“My dream was to create a place inspired by the island – I said to my daughter, 'it can be contemporary, but it must reflect Phuket'.” – Wichit Na-Ranong.
The Slate’s owner and Managing Director, Wichit Na-Ranong, comes from a PRESTIGIOUS line of Southern Thailand’s tin mining families. Both his mother’s and father’s families were involved in the industry for more than five decades. Wichit is also a descendant of former Phuket governor Khaw Sim Bee Na-Ranong.
Seeking inspiration for a new-look resort, Wichit sought to pay HOMAGE to Phuket through its tin-mining legacy. He worked with his daughter Prakaikaew (Krystal) to create a place that would tell the story of the island’s – and his ancestors’ – mining past in a uniquely fantastical way.
The father-and-daughter team shared their vision with celebrated architect Bill Bensley, who made their DREAM an avant-garde reality. Fusing industrial tin-mining elements with contemporary aesthetics, the result is a poetic reminder of a rich bygone past, wrapped in a singular luxury experience.
“At The Slate, we are celebrating the history of Phuket, and every corner is a conversation. Here, guests encounter tin from our own mines – you can just feel the flavours of the past.” – Prakaikaew Na-Ranong