My family of 4 including myself, wife and 2 daughters (15 &8) loved our 4 days at the Thavorn Palm Beach. The grounds and gardens were beautiful and a great escape to the hustle that can be found in Phuket.
The location is great with easy access to Karon beach across the street and close to shops and restaurants.
We had the 2 bedroom pool view suite which was the perfect size, if not even a little large for our family. The rooms are nice, but are definitely Thai style and with a firm bed. I almost gave a 4 rating instead of a 5 because the rooms would not compare to a western resort standard for luxury, but the grounds and staff more than made up for it.
The room had its own patios that opened right into one of the pool areas which made it incredibly convenient to cool off after a long day out. The grounds have 5 pools in total that were all well kept and gave plenty of variety to keep my 8 year old entertained.
The service was outstanding with typical Thai hospitality from all of the staff. The food was good and beside the breakfast buffet which offered plenty of variety, we ate at the Thai restaurant and the Italian restaurant which were both very good. We timed the Thai restaurant with the sun setting on the ocean while we ate on the balcony and it made a spectacular view and setting for dinner.
The best thing about this hotel though is definitely the gardens and the grounds. There are many different types of birds that have taken up residence here that we got to know quickly. And dont forget the bunnies and the turtles that kept us all smiling. I definitely recommend that you make one of the animal feedings scheduled in the morning and afternoon at least once, especially if you have younger children.