Hotel of the week: Indigo Pearl in Phuket
Located on the coast of Phuket, Indigo Pearl is a resort inspired by Style and Distinction – historic detail fuses with chic design elegance. A resort visualized and conceptualized by a visionary Phuket family and well known architect and designer Bill Bensley. The regions tin mining origins are presented throughout with a combination of industrial design and soft furnishings set within the Thai rainforest resulting in an ultra-luxury destination steeped in the ancestry and richness of the rainforest and exotic gardens.
The hotel is comprised of super-luxe suites and villas, each made up of industrial-chic décor. There are five different categories ranging from spacious Premium Pearl Suites, which have high ceilings, small gardens and outdoor tubs, to impressive one and two-bedroom villas complete with butlers, private spa chambers, and vast and striking blue and black-stripy swimming pools. All of the private villas sport a rough-luxe look merging dark wood floors, polished concrete walls and angular furniture with exotic flower displays, thick rugs and mountains of soft cushions. Unlike many design hotels, they haven’t sacrificed comfort for style; there’s plenty of storage space, light switches are where they should be and you don’t need a password to log onto the Wi-Fi.
The real draw of the place, the ‘pièce de résistance’, is the Coqoon Spa – a must-try for all spa enthusiasts. The Spa has to be seen to be believed and consists of multiple luxurious spa suites called ‘The Nests’ – huge spherical structures seemingly suspended mid-air. The spa’s unusual architecture is awe inspiring – as is the list of spa treatments steeped in Thai tradition whilst embracing holistic ideals in the pursuit of improved health and wellness. On offer is a range of aromatic body treatments, scrubs and wraps, Anne Semonin facial treatments, hand and foot care, and beauty treatments. The spa itself is a haven of private steam rooms, pools, rainforest showers and use Thai herbs, Andaman elixirs and cosmétologie de Paris to pamper you. We recommend the Bamboo Charcoal Scrub: Bamboo charcoal powder – the ultimate detox. An antioxidant-enriched rice bran oil is applied to the skin to enhance and complement the charcoal, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and healthy. The signature treatment however is the Coqoon Balancing Rebirth Massage which uses colours and crystals. This treatment utilises traditional Thai Reflexology for the body clears the mind. Warm crystals are slowly massaged on your body’s chakra points, while the pressure points of your feet are stimulated to leave you feeling energised.
For a true gourmet Thai experience like no other Black Ginger, Indigo Pearl’s signature Thai restaurant, is a majestic wooden mansion cloaked in artificial smoke hovering in the middle of a lily pond reached via a teak raft. The food lives up to the fairy-tale setting – the rich nutty massaman curry is worth venturing here alone for. From the moment guests step onto the floating platform, Black Ginger is a Thai restaurant like no other, the cutting edge contemporary design blends with the charming old-world charm. The buffet nights offer an interactive experience which enables you to browse each station situated across different locations of the restaurant. At each buffet station offering Phuket specialities, individual chefs aid and recommend diners to further heighten the gourmet Thai experience. Sample rare Thai delicacies such as battered cha-plu leaves drizzled with sweet chilli sauce and ‘roll your own’ spring rolls served with juicy crab and pork or Southern Style Yellow Fish Curry with the accompaniment of a whole assortment of locally sourced vegetables.
We recommend 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. Sun loungers 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. In addition the hotel offers a gym, tennis courts, dive centre, water sports, library, florist, boutiques, kids’ club, concierge, free WiFi throughout.
How to get there:
Most major airlines fly from the UK to Phuket International airport, changing in Bangkok. Indigo Pearl then offer direct return transfers from the airport which is a short drive.
The lead in rate is from THB 7,500 (£140) Private Villas start from THB 25,000 (£400) per night (breakfast and VAT included).
Address: Tambol Sakhu, 116 Moo 1, Thalang 83110, Thailand