Twinpalms Phuket Resort Review - The Perfect Tropical Paradise

From the moment R showed me some photos online, I knew that Twinpalms Resort in Phuket would be perfect for our honeymoon. With it's gorgeous outdoor swimming pool, luxurious rooms and beach side lounge bars it was exactly what we were looking for. The hotel was soon booked and luckily it wasn't too long before we were stepping off the plane and able to enjoy the stylish resort in person:

The hotel
Stepping out of a taxi from the airport a glass of sparkling cold wine was soon brought over along with some cold towels and the most fragrant floral jasmine garland. Such a welcome treat after a hot and rather stressful experience at the airport and this pretty much set the tone for the duration of our stay. Every little detail was considered and nothing was too much trouble for the friendly and welcoming staff.

Soon we were shown to our room and it was pretty much love at first sight. The whole hotel had a luxurious but natural and eco-friendly vibe and I loved the simplicity of the dark wooden furnishings against the contrast of the  crisp white linen. Not to mention the fact that the room was absolutely huge and opened onto a terrace which led directly to the outdoor pool.

The bathroom was modern and beautiful too with a huge walk in shower, his and hers sinks and Twinpalms Phuket's own brand of toiletries. I really wished I'd asked if they were available to buy in a bigger size as the blend of tropical fragrances was so lovely and it'll always remind me of our amazing honeymoon in Phuket. The only thing to mention is that the bathroom isn't separated into it's own room, instead it's divided off by sliding wooden shutters (like the ones you'd find for windows) which we both found rather weird.

Knowing that we were on our honeymoon the staff had kindly arranged for a bouquet of red roses to be left in our room. There were other fresh flowers dotted around the room too and in true 5 star style you could even choose from a selection of different ones along with your choice of room fragrance and pillows.

The terrace may look rather unassuming but that little bed/couch was so comfortable and with a perfect view of the swimming pool it was great for relaxing and hiding away from the afternoon sun or to enjoy an after dinner drink, something which we definitely took advantage of.

The view from our Twinpalms room balcony - I seriously wish I could wake up to this view every morning and being a keen swimmer I loved how close it was to the huge 50m pool, especially for those midnight dips.

Without a doubt the stunning palm tree lined swimming pool was the main attraction of the resort. No matter what time of day it was always popular with the guests but luckily it never got too crowded to sunbathe or to swim in. Sitting with my toes in the water and sipping on a fruity cocktail on our last day is one of my favourite memories of the entire honeymoon. It genuinely felt like paradise and I never wanted to leave. The pool is open 24 hours too and having gone for a few midnight swims there's something truly magical about the whole experience.

Everyday at 3pm there's a tropical fruits experience in the wine room where guests are invited to dine on the freshest tropical fruits. A lovely touch from Twinpalms Phuket and the perfect snack after a few hours of exploring or swimming.

Twinpalms Phuket beach side lounge bars and clubs
Since the change in Thai legislation a few years ago Twinpalms Phuket doesn't have any facilities on Surin Beach (the closest one) but there are 3 lounge bars and restaurants on nearby beaches. We actually quite liked this as there's a regular shuttle bus service during the day and it forced us to explore other areas of Phuket, otherwise we could have easily spent all our time around Surin Beach.

HQ beach lounge and restaurant was the first one we visited. Located on Kamala Beach it's a short 15 minutes drive away from the main hotel. Kamala Beach itself is much bigger and busier than Surin Beach but with it's cool huts and relaxed dining area HQ beach lounge was the ideal location to hide away from the crowds whilst still enjoying the tropical sea view.

With temperatures of up to nearly 40 degrees during our stay evenings were one of my favourite times in Thailand. Without the strong glare of the sun it was much more bearable and we made sure to take advantage by going for golden hour strolls along the beach as well as romantic drinks at some of the other Twinpalms bars and clubs.

For casual evening drinks Palm Seaside was our bar of choice. I mean just look how picture perfect the venue looks. We didn't end up eating dinner there but can you imagine how amazing it would have been to dine on one of the central tables, surrounded by the stunning water feature and a gentle sea breeze. The bar is located right next to the rocks so you're about as close to the Andaman Sea as you can get and it was so lovely to watch the sun set over the waters with a glass of mojito in hand and some spicy prawn crackers to munch on.

Just a short distance away is Catch Beach Club. Compared to HQ Beach Lounge and Palm Seaside this has much more of a vibrant club atmosphere and is open till the early hours of the morning. We arrived here after late night dining on the beach and loved the delicious selection of cocktails, many of them with a unique Thai twist. The photo above makes it look empty but even on a weekday when we visited it was relatively busy and is a good choice if you're looking for a fun night out.

Overall as you can probably guess we both loved our stay at Twinpalms Resort in Phuket. Knowing that it was a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels group we had high expectations which the hotel more than met. Not only was Twinpalms Phuket absolutely beautiful, contemporary and stylish, the staff there were great too. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone was so friendly and welcoming during our stay. In fact I'd go so far as to say that Twinpalms Phuket is my favourite hotel that I've stayed in to date. Highly recommended if you're looking for a luxurious break or romantic honeymoon destination.

Life lately - April highlights and what I'm looking forward to in May

How are we a third of the way through 2018 already? It feels like only yesterday that we were excitedly planning for our honeymoon and now here we are at the start of May! April was a bit of a mixed month for me - having just returned from our trip to Thailand and Singapore it started with the worst case of jet lag and post holiday blues but then ended on a lovely note with a trip to Somerset. Here are some of my other highlights:

The beautiful Blenheim Gardens in Minehead, Somerset

Blog branding workshop with Anna Hart and Currys/PC World
Like a lot of bloggers recently I've been feeling rather lost with Peonies and lilies so an invite to attend a workshop with influencer Anna Hart couldn't have come at a better time. Over prosecco and nibbles we learnt all about what it takes to be a pro blogger, from influencer marketing, the importance of personal branding, social media management and how to pitch for collaborations. Currys/PC World have written a post all about the event but let me know in the comments below if you'd like me to share the key lessons in a blog post.

Health and Fitness
Since my gym membership ran out I've been pushing myself to try new workouts, including Barry's Bootcamp and 1 Rebel, which I've really enjoyed. The Rebel reshape class in particular has been a real hit as it combines 2 of my favourites, namely cardio and weights. It's only 45 mins but the instructors really push you and I always leave feeling pumped and on a real post exercise high.

Discovering new restaurants and bars
Since coming back from our honeymoon we've been making more of an effort to discover hidden gems in London and the newly refurbished Battersea Power Station is full of trendy restaurants and bars. After dinner one night we popped into No 29 Power Station West and I loved the relaxed but trendy atmosphere and the yummy selection of cocktails. 

Also not a new discovery as such but we were introduced to a few new dishes at Tukdin. Located in Paddington the restaurant is small and intimate but has a real homely feel and all the dishes are so authentic. A must visit if you're ever in the area and on the lookout for good Malaysian food - I'd recommend the Beef Rendang, Ayam Masak Merah (chicken in spicy tomato sauce) and Daging Bakar Asam (grilled beef with spicy tamarind dip).

Sunshine and our first BBQ of the year 
Call me stereotypical but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature rises I just want to be outdoors making the most of the weather. Luckily we were treated to a glorious few days of sunshine this April and it wasn't long before we were enjoying our first BBQ. There really is nothing better than dining al-fresco, especially if there's a stunning view too.

Visit to Somerset and The Bloggers Retreat
Ending the month on a real high I was able to spend a few days in Somerset for The Bloggers Retreat. It was so lovely to meet other inspiring bloggers and we all learnt so much from all the workshops. Plus we got to stay at the seriously dreamy Unique Home Stays Boheme property, ride on a traditional steam train and explore the beautiful town of Minehead. It was my first time in Somerset and it definitely won't be the last as I couldn't help but fall in love with the stunning coastal views, rolling hills and fresh countryside air. Look out for a full blog post and more photos soon!

What I'm looking forward to in May:
- Restarting my personal training sessions and getting back on track with my diet
- Hopefully warmer weather and more outdoor BBQs
- Planning for our next holiday to Los Angeles and Las Vegas
- Celebrating our 10 months wedding anniversary
- The Royal Wedding, anyone else excited to see the dress and wedding decor?
- A few exciting blogger events, friends birthdays and meetups

You can also follow me on Instagram for more highlights and behind the scenes photos.

Did you have a good April? What are you most looking forward to in May?

You may also be interested in:
Our honeymoon - highlights from an incredible trip to Thailand and Singapore
Life lately - my January highlights
Looking back on 2017 - my personal highlights and goals for the New Year
We got married - a quick catch up and life update
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