Family vacations are fun, until you begin looking at hotels which can feel like a mundane time-consuming chore. Which ones are the best for you and your family?
The Mrs says that there must be a kitchen. The Mr wants a beach nearby. The littlies want a kids’ club, a kids’ pool. Ahhh… Here comes the headache!
Don’t stress. We’re here to give you the best of the best in Phuket, which ticks off all the boxes in your checklist.
Take a seat, put your feet up and have a scroll through.
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Take the plunge and have a foam party! – Cassia Phuket
It sure looks like a lot of fun. Surely something the kids would enjoy. Cassia Phuket have been known to host their famous foam parties, so make sure you check out their website to see if you can catch one in action.
They also have a kids’ club that encourages creativity – writing on the table with chalk, building things out of legos or some good old building blocks. They’ll also want a bite from the colourful van that sells popcorn and cotton candy for the young ones and some local brew for you.
From the infinity pool, kids’ pool, hot tub or Bangtao Beach (8 minutes walk away!), you can take your pick. But I think you’ll find us hanging from the monkey bars at the outdoor playset.
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When you’re ready to retire, rest assured that their rooms feel just like home, complete with a kitchenette in the Two Bedroom Suite with Lagoon or Ocean View.
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2. Can you say VALUE FOR MONEY? With an integrated water park, the kids are sure to love this – Grand West Sands Resort Villas Phuket
Seriously when I have kids, I’m booking us a holiday right here because I want to go on those slides too. And at only USD $88 per night? I’m calling it a steal.
You’d think that with all that fun going on, that’s all the little ones will get but nope. They have the works: kids’ pool, playground and a kids’ club complete with a ball pit.
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The rooms are chicly decorated with bold colors and they are only a 5 minute (or so) walk to one of our secret beaches to boot.
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If you’re looking for some quiet time with the family, you should definitely, totally, and absolutely visit Mai Khao Beach.
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3. Shabby chic or straight out of Downton Abbey, we can’t decide but it sure is pretty – Thavorn Palm Beach Resort
You don’t have to be an interior designer for the decor at this place to blow you straight out of the water.
The rooms look so welcoming, I want to LIVE there, especially the Deluxe Family Room. The little floral accents paired with that deep walnut is so quaint.
Once you’ve finished salivating over the interior of the room, just take a walk outside and take in the beautifully manicured pathways, whimsical four poster shacks…
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…And a little petting zoo so the kids can get acquainted with rabbits and chicken. Or they can have some fun time at the airy kids’ club!
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If you’ve got two minutes to spare, zip on down to Karon Beach where you will find more family friendly things to do like share an ice cream cone (although, to be fair, you’ll probably have leftovers or none at all)
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4. A luxurious home away from home with extra perks and a hidden beach – Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort
Bang Tao Beach is another one of our hidden little secrets. It’s lined with eateries and pristine sands – plus it’s just a 12 minute walk from the resort which is also filled with its own little wonders.
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Their kids club looks huge – and we’re tempted to play tag because there’s no way the littlies would hurt themselves on the soft foam carpet. But then again, the slide looks pretty fun too.
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Or you can have a little friendly competition at the Games Room, winner get to pick what to eat for dinner!
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The Two Bedroom Suite comes equipped with a kitchenette, so if the fancy strikes (or if you’ve got a fussy eater), you know what to do.
5. A hot tub under the skies makes for a romantic evening! – Andaman Embrace Patong
The Suite has the most charming feature: a hot tub on the roof, overlooking the entire resort. The room itself is classy and elegant – but hey, it’s a family room so don’t feel too bad if your littlies mess it up!
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If you want to have some alone time, you can leave them at the kids’ club where they’re sure to have fun and be entertained for at least a good hour. 😉
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The pool area is fairly large and interesting, with a play area for the younger ones too. When you’re done with chlorine, you can take a short 4 minute walk to Patong Beach and show them how to build sandcastles or just enjoy the scenery.
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Oooh! You can also teach them how to play chess with an oversized set somewhere on the compound. They’re never too young to start!
6. Spa for the ‘rents & a pool for the young ones, who said you can’t relax with kids? – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa
You’ll get not just one, but three pools here. This resort is only a five minute walk from Nai Yang Beach, for those that can’t seem to stay away from sand and waves. Plus, you might spot a low flying plane and some buffaloes.
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Perfect for hip parents with young children, they have walkways that are photo-op ready. Just check out how trendy and beautiful these shots are!
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And don’t just be tempted by the spa opportunities – take advantage of their super sweet nautical themed kids’ club where babysitting services are available and toys and activities to keep the young’uns occupied. Then treat yourself to a nice, long couples’ massage!
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By the way, don’t stay gone too long, because there are colourful tortoises to be seen and a room to relax in. Modernly decorated with plush pillows and a nice view – just make sure you keep the balcony door locked and safe from cheeky little hands.
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7. A resort with a river winding itself throughout and a personal hot tub! – Angsana Laguna Phuket
Phuket itself is a tropical paradise, but this resort seems to really build on that! The design of the place is so fluid and tranquil, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you walk into your room to find it exploding with colour – surely a treat for sore eyes (and the young ones!)
There is a 323 metre long pool that has snaked its way all around the resort and fun activities for both young and old.
And, if you don’t want to take the 15 minute walk to Bang Tao Bay, you can choose to chill at their artificial beach instead. On top of all that, the kids get a playground and a kids’ club with fun and crafty activities all to themselves.
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With a hot tub waiting to be used, why should you go on a 20 minute car ride to get to FantaSea when you have fantastic right in your room?
8. Two levels of pools, plus your own whirlpool bathtub! – The Royal Paradise
Yep, this resort boasts a two level pool, so you get a nice cascading waterfall in the shade. Perfect for getting those kinks out of your shoulder and back without having to spend a single dime.
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They also have jacuzzi pools for the rest of your body and they are just 10 minutes away from the famous/central Patong Beach! (If you’re looking for cleaner beaches for the kids to swim at: click!)
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They also have a fun little kids’ club with furry and squishy toys to keep the kids entertained when you want some couple time – but you really gotta check out the Mini Suite. That miniature bed in the corner is so OH-dorable. If you go there, please take a picture and show us!
9. Be the chef of the night by giving the young ones a taste of home – Horizon Patong Beach Resort
All mothers cook the best food – according to their children, so it would be such a treat for the kids to have a home-cooked meal even away from home.
The Family Room comes with a kitchenette where you can perform your magic while the kids check out the whirlpool bathtub.
Being 3 minutes away from Patong beach, you can have some quiet time with a stroll while utilising their super kid conscious facilities like the kids’ club! (Or feel free to head to Jungceylon Shopping Mall for food and some shopping.)
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Playground, family room and great swimming pools to splash about and float around in – this will truly be an unforgettable bonding experience for the whole family.
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