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JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Review

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is a luxury getaway on the immense beach of Mai Khao, in the north of Phuket. The rooms and villas are surrounded by green gardens and beautiful sea views just beyond the tall casuarina and coconut trees. Guests can enjoy many restaurants serving Thai, Seafood, Japanese, Italian and other international food.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort on Mai Khao Beach

Walk on this romantic and peaceful 11 km long beach, then relax in the spa, or suntan around in the pools. JW Marriott Phuket Resort is also very popular with families because of its excellent kids’ club and many daily fun activities. The staff is truly friendly, making it a perfect place for a relaxing and upscale holiday, away from the busy beaches of Phuket.

Quick summary of JW Marriott Phuket Resort

Hotel Summary & Guests Score
The BeachGood Beach: very long and quiet but sand is a little more coarse than average, and sea gets deep quickly. No sun loungers nor umbrellas on the beach.
The Hotel5-star resort,
The Facilities6 restaurants (Thai, Italian, steakhouse, Japanese, international), 2 huge pool (one for kids), Kids Club, Spa, Fitness with yoga classes, cooking classes
What's Around?Not much around except other luxury resorts and a modern shopping village.
Who is it for?Popular with everyone, with a preference for couples and families
Worth Noticing The Kids Club is superb and kids love it, the team is truly caring.
PriceA bit pricey

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The Location and the Beach

Sunset on Mai Khao Beach, in front of JW Marriott
Sunset on Mai Khao Beach, in front of JW Marriott

Mai Khao is an immense and peaceful stretch of sand in the north of the island. The beach is great for relaxing, taking long romantic walks, swimming during the high season and enjoying stunning sunsets at the end of the day. There are no beach chairs on the beach but there are some under the trees just next to it. Guests can even enjoy some local and cheap open-air massage under the trees, the perfect way to release the stress from city life i a tropical setting!

The Rooms and Suites

The rooms at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The hotel is immense, with more than 262 rooms and 15 room types to choose from. We stayed in a Family Room with 2 double beds, a garden view and partial sea view, and a balcony (51sqm / 549sqft). The room is large, with a small balcony overlooking the garden and the sea beyond the trees. The hotel is 20 years old so the furniture is a bit ageing but still looks good. There is a working desk and an extra bed by the window to relax while enjoying the garden views. The TV screen is new and very big, with plenty of international channels for everyone to watch news, movies and kids’ stuff.

The Family Room at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
The Family Room at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

There is a desk and plenty of plugs around the room, making it convenient to charge all your electronic devices. The room comes with a full mini bar, a safe deposit box and a water boiler. Unfortunately, there were no espresso machines with capsules like most 5-star hotels now provide to their guests.

The bathroom in the Family room at JW-Marriott Phuket Resort

The bathroom is comfortable with a big bathtub you will appreciate after a day out exploring Phuket and the islands around. Of course, there is a separate shower, with plenty of shampoo, conditioner and body shampoo and all the amenities you expect to find in a 5-star hotel.

Restaurant and Bars

Discover a variety of international cuisines at JW Phuket Resort & Spa, starting the day with an immense buffet breakfast at JW Cafe. Enjoy delicious local seafood and steakhouse dishes at The Andaman Grill by the beach, watch skilled chefs at Benihana Restaurant or try authentic Thai cuisine at Ginja Taste. Whether indoors or outdoors, enjoy your dinner as the sun sets over the ocean.

Andaman Grill

Restaurant and Bars at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Andaman Grill was our choice for the first night and was without a doubt the best decision. JW Marriott Phuket Resort feature a lot of restaurants (too many to try them all on a single weekend), but enjoying fresh seafood and Thai food in an open-air restaurant near the sea is hard to beat! The place is beautiful and spacious, the food excellent, and the team attentive and friendly. It was a treat (we paid for our stay, in case you wondered.

Open: 6 pm – 11 pm

Cucina Italian Restaurant

Cucina Italian Cuisine at JW Marriott Phuket
Cucina Italian Cuisine

Cucina was another great experience the next day, great menu and really good taste. The wine list is also excellent with reasonably priced wine by the glass, served at the right temperature.

Open: 6 pm – 11 pm

Benihana Teppanayaki

Benihana Japanese Restaurant with Teppanyaki chefs

Benihana offers a unique dining experience, featuring modern Japanese cuisine prepared by skilled Teppanyaki chefs, a Japanese culinary experience with a performance presentation in a sophisticated setting.

Open: 12 pm – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 338 000

JW Cafe

JW Cafe at JW Marriott Resort and Spa Phuket

JW Cafe is where you will enjoy a copious breakfast with a huge choice at the buffet! It would be hard to describe how many dishes are on display, but you sure will find plenty of Western and Asian dishes for an extravagant start to your day. As a small leaflet warns in your bedroom, try to come before 9 am, as it tends to get really busy after that. There are seats and food for everyone but early is so much better to enjoy peacefully.

Open: 7 am – 11 am

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop at JW Marriott Phuket

The coffee shop is vast and serves a good espresso, among other things of course, but I was really happy to sit and relax after shooting all day 😉

Open: 7 am – 10 pm

Sala Sawasdee Lobby Bar

Sala Sawasdee Lobby Bar at JW Marriott Mai Khao
Sala Sawasdee Lobby Bar

Open: 12 pm – 12 am

M Beach Club

M Beach Club JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Open: 12 pm – 12 am


JW Marriott Phuket Resort is located in a relatively remote and quiet part of Phuket, so it seemed logical for the hotel to offer plenty of outlets and facilities to keep everyone busy and happy. In case you are worried about the location, any tour you will book to explore Phuket, Phang Nga Bay or any island around always includes transportation from and to your hotel, so it does not make much difference where you are based in Phuket.

Swimming Pools

The Swimming Pools at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
One of the 3 swimming pools

There are 3 large swimming pools at JW Marriott Phuket Resort, including one with sliders for the kids, with a total surface of 2,810 square metres, open from 9 am to 6 pm.


Watersports at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The Spa

The Spa at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
The Spa

The Spa is immense with very impressive treatment rooms, including couples rooms with double treatment beds, a big bath and a relaxing outdoor Sala. Treatments available are body scrub, body wrap, couples massages, facials, instructions in the art of massage, kids services, manicures/pedicures, massages, steam room, therapy bath, waxing.


Immense and well equipped Fitness room at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Immense and well-equipped Fitness room

The fitness is immense and well-equipped, with modern machines. Guests can also borrow mountain bikes, for adults and for kids, to explore around. The roads are not busy so it is quite safe and fun. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Amazing Kids Club

The Kids Pool at JW Marriott Mai Khao Beach in Phuket
The Kids Pool at JW Marriott Phuket Resort

The Kids Club is one of the highlights of JW Marriott Phuket Resort, probably one of the best places to take your kids in Phuket. The indoor playground is huge with so many toys and features, even a pool table! The swimming pool with sliders is just nearby and kids love it. There are plenty of daily activities and even outdoor movies played after dinner. Most importantly, the team is fantastic and truly caring for the kids, making sure they have the best possible time. This is also a chance for parent to leave their kids (starting 4 years old) in a fun and safe place while relaxing on their own.

Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation

Baby turtle release on Mao Khao Beach in Phuket
Baby turtle release on Mao Khao Beach

Mai Khao is a beach in Phuket that actively supports nesting turtles. There is a foundation dedicated to protecting these turtles and maintaining clean waters and beaches on the island. Visitors can learn about the foundation’s history, the turtle population in Phuket, and the importance of preserving the turtles’ habitats. The mission is to raise awareness about turtle conservation and encourage the public to help protect these vulnerable habitats. Entry is free for both hotel guests and the general public, with donations appreciated, and all proceeds contribute to the well-being of the turtles. The turtle release occurs every year on April 13.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Photos

Information, Rates and Bookings

JW Marriott Phuket Resort Info

Location: Maikhao Beach
Address: 231 Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 338 000
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 10
Distance to the Beach: on the beach

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What’s Around?

Mai Khao Beach ⛱️

4.6/5 - (5 votes)

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!