The Slate Hotel – Phuket / by Bill Bensley 

Just a stones through from the airport is the idllyic village of Nai-Yang, the vibe is much more relaxed than some of the busier towns on the island, with a long sandy beach, small strip of bars & restaurants what more could you need? 

Set in this lush setting is the opulent The Slate Hotel, designed by one of Asia’s leading Architect & Interiors Designers Bill Bensley the hotel has a traditional yet industrial feel to it. 

As a homage to the clients family routes in the Thai tin industry, there are plenty of mechanical touches to the interiors, whether it’s through metal sculptures made from old tin working machinery or the fascinating fan system in the bar & pool room, you’re always reminded of that history. 

With a list of cocktails as long as your arm I would highly recommend a trip to the pool room bar even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. Manfred’s Happy Ending is a delicious and fresh take on the classic expresso martini. 

The architectural indulgence is continued through out the rest of the hotel & grounds with a contemporary take on traditional Thai construction, exposed timber beams, large expanses of slate & stone run through the public areas but again you are reminded of the areas mining past with industrial lighting and metal furniture


We visited the hotel at night and the lighting certainly plays an important role in creating an ambience of mystery and quiet luxury pulling you deeper & deeper into the hotel complex. Each turn holding a different suprise from the three signature bar & restaurants, three pools or award winning spa

It’s certainly worth a visit if only to have a cocktail and look at Bensley’s clever industrial detailing. 


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