Throughout our stay, the whole place was filled with
the smell of lemongrass. The bathroom amenities, the front deskeverywhere
we went, we could sense the refreshing smell of it. Although we
were not sure why, lemongrass is a well known deterrent of mosquitoes,
and I am happy for that to be the reason alone. Other thing I noticed
is that the place has a very good staff-to-guest ratio, ensuring
that all our needs were being met, rather than as a reaction to
what went wrong. Everything was thought-out in advance and planned
for, with almost military precision, but without a military feel.
If there was one thing that stood out, it was the personal and prompt
attention we received from Twinpalms staff.
With dinner you can choose five different type of rice! These four
or Jasmine rice. I must say it was a tough decision.
The food here was also memorable. We had our dinner
at the Oriental Spoon, the hotels main restaurant that doubles
as a place for breakfast. Dinner was mainly Thai food, spicy enough
to still show the real flavour of Thailand, but not so spicy to
send guests running. The star dish was yum som o and pla tuna, or
pomelo and tuna salad. As chef Tois specialty, it is a fusion
of Thai and Japanese cuisine and it certainly didnt disappoint.
The bakery at breakfast.
Breakfast was also excellent, especially the bakery
items, but you could find whatever style you felt like, be it continental,
cooked, or Asian. The staff, again, were there to get your lattes
ready for you and have a chat about your days plans if you
wanted their attention.
The Catch Beach Club is another Twinpalms highlight,
situated at the end of a 175 m walkway through a public park. Once
you are there, you are again transformed into your own world, away
from the bustle of town. We were lucky enough to be there for the
sunset barbecue dinner. The seafood was fresh and made hot and cold
to everyones liking. The chocolate fountain, where you could
make your own chocolate-covered fruit was fun, even for grown-ups.
The sunset was memorable and the view was spectacular.
The bar itself gives out the feeling of being the place to
be, with cool music and a blue hue radiating from the bar itself.
The only problem were the black ants that seemed to take over our
plates as soon as we were finished with each meal. However, the
staff were also there to take the plates away nearly as rapidly.
Barbecue night at the Catch Beach Club.
During the whole stay, one thing I found is that I felt
very safe. In fact, safe enough that I didnt feel the need
to lock my bags when I left the room, a habit I have acquired over
years of travelling. Even at dinner, I felt safe enough to just
leave my bags at the table while I went to the buffet.
Down to the last detail, the staff and all that make
up Twinpalms Phuket do not leave anything to chance. The stay was
bliss and felt almost like being pampered in your own home.
We could find no fault with the welcome letter that
came with the welcome Twinpalms-logo-shaped chocolate, that said
that the staff would make the resort your home away from home. They
definitely did not disappoint: Twinpalms was and will be my home
away from home.
Guest seating at the beach.
Catch Beach Club, the place to be.
Twinpalms BBQ night.
The view from my deck. Just enough plants to not be so exposed but
yet, not too excluded.
Indoors at the Catch Beach Club.
Surin beachs famous sunset.
The pool bar, ready when you are.
Jane Sooksombatisatian is a guest correspondent for Lucire.
Tanya Sooksombatisatian is head designer for the print editions