofas all with the most intricate of details.
On arrival you chill on one of the comfy chairs, before being brought a cold towel and an iced herbal tea to refresh yourself.
It’s then time to be whisked off to your room (a Pearl Bed Suite). A vast space with polished dark wood floors covered with handcrafted rugs, a huge bed that faces the private balcony, and a bathroom that leaves you in awe – Industrial chic at its best with the tin mine inspiration evident everywhere, incorporated into the taps, tissue boxes and even the toilet roll holder is a giant nut and bolt!
Step outside, to sweeping views over the tropical flora and infinity pool and then the jewel in the crown, an outside bathtub! I couldn’t decide where to lie first; in the bath, on the daybed or by the pool! – The bathtub won. There is nothing more peaceful than lying in the water on your own private balcony listening to the soothing sounds of nature, whilst of course sipping a cool glass of wine! Whether it’s a honeymoon or romantic break this is a sure winner with couples who just want to get away from it all and spend some romantic quality time together.
There are three swimming pools at The Slate, two adult only infinity pools and one family pool. We literally walked out of our door to a path that lead us through the palm leaves directly to tone of the infinity pool. Quiet and relaxing with pool butlers serving you as you lie on your lounger, listening to the seductively whispering palm trees. The turquoise blue of the pool tempts you in to cool down, and the view of the tropical landscape when you reach the edge of the water is stunning.
If all this relaxing and being waited on sounds like hungry work, take a stroll through the extensive gardens, taking in the sights of the tropical plants and flowers – loose yourself in the paths that wind in and out and at night stare in wonder at the almost fairytale ambience created by all the beautiful lights and head to one of the resorts many restaurants.
Black Ginger, Indigo Pearl’s Thai restaurant, is a foodies delight; Authentic flavours created in a modern masterpiece of ancient Thai architecture. The restaurant floats magically in the middle of a softly lit lily pond and is reached only by a wooden raft, this a dining experience not to be missed.
Each dish is a carefully crafted mix of flavours honed from centuries of the island’s multi-cultural heritage, served in an enigmatic setting, leaving you in no doubt you have experienced dining on a completely different level.
Breakfast is served in the open-air Tin Mine restaurant, with fabulous views into the garden and a buffet breakfast that offers you everything you could think of, including fresh seasonal fruit, pastries, breads, cereals, nuts, meats and cheeses as well as a selection of traditional Thai dishes and a Mango station – you select a mango and it’s delivered to your table perfectly prepared and deliciously juicy.
A walk around the grounds after breakfast, has you finding something new every time you venture out – there are eight restaurants and bars, as well as the Coqoon spa – a place where you can experience a day of pure pampering amidst an ambience of solitude and luxury, Straight out the gates of the resort and you are on the white sandy beach, a great place to sunbathe, dip your toes in the warm water of the Andaman Sea, and come evening time watch the most wonderful sunsets.
The Slate has it all, from its dreamy infinity pools, decadent dining experiences, white sandy beaches and a serene spa, all coming together to create the ultimate in romance and relaxation.
Rates in a Pearl Bed Suite start from £125 per night for 2 people including buffet breakfast in June 2017.