231 Moo 3, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
Interestingly, Phuket has become my family’s ‘drop of a hat’ family holiday destination and the JW Marriott is where we invariably land up. Why? Because there are family-friendly hotels that will welcome your young uns’ and then there is the JW Marriott, Phuket. I’m talking a stellar kids’ club, free popsicles while the kids they make their way through the bubbles in their own little pool and pedicures for their tiny tired soles! Mommy, on the other hand, gets to pick from 12 restaurants, 5 bars and an award-winning spa (my last massage there was a 4 hand one!!) . What’s not to love?!?
- Baby cot
- Baby bathtub
- Bottle sterilizer
- High chair
- Child menu
- Doctor on Call
- Baby sitting services (THB 200/hr; minimum 2 hours)
- Interconnecting rooms
- The kids were in aqua heaven in the kids’ pool with a slide, fountains, bubbles and giant turtles carved out of stone. Did I mention free popsicles by the poolside everyday afternoon!?!.
- This is a beachfront resort so we did pack in plenty of sun and sand. However, I do find the water to be usually a tad rough.
- Plenty of spa dates to be had, since the spa offers a wide range of treatments for children above 4 years of age.
- Family-friendly activities like outdoor movie nights organized every Thursday and Sunday. Better yet, grab bikes for the entire family (complimentary) and cycle on the boardwalk along the beach, watching the sunset. Siam Deli provides picnic menus, mats and blankets for families that are looking to bond over a good ol’ fashioned picnic.
- The resort borders the Sirinath Marine National Park, a protected sea-turtle nesting area. Watch endangered leatherback sea turtles emerge on the beach from November to February. In addition, the turtle shelter at the resort holds turtle feeding sessions on weekdays.
- My little chefs had a field day setting ‘onion volcanoes’ on fire, flipping eggs in the air and seasoning meats as they took to the teppanyaki counter at Kabuki Japanese restaurant, perhaps the finest in all of Phuket.
- Families that eat (and cook) together stay together. So I got my brood together and whipped up some Thai favourites at the Ginga Cook cooking school – such a fun afternoon!
- Many dining options to choose from (12 to be precise). A very elaborate breakfast buffet with a fantastic juice bar deserves special mention.
- This resort houses one of the most elaborate kids’ club I have seen in Thailand. The fact that it’s open a whopping 11 hours a day will have any parent doing cartwheels! Stacked with toys, games, indoor slides, swings and an area sectioned off for art and craft, the kids’ club here is a little world unto its own. There is a long list of activities to choose from too.
The kids’ club also houses a separate teen zone that features karaoke equipment, PlayStation, a pool table and computer stations My kids were in love with the mini movie theatre, with beanbags and a huge flat screen and wanted to catch a flick there every day! And yes, Pajama parties are an actual thing here.
- Classes like Muay Thai boxing, yogalites, power yoga, Thai dancing, social tennis and bracelet making for adults.
- The award-winning Mandara Spa.
- Airport – 15 km
- Beachfront property
- 12 restaurants
- 5 bars
- 3 pools
- 265 rooms & suites
- Award winning Mandara Spa
Mandy’s Tip: The last time I visited this hotel, it was celebrating Callebaut Chocolate Week, where hotel guests joined guest chef Jean Marc daily for week long complimentary chocolate cooking classes. My kids and I (and all the other guests, of course) left the class with a box full each of the yummiest truffles and brownies we had ever had. That is how family-friendly this resort is and it is always worth checking if anything special is going on at the time you’re visiting.