“A perfect dreamscape awaits. A tale told in rich colours, set against a sparkling blue sea”
The Slate is an artful blend of industrial chic and natural allure that forms the undiscovered heart of Phuket. Thailand’s largest island has a mysterious sense of tradition, a rich and colourful past, and a long history of Chinese settlers that brought tin mining to the isle. The Slate effortlessly combines these industrial elements with nature’s raw beauty to provide poetic reminders of the past and a place of magic for today. Explore the extensive offerings in this covetable resort designed by world-famed Bill Bensley.
The northern Andaman shore of Phuket is home to Nai Yang Beach, a serene and peaceful stretch of paradise surrounded by the fiercely protected national parklands. The Slate provides fantastical suites, villas, and whimsical experiences for newlyweds from around the world in an inimitable tropical paradise.
Bill Bensley, regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s leading architects, has a keen eye for detail and has used various ‘black gold’ industrial elements to create a retreat with intrigue by fusing his love of nature and ancient trees with history. The award-winning Coqoon Spa envelops an ancient, giant banyan tree and an impressive wicker structure that hangs from its age-old limbs. Throughout the tranquil resort, Bensley has peppered industrial lighting through the traditional Thai wooden-beamed roofs, a distinct nod to its mining past. Each suite and villa has a soft neutral palette enhanced with pops of bronze, tin and freesia pink.
Choose from the pearl bed suites with their playful art, freshly cut birds of paradise, deliciously comfy beds and handcrafted rugs that adorn the hand-polished wooden floors. The private pool suites juxtapose concrete, timber and rattan, affording the private surroundings a warm appeal.
For complete unadulterated luxury, choose the sanctuary, a two-bedroom pool villa with a dining room, lounge and two enormous bedrooms giving you the freedom to play in your own haven. The interiors have a distinct nod to the tin mining industry with oversized technical drawings of mining machinery and industrial lighting. Outside are expansive terraces with dining and lounge areas for relaxing.
The Bensley Suite is a refuge of peace and nature. Bensley has let his imagination run wild and created an enchanted space, the epitome of privacy and luxury. The impressive one-of-a-kind suite boasts a balcony with impressive views, an expansive and private garden and a swimming pool. Wherever you are, palm trees and rainforest nature surround you. Inside-outside living makes for a perfect honeymoon.
Hide away in the Coqoon Spa and enjoy one of their signature treatments, such as the Coqoon rebirth massage, a massage tailored to your body’s needs or the awakening massage, where two therapists spoil your body with revitalising strokes and movements. The frangipani wrap is a blissful treatment using body-firming frangipani, rice bran oil for its moisturising attributes, and rose floral water for its therapeutic properties. Coqoon is peacefully located in tropical gardens.
The Slate has an extraordinary collection of dining experiences within the resort. Chef Piak heads up the multi-award-winning Black Ginger, certified by the Michelin Guide for two consecutive years. She prepares simple, traditional recipes with complex layers of Thai flavours, including som tam, tom yum, and phanaeng curry. Her favourite delicacy is crispy prawns with battered cha-plu leaves, drizzled with sweet chilli sauce. During your honeymoon, why not join one of her cooking classes and take some of the delicate flavours of Thailand home after exploring the local markets. Rebar is the ultimate evening lounge to enjoy handcrafted drinks prepared by the resident mixologist.
For honeymooners that like to explore on land, in a Muay Thai ring or under the water, Thailand is always colourful and a joy to discover. The Slate’s unrivalled concierge team will create a honeymoon journey of a lifetime. They will arrange everything from a romantic dinner on the shores of the Andaman Sea, culturally diverse island tours through Phang Nga Bay, diving into the shallow reefs with plenteous colourful fish, wandering in the steps of the orange-robed monks or learning a new skill. The Slate is the ultimate destination to celebrate your honeymoon.
Katie Hollamby is a well-travelled public relations specialist turned writer for various international publications, tourism boards and ethical brands. Originally from the UK, she’s worked around the world, lived in and explored North America, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and now Thailand. She’s passionate about the welfare of animals and sustainability. For more adventures, you can follow her on Instagram @thekatybooks.