We've all been there: you're jetlagged, tired out and a stranger in a strange place. All you want to do is to stretch out and do absolutely nothing. But duty calls… the kids need attention, they're bored and fidgety and hungry on top of that. Do you have the energy? Is there any help available?
Actually, there is and help comes in the form of some of the most kids-friendliest people in the world. Thais love kids and several Phuket hotels have fabulous set ups to ease the burden off tired mums and dads. With the combination of loving carers/childminders and great hotel children's facilities you just can't lose for winning.
One of the most kids-friendliest hotels in Phuket. Great for older kids and those who have difficulty growing up!! A huge range of activities, some organised and others freeform. There's a water park in the grounds offering lessons in sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing, with water basketball and waterpolo among the organised activities. There's also badminton, darts, a fitness club for the parents, games room, snooker, squash court, table tennis, tennis and volleyball, the list is endless.
For the smaller ones, a supervised Kids' Club with programs for eight to12-year olds and four to 12-years olds offers sports and creative activities, island excursions and dinner options. Children under four must be accompanied by a parent at the kids' club. All activities and the kids' club are free, but meals are charged to the room, and outside excursions are a nominal fee. The hotel has a lovely children's wading pool for toddlers and a larger pool with a water slide as well as a lazy river you can float through. Read More...
This resort features a swimming pool with a waterslide (open daily from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm), bike rental services, baby sitter services, and a Kids' Club.
The Kids' Club is open for children aged between three to twelve years old. It features a wide range of activities, such as a jigsaw puzzle challenge, paints and brushes, traditional Thai games, a tumbling tower competition, paper crafts, board games challenge, crazy treasure hunt, bowling fun, story telling, greeting card creation, mask making, and cartoons and movies. Activities such as beads creation, cap painting, plaster painting, and T-shirt painting have charges ranging between 150 to 250 baht. The activities program at the Kids' Club changes everyday. Kids' Club hours are 09:00 to 21:00.
The Kids' Club also offers scuba lessons free of charge for children above the age of eight. Scuba lessons are conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 16:00 at the resort's swimming pool. Read More...
An all-suite hotel in the Laguna Complex (see Sheraton) which provides a kitchenette, Satellite TV, baby-sitting services, free resort shuttle, three pools, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a kids' club and a marine centre.
The Allamanda Kids' Club is open 09:00-17:00 and offers activities including arts and crafts, co-operative team sports and games, pool games, TV - cartoons and videos, sandcastle making. Cameron the Caterpillar - over 55 feet of inflatable fun and entertainment, is a big hit with the younger kids.
The resort also shows kids movies every Friday night with a special children's meal included for around 200 baht per child. Monthly theme nights combine a supervised activity-packed evening for kids with a dinner treat for parents, all at special rates.
Sports facilities can be used at the other nearby Laguna resorts. As an alternative to traditional water sports, try the paddle boats on the lagoon. Away from the water, top-quality American mountain bikes are also available for hire, available at the Marine Centre, 100 baht per hour. Read More...
When it comes to looking after your little ones there are many plus points for this hotel.
- No additional charge for an extra bed for children under 12 years old.
- 50% discount is offered for any given rate on a second room (From May to October only)
- Kids' food and drink at restaurants. Children under four can enjoy free food and beverages while children from four to twelve years old have 50% discount off all food and beverages. A kids host provides special care in the restaurant. Paint and cartoon pictures are provided for children over dinner. Birthday parties are arranged for younger guests who are celebrating during their stay at Dusit Laguna. A trained babysitter is available on both an hourly and daily basis (150 baht per hour and 800 baht per day) and baby amenities are available upon request. Children aged eight-18 years also can join Camp Laguna, which operates during the months of August, October, December, January, April.
There are daily supervised activities at Kid's Corner. Sports and fun games include Junior Olympics, waterpolo, treasure hunt, pool basketball, swimming lessons, table tennis, ring toss, bingo and many pool games.
Crafts include T-shirt painting, bracelet making, face painting, nature arts, paper caterpillar, stone painting, paper dress making, fancy cards, flower garland making, clay time, Origami, junior chef, mask making and painting competitions. In addition, there are activities that explore the surrounding natural beauty such as pony riding, lagoon fishing and beach activities. Read More...
The Holiday Inn enjoys a great location in the heart of Patong Beach within strolling distance of shops, street markets, local entertainment, restaurants and the beach. It also features specially themed rooms just for families and is most definitely kids-orientated.
The kidsuite provides a children's themed 'room within a room'. Furnished with bunk beds, TV and video, electronic games, toy box and Playstation, and specially decorated (you can choose from jungle, circus, or pirate themes) kidsuites give children aged four-to-twelve their own space. For a little more than a standard room, kidsuites can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children less than 12 years of age, allowing all the family to enjoy their holiday.
The resort also offers family suites which consist of two connecting rooms; one standard room connected to another specially designed children's room. Designed in a pirate theme, the kids room has beds set in 'boats' plus a treasure chest containing toys, and themed furniture. Your kids have their own room with TV, video, electronic games, toy box and Playstation. Family-suites are for a maximum of two adults and two children under 14 years. It's a great concept as it ensures that everyone gets a holiday!
Holiday Inn also offers good children's menus, friendly and efficient staff, a kids' club with lots of activities and a babysitting service. Ideal for families who want to be close to the beach and to the local attractions. Read More...
Le Meridien Phuket has a great freeform pool which winds its way around the hotel and provides hours of fun for kids. The Penguin Club, supervised by Le Meridien staff and open from 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 - 19:00 every day has a range of activities for the little ones.
Activities for kids aged from three to seven encompass fan painting, stories and movies, necklace making, card making, mobile making, board games, jigsaws, umbrella painting, a dressing race, limbo dance, video games, paper cutting, sponge animals, swimming lessons, skipping rope racing, treasure hunt, tennis coaching, minigolf, pool games, badminton, sandcastles, beach games, hotel circuit, kite flying, football, blow painting.
Activities for kids aged eight-twelve include fan painting, kids aerobics, umbrella painting, mini water polo, outside drawing, football, treasure hunt, basketball, beach games, hotel circuit, kite flying, swimming and windsurfing lessons, tennis tournament, ball games, golf coaching, archery, sailing lessons. Read More...
Club Andaman has all the entertaining and fun activities that you can find for kids, with lots of toys, PlayStation, a Video dance game, table tennis, fun and educational games and videos. Children aged two years and up only. Open 08.00 - 18.00. A babysitting service, also for children aged two years and up, is available after 18.00 for a small fee. Read More...
This resort is what we'd call kids-dedicated rather than just friendly. Siam Adventure club is the centerpiece for all hotel services, tours and adult and kids fun. From the moment guests check in they are introduced to a team of 'rangers', who look after all the activities in-house as well as excursions. Rangers surprise the little ones and whisk them away to discover all the fun stuff in the hotel.
The Dino-Pool is overlooked by a Magic Castle featuring a long waterslide. Two life-sized Dinosaurs stand guard over the hotel's smaller guests while they play in the pool and sunburn is no danger here: an oversized 'mushroom' makes the toddler pool a shady place.
There is also a multi-activity station KidzClub. Kids between four and 14 can join in the fun here, with a ball room, slides, dress up games, a wealth of toys to discover and a safe environment in which they can let themselves go. At the hotel's 'Corner Store' guests can purchase the same toys that they have played with in the KidzClub.
As for kids' accommodation, the hotel provides three children-themed rooms; the Castle Theme suite, the Underwater Room and the Outer Space room. These theme rooms come with respective themed DVD libraries and a 32" flat screen LCD TV with international channels.
The Castle Bar & Grill serves up a good repertoire of food and is adjacent to the KidzClub, Dino-Pool and a host of other attractions for kids. Read More...
Mövenpick does a pretty thorough, Swiss job of making sure its young guests are well looked after. The resort's Play Zone boasts special facilities designed for two distinct age groups (four- seven and eight - twelve years old). A club filled with varieties like a Playstation room, an Internet room, two DVD-lounges, a reading room, table tennis, billiards, sporting events and arts and crafts activities.
The Play Zone, Phuket's largest club for children, provides a fully supervised indoor and outdoor entertainment area for children from four to twelve years old. During the day, children under four can have special one-on-one care. After 18:00, in-room baby sitting is offered for children of all ages. There are a wide variety of activities in the Play Zone, each tailored to a specific age group. Hourly, half-day, and full-day packages are available, with longer stays including lunch and dinner. Reassuringly, a nurse is stationed within the Play Zone.
The Play Zone is divided into three sections, each custom-made for a specific age group.
Room One (ages four to seven)
The first room features a large play room, a ball pit and jungle gym, a nap room, mini-kitchen, DVD lounge, and specially designed bathroom with children's sized fixtures. Activities include treasure hunts, kite making, Legos, board games, and Thai dancing.
Room Two (ages eight to twelve)
The second room has a DVD lounge, PlayStation, two 'tournament rooms' with over 30 different games, a play mat and crash pad, sports equipment for soccer, badminton, and tennis, as well as board games and books.
The Games Room (over twelve)
The Games Room is divided into indoor and outdoor sections. It is unsupervised and free for everyone to use. The indoor section includes computers with Internet access, a DVD lounge, and a library of magazines, books and newspapers. There is also a large selection of popular board games. The outdoor section has billiard, foosball and table tennis tables, and a playground with a 'jungle gym'. Read More...
The Hilton Arcadia is Phuket's biggest hotel and is set in lovely green sprawling grounds - something that kids of all ages love. It features four swimming pools, two with slides, and each pool is distinct and loads of fun.
There is a babysitting service, a childcare center with lots of kids activities, including batik and painting as well as cartoons and computer games. Outside the childcare center is a shady playground where younger guests can climb, shoot hoops and generally let off steam to their hearts' content.
Kids can also rent out DVD's to watch in their rooms and dining out at the hotel is no problem as there is a kid's menu. Talking of food, the Hilton Arcadia also features an ice cream parlour on the beach road and talking of the beach, it is right across the road from the western face of the hotel. With this much space to explore and enjoy kids will never feel boxed in. Read More...
The Marriott's kids' club includes indoor air-conditioned areas and outdoor play areas with easy access to the children's pool and waterslide. The kids' club has separate areas for young teens and smaller children. A wonderful on-site Deli, for more casual eating, lots of tempting snacks are available. The little ones have a colourful cubbyhouse with a climbing frame, wooden toys, karaoke, a dolls house, computers and even their own pint-sized furniture. The fully supervised Little Turtles Activities Program operates daily from 09:00 to 17:00 and includes movies, games, swimming activities, hair beading, and also a variety of activities where smaller guests can make jewellry, sandcastles, pictures, baskets, decorations and much more.
Teenagers can also enjoy special facilities which include a large movie screen, Playstation, pool table, table tennis and another section of computers which are hugely popular, with limited Internet access to avoid any viewing of inappropriate sites. The main swimming pool is enormous with a separate section that caters especially for families, including a shallow bubble pool and a waterslide. Read More...