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Indigo Pearl

When the owners of this former three-star resort began planning repairs after the 2004 tsunami, they didn't want just a simple upgrade.
Nai Yang Beach and National Park, Phuket, Thailand

The Overview

Most resorts post the day's activities on a simple chalkboard. Here, the owners have opted for something a bit more unusual. Standing in the middle of the lobby's entryway is a wrought-iron cart with gears, wheels, levers and lanterns. It looks 100 years old and, in fact, it is. A relic from Phuket's tin mining past, this old-fashioned generator has been kitted out with a flat-screen that strobes all the activities available to guests at Indigo Pearl. It's a utilitarian nod to the region's history.

The resort's crowning glory is its grill fine dining restaurant, the Rivet Grill, which features walls made from burnished stainless steel that's been hammered and baked. The booths, which resemble chairs by Jaime Hayon, the eccentric Spanish designer, are actually tin dredge. Their covered tops lend the tables an extra touch of intimacy.

Tel: +66 76 327 006



Published on Sep 24, 2009

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