Phuket in Thailand has so much to offer for a family vacation – beautiful beaches, family-friendly attractions, fabulous food and some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. It is no wonder than families arrive by the plane-load all year round every year, looking for the best family resorts in Phuket to make their vacation perfect.
For this article, we have focused on four main areas of Phuket that are perfect for a family vacation – close to the airport for a quick family break; the Laguna Phuket complex on Bangtao Beach; the quiet and laid-back Kamala Beach; and fun and activity-laden Karon Beach.
So if you are deciding where to stay in Phuket with kids, here we give you our pick of the best family friendly hotels in Phuket.
Family Resorts close to Phuket Airport
Some family resorts in Phuket can be as much as an hours drive away from the airport, which is no fun when you are travelling with kids – particularly if you are just in Phuket for a short break. Luckily some of Phuket’s best family resorts are close to the aiport, so you don’t need to worry about additional travel time once you arrive.
The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is constantly being named as one of the best family-friendly resorts in Asia, thanks to its three swimming pools, 11 restaurants and bars, kids club and numerous other family-friendly facilities. And it is just a 15-minute drive from Phuket airport.
Most rooms in this family resort in Phuket are available with a choice of king bed or two double beds, which is perfect for a family stay when you want the kids in the room with you. The Oceanfront Family Pool Rooms offer separate living area and outdoor decking with a private pool. The adjoining Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, offers 2-bedroom apartments that are also perfect for families.
There’s a whole host of watersports activities on offer, as well as table tennis, volleyball, kayaking and tennis. There’s a fun kids club offering a range of activities, including batik painting, Thai dancing, yoga and cooking classes. The 11 restaurants and bars span the world’s cuisines – don’t miss sunset cocktails looking out to sea at beachfront Out of the Blue bar, while the kids play in the sand.
This family friendly Phuket hotel is located on Mai Khao Beach – Phuket’s longest beach at 11 kilometres long. This blissfully quiet beach is noticeably underdeveloped compared to other Phuket beaches as it forms part of the Sirinat National Park protected area. So note that you won’t find any juice bars, beach shack restaurants or bars on the beach here – a blessing or a curse, depending on the type of vacation you are looking for!
Set amongst lusciously landscaped gardens, this whimsical hotel of bright and bold colours and serious design statements is just a 5-minute drive from Phuket aiport. Brass treasure chests, charcoal black bathtubs and wrought-iron furnishings are liberally applied throughout the 220 suites, making this one of the most interesting boutique hotels in Thailand.
But don’t let all the uber-trendy design features put you off staying here with kids – there are plenty of family friendly facilities at this luxury Phuket resort. It’s true, only one of the three swimming pools is open to the kids, but the Tin Box kids club should keep them entertained, as will the abundance of outdoor activities on offer, such as kayaking, standup paddle boarding, Muay Thai and tennis lessons and bike adventures.
Nai Yang beach is just a minute’s walk away and is a nice quiet beach, although with enough beachfront bars and food shacks to allow you a change of scene from the resort restaurants (of which there are several to choose from, each decked out in escalating levels of cool design features).
Iniala Beach House
Another exciting design hotel in Phuket is the Iniala Beach Resort, comprising the Iniala Beach House and Iniala Shores. Slightly further from the airport, at a 25-minute drive to Natai Beach, this family friendly Phuket resort gives you the choice of three stunning design villas within the Beach House and a further four 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom deluxe family villas within the Iniala Shores complex.
There’s no holding back on luxury here – each villa comes with a dedicated team, including butler, driver, spa therapist (each villa has its own private spa room) chef and housekeeper. Each villa also boasts its own swimming pool and there is an onsite gym and plenty of watersports equipment to keep everybody happy. Cuisine at the onsite restaurants is renowned throughout Phuket.
Another unique feature within the Iniala Beach House is the Land of Iniala Kids Club and Hotel – an awesome kids club that includes treehouse and cave bedrooms you can book for the kids to enjoy an overnight sleepover experience. All kids receive their own backpack full of goodies on arrival, including storybook, t-shirt and games and there are plenty of fun activities on offer, including cookery lessons. There’s even an onsite kids club restaurant.
Family Resorts in Laguna Phuket on Bangtao Beach
Bangtao Beach is a stunning 8-kilometre stretch of white sand and home to the famous Laguna Phuket – one of the largest resort complexes in Asia. Laguna Phuket boasts seven hotels and resorts and a golf course, including some of the best family resorts in Phuket.
Angsana Laguna Phuket
The Angsana Laguna Phuket enjoys the reputation as one of the best family friendly hotels in Phuket. Its massive grounds are home to a beautiful freeform swimming pool with lazy river, artificial beach for sandcastle making and an activity zone with jet pools.
The fabulous Tree House Kids Club is one of the best kids clubs in Phuket, with its multi-level play area and jungle gym, outdoor playground and entertainment schedule. It even has its own kids spa and café. You will have no problem convincing the kids to hang out here long enough for you to head to the Angsana spa, play a round of golf or head to Xana beach club.
Rooms at this family friendly Phuket resort are brightly decorated with modern furnishings and Royal purple accents, with 2-bedroom lofts, 2-bedroom suites and 3-bedroom residences catering for all family sizes. Dining options within the hotel include Thai, Steak, and international restaurants, but our favourite is Xana beach club, with its beachfront swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
Another great option for a family resort in Laguna Phuket is the Outrigger. All rooms allow two children under the age of 12, while the 2-bedroom villas are a great option for larger families, comprising a king-bed master suite and second bedroom with two queen beds.
There are three swimming pools at this family friendly hotel in Phuket, including a dedicated kids pool with a 55-metre water slide. The Koh Kids Club boasts an awesome indoor/outdoor play area in addition to an arts & crafts area and entertainment zone including a DVD lounge.
For dining, you can choose from Mediterranean Metzo’s, seafood restaurant Locavare or take advantage of the stunning beach location, with beach BBQs at the beachfront/poolside restaurant Edgewater.
Other family friendly resorts in Laguna Phuket include the Banyan Tree Phuket, the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and The Cassia. The Banyan Tree Phuket is a good option if you are looking for something smaller and quieter, although this villa only resort still has plenty of family-friendly facilities, including two swimming pools (lap pool and freefrom pool with fun features), tennis courts and a small kids club.
The Dusit Thani Laguna also boasts kids club and playground and pitch & putt course, but note that it will be undergoing an extensive renovation program throughout 2017. Shuttle buses within Laguna Phuket allow you to easily travel to the other hotels within the complex to take advantage of all the restaurants on offer.
Family Resorts in Kamala Beach Phuket
Kamala Beach is a great option for a family vacation in Phuket. It is just a 10-15 minute drive north of infamous party-beach Patong, but a world away in atmosphere. This beautiful 2-kilometre stretch of white sand offers a relaxed pace of life, with shallow waters for splashing around in and also has a good selection of bars and restaurants serving up local Thai and western food. There are several good family resorts in Kamala Beach to choose from.
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
Located on the hillside at the southern tip of Kamala Beach, with panoramic views over the cove and out to sea, the beautiful Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is just a 5-minute shuttle bus drive away from the beach.
The 201 spacious bedrooms and suites at this family resort in Phuket all boast balconies or terraces, while the 12 elegant family friendly deluxe 2-bedroom suites offer large living areas and stunning views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The longer-than-Olympic-sized infinity pool is one of the largest in Phuket and is lined with sunloungers from which to admire the view, while a separate kids pool and wading pools surround the Pool House restaurant and Pool Bar.
Indoor kids club Camp Hyatt provides a bright and fun space for kids aged 4-12 to be dropped off to take part in a programme of cultural and educational activities, while there is also a pizza cooking class for kids.
Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach
If you’re looking to stay right on the beach – the surprisingly stylish Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach on the northern tip of Kamala Beach is probably your best bet, but make sure you get a sea-facing room. Their two-bedroom pool villas are perfect for families and offer direct beach access.
The pool is not huge, but you have the beach and ocean just a few steps away, and it does have a swim-up bar… There is a small kids club, which is really not much more than a playroom. The main restaurant Soul Kitchen offers a variety of themed buffet evenings, but our favourite here is their family-friendly rooftop bar, where you can enjoy sunset cocktails and bar snacks and order from the kids menu.
Note at the time of writing there is construction of a new resort next door to the Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach – another reason to opt for a sea-facing room.
Other options in the Kamala Beach area include the Kamala Beach Resort and Sunwing Kamala Beach, both of which boast multiple swimming pools and huge range of facilities, and the family-friendly Swissotel Phuket Kamala Beach, with its two-bedroom apartment style rooms, swimming pool with waterslide and kids club.
Family Resorts in Karon Beach Phuket
If you like your beach a bit more lively but aren’t quite ready for the craziness of Patong, then Karon Beach is fun option for a family vacation in Phuket. Phuket’s second most developed beach is 3-kilomteres long and is lined with resorts, bars and restaurants – although still with a relatively quiet and family-friendly atmosphere.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
The Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a great choice for a family vacation in Phuket, if you are looking for facilities galore and plenty of entertainment. The family friendly facilities are endless at this Phuket family hotel – including an entire water park with meandering lazy river, water slides, swimming pools and waterfalls! There’s also a children’s pool with waterslide and even a cliff-jumping platform!
The Kids Club is divided into two zones – Camp Safari and E-Zone, to suit both younger and older kids, with a comprehensive selection of games and activities on offer. And while the kids have fun in the Kids Club, mum and dad can head to the adults-only pool, which comes with swim-up bar, or take some time out at Spa Cenvaree.
Most of the 262 rooms, suites and villas offer the option of one king bed, or two queen beds, which is helpful for families, and you can also request connecting balconies. The spacious 1- and 2-bedroom villas are also a good option for families, with their generous living areas and plunge pools on the private terrace. There are seven restaurants and bars to choose from, offering the spectrum of world cuisine.
Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
There is also a huge range of family-friendly facilities at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, including an archery range, mini-golf and driving range, and squash and tennis courts – not to mention the two enormous oversized swimming pools, one of which measures 60m x 90m! There’s also an additional smaller lap pool and shallow kids pool, and of course a variety of watersports on offer.
If the kids tire of all that, then the bright and cheerful LM Family Kids Club is a fun place for them to spend some time, with a full programme of activities for 4-12 year olds, including fun and varied options such as paper crafting, ice-cream making and sandcastle sculpting.
The 470 rooms and suites at this family resort in Phuket range from the 37 square metre Deluxe Rooms to one- and two-bedroom Grande Suites and even a Beachfront 4-Bedroom Grande Villa, complete with private lawn, two living rooms and a modern kitchen. As you would expect of a family resort of this size, dining options abound, with a choice of ten restaurants and bars, featuring Japanese, Thai and Italian cuisines as well as seafood and barbecue buffets. There’s even a fun sports pub with a private karaoke room.
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