What are the best resorts for families in Phuket
- What are the best resorts for families in Phuket
- 1. Angsana Laguna Phuket
- 2. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
- 3. Centara Grand Beach Resort
- 4. Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort
- 5. Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
- 6. Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
- 7. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
- 8. Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
- 9. Sunwing Kamala Beach Resort
- 10. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
- 11. Hotel Swissôtel Resort Phuket
- 12. Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa
Finding the right family resort in Phuket is as challenging as it is important. Phuket has a great range of hotels that appeal to families, from cosy guesthouses with local charm to sprawling luxury resorts. Whether you’re in search of a beachfront resort with massive swimming pools, a quiet retreat with comfy guest rooms or a place offering fun-filled sports, art and cultural activities for the kids, there’s a hotel in Phuket that will cater to your needs.
Here are 12 of the best family resorts we’ve found in Phuket, listed in no particular order.
1. Angsana Laguna Phuket
Angsana Laguna is an ideal family resort for an activity-filled family getaway in Phuket. The huge swimming pool and lazy river are a dream for kids, and there’s a separate kids’ pool for young children. Angsana is located on Bangtao Beach within the large Laguna hotel complex, and there’s free shuttle service between the resorts.
Many sports and leisure activities are available, including kayaking, swimming lessons, kids’ yoga and family cooking classes. There’s also a kids’ club on site and childcare is available – great for parents hoping to enjoy some beach time away from the kids for a few hours.
2. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
This 400-room luxury resort is in a coveted location, set on 40 acres in a cove between Karon and Patong beaches with a beautiful white-sand beach at its doorstep. While “private” beaches are not allowed in Phuket, the beach here is essentially private since the resort takes up most of the land approaching it.
The bay is a lovely spot to swim, and Le Meridien offers a big range of activities for families including tennis and squash, Hobie cat sailing, a climbing wall and scuba diving lessons. Two large swimming pools with sea views and a kids’ pool offer plenty of space for children to splash around.
Location: 29 Soi Karon Nui, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100
Phone: 076 370 100
Rate: Discounted rates
3. Centara Grand Beach Resort
For families looking to keep cool in the pool on their Phuket holiday, few places are better than Centara Grand. This large family resort on the northern end of Karon Beach is a virtual water world with its lazy river, waterslides, cliff-jumping platform and waterfalls. They have a kids’ club with daily activities, a children’s pool, and an adults-only pool for those hoping to avoid the clamour of children playing.
Karon’s soft sands are just steps away, making it easy to enjoy watersports like kayaking or snorkelling without having to leave the hotel. Centara offers suites and villas with private plunge pools for families wanting more secluded accommodation.
Location: 683 Karon Beach, Patak Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100
Phone: 076 201 234
Rate: Discounted rates
4. Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort
This resort has changed brand names a few times over the years, and it’s now operating under the Novotel banner. Among its 255 rooms, the Novotel Phuket offers 2-bedroom suites and bunk-bedded family rooms, which are not so easy to find in Phuket. They have a kids’ club with a cinema and arcade games room, as well as an ice-cream shop. Swimmers are spoilt for choice with three swimming pools, two waterslides and a separate children’s pool.
The resort is not directly on Surin Beach, but it’s a short walk away. The beach is beautiful, and the sands are great for sandcastle-building, but families need to be cautious about swimming here with the strong currents.
5. Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
This large resort along the beach road in Patong has long been a family favourite. Patong, with its naughty nightlife scene isn’t usually considered an ideal place for families to visit. But the Holiday Inn’s size and friendly ambiance creates a welcoming kid-friendly retreat that helps cocoon guests from Patong’s craziness.
Among the resort’s many family features is a kids’ club, movie room, Xbox 360s, and activities like Muay Thai classes and umbrella painting. It has six – yes, six! – Swimming pools on site, including a kids’ pool with mini-slide. The Holiday Inn is more than 30 years old, but frequent renovations keep it looking fresh.
6. Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
This sprawling 665-room resort found just across the road from Karon Beach offers a fun-filled escape for families. The Hilton has a kids’ club and playgrounds on site, while additional family-friendly choices include five outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, a putting green, and a games room with a pool table. There’s also a range of activities to join every day including bingo games and fruit carving.
Even if you don’t stay at the Hilton, it’s worth checking out its popular Sunday brunch, where families can gorge on a big buffet meal and enjoy access to the pools and kids’ entertainment for a reasonable fee.
Location: 333 Patak Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100
Phone: 076 396 433
Rates: Discounted rates
7. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Previously known as the Merlin Beach Resort, this hotel is found just a five-minute drive from busy Patong, but its beachfront location and green hilly surrounds give it a secluded feel. Kids who are curious about nature will find plenty to enjoy here with a coral reef for snorkelling just off the beach and the resort’s own coral reef education centre and butterfly sanctuary. There are also a ton of sports and arts activities available including kayaking, beach volleyball and batik painting lessons.
The resort is set in a lush tropical setting on Tri-Trang Beach with three swimming pools that are whimsically designed to appeal to kids.
Location: 99 Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Phuket 83150
Phone: 076 335 300
Rates: Discounted rates
8. Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Kata Noi Beach
Katathani resort is located on Kata Noi Beach, which is an exceptionally good beach for families to play and relax. The bay is quite shallow, the sand is fine and white, and it’s a good spot for surfing (from May to October) and snorkelling.
The resort is elegantly designed and offers a range of room types to suit families including a two-bedroom suite and a family suite for up to six guests. For swimming and splashing around, Katathani offers an awesome choice with six swimming pools, a water park, mini-slide and four kids’ pools. The resort also has a well-equipped games room, ballroom and a kids’ club with daily activities.
9. Sunwing Kamala Beach Resort
Found about 250 metres back from Kamala Beach, Sunwing is a popular resort for families. This is another Phuket resort offering fantastic aquatic facilities with seven pools and waterslides to keep the kids busy all day (while the grown-ups can relax at the swim-up bar!). Family-friendly activities at the resort include “play & splash” pool games, water polo and acrobatic/magic shows. There’s also a kids’ club and playground.
With Sunwing’s central location in Kamala, it’s an easy walk to the beach and nearby shops and restaurants. For families on a budget, Sunwing is ideal with good-value facilities like coin-operated laundry machines on site.
10. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Mai Khao Beach
For families who want a more peaceful holiday with a touch of luxury, the five-star JW Marriott is a tempting choice. Set along the quiet Mai Khao Beach on Phuket’s northwest coast, the 265-room resort offers a large and lush retreat for families. It’s been consistently ranked among the top resorts in Asia by the likes of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast since it opened in 2001.
The resort has three swimming pools and offers daily activities like batik painting at its kids’ club. Most every service at JW Marriott has been adapted to appeal to children, including a cooking course especially for kids, and even spa treatments for kids.
Location: 231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 338 000
Rates: Discounted rates
11. Hotel Swissôtel Resort Phuket
This 380-room hotel is set right in the heart of Patong Beach, so it’s ideal for families who want easy access to the dining and shopping options of Phuket’s busy resort town. On site, there’s a Hard Rock Café with live music and the perhaps not-so kid-friendly Hooters restaurant, while the beach is less than a five-minute walk away.
Younger kids are catered to with a colourful “kids world” entertainment zone and play area with childcare services by request, and fun activities to join like pizza-making classes. There are two pools to choose from here, including a rooftop pool with a swim-up bar.
12. Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa
This 600-room hotel found just a short walk across the road from the sands of Patong Beach was designed with families in mind. Nearly all the rooms here have two beds, which is a surprisingly rare feature for a popular family destination like Phuket.
Spread across the large resort grounds are four sea-view swimming pools with kids’ pools, a kids’ club and library with computers. It even has its own eight-lane bowling alley and snooker room. With eight restaurants and bars on site, families could easily spend their whole holiday at the Graceland, though all the dining and leisure choices of Patong Beach are within easy reach, too.