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Indigo Pearl Phuket, Thailand
October 12, 2012, 9:04 am
Filed under: Phuket, reviews, Thailand, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

The Indigo Pearl, nestled against Nai Yang Beach–a small beach-side enclave on the northwestern shores of Phuket–is part of the larger Nai Yang National Marine Park.  The hotel, owned by the local Na-Ranong family, was founded on tin money, and the owners have clearly decided to pay homage by infusing the metal (at one time called “black gold”) into the design motifs of the resort that permeates the entire property from the installation art to the cutlery in its restaurants.

The Indigo Pearl is a fine gem in many ways.  It’s a mere 10-minute taxi ride from the airport in a location that is quiet, pristine, with easy access to the beautiful Nai Yang Beach. The premium pearl bed suite I stayed in was spacious, well-appointed, and conveniently comes with an in-room power adaptor.  Wi-fi is free throughout the resort.  The bed is comfortable, and the shower area is huge (in fact, it is “integrated” into the room without any barrier).  There is a modern-Thai-industrial feel to the decor.

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There are three pools dispersed around the property, of which two are off-limits to children below 14.  Great idea.  The gym was under renovation, but the equipments remained accessible in the back room, although they were tightly placed.  The property is generally well-kept and the grounds verdant with native flora, but the array and dispersion of the wide variety of accommodation blocks can be disorienting.

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The co-located Coqoon Spa is worth a trip, if only to see the crown jewel of its spa suite, which clearly takes its inspiration from a cocoon to provide that surreal, enveloping sensory experience.  Treatments in that room come with a mark-up of 10%, by the way.

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There are six dining options on the property, but the best deals and most uplifting ambience are found just outside the resort along the beach where you can feast on seafood with your feet literally resting on the sand, the waves lapping up the shore, and the Andaman breeze gently caressing your soul.

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