"Like stepping into a luxurious, rustic-chic dream!"
This gorgeous hotel, surrounds you with exceptional 5-star service, impeccable grounds and amenities, fabulous food, and an artistic design that feels truly special! After a few days in Bangkok, and a few more days at a beachfront resort in Phuket, my fiance and I stayed at The Slate for 3 days and 2 nights in September 2016 at the end of our trip to Thailand. I was drawn to The Slate because of the beautiful design and style shown in the photos online, and seeing this place in person is absolute magic! I describe it as rustic-chic, and we learned that the design was artistically influenced by imagery from the historic tin-mining industry. We chose to stay in a "Pool Suite," and really enjoyed the private little pool just off our secluded patio. Every detail built into the stylings of our room looked as though it had been thoroughly visualized and planned out. It's a living work of art! We would love to style our own home like this someday! We even bought some of the soaps and shampoos (naturally created on the island) to bring back with us and remind us of how special our stay was. We also had the breakfast buffet included in our room package, and it was beyond fabulous! I'm not kidding. This isn't your typical hotel buffet. It's a 5-star experience. The staff at The Slate was attentive, helpful, and informative. They were a joy to be around, and made us feel luxuriously taken care of at all times. A staff member even walked us through security at the airport and guided us to our airline when it was time to go! We hadn't ever experienced that kind of service before. The Slate is now one of our world-wide favorite hideaways, and we whole-heartedly recommend it!
Even having read about the resort, we were amazed by the size of it. It's not high rise but very sprawling. We had a pool suite which was large and comfortable. The outside area had a table and chairs, a day bed and 2 sun lounges. The pool was a good size and sensible depth. The rooms upstairs were set back so even from their balcony they did not directly overlook the pool area. The industrial design elements are everywhere ( a recognition of the original tin mine on the site) from taps to the cutlery, art works in the grounds and naming of the restaurants and bars. It's a quirky point of difference which adds interest. A bonus of the resort being so large is the range of dining options. We ate at Black Ginger, Rivet and The Tin Mine. All were very good and much the same price overall as for the same quality here. The Coquoon Spa could do with more prominent signage but once found was excellent. A couple of criticisms, a number of stairs with no hand rails, no lights above room numbers and no library.
Truly an amazing hotel from start to finish. The food in mo's kitchen was amazing, to the point we took the cooking class. The service and hotel is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. I asked my partner to marry me in the hotel and the catering staff arranged a private dinner on the beach with a singer. I can not recommend this hotel highly enough. The only downside is the hotel is located in very bad area so not worth looking around outside the resort too much. Thank you for making our holiday so amazing
"Top design and service - Modern, but not local style"
After having spent a week in another hotel in Phuket (Santhiya koh yao yai resort & spa), my 2-year old daughter, my wife and I spent another week in this hotel. A very different experience... This hotel has all the modern touches, attention to detail and professionalism of a western civilisation top ranking hotel. It starts with the welcome in the modern classy A/C reception, where you are comfortably seated in big sofas waiting for check-in, with a welcome drink and refreshing towels. It feels and looks like a Radisson or a similar type of hotel. The staff is very professional, polite, well-dressed, smiling: you feel welcome. This experience goes on when you get to your room (luggage is delivered): it's a very modern design, mixing concrete and "metal" touches due to the hotel's "clin d'oeil" to its origins (a former zinc mine I believe). Everything is clean, well thought of, comfortable, design. Modern. This may also be the only issue of this hotel for some: the place feels like a very nice european/western hotel. That's great, but if you're after a more "local" asian experience, this is not it. Its a western paradise in Thailand. High quality materials and amenities are standard, and apply to every single little thing down to the tissue box! The staff is very professional, polite and effective. No complaints whatsoever. Big props here. The breakfast is brilliant: it beats every other breakfast experience we ever had, in Thailand or other countries. Fresh food and pastries, very tasty. Even the coffee is pretty decent, which says a lot. Restaurants and bars in the complex are very good too, with a particular mention for the Black ginger, quite an experience: a barge takes you to the restaurant in midst of an artificial lake... Service is perfect, so is the decorum and the food. Don't forget proper clothes if you want to go though, it is mandatory (and that's a good thing). It is pricey, extremely compared to local prices, equivalent to dining in a good european restaurant. Gourmet cuisine, very delicate and well presented. Top. Pools and other amenities are great (also for kids thanks to specific large pools), so are the inner gardens of the complex. The kids room is fine, even if a bit limited. I would be hard pressed to find anything at all to complain about. Again, the very modern/western style and design might not appeal to those who are looking for a genuine local experience. Also, the immediate area around the hotel complex is quite shabby and the beach is public so it can be littered, but transportation to other places is easy and if you use the hotel cab, be ready for a luxurious ride: our transport to the airport nearby was the perfect final touch to a great experience.
"Fantastic safe gorgeous and friendly"
I stayed at the slate for two nights by myself, received a flower and tea on check in which was a nice touch. Huge room, 2 balconies, roll top bath, huge shower and double sinks, was clean but bed sheets were soft but had a stain on. But please don't be put off. The staff were amazing. There are three bars, one for family, one with music and one quiet one. It's a very very safe place security and all entrances, I felt perfect there being by myself. Shore thing the beach bar is nice to watch the sunset and enjoy a happy hour cocktail. The food was nice, breakfast was incredible and so much choice and lots of seating. The decoration is really quirky lots to look and and lots of metal as located on an old tin mine. There is a dive centre and water sports on site. The beach is a stones throw which is beautiful and not busy, and the beach is lined with bars if you wanted a local experience. The spa is lovely but over priced I paid 2900 baht for a massage when in Phuket it's 300 baht but you pay for the service and look out for the promos and I got two for one. The place is huge so take advantage on the golf carts that can take you around. The sports bar is a fun place to unwind play pool, darts or uno etc and the deco is vintage which I love but I asked for the sports tv to be turned off. It's so close to the airport around 200 baht in a taxi, I only heard one or two planes while staying there. I would highly recommend the slate.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM