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We arrived at Phuket airport at 9.40am...very scary going through immigration...and were met by two lovely staff from the hotel and whisked into a very comfortable mini van for the short ride to the resort.. Everywhere we go there seems to be someone offering damp towels....heated on the plane and cooled in the minivan. Nice, either way. Entry to …
... for a swim only to find that a monkey had decided to sit on them while he was gone. When he got back he tried to pull his clothes away only to get clawed in the face by a screaming monkey… see I told you they were evil! There were dozens of them climbing the trees and randomly attacking people, so I was very happy to get around the corner and find that they weren’t on this section of the beach.
At the end of the beach was a huge cave filled ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIndigo Pearl Nai Yang
I can't rate this property highly enough. Every second was a five star experience - the amazing Black Ginger restaurant... nothing feels more special than being pulled across water to your dinner, the fantastic private beach area with sun beds, drinks and food, activities and a stunning view; the beautiful adult pools - inifinity pool, and normal pool with pool bar - and last but not least, the beautiful rooms.. we stayed in a Pool Pavilion, and it was my idea (and I'm a travel agent with high standards) of luxury. While the private salt water pool in our courtyard was great, my fav part was the standalone bath complete with tea light candles, bubble bath and bath salts.
The staff were very friendly, and appreciated using the limited amount of Thai that we know. When I got sick (just a cold which started before the trip) the resort organised a free transfer to a pharmacy with an english speaking pharmacist to organise some medication for me.
I will be recommending this resort to my future clients.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Indigo Pearl Nai Yang
This will be a wonderful hotel!!
after a long and tiring flight via heathrow and bangkok we arrived to a refreshing welcome drink and a wonderful reception at the indigo pearl. the reception area itself gives you the first inkling of the contemporary design of what will be a wonderful hotel once the finishing touches are put to it.
we were in kelly quarters, our room was smart and well maintained throughout our stay and we had a view out towards the pool, a few people were voicing problems with their rooms but i believe that any complaints were rectified quickly.
the whisky bar opened whilst we were there, brand new pool and
snooker table available, the rebar was already open with wonderful smiling staff but with music not to our taste at all.
several incentives such as happy hours etc were also introduced while we were there.
my husband is keen on scuba diving and did several dives with the very professional on site padi dive centre.
the bars and restaurants on the beach front all served good food
and cold singha to keep us refreshed. everywhere we went we were greeted by a happy smile, but back to the hotel.
free water and prepared fruit were handed out around the pool, a couple of days we were treated to a free head and neck massage from the girls from the hotel spa.
there was a thai cookery school on site that i wish i had tried, they take you out to buy the ingredients from the local market and then
let you loose in an immaculate kitchen to do your worst with them!!
all in all it was a wonderful holiday, you just need a bit of vision to imagine what the finished project is going to be like but i think they are nearly there!!
Favorite hotel and nice design
During New year 2007, I came to visit Phuket Thailand and had visiting at Indigo pearl Phuket on Jan. 5- 9 2007.
regarding on the hotel, this hotel was my favorite style like tin mining industry of Phuket in the ancient time, I found many exotic and ancient equipments for using in Tin mine industry. However this hotel was very interesting and nice atmosphere. The staff were very nice, hospitality and good service mind to satisfy the need of us and hotel guest. The taste of food was very good, especially dessert and bakery were so good, I really like its too much. Indigo Spa provide many selection program for me and I selected Body wrap Package for 90 minutes, it was very relaxing
and spa staff was very courteous and friendly to provide excellent
service to me
I feel so happy during stayed at this hotel, it was a good memorable and nice experience for me.
Not quite sure what to make of new design
We have stayed at the Pearl village many times over the past ten years and were interested to see what they had made of the Indigo. The design is apparently based on a Tin Mine, but we were not quite sure where this was apparent within the hotel, apart from lots of rivet and spanner designs scattered around. The hotel was a bit of a building site when we arrived and we had to pay to upgrade our standard room because there was hardly any space to store any of our clothes. We are here for a month and travel light, but the room would have been really claustrophobic within minutes of unpacking due to no drawers.
The upgrade was basically two rooms knocked into one, one of them being purely a bathroom, which looked stunning. A huge bath (unfortunately never any hot water in it) and a massive walk in shower which worked great for the first three days, but then kind of gave up hope. After a few days there a dreadful smell emanated from the toilet drain, which the cleaning staff got rid of immediately, but it kept coming back, despite engineers etc looking at it. we were eventually offered another room, but as it was the day before we left for Phi Phi, we couldnt be bothered to move and covered up the drain with a towel. The smell then moved to another outlet, but we couldnt find it.
The lovely pool is still there, but for some reason they have made it all one depth - probably about 5 foot in total and also put in a revolting water feature opposite the waterfall that looks like a concrete wall and is a concrete wall. In fact concrete is one of the main factors around the pool. However the new sun loungers are very comfortably and they now bring you free water and fruit during the day.
for some bizarre reason the lovely thai restaurant has been painted all black and looks like a ghost ship. They have even matt black painted over the gilt - it looks truly awful.
The breakfast buffet is still impressive, although the new layout will get very busy if they ever fill the hotel. It was pretty empty when we were there and it still felt cramped.
All in all, not quite sure what to make of it. We initially stayed, all those years ago, at the pearl village as it was close to the airport for our early morning flight home, and were stunned by how beautiful the hotel and beach was. We are not quite sure what clientelle they are now looking for. It seems they are trying to making it into a spa hotel but are not sure if they will get those clients, Oh, and the palm court grill, which made the best caesar salad in the world, is not longer there. The main restaurants were not finished when we were there, so hopefully they will bring the salad back!
A lot of money has been spent onthe hotel and I really hope that it works out for them. The staff were as lovely as ever and the beach restaurants and bars remain the same.
Could go on and on but my flight back to Bangkok is here.
Will be superb - when it's finished!
We stayed at the Indigo Pearl resort for 3 nights. On arrival were immediately impressed by the entrance - the decor is very contemporary and frankly stunning. All the staff are friendly, helpful and courteous. Our room was on the ground floor and we were a little put out to find 2 single beds when we had specified a request for a double room. That said, the room although not overlarge, was beautifully decorated with quirky design detail equipped with minibar, safe, hairdryer, satellite tv, tea/coffee making facilities. The beds/pillows were incredibly comfortable.
The only problem with the hotel is that when we were there at the end of December there was still a lot of renovation/building work going on. The hotel website had indicated that the pool was expected to be finished in October 06 and indeed it was - and a beautiful pool too! However, there was no indication that they were still in the midst of building the whisky lodge and another bar near the pool etc. We therefore felt a bit cheated because the accommodation is pricey.
Nevertheless, we didn't let it spoil our stay though it did deter us from eating dinner there. We did have breakfast in The Tin Mine on the morning we left and the buffet selection was fantastic approx £10 a head.
Before booking make sure the place is finished - or - insist on a discount.
This must be what heaven is like
We stayed at Pearl Village in September (the year of 911) and I have to say that out of all the places I have been in the world this is my favourite.
The hotel was a magical place, staff wonderful, food amazing - we could not fault anything. The Thai restaurant was out of this world. There are several to choose from.
The location is very quiet and near to the airport so no long bus trips on arrival. If you want a relaxing holiday, plenty of sun, a cheap massage every night after a hard day by the pool, a pedicure and manicure on the beach and a cocktail and a gossip at the beach bar early evening this is the place to be.
It has since changed to the Orient Pearl and I cannot wait to return one day.
Worth staying at
We have just returned from this hotel and had a great time. If you are after a total relaxing and quiet holiday this is where to go. The rooms are beautiful, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. the food was second to none. Near to the airport which did not create any noise problems, a little out of the way from the towns but make use of the free shuttle bus The only chritisism I have is the cats in the outdoor dining room but, when I mentioned my concerns to the staff they booked us to eat in the Italian Restaurant with the option of any menu. The cat issue is being addressed and I would not let it put me off staying here. The staff do everything possible to make your stay as happy as it could be, nothing is too much trouble. It was quieter than it would normally be this time of year (down to the tsusnami) so we had the pool to ourselves for a few hours each day. We were at the Dusit Laguna in november 04 and can see that the Thais are recovering so well. Dont let the tsunami stop you going to this wonderful Island as they do have early warning systems in place. one more thing. Dont pre book your halfboard via your travel company as we paid £14 ppp night but the hotel allow around £10 from the menu which is plenty and would almost cover 3 courses if you could manage that much as the portions are very generous. Save money and pay the hotel direct.
This hotel is great and definately the most luxurious in the Nai Yaing Beach area. My girlfriend and I stayed here during May 2005. The staff are very friendly, our room was nice and the grounds were set in beautiful landscaped tropical gardens. Breakfast had the BIGGEST selection of dishes I have ever seen! The food & drink at the hotel was a little on the expensive side for Thailand, but just a five minute walk to the beach and there's a whole array of beach-site bars and resturants. I can recommend Mama Mia Seafood! Fantastic. Also, the Elephant Bar is very nice and owned by a great bloke called Mr Chang.
The pearl village is a great hotel, both myself an my girlfriend loved it!
We stayed at Pearl Village in April 2004 and had an absolutley fabulous time. With this hotel it really is the little extra's which set it apart, such as turning your bed down every evening, with flowers, complimentary fruit basket, drinks, leaving gift etc.
The service is just out of this world, all serving staff ensure that they are lower than you, when serving you as a sign of respect, which we just couldn't believe.
We found the food from the restaurants on the beach to be 1/3 of the price of the hotel, which itself was very reasonable. The food was just fantastic, for example we went for a pizza on the beach, which was 10" for 60p!!!
Drinks also dirt cheap. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, this is just perfect. I also visited Bali later that year and it just didn't compare.
Treated like royalty! Best holiday ever...beautiful resort!
My boyfriend and I stayed here in June 2004 and I'm only getting around to writing this now. I think I have been too depressed since we returned home to even be able to think about what an amazing time we had at the Pearl Village!
This place was amazing and we were waited on hand and foot the whole time we were there! I highly recommend going off season like we did because the resort was not very crowded at all and there were days when we had the beautiful pool all to ourselves! Although we met a couple there who were on their 12th visit to the Pearl Village and they said that the service was always amazing, even during high season.
And the weather was great for us, about 36 degrees every day and only rained twice at night and once for about 10 minutes one afternoon!
When you arrive you get a nice welcome drink and then about 15 minutes after we went to our room we had a knock at the door and they brought us a basket of fruit as well. And every night they turned the bed down and laid gorgeous orchid flowers on our pillows! Then on my boyfriend's birthday they left a nice 'Happy Birthday' cake in our room as a surprise! (they check your passports when you check in to see if you will be celebrating your birthday while staying at the resort!).
Anyway, the restaurants in the resort were great and the caesar salad is the best ever and they make it and the dressing by hand in front of you at your table! The prices are really good too although the little restaurants just outside the resort as you walk out to the beach (a 2 minute walk from the resort pool) are way cheaper and have brilliant food too! There's a great little place just to your right as you walk out the back of the resort to the beach - an open air seafodd type place - go there and the whole full 3 course meal for 2 won't even be more than 6-8 euro!
What is also great is that the resort is right by the beach but is also self contained so it has guards that make sure only guests are allowed in. There is also a local resort elephant named Tombai who is lovely so don't get scared if you turn a corner in the resort and see him there in his little area! We almost passed out in shock when we saw him first!
Also the resort has a doctor who comes there every day and aslthough his english isn't great it's a useful service they provide for free - you only pay for any medicine you need. My boyfriend got very severely sunburned one day and had to get antibiotics so it was a relief to have it there.
So don't underestimate the power of the sun especially on the beach! Even in the off season it is till hot!
Try the cool bike tour with Peter, Pearl Village's local sports guide. He even took us by to his friend's house so we met a local family and got to relax and have some water and grapes in their home!
And if you get a taxi into Phuket town or to Patong it will cost about 13 euro for them to take you and sit and wait for you for about 5-6 hours while you shop, go eat, go drink, whatever. They just park and wait until you're ready to go home! Very weird at first and we felt a bit odd like we were exploiting them but they are glad to have the work and are happy to wait for you -- that's just what they do. We brought our favourite driver M&Ms and a few little treats along the way!
Anyway as you can see, we loved this resort and would highly recommend it to anyone! Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any queries about going here! Good luck!
Tip:If you walk out the back of the resort and go onto the beach, take a left and walk for about 5 minutes or so and depending on the tide you may see a beautiful, serene little cove on your left just before a new development of apartments. We just lazed around swimming in here on our own...so peaceful!!!!!!
My boyfriend and I stayed one night at the pearl Village having spent the rest of our time at the Cape Panwa this place was beautiful!! As we drove to the hotel it was kind of off a beaten track I guess in time they will be redeveloping. The lobby was very nicely decorated with a band there that played in the evenings. The staff where very friendly and we were escourted to our room and shown where there would be a free drinks party in the evening. The room was deluxe very nice lovely bathroom! the balcony overlooked the pool which was quite serene as it was a pool with a waterfall. On arrival to our rooms we had fresh fruit brought to us. The restaurants were lovely and we had the best meal there. There is a spa there so for the ladies loads of pampering can be done. At night when we returned to our room we found our beds had been turned down for us and an orchid left with a card saying good night, what a beautiful touch we thought. The beach did let the hotel down as it was quite dirty and the track to get there was like an assualt course, its a public beach I suppose so you can't really complain. On checkout we received a gift of a small pot which was was a nice gesture. Its really close to the airport about 5 mins with rejuvenation of the area this will be a hotel to die for. Oh yes a few weeks after our return we received a postcard from the hotel hoping we had a safe journey home and a pleasant stay and that they hoped to see us again...Pure Class!