Beautiful pool villa, fantastic food and great vibe. From the moment we arrived we were totally looked after. One of the best breakfasts I have had in Asia and the one pint coffee mugs are lovely touch. Here with family for 5 days right by the beach and from the back of the hotel you access the local community with bars, restaurants and plenty of places for a massage and beauty treatments. The seafood on the local st at Broken English is amazing 1 kilo prawns ! The Slate is a fantastic hotel and resort with lots of character from its past tin mine days apparent everywhere. Lots of games , great facilities and happy positive staff have made this holiday special. If you want the madness Patong is an hour in a cab we went one night but spent the other 4 in and around the hotel which was lovely. I would definitely come back here, highly recommended and good value for money
"Beautiful but isolated "
We picked the Slate because we weren't sure we wanted the "craziness" of Phuket. That being said, while this was a large and lovely resort, not sure that was our thing. Lots to do on-site but it can become monotonous if resorts aren't your norm and if you don't have children. Unfortunately, you're about 30-50 mins (via taxi) from Pataong or Old Town Phuket which can limit how and when you leave the resort. This also makes things like the concierge services less stellar (they don't know much outside of their property). Our meal at Black Ginger was fabulous- a lovely explosion of flavors. The rest of the restaurants were "eh". Would recommend this place if you just want to sit back and relax.
"We couldn't have asked for more"
We have just come back from two weeks at The Slate with our two little girls, aged 18 months and 3 and a half years old. The Slate was everything we hoped it would be and more, totally luxurious, totally beautiful, first class service, delicious food, as clean as can be, amazing facilities... Every guest I spoke to said they wanted to return to it next year which speaks for itself. The food is delicious. I looked forward to the breakfast buffet every morning and really loved the Thai buffet dinner on Saturday night. The breakfast buffet had a great selection and something for everyone – I loved their healthy/wholesome offerings! The Black Ginger restaurant experience for dinner is incredible. The setting is magical and enchanting. The food is really delicious but is less exceptional than the dreamy experience of crossing the torch-lit lake by boat to reach the restaurant, and sitting on the oriental-inspired deck eating dinner. The staff are charming and do everything they can to make you happy and enjoy your stay. A special mention to Dirk who was just so lovely with our little girls (he won their hearts!) and looked after us beautifully, and to Duang at the Kids Club who looked after our girls with the dedication and care as if they were her own. She made it easy for us to leave the girls with her and spend a few hours during the day relaxing and having a (greatly-needed) holiday the two of us. There was also Sue, one of the waitresses, Yusuf who looked after towels for the beach, the two Auns and a host of other especially lovely staff. You only need to look at pictures to see how beautiful the resort is. So much attention has been paid to the interior décor and it’s brilliantly creative and luxurious. Our room was super spacey. The pools were lovely and warm, including the little children’s pool. Speaking of children, the resort is super child-friendly… a children’s menu and plastic crockery at every restaurant (and the kids eat free!), toys around the pool, children’s activities such as Thai cooking lesson and ‘pool zorbing’, the kids club, a trampoline, bouncy castle, ice lollies by the pool, children’s plastic crockery... If I had one constructive piece of feedback it would be about the evenings. Despite there being many people at breakfast each morning, dinners, especially at the Indian-themed Tin Mine made the hotel feel completely empty. Speaking to other guests, we all wondered where everyone was in the evenings as none of the restaurants were ever full and most were more-or-less empty – even Black Ginger was far from full each night. Personally I’d have loved a buffet dinner as the main alternative to Black Ginger, rather than the Indian menu at the Tin Mine, as it became repetitive night after night. In terms of after dinner, the Re-Bar is amazingly cool and again, stunningly designed, and the bar with pool tables/darts board etc is fun, but I’m not sure a bar it was what family, older or couple guests are necessarily looking for. My husband and I would have loved to chill out after dinner somewhere with a more ‘lounge-y’ environment - some nice live piano music, a coffee or dessert cocktail and even a board game. Feedback aside, we loved our stay at The Slate, feel totally refreshed and pampered, and would definitely return one day!
"Very Nice Hotel"
Stunning hotel, spacious room (walk-in shower and and bath on the patio), very nice and helpful staff, a great deal of attention to detail, loved to stay here and would definitely recommend to everybody (if you love this style of architectural style)
"A small boutique hotel' no. Boutique' Yes"
Booking this uber hotel we mistakenly thought it was a small hotel- wrong! Big hotel (220 rooms) but with lots of rooms and guests spread around a very large area of beautiful grounds on the prettiest beach we found on Phuket. We unfortunately arrived too early and just as a very large Indian wedding group were departing- I thought we had arrived at Mumbai airport it was so chaotic !!! Once these people had departed everything seemed to become cool and calm! The reception staff had tried incredibly hard to be as professional, attentive and informative as possible even though under pressure from those departing guests. When we finally got to our room 1.5 hours after arrival, the room maid was waiting for us and very helpful- nothing was too much trouble. Our room, a pearl bed suite, had a large bathroom with a definite industrial feel, spa bath and day lounge on the large verandah which was private and well hidden by large palms when looking out to well manicured grounds. The design is a little quirky as is the whole resort, being tropical/industro using it's long ago tin mining heritage, but we liked it. There are lots of cool but pricey restaurants and bars inside the hotel which is fun but also just outside the hotel gates and so close are lots of little restaurants and street carts just along the beach front if you want the experience at a more reasonable price. Breakfast, although buffet, is a real treat- so make sure you do not miss it. We loved the mangos peeled and diced in front of us. A suggestion for management- why not do cold young coconuts too- they are truely delicious to drink and eat the flesh. That's a real tropical island experience and coconut is just so trending. The infinity pool close to us was attended by the very attentive 'Ian' who had iced water topped up for us at all times and towels at the ready. Great service. Did I mention the buggy service- call and a buggy will take you anywhere on the grounds FOC. Our only complaint was the need for constant aircon in the room (Cool is great, but we feel constant aircon eliminates the tropical flavour) there are no insect screens on the beautiful big sliding glass doors to the deck so no fresh air and the strange situation of our big ornate ceiling fan only operating when the lights were turned on '' Did we miss something' Hard to sleep with the fan and lights on!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM