More about Indigo Pearl
Interestingly, brunch does not mean brunch in Phuket, it means a Sunday lunch. Brunching seems to be the new thing to do in Phuket these days, and why not? Such a pleasant way to spend a relaxing Sunday after a hectic week.
I've "brunched" in Phuket before, but none so enjoyable as the brunch at the Tin Mine Restaurant at Indigo Pearl Resort.
They have a band playing some great music, a mix of jazz style and laid back classics. The food array is impressive, including ice sculptures to hold the champagnes and jumping marlins presenting the seafood buffet. You can choose from sushi, sashimi, fresh prawns, bugs, mussels and oysters, there's even fresh naan bread cooked at the Indian food stand, a huge selection of salads and vegetables, along with duck pancakes, curries and plenty of dessert choices.
They also display different local artists' work each week, which are available for sale. The resort does not take any commission, which is quite generous of them. I enjoyed everything, but most especially the Veuve Clicquot. There is a special price on champagnes at brunch. The Veuve was 3,890 baht per bottle, which isn't too bad at all.
The cost of lunch (brunch) is; 1,190 baht without alcohol and 1,450 with unlimited wines, but don't forget the ++
The Indigo Pearl actually have day rooms you can use, if you'd like to make a day of it. I guess that's so you can enjoy the pool, have lunch, then relax some more. The rooms are available from 10am-5pm for 1,000 baht.
The Bed is heaven!
Our family, myself, my wife and 1 yr old baby boy just came back from a super weekend @ Indigo Pearl.
The hotel is newly renovated. Though it's so industrialist as per its mining concept, we felt relax and chill out through our stay. Lots of green and so clean. The hotel is huge, but we were there during the end of Phuket's low season, so there were less than twenty other rooms (I guess) during our 3 days stay.
We booked Pearl Bed, and totally in love with the room.
Room was spacious, though the aroma scent was a bit strong, and made me feel dizzy from time to time.
Bed linen was like heaven. Three of us had long day nap everyday during our stay. It's so soft and cool. You have to try it yourself. Our baby got his own baby cod (I guess Mothercare).
Bathroom was huge and handy, with an outdoor tub on the balcony.
There're 3 swimming pools, but opened only two last weekend. Well, more than enough, coz the pools are huge.
Staffs were friendly and helpful. Food was ok, and the price was acceptable. Breakfast was great.
The only drawback I felt was that the beach is public beach and not so nice. The sand was not clean, and those bars and restro along the beach didn't look that nice.
We had late check out at 5PM, and it's just 10 minutes to the airport.
If you are fan of HIP hotel, Indigo Pearl is one of them you must check it out!
This is an excellent resort! The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are very well-designed and exquisitely decorated - there is tremendous attention to detail that is consistent with its tin mine theme. It would certainly appeal to anyone looking for a hip hotel. We ate at the Rivet Grill - prices are not cheap but the food's pretty good.
The only drawbacks are that the resort is pretty large, so it's quite a hike from the room to the lobby. The second is its location at Nai Yang Beach puts it very far away from the action at Patong Beach. Hotel transport to Patong is quite expensive, so my advice is go rent a car - it works out too a lot less for 2 pax or more.
The beachfront restaurants are so so. The usual cheap thai grub, which is a viable alternative to expensive hotel food. Stay away from the massage place that's 50m from the hotel beach exit. It's got glass windows all round, so you feel like you're in a fishtank.
All in all, loved Indigo Pearl. Will be back.
divine value resort in hip hotel style
I agree with the many who have had a super relaxing, yet stylish, stay at Indigo Pearl. It's amazing value and perfect for those of us who would be more likely to choose a design hotel (complete with cafe del mar soundtrack) but need a resort holiday (with three pools to choose from). Also, perfect for weekenders from Hong Kong or Singapore - get a flight direct to Phuket and then you are in the hotel room 15 minutes after stepping off the plane. Check out the upgrade options on arrival (but even the most basic rooms are fabulous).
I want to add a little extra report - we stayed recently at the time of the terrible air crash disaster at Phuket airport. We witnessed the staff switch up about 3 gears from low-key/relaxed to overwhelmingly busy when suddnely inundated by hundreds of flight delayees from the closed airport. The staff managed this transition with professionalism and understanding - really an amazing achievement for a usually quiet/tranquil hotel. Makes me think it would also be a super-stylish option for conferences/events- they certainly have the space and gorgeous facilities/restaurant spaces.
By the way, the photos on the website actually show the restaurant and accomodation options pretty accurately - that is actually what it looks like.
The room was heaven!
After backpacking around Thailand for three weeks, we decided to treat ourselves to a few nights of luxury and the Indigo Pearl Hotel far exceeded my expectations. The service was excellent, especially as we had paid to stay in the cheapest room and were upgraded to an even better room complete with balcony bathtub! The architecture of the hotel is outstanding; based on a theme inspired by the hotel being built upon a previous tin mining site, the attention to detail was impeccable. In particular the custom made room accessories, wall decorations, lighting and the various sculptures dotted around the resort. The resorts swimming pools are surrounded by beautiful gardens and are complimented by pool side service including towels, drinks and fruit. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and consists of a massive variety of buffet style foods. The room was immaculately clean and the bed was the comfiest I had ever slept in. All staff were friendly and welcoming and being greeted by name was a lovely personal touch. The hotel is located on the long, clean sandy beach at Hat Nai Yang on the north west coast of Phuket. It is ideally located next to the airport and near to a National Park. Being on the north west coast of the island, it is away from the more popular tourist beaches further south, but it is still close enough by taxi or motorbike if you wish to visit them, but if your visit is as pleasurable as ours, you won't even want to leave the hotel! Highly recommended!! Tip: if you want to save money arrange a taxi to collect you and take you to the airport instead of using the hotel shuttle bus, which will cost three times the price!
relaxing weekend, good food, reasonably priced
this is my second time at the Indigo pearl, last December the place was still under renovation (most of it) so it's kind of nice to come back to see how it looks completed.
I like Nai Yang Beach (Hat Nai Yang) it is 2 km only from the airport, good if you are only escaping to Phuket from the city jungle for the weekend like me (but you don't hear the planes) and is quite sleepy (not sure if business has just generally slowed down post tsunami as Nai Yang was hit hard & therefore the new Indigo Pearl is actually a renovated version of the destroyed hotel.) Naiyang beach is not the cleanest beach (not sure if the trash is washed in from the ocean a la Hong Kong style) but is a family local beach, you'll see kids here play soccer/football, no touts to sell you anything (last time I had a short stocky lady come back to offer beach massages -- that was it), and if you eat at the local family run seafood restaurant a couple times, they 'll remember you like an old friend (had excellent seafood at Mamamia bar, the owner's wife remembers me from last December, and I remember her excellent seafood ... only reason I didn't eat at her place more often is coz the flies wouldn't leave me alone, somehow it's not an issue in the hotel itself, but her seafood, ie the prawns/crabs/squid were so fresh they remind me of an awesome meal back in Croatia's Trogir)
the rooms here are reasonable (around $110/$120) and if you don't want to sit by the multiple choices of pool all day the beach is very quiet compared to the other beaches in Phuket (Patong for one)
I remember the front desk manager (Alex?) with fond memories coz the last time I was here they didn't have a biz center ready and he let me use one of their computers in their backoffice. His attitude reflects the attitude of the hotel, they try hard to please. (i.e. I got to check in 8:30 in the morning and check out 2 p.m. -- no issue at all and no questions asked, everytime you ask for directions in the hotel, they'll walk you to there)
at the main pool the area was a bit under staffed so you have to take charge in order to order food or drinks, they bring little things by (ie fruits or nice smelling wet towels) but after guests leave there seems to be no one to clean up immediately
the spa treatment is nice and again reasonably priced, but not the prettiest spa I 've seen (not being fair here but I still have memories of the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai spa). On the other hand the gym was awesome even though I only saw 2 kids trying out the equipment that was too big for them. They do have all types of activities as well, boxing, yoga & etc....
food is good, but expensive compared to the ones you can get right on the beach run by the moms & pops, though I have to say Black Ginger is an elegant/ beautiful space, while breakfast at the Tin Mine felt overrun (a bit) by companies running their conferences here and everyone wearing their dog tags around their necks.
some people don't like the modern hotel & rooms (the kind you'd expect to see in the next hip hotel book) coz it's not very Thai -ish at all (there 's a tin mine theme--- NaiYang used to be before the Phuket tourist boom a mining town) I actually think the design of the whole hotel is quite well executed (also like their "library" & their "store room" /antique store.
Sadly, while there are lots of gardeners around, it looked like some of the plants/trees/flowers are struggling to grow .....Sad coz I know they've been working hard to plant all over again since last year.
All in all, a lovely place to spend the weekend.
Indigo Pearl, Phuket
Forward planning! Has anyone stayed at the Indigo Pearl Hotel on Phuket recently? If so, can you let me have your opinion - accom, food, facilities, surroundings? Indications so far seem to point to it being a 4/5* with a fair amount of luxury thrown in. I'm thinking of April 2007.
RE: Indigo Pearl, Phuket
This is the "old" but totally refurbished Pearl Village.
Two points about this hotel: One - the old facilities we just okay - but it has been completely rebuilt and gone upscale.
And, Two: Pearl Village had an extrememly loyal following among their regular guests - literally people who came year after year after year - and knew the staff by name (who also stayed for years).
There is something about the staff and management and facilities they creates a real bond. I would say a "second home" for many of the guests who would frequently ask staff about their children, family, lives, etc.
I'd say give it ago - and tell the Hotel Manager Rober Frei - that Ted said it was great! I am a teacher trainer who used to have my trainee students teach the staff at Pearl Village - thus my awareness of the situation there over a long period of time.