Best Beaches in Phuket for Families

Heading to Phuket with Kids? We check out all the best beaches in Phuket for families, with accommodation recommendations for each location.

Best Beaches in Phuket

The beaches in Phuket are some of the best beaches in Thailand. White sand, crystal blue waters… and a lot of people!

Yes, all that beauty has attracted sun worshippers from all over the world, who arrive in their thousands in search of some fun in the sun on the best beaches in Phuket.

But don’t let that put you off coming to Phuket with kids – it is still one of the best places to visit in Thailand with family.

Here we track down the best beaches in Phuket for families, and give you some tips on the best family resorts in Phuket in each location. You might also like to read about some fantastic Phuket family villas located close to these beaches.

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Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is my personal favourite as the best beach in Phuket for family getaways. It is just a 10-15 minute drive north of infamous party-beach Patong, but a world away in atmosphere.

Originally a small Muslim fishing village, Kamala Beach has maintained some of the laid-back vibe of its former life, offering a relaxed pace of life, perfect for family fun.

Kamala Beach Phuket

This beautiful 2-kilometre white sand Phuket beach has shallow waters for splashing around in, sunloungers for kicking back on – and a good selection of bars and restaurants serving up local Thai and western food, with fresh juices, coconuts, cocktails and beers served to your sunlounger.

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. We also love their family-friendly rooftop bar for sunset cocktails.

Kamala Beach Phuket

Two other Phuket family hotels close to the beach are the Kamala Beach Resort and Sunwing Kamala Beach, both of which boast multiple swimming pools amongst their huge range of facilities.

Just across the road from the beach you will also find the family-friendly Swissotel Phuket Kamala Beach, with its swimming pool with slide and kids club.

Kamala Beach Phuket with kids

Other family hotels in Kamala Beach include the beautiful Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, with its fabulous kids club, which is just a 5-minute shuttle bus drive away. Or splash some cash at the uber-fabulous Ayara Kamala Hotel Resort and Spa, set in a remote hillside location not far from Kamala Beach.


Bangtao Beach

Bangtao Beach is a stunning 8-kilometre stretch of white sand and another contender for one of the best Phuket beaches.

Bangtao Beach is 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, all conveniently located a walk away from beautiful Bang Tao beach.

For a family vacation in Phuket, a good Phuket beach resort option would be the Angsana Laguna Phuket – with its massive grounds, beautiful swimming pool and fabulous Tree House Kids Club.

Bangtao Beach Phuket

The SAii Laguna Phuket offers similar facilities in a super family-friendly environment, while The Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket also boasts kids club and playground and pitch & putt course. Other options within Laguna include the beautiful Banyan Tree Phuket and Cassia Phuket.

But my favourite feature of Laguna Phuket, is Xana Beach Club, with its beachfront swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Here you can laze around on a sunlounger, listen to chilled out club tunes, sip on a cocktail and pretend you are still cool and trendy, even though you are holidaying with the kids in tow.

And if you are staying in the Laguna complex, you can hire a babysitter and head back here after dark to really let your hair down.

Xana beach club Phuket

Beyond the Laguna complex, there is plenty of beach to explore at this family beach in Phuket. The further north you go along the beach, the less developed it is, so if you are looking for secluded family time, this is where to head.

Further south along Bangtao Beach you will find another fun and family-friendly beach club – Catch Beach Club. Catch Beach Club is a great place to hang out for the afternoon. The kids will love its grassy lawn and swimming pool and it even has its own drop-off kids club too.

Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach is completely different to every other Phuket beach I have visited. The main thing you will notice is – there is hardly anyone there! Amazing.

When the majority of Phuket beaches are swarming with sun worshippers, Mai Khao beach is blissfully quiet, which is why I’m naming it as one of the best beaches in Phuket for families.

Mai Khao Beach Phuket

Phuket’s longest beach is part of the Sirinat National Park, and is a protected nesting ground for turtles, and as such is noticeably underdeveloped. No sunloungers, no juice stalls, no bars… just 11-kilometres of sand stretching into the distance.

If you’re looking to party, or you like a good selection of beachfront bars and restaurants, then Mai Khao isn’t for you.

One of Phuket’s best family resorts is right here on Mai Khao Beach – the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, and its adjoining Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, with its 2-bedroom apartments.

The JW Marriott 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.

Mai Khao Beach Phuket

Nearby to the Marriott, you will also find the beautiful Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, the stylish Sala Phuket Resort & Spa, and the Renaissance Phuket Resort.

The other advantage to staying in Mai Khao beach, is it is just a 15-minute drive from the aiport, making it ideal for a weekend getaway. 

Have you been to Phuket? What is your favourite beach to visit with the family?

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10 thoughts on “Best Beaches in Phuket for Families”

  1. Hi Mum on the Move!

    What an awesome place to be right now. It certainly looks better than all we have read about Phuket so far. I’m adding Mai Khao Beach to the list of places I want to see. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My fiancé proposed on Bangtao Beach after dinner at Xana Beach Club on the sand.
    It was beautiful…
    Will never forget our beautiful stay at Angsana Laguna Phuket & will be sure to return for an anniversary at some time…
    Experienced Parasailing on Bangtao as well. It was amazing.

  3. Great post!! Phuket is special indeed… We are planning to go back there soon, missing the sunsets !!
    Nai Harn is one of our favorite beaches there !

  4. Hi.

    I’m looking for a decent hotel to stay in Thailand in December. I have 4 kids, 2 are teenagers and the one is 7 the other is a 6 month old baby. We love swimming in the ocean so we want a hotel on the beach with a nice swimming beach. And nice pools.

    Pls advise what you would say is the best one.

    • Maybe one of the Laguna hotels would suit you? Bangtao beach there is beautiful but there is still plenty going on for your teenagers. Have fun!


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