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BLACK GINGER, REBAR & COQOON SPA – SIMPLY SPECTACULAR!
The work of Bill Bensley has fascinated me for a long time. He is one of Southeast Asia’s leading architects, designers and artists, and he has given many hotels (such as the Maia Seychelles) his opulent and creative touch. The historic and stylish luxury resort, The Slate, located amidst a lush tropical forest on Phuket’s beautiful Nai Yang Beach, exudes an unmistakable charm and is a real eye-catcher.
“My biggest inspiration for The Slate was to create a place inspired by the rich history of tin mining on the island. I said to my daughter: It can be modern, but it has to reflect Phuket.” – Inhaber Prakaikaew Na-Ranong
The creative design of this tropical oasis pays homage to the past of tin mining and an expression of Phuket’s avant-garde spirit. Industrial chic blends harmoniously with traditional Thai design, all thanks to Bill Bensley’s keen sense of lighting and integrating structures into their natural surroundings.
The sprawling oasis with 184-rooms features 5 restaurants & bars serving Thai and international cuisine (BLACK GINGER, TIN MINE, RIVET & REBAR, UNDERGROUND & POOLSIDE, TONGKAH TIN SYNDICATE), three outdoor pools (two exclusively for adults), the SHADES GALLERY in the lobby, the HELICONIA FLOWER GALLERY, THE STOCKROOM boutique, the TIN BOX KID’S CLUB, and the spectacular and award-winning COQOON SPA.
“Design without history means missing out on something. We celebrate the history of Phuket. Every corner is a conversation.” – Inhaber Prakaikaew Na-Ranong
POOLS & DREAMSCAPE
The Family-Friendly Lagoon Pool
The large lagoon pool with countless sun loungers, tropical palm trees, waterfalls and rustic rocks, creates a wonderful natural backdrop. Children can also enjoy various play elements, while the UNDERGROUND CAFÉ & POOLSIDE serves healthy salads, cold-pressed juices, and fresh fruits by the poolside.
“From the design to the concept to the cuisine, our philosophy is to embrace all things local.”
ADULTS-ONLY POOL WITH SWIM-UP BAR
Another pool exclusively for adults offers plenty of space for socializing with its swim-up bar.
ADULTS ONLY INFINITY-POOL
A serene infinity pool, reserved for adults, treats guests to a view of the resort’s well-manicured grounds.
Rooms, Suites & Pool Villas
Every detail has been carefully considered in the rooms (offering six different room categories), Pearl Shell Suites (spacious suites with one or two bedrooms), and private Pool Pavilions. Local handcrafted furniture, artistic faucets and sinks, historical fans from the 1920s, exposed beams, blackened metals, and polished concrete are combined with Thai silk and rattan. Additionally, private pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, and personal massage tables provide an added touch of luxury.
PEARL SHELL SUITE
This 132 square meter elegant designer suite features numerous artworks, extravagant wooden and metal elements, cozy and stylish furniture, a unique bathtub, and two massage tables. The spacious balcony offers a wonderful view of the tropical rainforest.
“This was the rebirth of the first resort in Phuket, formerly Pearl Village. It’s still a work in progress, as resorts have to be. A really good resort goes through major facelifts every five years.” – Bill Bensley
Private Pool Villas
Hidden in the gardens of the rainforest, the Pool Villas offer a particularly romantic retreat with sun loungers, daybeds, a private pool, bar, dining area, whirlpool, spa, sauna, steam room, and a 24-hour butler service (Villas 2006 and 2007 are the most private).
FANCIFUL FOOD, DREAMLIKE DINING
The diverse restaurants & bars at The Slate take guests on a journey into Phuket’s culinary culture.
“ENJOY GOURMET DISHES IN SPECTACULAR SURROUNDINGS AND CULINARY MASTERPIECES THAT NURTURE AND INSPIRE.”
Breakfast at Tin Mine
The TIN MINE restaurant serves international delicacies, Thai specialties, and a sumptuous breakfast buffet with street-food cooking stations, all within a tasteful and industrial ambiance.
Cocktails at Rebar
Above the RIVET restaurant, you will find the REBAR. Here, DJs play chill tunes while stainless steel tables rest on a floor made of old railway sleepers. In addition, snacks like seafood tapas, Black Angus filet, and wines from the New World, along with unique cocktails, are served.
We were lucky to experience the talented singer, Bonnie, live. What a night!
In another bar – the sports bar TONGKAH TIN SYNDICATE – rare whiskeys and perfectly crafted cocktails are served.
Romantic Dinner at Black Ginger
In the magical BLACK GINGER restaurant, surrounded by a lotus pond and reachable only by candle-lit raft, Thai cuisine is served in a traditional mansion with pointed roofs, creating an incredibly romantic atmosphere, especially in the evening. It is a modern masterpiece of Thai art, certified by the Michelin Guide in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. The luxurious restaurant and the azure-lit bar are highly popular, and the gourmet and avant-garde dishes are so delicious that reservations are highly recommended.
“True Tastes of Phuket”
Cross the water for an unforgettable experience of Oriental spices …
Exquisite flavours that are delicately balanced …
Prepared with freshest local ingredients …
Carefully selected by our chef …
Served with Black Ginger´s unique twist …
Local Thai cuisine that will enchant …
For a spectacular experience, indulge in a spa treatment in “The Nest” – a private treatment room with an impressive woven structure. These unique treatment rooms hang like bird’s nests in the branches of a centuries-old banyan tree.
And it is not just the natural atmosphere that is impressive; the massages are incredibly relaxing and top-notch!
KRU PRECISION Wellness is an independent regenerative retreat at The Slate, offering a unique range of health concepts, such as the KRU diagnosis program with a comprehensive check-up and screening session, as well as the KRU Signature VitaDrip, a weight loss and liver detox program.
Thanks to the hotel’s stylish in-house boutique, guests can take home designer pieces from the rooms, porcelain from the restaurants, skincare products, and much more.
A vast beach is within easy reach of the resort. Here, you will find seafood restaurants, cafes, and in the high season, market stalls and massage salons.
The Slate is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight or relax before your departure while indulging in delicious cuisine. It is a delightful tropical and romantic oasis amidst the bustling atmosphere. We were particularly enchanted by the incredibly magical Black Ginger restaurant and the cool Rebar, with its industrial lounge style and live music. The Slate is not just a resort; it has a fascinating story to tell and offers endless opportunities for exploration. Everywhere you turn, you will find creative and spectacular designs, as well as many opportunities to cool off in the hot weather. Our visit here was incredibly exciting and captivating. This tropical and stylish paradise is truly worth a visit!
Transfer: 5-minute drive from Phuket airport
Rooms: 211, including seven private pool villas
Temperature: 30 – 35 degrees Celsius during the day, 20 – 26 degrees Celsius at night
Best Time to Visit: October – March
Price: starting from 185 EUR per night including breakfast
Overall rating: *****
Activities: Thai cooking classes, Chef’s Table, Private Dining, Kru Precision Wellness Diagnostic Program, Spa treatments, Yoga, Pilates, Ondigo Fitness Studio, Muay Thai classes, language courses, day trips to weekend markets, scuba diving and kite surfing center next to the hotel.
Specials: BILL BENSLEY ART WEEKEND, GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE, REVIVE PACKAGE, COQOON PAMPERING, SUNDAY BRUNCH (view >>)
Perfect for: Couples, friends, families, design enthusiasts, and romantic souls.
NAI YANG BEACH 116 MOO 1, SAKHU, THALANG
PHUKET 83110, THAILAND
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Our stay was sponsored by The Slate. Thank you very much! Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in this article are unbiased.