Visiting Phuket with kids is no doubt one of the most popular things to do when vacationing in Thailand. Last summer Phuket was high on the list of must-do for our family when we plan our trip to Thailand. Our last visit to Phuket was over 9 years ago and it was before Mr. Z joined our family. So this was his first trip to Phuket. As with other travel plan, we needed to figure out where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Luckily, for the first part we had it covered.
A Family Stay at Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket
My sister is a member of Laguna Holiday club (similar to timeshare in the US) and she graciously offered us to stay for a few days using her points. After checking availability and points, we opted to book at Best Western Allamanda Laguna. The Best Western Allamanda Laguna is part of Laguna Phuket, the luxury destination resort that includes seven deluxe hotels and luxury villas along Bang Tao beach in Phuket. The Allamanda is the suite hotel that offers space perfect for a group of friends or families.
Secluded Beach Perfect for Family Getaway
With the great location in Bang Tao beach, the beach of Laguna Phuket is perfect for family looking for a true getaway vacation of relaxing and tranquility. The beach is away from most popular beaches in Phuket like Patong beach or Karon beach. Heck, you probably won’t even hear about Bang Tao beach as one of the recommendation on where to stay in Phuket.
Bang Tao beach with over 4 miles in length is one of the longest beach in Phuket and yet mostly undeveloped. With limited public beach road, the beach is used mostly by hotels and resorts guests. This makes a perfect place to truly relax and enjoy the pristine beach all to yourself.
However, if you plan to explore other parts of Phuket, it will be a bit of a drive. The option will be to get a private tour for a day and a driver can take you around or rent a car like we did. Mr. Rojo was a sole driver during our time in Phuket and he had no problem at all after conquer driving in Bangkok. There are less traffic and the road is clearly marked.
Fun Activities for Kids
We visited Phuket during the low season (in July) so it’s even more deserted. There are a few restaurants along the beach and few activities for kids to do. Most prominently is the horse back riding provided by Bang Tao Riding club. During the high season (from Nov-April), there will be other water sports fun like banana boat, paragliding, water skiing and jet skiing. But our favorite activity to do with kids at the beach was simply enjoying the wave of the beautiful emerald green ocean and walking along this quiet beach to truly enjoy our family time.
Apart from enjoying beach time, there are also other fun activities available at the resort as well. The resort has great swimming pool by the lake that we took advantage of. Within Laguna Phuket, there are also other pools available for guests including a pool by the beach.
After a quick shower, we also enjoyed a boat ride along the lake to check out other hotels within the resort. The boat is one of the inter-resort transportation that allows guests to travel within the resort area.
Great Space for Family at Best Western Allamanda
The reason we chose to stay at the Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket because the suite room that provide a great value when travel with kids. All suites include dining area, living room and kitchenette. It’s something that we always look for when planning for our family trip.
Even though we won’t be cooking up a big meal on our vacation especially in Thailand where there are so many places to eat, it’s still nice to have full size refrigerator to keep drinks and snacks for late night. We actually did cook our breakfast daily. It’s cheaper and much easier than get everyone dressed up in the morning for breakfast.
We stayed at 2 bedroom suites which has 3 levels. The first level is the dining room, living room and kitchen with the view of the lake from the balcony. The 2nd level is the master bedroom with the lake view from the room and master bathroom. The 3rd level is the second bedroom with two twin beds and bathroom. There are also lounge chairs on the roof top, a perfect space to just soak in the beauty of the area.
Our room is on the lake front so we had a perfect view to enjoy the Sunset right from our balcony.
Overall, we had a great stay at the Allamanda. The location is perfect for our travel style for this trip – relax, slow and downtime. But for those who are looking for doing things in town, might find that the location is not ideal.
Have you been to Phuket? Where did you stay?