The Hotel: Absolute Twin Sands Resort
Nestled between two white sand beaches, Absolute Twin Sands Resort provides a scenic holiday backdrop of panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. The resort is located minutes from bustling Patong on the idyllic island of Phuket, meaning guests can opt to take it slow in the breathtaking natural surroundings, or immerse themselves in the sights, smells, sounds, and action of the island’s most well-known tourist hot spot.
Apartment accommodation gives guests plenty of space to relax and shrug off the burdens of everyday life, and feature a fully-equipped kitchen, double shower, private balcony, LCD TV and home theatre sound bar to set the tone for an unforgettable holiday experience. Those seeking indulgence head to iSpa for a relaxing wellness treatment to balance body and mind. When hunger hits, guests are welcomed to Blue Mango Bar and Grill, where they are treated to a view of the chef’s at work in the open kitchen, masterfully creating their speciality Italian cuisine for diners to enjoy on the terrace as the sun sets over the stunning peninsula.
- TripAdvisor: 4 / 5 and has won a Certificate of Excellence
- Queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two adults
- Maximum occupancy: Two adults
- Adding occupants above standard: Extra child up to 16 years old can be added for $140 per week (free if infant/baby requiring cot)
The Area: Phuket
A melting pot of religions, experiences and international tourists, Phuket combines everything that can be expected of a tropical island destination and puts it all into overdrive. Idyllic beaches and lush forests are juxtaposed against the hectic energy of Patong, often referred to as the party capital of not just Thailand but the whole of Asia. Patong is the island’s beating heart, a city of frenetic energy and bright lights surrounded by the gracious curve of glittering Patong Beach. Patong Beach is one of Thailand’s most famous where everything from sun lounges to jet skis is available to hire, and locals offer on-the-spot hair braiding and massages.
Just a short hop to the south of this lies the areas of Karon and Kata, famous for their pristine beaches and proximity to all the action of Patong without being in the thick of it. For something quieter and more picturesque, take a long tail boat around the southern headland to Freedom Beach, which is only accessible by water. By night, busy Bangla Road comes to life with bars, restaurants and nightclubs at every turn. The streets are closed to cars from 6pm and throng with people every night of the week. For something different, check out a Las Vegas-style magic show at the Joe Conrad Magic Theatre. During the daytime, explore the spectacular surrounding area with a tour to Phi Phi Island, a scuba-diving day trip or an elephant trek through the jungle.