Need to know
177, of which Smith recommends top-tier trio the Pearl Shell Suites, Private Pool Villas and Coqoon Spa Suite.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $178.30 (THB5,653), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
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. On 31 December, rates exclude a compulsory Gala dinner (more fun than it sounds).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private Pool Villas, which come with one or two bedrooms, are a family-friendly option, as they can sleep a maximum of two children (up to 12) for free on converted day-beds. Two-bedroom Pearl Shell Suites are spacious, too.
Tin Box, the kids' club, is open from 8am to 6pm daily. Hourly activities such as mask-making, cookery, face-painting and junior yoga keep children up to 12 entertained, although tots under four must be accompanied by a parent or nanny (see below). The beachside kids' corner at Côtémar bar is open 9am to 3pm daily (but again, no under fours) for sandcastle-building smalls. It's a public beach, but is just two minutes' walk from the heart of the hotel. Beyond Indigo, elephant trekking through the jungle will enthrall and children will love the dazzling special effects of Thai cultural show Siam Niramit, held nightly except Tuesdays, which features over 100 all-singing, all-dancing performers.
Only one of the three hotel pools permits kids, and this one, with its shallow-end ‘beaches’, water features and separate kids' pool, will be adored by infants. Lifeguards are on duty from 8am to 7pm.
Children are welcome in all the resort's restaurants, at any time. The kids' menu lists many familiar faves including mini burgers, fish & chips, pasta and ice-cream.
Pearl nannies are available from THB250 an hour.
No need to pack
Baby cots, strollers, baby toiletries, blankets, bottle brush and warmer, car seat, crib, infant bath tub and bottle sterilizer. The hotel does its level best to provide anything you might need, and, where possible, free of charge.
The day-beds in Private Pool Villa bedrooms convert to beds for infants and are designed to sleep kids up to age 12; those in the two-bed Villa come with arm-rests that double as safety rails. The two-bedroom Villa suits independent kids best as the bedrooms are in separate pavilions, however all villas interconnect. The pool of the two-bed Villa comes with a special paddling section that will be a hit with toddling smalls.
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.