First a disclaimer, my wife and I are 4 week Fractional Owners of a 1 bed apartment at this new boutique development, which we visited for the first time in June 2013, following the opening of Twin Sands stage 1 earlier in 2013. We 'bought' on the basis of having an annual winter break from our home in Canberra, in a location half way to Europe. Buying off the plan in a foreign country is perhaps a bit of a risk, but Twin Sands has more than exceeded our expectations. The design and construction quality is of international standard and the interior décor is simple, practical, spacious and very comfortable.
The resort provides personalised airport transfers, so you start your holiday after a 45 minutes drive in a relaxed style at the resort reception where very friendly staff go out of their way, in their typical Thai way, to make you feel at home.
Located on the peninsula just south of busy Patong Beach, Twin sands is a quiet place, with its two stage 1 six storey blocks, each with 6 apartments per floor, all set quite high above the ground, each apartment having views to the sea. There is a nice two level swimming pool, a gym and Thai massage facility. The Blue Mango restaurant is run by Europeans and sets a quite high standard in quality of food and service, but is not overpriced, its a very pleasant place for breakfast, a snack or that more special evening meal.
Adjoining the rear and uphill from Twin Sands is a large building site, and across the road (currently cutting off access to the beach facing Patong) is an even larger new resort site. Both these sites suggest that the peninsula has been discovered and that it will have more to offer in a couple of years time. At the moment there are no shops, within walking distance of the resort. Twin Sands provides a free shuttle bus service several times a day, 7 days a week to and from Patong, which is about a 7 minute drive. Construction of stage 2 of twin Sands, which will more than double toe overall size of the resort, had not commenced when we were there, but the layout of the resort is such that I suspect there will be minimal noise or disruption to stage 1.
We were very impressed with Twin Sands, and with our spacious self contained and fully equipped 1 bedroom apartment. During our stay this year we found the Thai staff to be very attentive, responding to any issue quickly and cheerfully, all just adding to the joy of being there. We plan to visit every year for the foreseeable future and look forward to enjoying a thoroughly relaxing and comfortable few weeks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa is a stunning resort with panoramic ocean views, contemporary apartments and five-star service, all in a spectacular peninsula setting on the tropical island of Phuket. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa Phuket/Patong