By Vimal Palasekaran
Located just five minutes from Phuket International Airport, The Slate is set against the beautiful tranquil shores of Nai Yang Beach, providing a myriad of activities for all energy levels and eight different restaurants to meet every whim.
Here are five reasons why everyone should make a bee-line for this paradise in Phuket.
1. A hotel rich in Phuket’s history
The Slate remains firmly rooted in Phuket’s past where design and experiences honour local history, customs, heritage and cuisine. The hotel pays homage to Phuket’s tin mining history and the owner’s, Wichit Na-Ranong, family’s role in that once-flourishing trade and the unknown history of Phuket.
2. A stunning Bill Bensley design
A Bill Bensley masterpiece, The Slate combines metallic industrial with traditional Thai décor, and cutting edge art set against a lush and opulent tropical paradise.
The mechanical touches to the interiors, made up of metal sculptures constructed from old tin working machinery, industrial lighting and traditional wooden-beamed roofs reference the island’s mining past.
3. Land, sea and beyond
Set beside the tranquil shores of Nai Yang Beach and surrounded by the protected Sirinat National Park, The Slate presents endless activities on land and at sea including diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
Spend a day out on the water and experience the abundant marine life that the Andaman Sea is famous for.
Alternatively, stay on the property and take up a Thai cooking class or two, find your zen place in a private yoga class, delve into the local culture with a biking adventure or unwind with your feet in the sand.
4. Private pool villas
The Slate is an all-suite property but for those wishing to up the ante, stay in one of the property’s private pool villas instead.
The villas feature an expansive interior space, abundant terraces and free-form private pools.
Guests can expect fast track airport services and transfers, unpacking services, in-villa breakfasts, 24-hour butler services as well as a jet lag massage.
5. Rejuvenate at the Coqoon
For an afternoon of bliss visit the Coqoon spa – set against a luscious rainforest and tropical garden with seven double private treatment rooms.
The destination spa is home to a series of relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. Go through a bespoke spa programme that incorporates traditional Thai healing and holistic wellness.
Nai Yang Beach
116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang
Phuket 83110, Thailand
T: +66(0) 76 327 006
F: +66(0) 76 327 338-9
This article first appeared in uppre.com