Indigo Pearl


What do Bridget Jones- ‘Edge of reason’ and my now husband’s proposal got in common? Watching the film last weekend the mind could really boggle.

Anyway, the answer is actually pretty simple, location. Not just Thailand, Phuket but Nia Yang Beach, as it was where the proposal took place.

We only knew about the coincidence when we visited one of the bars at the back of the hotel but more about that later….

Indigo Pearl is built on a former Tin Mine and pays homage to this industry and the fact that is was an integral part of Phuket’s commerce and trade.

The hotel oozes of industrial chic with a real modern edge and was the perfect way to end our stay in Thailand (that and the proposal).

indigo pearl

With over 177 rooms scattered around a concrete jungle with elements of chrome, slate exotic shrubbery and tin. The hotel was as far away from a traditional thai style resort you could get.

There was a good choice of places to eat within the grounds of the hotel from the high end Black Ginger to the Tin Mine restaurant with its huge windows overlooking the gardens.

Whilst staying at Indigo Pearl I took a Thai cookery course in their purpose built kitchen. As there were only the two of taking the class, it was brilliant and I got to know a lot about the various ingredients used within Thai cookery. During the course I made a papaya salad, green thai curry, seafood noodles and pineapple fritters.

completed meal

We loved going for a night cap at Tongkah Tin Syndicate as you could just spent ages looking at all the tin mining memorabilia that hung on the wall and ceiling. We especially loved the alternative air conditioning in the form of massive Punkah fans.

The Syndicate bar

The hotel is situated around 10 minutes from Phuket’s airport, even with this close proximity once you get within the ground of the hotel you would not remember how close you are , apart from the odd plane.

Now, I have to mention the places we visited just outside the hotel and how the Bridget Jones connection became apparent.

The hotel has a private beach located right at the back of the hotel. On our walks outside the hotel there were lots of different restaurants and bars two of which we visited daily. There was an Indian restaurant, ran by Mr. Shah, who made a truly beautiful Dhaba mutton curry.

Nai Yang Beach

The other place was Mamamia, which served fresh seafood (off the boat everyday) and was where we saw the signed poster of Renee Zellweger hung proudly behind the bar.

mamamia

The waiter told us about how lovely Hugh and Renee were during the filming and everyone we seemed to meet either had a photo hanging in their shop or knew someone that had met them.

So every time I watch Bridget Jones- Edge Of Reason I am reminded of this beautiful beach, this hotel and the perfect end to a wonderful holiday.

bridget

We Stayed at Indigo Pearl for five days as part of a tour of Phuket and Bangkok that we put together ourselves.

We Flew with Thai Airways from Heathrow to Bangkok and then picked up a transfer to Phuket.

Indigo Pearl: http://www.indigo-pearl.com

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