Of all the hedonistic gin joints I’ve visited across the globe few of them screamed debauchery with such a vigor quite like that of Phuket. Nevertheless, this wildly popular Thai getaway doesn’t have to be all about red lights, loud music, and questionable motives. Phuket is still home to some of the nicest beaches in Southeast Asia and the modern level of development make it an easy getaway for those looking to vacation in style. Furthermore, Phuket can actually be a great place to bring your family on holiday, even if you’re traveling with kids. Although the twenty-something backpacker crowd will forever be intoxicated down on Bangla Road, other tamer and more secluded getaways lie scattered about the island which has recently seen an influx of family visitors coming to holiday.
That being said, here is a guest post from an Australian travel agent detailing some of the accommodation options for planning a family-friendly holiday to Phuket…
“Thailand’s Phuket is home to a multitude of family friendly places to stay. These hotels offer programs that include professionally managed kids’ activities clubs where kids and teen vacationers can be kept busy and entertained with a variety of suitable, enjoyable entertainment.
This gives parents some much-needed free time while on vacation so they can explore all the scenic island has to offer and be assured their children are in good hands and also having a fun-filled vacation experience.
Here are some family friendly hotels in Phuket:
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
Situated on the southern end of Patong Bay, Holiday Inn Phuket is across the street from the beach and makes families feel right at home with their kid-friendly environment. The kids program features a railway theme and offers TV viewing, video games, arts & crafts programs, a variety of supervised games and a karaoke center.
Outdoor activities include two pools designated just for kids that feature slides, a water cave, water gun competitions and a turtle and whale viewing area.
Centara Kata Resort
Located in Kata Beach, Centara Kata Resort Phuket subscribes to the theory that if the children are happy, then their parents are as well. They have a professionally staffed camp safari and kids club for those ages 4 through 9 where kids have the chance to join in as many recreational activities as they want. For teenagers, the E-Zone is the place to be, with a variety of video games that include Wii, Nintendo, Playstation and other arcade games.
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
In Bang Tao Bay, the Dusit Laguna Phuket resort offers a great kids program with a playground, video/game room and a library for quiet time. Accommodations include an infinity pool and if kids are celebrating a birthday while on holiday, the hotel organizes a birthday party with cake — all compliments of the Dusit Thani.
Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket
The Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket in Bang Tao Beach is home to the Very Important Kids Club, also known as The VIK Club, which offers kids entertainment that includes arts & crafts, games and a playground all their own. The added bonus at this resort are some very special daily visitors — the hotel’s baby elephants, Lily and Lucky and families can interact with these adorable elephants.
Anantara Phuket Villas
Anantara Phuket is located at the peaceful Mai Khao Beach and is home to the Turtle Club. Kids can join in the entertainment with trained, professional staff in educational projects that expose kids to arts & crafts, Phuket nature and a variety of entertaining games.
The Bel Air Resort & Spa
Situated in beautiful Cape Panwa, The Bel Air Resort & Spa caters to families with their exclusive Kids World. This program gives children of all ages their own private play rooms and include a slide, playhouse, arts & crafts projects and even costume parties. Teenagers can chill out in the Chill Zone, which has PlayStation video games. Fuss-ball tables, a private theatre with 3-D movie viewing and their own juice bar.
Ashley is a Travel Agent from Brisbane, Australia. She has seen a recent influx of clients looking for a family holiday to Thailand and believes this is due to the current cheap price of flights to Phuket. She advises families to get in quick because prices are sure to rise!”