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Hotel Highlights

  • Peace and quiet on Phuket’s northern shores, but just 10 minutes from the airport
  • Expansive award-winning spa
  • Tin mining-inspired design details

Overview

Inspired by the island’s tin-mining heritage, Indigo Pearl boutique hotel in Phuket delights in its industrial-inclined decor, care of American designer Bill Bensley. You'll be mining a rich seam here, with super-luxe suites and villas taking pampering to new heights, dreamy dining, a cocooning spa and a blissful beach in reach.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Indigo Pearl with us:

Complimentary return airport transfers

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Indigo Pearl

Advance purchase: 15% off Stay 3, pay 2 25% off four-night stays Early Bird offering (-25%)

Facilities

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Indigo Pearl Hotel – Phuket – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

177, of which Smith recommends top-tier trio the Pearl Shell Suites, Private Pool Villas and Coqoon Spa Suite.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $125.35 (THB4,009), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include daily buffet breakfast; guests staying in the Pearl Shell Suite or Private Pool Villas will also get a fruit basket and in-villa snacks.

Also

Charter a yacht to go island-hopping, deep-sea fishing or rom-com sunset cruising, with trips tailormade for you. Butlers will hop onboard to pamper you with snacks, drinks and gourmet meals, and spa therapists can pummel you as you sail.

At the hotel

Coqoon Spa, gym, tennis courts, dive centre, watersports, library, florist, boutiques, kids' club, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: satellite TV, CD/DVD player, free Indigo Pearl CD, minibar, wine cellar, beach bag, own-label toiletries. Private Pool Villas also offer a pool, double spa room with sauna and steam bath, Jacuzzi tub, coffee machine, fully stocked bar, pantry, pillow menu, personal 24-hour butler service, Blue-ray player and mobile phone. The Coqoon Spa Suite boasts a pool, sauna and steam room.

Our favourite rooms

We love the One-bedroom Private Pool Villas, encased within lush walled tropical gardens. Living and sleeping areas are split between two pavilions, linked by dark timber decking dotted with exotic blooms and frangipani trees. Sunloungers and day-beds abound, and there’s a cosy corner for every mood. With your own pool, bar, dining room, Jacuzzi, spa, sauna, steam room and a 24-hour butler service, there’s little reason to leave. Villas 6 and 7 are the most private.

Poolside

With two dramatic adults-only pools, and one family-friendly oasis, you're spoilt for water larks. We love the monumental, stone-sided infinity lap pool, but the curvy, foliage-fringed watering-hole is a must, too. Bagged a Private Pool Villa? Then sink into your own striped pool for secret skinny dips and Jacuzzi bubbles before lazing atop sunken, water-lapped loungers. There’s even a swim-up bar.

Packing tips

Don’t let books take up bag space – just bring one to swap in the library when you’re done. Perfect for Kindle-less technophobes! Fitness fans should pack kit for watersports, yoga, t'ai chi, Pilates, Fit Ball and muay Thai boxing.

Also

Coqoon Spa features eight treatment rooms-for-two, including the spectacular woven Nest suspended in an age-old banyan tree. Massages, scrubs, wraps and other lavish beauty therapies are all up for grabs, or ask about in-room pampering.

Children

Very welcome: there's a kids' club, free baby cots and extra beds for two children under 12, and babysitting costs from THB250 an hour.

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Eco‐friendly

The Green Pearl committee encourages eco-friendly practices within the hotel and organises beach clean-ups and awareness workshops in the community. Indigo Pearl also backs Phuket Sunshine Village, a foundation supporting tsunami orphans.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

All-day dining, including international buffet breakfasts, is served at giant, open-sided Tin Mine, a monotone-chic space with a global menu, Thai street-food cooking stations and speciality cuisine evenings twice a week. For fine dining, take a raft across the lily pond to Black Ginger, Indigo's signature Thai restaurant, open for dinner only. Two traditional peaked-roof wooden salas and an azure-underlit bar set a seductive scene for gourmet grazing. Also open in the evenings is the Rivet Grill, an intimate venue where vintage horse carriages have been transformed into booths for supping on sizzling grills and fusion treats. Naturally, fish and seafood star throughout.

Hotel Bar

Above Rivet Grill is Rebar, where resident DJs spin chilled tunes and stainless-steel tables stand on floors constructed from old railway sleepers. Tapas-style seafood, Black Angus tenderloin and other tasty snacks are served alongside New World wines and sultry cocktails, including the delicious coconut liqueur-based Crystal Passion (catch the 7pm happy hour). A second ‘whiskeys of the world’ bar, Tongkah Tin Syndicate flaunts custom-made punkah fans and tin-mining memorabilia, and has snooker tables and TVs tuned to sport. Côtémar, right on Nai Yang’s silky sands, is only open until 7pm, with a happy hour from 4pm for sunset sips.

Last orders

Dine at Tin Mine, Rivet Grill and Black Ginger (reservations required) until 10pm. Drink in Rebar and Tongkah Tin Syndicate until the clock chimes midnight.

Room service

Available 24 hours. We love the idea of snacking on scrumptious à la carte breakfasts in your suite or beside the villa pool.

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Dress code

Havaianas for all occasions; informality reigns.

Top table

Aim for a lagoon-side pew at Black Ginger. For more privacy, try dining by the pool or sala in your villa. Your butler can also suggest romantic spots for a beach barbecue or park picnic.

Local Guide

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Indigo Pearl Hotel – Phuket – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Love adventure? Your butler will tailormake trips based on surf or turf, including sea kayaking and rafting, eco tours, island-hopping, sea cruises, elephant trekking, ATV tours, bicycle rides, big-game fishing and even private windsurfing lessons, just as you like them. Divers should make a date with the on-site PADI centre and board their catamaran bound for the Similan Islands, one of the world's top dive sites.

 

To get to the roots of the hotel’s theme, visit the island’s only tin-mining museum for an insight into the history of Phuket’s industrious past. Culture vultures can take historical art tours, trek between temples or dive into Phuket’s colourful markets.

 

Back at the hotel, enjoy a Thai cooking class, learn about floristry and photography, play tennis, work out in the gym or indulge at award-winning Coqoon Spa. If your suite or villa comes with its own massage room, then the spa’s massages, wraps, scrubs, steams and facials can all come to you, but for something spectacular, book yourself into the Nest, a private treatment room tucked into the branches of a centuries-old banyan tree.

Local restaurants

Sleepy Nai Yang Beach is worlds away from the buzz and glamour of other coastal resorts further south. Here rustic, local snack-style restaurants are the norm, with seafood, barbecued meats, wood-fired pizza and Thai dishes swiftly served to tables on the sand beneath feathery casuarina trees. At the northern end of the beach is the prime picnicking ground of Sirinat National Park – ask your butler to pack you a gourmet hamper to go.

Local bars

Ten minutes to the north of the hotel is Sala Phuket (+66 (0)76 338 888; www.salaresorts.com/phuket), located inside the Sirinat National Park on Mai Khao Beach. Make a beeline for the beach bar and nab one of the curvy white cushioned loungers for optimal ocean views. If you're feeling peckish, head on up to the rooftop restaurant to sup on seafood and Thai dishes.

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Northern Phuket shores

Indigo Pearl

Nai Yang Beach and National Park, Phuket, Thailand 83110

Indigo Pearl fringes Nai Yang Beach on Phuket's north-west coast, near the international airport and forests of Sirinat National Park.

Planes

There are regular flights to Phuket International Airport (www.phuketairportonline.com) from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia. Indigo Pearl is a 10-minute drive west of the airport. A VIP fasttrack service is proffered for all Private Pool Villa guests, with personal attendants assisting you to clear immigration, collect luggage and access lounges (THB1,290 a person for your arrival or THB1,990 with departure, too). Normal airport transfers cost THB350 a person, but book with Smith and you'll receive them for free.

Trains

Although trains on the Thai mainland can be an efficient way to travel, Phuket island isn't served by train, so we recommend hopping there by air.

Automobiles

It's a 30-minute drive from Phuket town to the hotel. If you're arriving with your own wheels, free on-site parking is available.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Jonathan Maloney , Foodie nomad

Mrs Smith and I are jetting off to a destination wedding in Thailand – not our own, mind – so a little holiday on the side at boutique retreat Indigo Pearl seems de rigueur. Besides, I muse, when has a wedding in Phuket ever not been a gorgeous sun-drenched affair? Our first hint of Indigo Pearl’s personal service comes as we step off our aircraft into the Phuket terminal to fin…
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Indigo Pearl

Anonymous review by Jonathan Maloney, Foodie nomad

Mrs Smith and I are jetting off to a destination wedding in Thailand – not our own, mind – so a little holiday on the side at boutique retreat Indigo Pearl seems de rigueur. Besides, I muse, when has a wedding in Phuket ever not been a gorgeous sun-drenched affair?

Our first hint of Indigo Pearl’s personal service comes as we step off our aircraft into the Phuket terminal to find a representative from the hotel’s VIP fasttrack arrivals squad there to meet us. Ushered quickly through immigration, our bags are collected by a porter before we are escorted to a waiting vehicle, mindful of curious stares as we skip the many queues.

A short ride later, we’re greeted by the Indigo Pearl team at the hotel entrance and switch to a golf buggy. Check-ins for the villas are carried out in-room, allowing you to slip in undetected. Oddly, each villa has an imposing look to it: tall concrete walls with an iron gate and an intercom for maximum privacy. It feels like we’ve discovered a separate resort within a resort.

Ushered into our One-bedroom Private Pool Villa, we realize that our paradisical pad is in fact not singular, but plural: one villa for entertaining and another for sleeping. Imagine two beautiful homes for different times of the day and you're halfway there. We’re given an elaborate explanation of the electronic security system, which allows you to permit or bar people from entry via TV screens placed throughout the grounds. It’s the kind of high-tech sanctuary that would be a hit with visiting Hollywood royalty, although I’m not sure I’ll be indulging my inner security geek when there’s a balmy beach nearby.

Our villa is stunning and super-chic, with grey concrete floors that remind us of a bar in New York’s Meatpacking District that Carrie and the Sex and the City girls might have frolicked in (in the original TV series – not the horrendous films, natch). Occasional odd angles break up what might otherwise be a plain floor plan, and the private pool features funky racing lines along its floor.

As we primp and preen, Mrs Smith finds trouble in paradise (or rather in the stylish but compact bathroom). 'This is not a female-friendly resort,' she sniffs. 'So much sunlight and not a spot where I can sit and do my make-up in natural light.' I’m waving my arms incredulously at how I can't get away from the sunshine and space, when she adds, 'and why is there no full-length mirror?' Maybe I’ve actually come on holiday with Carrie Bradshaw by mistake!

Our friends’ wedding beckons, so we head out to their hotel, where the ceremony is set on a private beach at sunset. It’s romantic, but roaringly hot (cue much sweating from guests trussed up in jackets and ties). A buffet dinner is followed by the lighting of floating wish lanterns and then about half the wedding party strips off to their undies to swim in the ocean. By midnight the bash gets shut down, but we hear later that the bride and groom stayed up all night and swam out to a diving platform at dawn to lie out and watch the sunrise.

Heads aching, we wake up back at Indigo Pearl, but ordering a scrumptious Thai brunch on room service definitely lifts our spirits. We eventually emerge for a swim, but as we peer into the hotel’s three pools, I voice out loud what we’re both thinking, ‘Thank god for the villa.’ The luxe pools have their charms, such as a wet bar and waterfalls, but when we visit all three are chock-full of guests propping up the bar, downing daiquiris and shots – before noon.

It’s hotting up, but the staff immediately come to our rescue in a buggy and whisk us off to the private beach club. After a cooling dip in the ocean, which is tranquil apart from the jumbo jets climbing steeply off the shoreline, we sit down to lunch at beachside Côtémar. The pizza and calamari are OK but aren’t piping hot, perhaps because the kitchen is quite a way off. Mrs Smith is underwhelmed by her hot dog, too, as it isn’t house-made, but it works on our hangovers with gusto.

Jet skis, Hobie cats, scuba diving and other distractions await on Nai Yang Beach, but I'm content with a good book on a sun-bed and the faint smell of coconut in my hair. The water is clear and calm, the occasional raspy sputter of a long-tail boat the only disturbance.

Alas, there is no buggy to magic us back to our villa, but it gives us a chance to explore the spacious resort. Monolithic structures break up the larger grassy areas and the edgy, striking aesthetic continues in the restaurants and reception. We love the fantastically designed Tongkah Tin Syndicate, which successfully blends Phuket junkyard chic with sports bar escape: pool table plus a billiards table, large-screen TVs and a boules court outside. As we sip on a cocktail, refreshed by elegant individual canvas fans wafting in unison, the bar reminds me of the whimsical airship from the movie Stardust.

Spa pampering is our next healing pit stop, and I opt for an Indian head massage in the treatment room of our villa. A 30 per cent surcharge for in-room therapies raises an eyebrow, but it's not often one has the luxury of cocooning oneself away so happily in a bubble.

Dinner at Black Ginger is a must, set on a lagoon and reached via an enchanting rope-pulled boat ride. We settle back in the glossy-black, modern interior (there are also seductive tables out on the deck) and enjoy innovative Thai food that beats many a five-star restaurant I’ve sampled. Service is attentive, if not overly slick, and the fire torches dotting the grounds get us musing about what a gorgeous backdrop it would make for a wedding.

Before we can start planning another destination nuptials it’s the next morning and we’re packing to leave. This is when the sheer size of the villa may prove problematic as you race through the rooms trying to locate swimsuits and souvenirs you’ve absent-mindedly left lying about. A quick phone call to our personal butler would probably get the job done much faster – provided I can remember how to let him in through security…
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Indigo Pearl's Guestbook below.

 

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We loved

We went as a couple and everything we could have wanted was provided for. The airport pick up was a welcome free gift from the Smiths and the welcome at reception was great! The room was well appointed and fit all the requirements that a couple could want. We were in Room 3123, which was quiet yet next to the adult-only pool and a short walk to breakfast. The private pool was nice, but next time I would opt for the rooms above, with only a balcony as we really didn't need the pool. Adult pool was great, quiet and relaxing, perfect for just lazing around. We took the shuttle to Patong and spent the afternoon and evening walking about the town and made our own way back to the resort. The resort shuttle left only three hours after arriving, which was not enough time in our opinion.

Don’t expect

Very few things come to mind about what could be better; the only thing could be the shuttle timing to the township areas could be better spaced out with more time given to look around.

Rating: 10/10 stars