I have just returned from a brilliant holiday with a dear friend at Twinpalms, Phuket from March 4 to March 10, 2013. We stayed in one of the hotel’s stunning two-bedroom duplex apartments. By arrangement we were greeted at the airport by one of the hotel’s drivers who gave us cooled, lemongrass-scented hand towels in the car as well as bottles of cold water. The main reception area makes a delightful first impression; a large open-air traditional structure with dark wood paneling and a high slanted roof. Reception presented us with bracelets made of flowers and more cool refresher towels as well as berry champagne cocktails. Our designated apartment manager guided us to our two-bedroom duplex apartment, which was slightly removed from the main area of the hotel (many of the rooms overlook the main pool).
The two-bedroom duplex apartments are generously proportioned, open plan and elegantly furnished with TVs in both bedrooms and a large widescreen TV in the main living area, which also had an iPod dock, DVD player and wifi. There are outstanding bathrooms on each floor with excellent rainshower heads and Molton Brown toiletries. There is also a bath on the upper floor of the main bedroom. You could quite happily fit a family of four into this apartment. There was fresh ice in the ice bucket, a well-stocked wine fridge and two minibars filled with soft drinks and beer. They also provided an Illy coffee machine, the capsules for which were replenished daily. A fresh fruit platter was provided daily and housekeeping replenished our supply of bottled water regularly. There are multiple electrical plugs in each room all of which are fitted with international adaptors.
The hotel restaurant is called Oriental Spoon and serves exceptional Thai food. The staffs are helpful, friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. Buffet breakfasts were included in the price of the room and we went to Oriental Spoon for breakfast every morning. They have an egg counter, fresh fruit juices, bacon and sausages, bread and pastries, pancakes and delightful house-made preserves and jams.
The hotel is located just across the road from stunning Surin Beach, which is arguably Phuket’s best. The water was pristine, the sand white and clean and the sea calm. The Catch Beach Club is affiliated with the hotel and hotel guests are guaranteed a sunbed and towels. Catch serve great cocktails and food which are brought to your sunbed, the cost added to your bill so you don’t have to worry about bringing your wallet down to the beach. Twinpalms seems to have secured the best location on Surin Beach and you can quite happily spend an entire day on the beach swimming and relaxing.
The path to the beach club is lit by huge lanterns at night, which look lovely. The beach area is lined by restaurants and shops and places offering massage and beauty treatments. Too many of the restaurants serve middling western food like pizza and burgers but Thai food can be had in some places. Always specify you want it ‘Thai style’ otherwise they tone for the heat down too much. Pla Seafood is a decent food option, with tables along the beachfront amongst the palm trees and sand underfoot. We also had a great meal at the open-air Bluelagoon restaurant, which is located behind the hotel, across the road. The food is great and prices astonishingly cheap.
Hire cars can be booked through the hotel and we found this most comfortable way to travel to temples at Wat Chalong, raucous, touristy Patong and the mid-market Central Shopping Mall, which was recommended to us by the receptionist at the Twinpalms spa.
Our experience at Twinpalms was impeccable and we are already making plans to return. It is the best hotel on the best beach in Phuket with beautiful, superbly appointed and provisioned rooms with a refined and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is lined with fragrant frangipani and palm trees and every area of the hotel is brilliantly designed for maximum comfort. The staff is utterly brilliant - smiling, friendly and responsive to all requests. Be sure to book a room with either a plunge pool or one with a lagoon out the front. We found this indispensible after walking around all day shopping or visiting temples. There are minimarts, Tesco Lotus and 7-Elevens within walking distance and taxis are plentiful. You can also hire scooters cheaply.
This is hopefully the first of many visits to Twinpalms and Phuket.
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- Twinpalms Phuket Hotel Cherngtalay
- Twinpalms Phuket Cherngtalay
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