Rediscover Phuket: The Slate Transports Thai Residents on a Journey Through Time, Art and Design with New Onsite Tours

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Are you seeking an intimate yet immersive escape from the outside world – the opportunity to get away from it all and stimulate your senses? The Slate, the whimsical art-inspired beachfront resort in Phuket, is inviting Thai residents to discover southern Thailand’s diverse heritage with an intriguing package that blends luxurious stays, compelling storytelling and engaging activities.

Phuket, Thailand’s most popular tourist destination, may not seem like the obvious setting for a cultural retreat. But visitors who scratch beneath the surface of this holiday hotspot will unearth a rich seam of interwoven tales and legends, influenced by the island’s tin mining past. Thai nationals and expats who book The Slate’s “Value By Design” package will be transported on a multi-sensory journey from the bygone era to the present day, with a completely private three-day, two-night stay enhanced by enticing culinary experiences, local area explorations, and an expert-led onsite tour into the hotel’s design, art and heritage.

Managed by the in-house “Slate Storytellers”, this new onsite one-hour tour will take guests on an enthralling adventure through time, highlighting Bill Bensley’s unique interiors and the hotel’s artworks, while retracing the steps of our southern Thai ancestors and revealing how a pristine island jewel in the Andaman Sea became a vibrant industrial centre, and later evolved into one of the world’s most desirable destinations.

Tongkah Tin Syndicate is a stylish reinterpretation of a tin mining canteen, filled with cool collectables from Phuket’s mines and the Na-Ranong Family

There can be few better places to uncover Phuket’s history than The Slate; the property’s owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (known to her friends as “Khun Moo”), is deeply passionate about the island and her personal narrative is interwoven with the local area. Her family were early settlers, having migrated to the region from Fujian province in southeast China, and her father, Wichit Na-Ranong, is credited with putting Phuket on the world tourism map.

After World War II, the family was gifted a parcel of land as a reward for their loyalty. Having donated plots to build new schools, they decided to use the last 35 acres of beachfront land to create The Slate, allowing everyone to experience Phuket’s fascinating past and bright future. Khun Moo is now inviting Thai and expat visitors to awaken their senses and explore community-orientated initiatives. For example, The Slate has already showcased the skills of one of Thailand’s most famous traditional tattoo artists, and its “Artist in Residence” programme empowers talented young artists to exhibit their work. Guests can also unwind with authentic activities such as yoga and Muay Thai boxing.

When art and history meet: this impressive sculpture shows tin miners dancing together

Now available until 31st January 2021, the “Value By Design” package includes a choice of accommodation in The Slate’s luxurious rooms, suites or pool villas, signature welcome drinks upon arrival, daily breakfast for two at the Tin Mine, one complimentary lunch at the Underground Café, and one couple’s dinner at Tin Mine or Black Ginger, a breath-taking Thai restaurant that was recommended by the 2020 Michelin Guide. Guests will also enjoy the new storytelling tour, private roundtrip airport transfers, priority early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), complimentary shuttle services to Central Floresta and Patong, one day of free car rental, and attractive discounts at all onsite restaurants, bars, the Coqoon Spa, and at Stockroom, the world of avant-garde widgets.

For families, up to two children (aged seven and under) can stay free-of-charge, including daily breakfast. Guests staying in the D-Buk Family Suite will also receive one kid’s lunch at the Underground Café and one dinner at the Tin Mine or Black Ginger, from the Little Miner’s menu (when dining with their parents). And naturally, Wi-Fi is free-of-charge throughout the entire stay.

The Slate’s Private Pool Suites welcome guests into an intimate and exotic world

This package starts from just THB 9,900 net for two nights in a Pearl Bed Suite, THB 12,600 net for a Private Pool Suite, or THB 34,500 net in a One-Bedroom Villa. Thai residents who sign up to the “Rao Teaw Duay Kan” promotion will enjoy additional discounts. Book now for stays taken by the end of January 2021.

Nestled in the pristine northwest corner Phuket, surrounded by Sirinat National Park and just 15 minutes’ drive from Phuket Airport, The Slate is perfectly positioned for Thai travellers who want to escape the city and lose themselves in a wonderful world of history, gastronomy and wellness. It is little wonder that this enchanting retreat was recently named as one of the world’s best resorts in the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

To book your immersive escape at The Slate, please call 076-327-006