“Chilled spa hotel with contemporary tropical styling - a short hop by designer flip-flop from happening Surin Beach”
All of the rooms and suites have a contemporary tropical feel with parquet floors, bespoke furnishings in tones of cream, cappuccino and chocolate, and vivid original art - commissioned from local artists - adorns the walls. Big bouncy kingsize beds with fat pillows folded like Pitons have cockpit controls for everything that can be turned on or off electronically.
Indulgent bathrooms are kitted out with His and Hers sinks, luxurious toiletries in generous jars, and loads of sumptuous towels. Delightful in-room extras include a cafetiere for fresh espresso, beach sandals (which everyone falls back on in the tropical rain), chocolates and fruit. But best of all are the shady terraces that overlook the sparkling pool. There’s room for 2 to sprawl and snooze on the sofas, a fan to keep you cool and soft lighting so you can sit out with your Travel Scrabble and a glass of Montrachet long after the moon’s in the sky.
Grand Deluxe Rooms have shuttered terraces for added privacy and Jacuzzi baths as well as rain showers. The Suites are even more luxurious with spacious terraces and smart sitting rooms, and also benefit from butler service.
The real luxury, however, is to be found in the celebrity price-tagged newer residences. These are the 1- and 2-Bedroom Duplex Pool Suites, and the Penthouses. These are set back from the main hotel area, and are, strictly speaking, the kind of place you want to live in. Forever. Designs vary but expect egg-shaped granite baths, double-height sitting rooms, and some even have wine cellars, cigar humidors and a courtyard, garden or rooftop plunge pool! The views, however, can be disappointing with some windows facing walls or an unloved patch of ground next door. If looking out matters more than what’s inside, specify when booking.
Breakfast at the Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar is a western-style buffet - patisserie, fruit, Bircher muesli, fresh juices and cold cuts - with hot food cooked to order by a brigade of pleasantly chatty chefs. If you’re there on a Sunday, save yourself for the incredibly popular brunch, which features a huge range of fresh seafood. Join Phuket’s ex-pat business community and regular visitors to graze on smoked salmon, roasts, cheeses and seafood. Finish off with berries, chocolate fondue and crème brulee.
In the evening, the restaurant morphs into a sophisticated, back-lit eatery serving imported seafood (such as Sydney rock oysters) alongside indigenous black and blue crab, tiger prawns and white snapper. You’ll also find some beef and chicken dishes on the Asian-inspired menu. If you need to rest your taste buds, resort to familiar pasta and pizza options.
The pool bar is open throughout the day and features a menu of international and Thai lunches and light snacks which are served up by super-friendly staff. If you're into your wine then you're in luck, as the Wine Room has over 200 labels and 3,000 bottles available to sample, and it won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Meanwhile, down on Surin, Catch Beach Club is open for drinks, lunch, dinner and twice-weekly beach barbecues. It's so hip it slithers. Wear high heels, no matter how impractical. There’s also a chilled out wooden shack, otherwise known as the Bongo Rum Bar which, as the name would suggest, serves a range of rums. If you’d rather unwind somewhere a little livelier, head to Bimi Beach Club, Phuket’s only all day beach club (open 10am-7pm) to sip cocktails.
Outside the hotel, particularly in high season, you’ll find plenty of cheap fish restaurants on the beach. We liked Taste and Twin Brothers), or for a phenomenal Thai meal, try Silk, a restaurant in a shopping mall (honestly) just round the corner from Twinpalms. Even vegetarians will be spoilt for choice.
Children are accepted by special arrangement (cots are available, and babysitting can be organised). But, because of the lagoons, high stairwells and generally grown-up atmosphere, we’d say Twinpalms isn’t the right place for families with young children.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms can fit children under 12 in the existing bed for free, as well as being able to accommodate a baby cot. If you are a larger family, we'd opt for the 2-Bedroom Duplex as it has 2 double bedrooms as well as more space and privacy.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children under 4 are not charged for meals, children under 12 receive a 50% discount on all food and beverages, kids over 12 are charged as adults.