Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sleep, sleep and more sleep at one of Thailand's top resorts

At a time when executives are more stressed than ever before and some parents badly need a few days break from their children to re-calibrate, one of Thailand's most luxurious resorts has launched a holiday packaging offering the burned out and frustrated the chance to spend a holiday fast asleep.

Indigo Pearl, a shimmering sanctuary just a short drive from Phuket Airport (but with zero aircraft noise), offers week-long escapes devoted entirely to the 'Art of Sleep'.

Would-be Rip van Winkles are given the opportunity to iron out modern life's wrinkles using the restorative properties of the most natural wellness therapy of all. 

General manager Chris Oakes says he's been inundated with guests wanting to spend a week of blissful uninterrupted nights, languorous lie-ins, brunches in bed, cat naps, power naps and lazy afternoon siestas, 

Available until Christmas, although likely to be extended, the 'Art of Sleep' offers eight days and seven nights in an Indigo Pearl suite, along with additions like a guaranteed early check in and 'beeline for bed'; daily in-suite Sparkling Chandon Breakfast, available at whatever times guests wish; a 60-minute couples spa treatment in the signature Coqoon Nest spa facility and a 30-minute evening stress relief massage for two each evening. 

The offer also includes a selection of newspapers; magazines and books in suite, a choice of DVD movies;  a pillow menu and selection of aromatic oils and a guaranteed late check out until 6pm to help remove any travel stress that might remain within over-achievers and workaholics. 
“Sleep has become the great casualty of modern life, stolen by the stresses of work and family and the round-the-clock connectivity imposed by the internet age,” GM Oakes says. 

"This could be the escape of your dreams – and the best thing you ever did for yourself, your partner and your family.”

And having just spent four nights at Indigo Pearl, just behind the sweeping beach at Nai Yang and Phuket's only national park, I can recommend its restorative powers. I loved the place and will be writing more about it down the track.  

It is a modernist resort from design maestro Bill Bensley, who has drawn on the island's tin mining history for his inspiration; creating a glittering self-contained world of industrial installations combined with greenery, three pools (two for adults only), a large range of food and beverage options and a luxurious spa. 

“Indigo Pearl is the heart and soul of North Phuket – which is the 'real' Phuket,” Oakes says.

“It's more relaxed, steeped in the fascinating history of the island's tin mining past and is an ideal place to slumber, doze and dream between long walks on unspoiled beaches and hikes through forests." 

Indigo Pearl is a member of both Design Hotels and Mr and Mrs Smith and is and all villa and suite property with 177 accommodation choices, seven restaurants and bars, library, gym, tennis courts, kids’ club and Thai cooking school. 

The 'Art of Sleep' Package starts from THB49,500 per couple (around $A1,750) for the week) in a suite. Three-night packages are also being introduced.

Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket, Thailand.
+66 76 327 006. 

# The writer was a guest of Indigo Pearl and AirAsia. 
AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, links 100 destinations across 23 countries.

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