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The Slate

Phuket, Thailand


  • All Inclusive
  • Boutique Spa
  • Detox
  • Family Friendly
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoors
  • Retreat
  • Wellness

To Do

  • Cycling
  • Hiking/walks
  • Kids club
  • Meditation
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Watersports
  • Yoga

The Slate is located five minutes from Phuket International Airport, on Phuket’s northern shore, next to a pristine and secluded beach.

A Bill Bensley design masterpiece and a member of Design Hotels, the property offers 177 accommodation choices, eight restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools, tennis courts, a private beach club, and the award-winning COQOON Spa.

The Slate remains firmly rooted in Phuket, paying tribute to local history, customs, heritage and cuisine.

The Spa


Set against a luscious rainforest and tropical garden with eight double private treatment rooms, the Coqoon spa is home to a series of relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. The bespoke spa program that incorporates traditional Thai healing and holistic wellness.

Wellness and fitness offerings at The Slate include Yoga In The Wild Yonder, Pure Pilates and Sweet Circuit Sweat.

Spa Facilities

  • Eight Treatment Rooms
  • Tree Nest
  • Relaxation Areas
  • Gym
  • Yoga Hall
  • Pilates

Spa Products

  • Anne Semonin

To Stay

The Slate is an all suite property with 177 accommodation choices but for those looking to up the ante, 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.

To Eat

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’, ‘Som Tam’, and fresh spring rolls at Black Ginger.

For modern Asian cuisine, Rivet & Rebar offers an exciting blend of tastes and spices.

Facilities and Activities

  • Three swimming pools.
  • Yoga hall.
  • Two tennis courts.
  • Tin Box kids club.
  • On-site dive centre.

For the Kids

The villas and suites offer ample space for the whole family and a dedicated kids pool. TIN BOX Kids club is packed with activities to keep the little ones busy.

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 an exploratory night safari seeking frogs and fishes along the way.

Getting There

Nai Yang Beach, 116 Moo 1, Sakhu Thalang, Phuket, Thailand

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.

We just have time to enjoy a cold face cloth in a private airport transfer before we pull up to The Slate Phuket, set within protected national parkland less than ten minutes drive through tropical forest from the airport. A modernist sculpture of nuts and bolts greets us as we enter the resort: The Slate’s design draws from Phuket’s tin mining heritage, and it’s not scared of making a statement. Inside the triple height lobby industrial metal detailing and traditional wooden decor combine with jewel box gemstone detailing. It’s a Thai spa retreat, but not at all as we know it.

The hotel grounds are more traditionally Asian, with lakes of lily pads, skinny palm trees and chic grey green planting, through which villas and suites peep. Amongst the foliage nestle three swimming pools, including an infinity pool for adults only. On a rare weekend sans children much excitement ensues. Beyond expansive green lawns is the unspoilt Nai Yang Beach and the Andaman sea. I visited Phuket thirty years ago, when our mod cons were a bamboo hut and beachside hammock. The Nai Yang of 2018 really doesn’t seem that different.


The Slate’s Coqoon spa is set in a series of capsules amongst the tropical scenery, and has been voted the best luxury spa resort in Thailand: This is going to be good. We sip pre treatment natural tea of the most intense natural violet while we sample massage oil options. En route to the treatment rooms our therapist points out the psychedelic butterfly pea flowers from which our tea is made. Combined with the apparently floating ‘nest’ in which we are to have our treatments in, I start to feel a little like Alice in Wonderland. All that essential oil sniffing has a lot to answer for.

The Treatment

Inside our nest we gaze through a rooftop peephole to blue sky. Clouds drift. Bird song plays. I am road testing the impressive sounding Cryotherapie Age Defying 60 minute facial. Its method of treating the face with nitrogen filled cryotherapy ice cubes has earned it the moniker ‘natural botox’. It’s out of this world. The ice is the highlight, I almost feel my face shrinking, but the lead up nearly has me flying round the ceiling with those virtual birds. My husband’s 60 minute Signature Rebirth massage with eucalyptus is by all accounts equally as spectacular. Afterwards more butterfly pea tea and pineapple is devoured in a kind of post hallucinogenic hunger. These treatments are powerful stuff.

To Stay

We are staying in a D-Buk suite, where high ceilings and oversized wooden sliding doors reference the hotel’s industrial heritage, and a decadent oversized bathtub on the balcony demands testing. Verdict: It’s heavenly- with views across foliage to the infinity pool. It would be enough to bathe and rotate around the pools for a weekend, but the adventures The Slate’s Experience Team can organise are too appealing to miss, from national park cycling to cooking courses and bespoke excursions. We take a private trip via authentic long tail boat to iconic James Bond Island. Bucket list ticked.

To Eat

That evening, wrinkle free and relaxed we dine at Black Ginger, The resort’s Thai fine dining restaurant, reached by hand pulled boat to an island floating in the middle of a flame lit lagoon. The food is divine, using delicate ingredients from The Slate’s organic garden. We put the ‘light enough to eat twice as much’ idea to the test, and 7 courses later launch ourselves back on our boat, suite-ward bound. Next morning we reluctantly leave our triple width bed for breakfast where bircher muesli and freshly made coconut yoghurt diffuse the effects of the previous evening, before our short taxi hop airport bound. The Slate has felt like heaven. But with a much easier journey to get there.