As a Thailand travel guide and online hotel booking agent, we are often asked where the best places are for families to stay in Phuket.
The fact is, Phuket offers a myriad of family friendly hotels with professionally managed kids clubs where younger guests are entertained with age appropriate, fun activities. This gives mom and dad some free time to explore the riches of the island while knowing their little ones are not only safe and taken care of, but are also enjoying their own holiday to the fullest.
Hotels also offer family orientated accommodation in the form of two, three and up to five bedroom units to accommodate larger families. We will discuss a few recommended family friendly hotels in Phuket below to take some of the guess work out of choosing one.
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
Holiday Inn Phuket is a four star hotel located toward the southern tip of Patong Bay, with only a street between the hotel and the beach. These guys really go out of their way to make the kids feel at home and to create a family friendly environment and atmosphere. The kids club with a railway theme depicting a ride from the mountain to the sea offers TV, playstation, arts & crafts, games karaoke corner and much more.
Outside are two dedicated kids’ pools, complete with slider, water cave, water guns and whale and turtle statuary.
The Kid’s Club designed for the under 12’s, offers daily activities like play dough and clay making, while young guests from 12-19 can make new friends at the parent-free Club 12 Plus. All activities are supervised by professional staff.
Accommodation options include the “Kids Suite” a room within your room furnished with their own toy box, playstation, TV and video. Family suites consist of a superior king size room connected to pirate themed kids room.
Centara Kata Resort
Centara Kata Resort Phuket is part of the well known and trusted Centara Group of hotels & resorts and, as the name suggests, located in Kata Beach. Centara Kata believes that if the kids are enjoying their holiday, then so are their parents. Centara Kata Resort offers a professionally run kids club and camp safari for kids aged 4 to 9 where children have to opportunity to participate in as many activities as possible and actually get rewarded for their participation.
The E-Zone offers the latest in entertainment in a separate area for teen’s aged 10 to 17, so they are not mixed with the young kids. E-Zone is equipped with a selection of Video Games Stations such as PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, computer games, etc.
Accommodation options at Centara Kata include the family suite which accommodate up to 5 persons and a two bedroom family suite accommodating up to 7 persons. The price for the room is based on the number of persons occupying the room.
Centara Karon Resort
Another hotel in the Centara group located in Karon Beach, offers a deluxe family studio which can accommodation up to two adults and three children, as well as a two bedroom suite. Once again Camp Savari and E-Zone is ready to entertain the kids.
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
This well known five star hotel located in Bang Tao Bay, a slightly quieter area than Patong or even Karon, Dusit Thani Laguna has a delightful kids club which include a games room, library, and playground. Kids having their birthdays while staying at Dusit Thani have a party organized for them especially with birthday cake and party snacks, compliments of the hotel.
Accommodation options include the Laguna Pool Villa which offers a master and a twin-queen bedroom with adjoining spacious bathrooms, styled for seclusion and luxury on the ground floor. On 2nd floor, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, a patio and on rooftop deck, outdoor shower and infinity pool makes this a fantastic family option.
Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket
Another five star option in Bang Tao Beach where dad has a golf course on his doorstep. The VIK Club (Very Important Kids Club) provides daily children’s entertainment, games and crafts and playground to contribute to an exiting kids holiday. Lucky and Lilly, the resort’s baby elephants, pay their daily visits and play with the little ones and the young at heart. VIK Club is complimentary for in-house guests aged 4-12 years.
Accommodation options include the Island Villa Two Bedroom and three bedroom Private Pool Villa which can accommodate a family of 6 persons.
Anantara Phuket Villas
Anantara Phuket is a five star oasis located in quieter and tranquil Mai Khao Beach. Anantara Phuket introduces the Turtle Club where experienced coordinator plans entertainment and educational projects to introduce children to arts and crafts, nature and games. Room options include the 180 square meter Lagoon Pool Villa and 186 square meter Sala Pool Villa.
The Bel Air Resort & Spa
This 4 star bordering 5 star resort is located in Cape Panwa, to the south eastern corner of Phuket and close to Phuket City. Kids World provides separate play rooms for kids of different ages offering a host of facilities such as a play house & slide, making your own T-shirt, costume parties and much more. With no minimum age requirement, this is an enclosed sanctuary where the small kids can occupy themselves in a fun & safe environment.
For the teens, there is the Chill Zone. Here playstations with a wide selection of games, 3-D interactive entertainment, a fuss ball table and juice bar with funky seating all in a self contained environment, offers the coolest environment.
At the private theatre room with 48″ HD flat screen TV, top notch surround and bean bags for comfortable seating, teens and anyone else who wishes to show up can watch the latest movie hits.