Great for: Relaxation and indulgence
What is it? Small resort
Will set you back: THB 4000 – 22000 p/n
An evening arrival could not be more fitting for Phuket resort, Twinpalms. A gorgeous, open foyer with a peaked roof greets you at the entrance and so begins the beginning of what I can guarantee will be a memorable stay at this Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Low-lit lighting works in absolute synergy with the beautiful design, all wood and warmth – perfect for the tropics. In what seems to always be the case in Thailand, the staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and this is evident straight off the bat. They ask us to rest on one of the comfortable seats in the foyer before bringing us a complementary welcome cocktail… they had me at “hello”, and yet to top it all off we find out they have upgraded us… I’m never leaving.
I love everything about the design of Twinpalms. Being here, you really do feel like you are away from it all. It’s perfect as the first stop on your holiday agenda because the beauty and serenity of the place really forces you to switch off from urban life. The resort is large enough to feel spacious and elegant but small enough that you feel like you are somewhere exclusive and quiet. The pool-for-days, a whopping 1600sqm, is gorgeous and leads the way from the foyer down the length of the resort. More lagoon-style blue water weaves its way around the perimeter of the resort in front of the rooms, leading back to the main pool with the boardwalk-style paths and footbridges taking you right over the water. Sun lounges are scattered throughout, and most of the resort suites overlook or have direct access to the lagoon pool (oh so luxurious) so you are never far from a respite from the sultry climate. You can literally step outside your sliding doors and slip into the water with surrounding water gardens for a little privacy and plenty of greenery.
I stayed in a Grand Deluxe Palm Room and really loved the layout and design of the space. With a view to water gardens and the cyan pool below, the room is spacious, luxurious, comfortable and private, just the way a hotel room should be.
Twin Palms was evidently designed with guests’ comfort in mind. I love the relaxing seats on the balcony with the overhead fan, making it a great spot to just chill out, settle into a just-like-home feeling and admire the tropical view. The bed is massive and comfortable, and in every part of the resort it’s easy to see that the guests and their comfort is the number one priority.
There is a spa and an excellent gym on the premises, as well as a lovely modern library. Back at the pool there is a Pool Bar so you don’t have to go too far if you’re in dire need of a mojito, and a short walk down the beach Twin Palms also has two great beach bars, Catch and Bimbi. In January, Twinpalms added to their portfolio another five star restaurant, Palm Seafood, specializing in live seafood to order and featuring an open, lounging bar setup with the gorgeous backdrop of Bangtao beach. Twinpalms also has scooters for hire which were fantastic for exploring the Phuket coastline.
The staff are extremely friendly, accommodating people. I have nothing but positive memories from my stay.
The food is outstanding. And the reason I say this is because of one standout memory: the to-die-for Buffet Brunch that takes place every Sunday at Oriental Spoon. For THB 1,390++ per person, you can go nuts on the epic smorgasboard of Western choices ranging from seafood, roast meats, cold meats, salads, desserts as well as tonnes of Asian dishes all afternoon. For a little extra you can also get a bottle of wine to see you through the three-hour dining experience. Although expensive for Thailand, it’s worth it, and still worlds cheaper than if you transported the experience back home. The food is excellent, and the brunch is well known and a hit with tourists and locals too, based on the bustle and atmosphere buzzing in the restaurant. To kick on after a few glasses of wine and with a full belly, Twinpalms has two beach bars, a 20m walk down to the beach from the resort. Sitting here in a cocoon lounger with cocktail in hand as the sun sets is quite simply, heaven.
Surin Beach is a great option for travellers who love the coastline of Phuket but don’t want to be amongst the craziness of Patong or the tourist throngs of Karon and Kata. It is still close enough to get to the action in no time, but if you are after a more laid back and smaller-scale experience, Surin is an ideal choice. The beach is nothing compared to the white sands of Kata Noi, but what it does have is a more local vibe and few great beach bars courtesy of Twinpalms. Book your stay at Twinpalms Phuket here!
A tropical, fuss-free holiday with a luxurious yet relaxed feel