The Slate has a genuine and authentic Phuket heart at its core. Originally designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the hotel has evolved with refreshed looks and unique new experiences for family holidays, food lovers, curious culture seekers and wellness aficionados. Here are 10 reasons why everyone should make it a must-visit.
1. Five minutes from the airport
Just five minutes away from Phuket International Airport, on the northern shore, The Slate is next to a pristine and secluded beach. The convenient location makes it the perfect destination for a hassle-free trip that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
2. The resort with a true 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.
3. A Stunning Bill Bensley design
A Bill Bensley masterpiece, The Slate combines metalic industrial with traditional Thai décor and cutting edge art set against a lush and opulent tropical paradise. The mechanical touches to the interiors, metal sculptures made from old tin working machinery, industrial lighting and traditional wooden-beamed roofs reference the island’s mining past.
4. 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 has to offer. Alternatively, stay on the property and take Thai cooking classes, relax in a private yoga class, delve into the local culture with a biking adventure or unwind with your feet in the sand.
For those looking to stay fit while they travel, The Slate offers a wide variety of classes for every energy level including tennis, kickboxing, muay-thai, and pilates. For a more relaxing experience, take part in a private yoga class with Charlene Limoges, a wellness and yoga specialist to balance the mind and stretch the body.
6. The Culinary Journey
Dining at The Slate is an experience of its own, with eight distinct concepts. Guests can stay on the property for three nights without having to dine at the same restaurant. Diners can experience a mouth-watering journey through Thailand’s history with all-time favourites such as ‘Pad Thai’, and fresh spring rolls at Black Ginger. For authentic Japanese cuisine, dine at Rivet and Rebar that offers hand crafted cocktails.
7. On site Cooking School
Go beyond dining and take it a step further with a cooking class at one of the oldest cooking schools in Phuket, Moo’s Kitchen. Chef Anongrat (Piak) Meklai, Executive Sous Chef of Black Ginger, or known as Chef Piak to everyone, shares her love and knowledge for cooking. Visit local markets and learn the secret to preparing gourmet Thai dishes using only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients.
8. Family Haven
The villas and suites offer ample space for the whole family with activities packed kids’ club – TIN BOX Kids and a dedicated family pool. Family-friendly activities include junior cooking classes, a little sommelier programme that encourages junior guests to enhance their tastebuds, a dedicated spa menu complete with face painting and hairdo, and an exploratory night safari seeking frogs and fishes along the way. These activities give adults ample time to unwind at the Pulley Bar, an adults-only swim up bar with smooth beats or at the Infinity Pool, the perfect secluded haven to relax and soak up the ambience.
9. Private Pool Villas
The Slate is an all suite property but for those looking to up the anty, stay in one of the property’s private pool villas. 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.
10. Coqoon and rejuvenate
For an afternoon of unashamed bliss visit the Coqoon spa – set against a luscious rainforest and tropical garden with six double private treatment rooms and a signature treatment suite "The Nest". The destination spa is home to a series of relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. Go through a bespoke spa program that incorporates traditional Thai healing and holistic wellness.