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Industrial Art Reimagined – Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket
December 3, 2007, 4:00 pm
Filed under: beaches, hotels, Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is witnessing a construction boom, but much of it is of the plebian, vanilla variety.  Barely 15 minutes from the airport, rising out of a disused tin mine at the crest of Nai Yang Beach like a phoenix is the area’s piece de resistance, the Indigo Pearl.

The hotel is very new, and it is clear that some of the kinks weren’t quite ironed out.  The hotel staff for example, could not seem to locate a non-smoking room despite two futile trips amid the pouring rain, before finally settling on an upgraded accomodation.  Fine linens, pool views, a large tub situated near the foliage-sheltered balcony, and a luxe-sized room all combined to make the minor inconvenience more than worth it.

 

While the beach is not much to shout about, there is no lack of recreational options within the hotel’s immediate environs.  There are three pools (one was under construction), a well-equipped gym boasting Technogym equipment, and four excellent dining options.

Comprehensive amenities aside, the hotel is dotted with whimsical art, fixtures, and furniture pieces–and sometimes, all three fuse.

Despite the distinctive interior design theme, the overall external arhitecture is a relaxed contemporary Thai, allowing a sense of ease as you stroll its lush, verdant grounds to explore the nearby beach.

Thanks to Thailand-based designer Bill Bensely, the Indigo Pearl‘s post-industrial look is reinterpreted to fantastic effect.  The use of cast iron, exposed wooden beams, Punka Wolla fans, all combine to evoke chic without being suffocating.  It is a hotel to come back to.

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