Phuket with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: March 24, 2016

Kids swimming in Centara swimming pool on Phuket.

  • Book hotels as early as possible – especially for December to March when the best resorts can be fully booked months in advance. (When is the best time to visit Phuket?)
  • Kata Beach and Karon Beach are two wonderful beach towns that have a very family friendly vibe and beautiful sandy beaches. Kata is the quieter of the two.
  • Patong is the main tourist town in Phuket. It has a seedy feel in parts but is not terrible. There are better areas to stay for families but I wouldn’t say Patong is a no-go area (though after dark it becomes more unpleasant). Jung Ceylon is the best and biggest mall on Phuket and a good fallback if the streets of Patong feel too sleazy for your tastes.
  • The Centara West Sands Resort has a wonderful water park. I highly recommend a short stay here for great family fun. But since it’s somewhat secluded more than a day or two is probably too long. You can also visit the water park as non-guests (it’s about a 50 minute drive north from Patong, Karon, and Kata).
  • Phuket Fantasea, Phuket Aquarium, and the Phuket Dino Park Mini Golf are 3 fun kid-friendly attractions in Phuket. Siam Safari is the best for elephant treks on Phuket.
  • The best weather on Phuket is from December to April when it’s dry, sunny, and the beaches are great for swimming. The wet season runs from May to October when the sea gets rough and is often unsafe for swimming. September and October are the rainiest months. During the wet season Koh Samui is often a better choice if you’re after good beach weather.

The 13 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Phuket

Holiday Inn Phuket Resort (luxury) – Patong

The most family-friendly hotel in Patong. Great kids club, 3 swimming pools (2 that are very kid-friendly), a play area, and a water slide. Just across from the beach and perfect location for shopping the Patong malls and markets. Patong itself can feel a little seedy but never rowdy or crazy (at least before 10pm). Phone: +66 76 370-200
Patong Holiday Inn with Kids

Patong Merlin Hotel Phuket (moderate) – Patong

4 beautiful swimming pools. Good sized family rooms (which are 2 connecting rooms). Great location close to the shops and restaurants of Patong – but also right on the beach. Phone: +66 76 349-888
Phuket Merlin Hotel with Kids

Siam Palm Apartments (moderate) – Patong

2 bedroom apartments are spacious and have fully equipped kitchens. Pool area has lots of shade (maybe too much if you’re really looking for sun but perfect for kids). Good location for restaurants. Phone: +66 76 290-402
Phuket Siam Palm Hotel with Kids

Centara Karon Resort Phuket (luxury) – Karon

Wonderful resort for families with waterslides, huge pools, and a great location right on the beach. The kids’ club is one of the best on Phuket.
Best Kids Club in Phuket

Andaman Seaview Hotel (moderate) – Karon

Large rooms (though a little dated), 2 beautiful pools, and across the street from an idyllic stretch of beach. Great breakfast. Phone: +66 76 398-111
Phuket Andaman Seaview Hotel with Kids

Bauman Casa Resort (budget) – Karon

A simple clean budget hotel that’s good for families. Nice pool. Quiet location. Not a lot of character but good value. Free wifi. Phone: +66 76 396-818
Phuket Bauman Hotel with Kids

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort (luxury) – Kata

Large resort with 6 swimming pools and 6 restaurants. Interconnecting junior suites are available for large groups. Awesome beach in front of the hotel. The kids’ club is fun. Phone: +66 76 330-124
Phuket Katathani Hotel with Kids

Boathouse by Montara (luxury) – Kata

Family suites are great and recently remodeled. The beautiful pool area (not huge) fronts an idyllic stretch of beach. Phone: +66 76 330-015
Phuket Boathouse Hotel with Kids

Centara Kata Resort Phuket (moderate) – Kata

Family suites are huge (1 king bed and 3 singles) and have a kitchenette. Kids club is nice for kids younger than 7 or 8. There are 3 pools (one is an adult pool, another has water slides). Free shuttle to the beach but the walk isn’t far. Phone: +66 76 370 300
Phuket Centara Hotel with Kids

Banyan Tree Phuket (luxury) – Bang Thao

Huge 2-bedroom villas (some with private pool). Great if you’re after a semi-secluded family getaway. Far from Phuket’s touristy spots in the south (which may be good or bad). Bicycles available and several restaurants and beach bars are within an easy walk or cycle. The beach here is wonderful. Great kid-friendly pool. Phone: +66 76 372-400
Phuket Banyan Tree Hotel with Kids

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket (luxury) – Bang Thao

One bedroom suites and two-bedroom villas (with private pool) are both good for families. A couple of baby elephants roam along the beach (usually in the morning). Pool is huge and kid-friendly. Phone: +66 76 362 999
Phuket Dusit Thani Hotel with Kids

JW Marriott Resort & Spa (luxury) – Mai Khao

One-bedroom suites are large. There’s a babysitting service and a top-notch kids’ club (with lots to do). The beach is quiet and secluded. 3 pools – one of which is adults only. Phone: +66 76 338-000
Phuket JW Marriott Hotel with Kids

Centara West Sands Resort (moderate) – Mai Khao

Suites are huge and have full kitchens. Free access to the fantastic water park Splash Jungle which is part of the resort. There’s not a lot nearby so I wouldn’t stay here for longer than 2 or 3 days but the water slides make it a very fun treat for the kids. (The photo at the top of this page is my 2 kids swimming in one of the Centara’s pools.) Phone: +66 76 372-000
Phuket Centara Resort with Kids

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12 questions and comments

  1. Luxury Resort for Kids on Phuket

    Hi David,
    We are travelling to Phuket in June. We are 2 families consisting of 2 adults and 2 children each, which means 4 adults and 4 children total. The children are 4 and 2 years old. We are looking for a great 5 star luxury beach resort property that is especially good for our kids. Great kids club, pools etc. Also restaurant options inside the property. A nice beach on the property would be amazing! What would you suggest? I had a look at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket and also the JW Marriot, but I’m totally unsure and confused where to stay? Please recommend a few options that suit our needs.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Of the two you’re looking at (which are both great choices by the way), the JW Marriot ticks all your boxes while also being a notch classier and more luxurious than the Outrigger Laguna Phuket. It’s also close to the airport (making the trip there after a long flight a breeze). Mai Khao Beach is lovely, powdery, and white and the kids will be very happy splashing around here. There are restaurants at the resort and also in the little town just adjacent; there are dedicated children’s pools and lots of services for families. This is the more quiet of your two choices and it will let you see a glimpse more Thai culture as well.

      The Outrigger’s plus side is that it’s in a compound with several other resorts so there’s more going on and you’ll probably see/meet more families as well. On the downside, there is very little Thai culture since you’re gated off from local areas. The beach area here is good but not as nice as at the Marriot and there are lots and lots of restaurant choices at the resort and at the nearby resorts. Again, there are swimming pools for the kids and plenty of activities and care service – probably more than at the Marriot.

      1. Hotels Fully Booked


        Many thanks for your reply!
        I am still confused! The JW Suites and Villas seem to be completely sold out during our intended stay and therefore now I am considering 2 options as below:
        1. The Laguna complex – which 5 star hotel is best and modern here? and has a good kids club?
        2. Maybe a good 5 star hotel with a good beach in Karon or Kata side? so we are closer to Patong if we decide to venture out one night without the kids?


        1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

          Yes, the most popular hotel do sell out early but there are lots of options so don’t worry too much. In the Laguna area I’d go with the Banyan Tree which manages to remain very elegant and upscale while offering everything you’re looking for for families from a very lauded kids club to a family-friendly pool with lots of fun stuff like water cannons. The resort feels a little more out of the busy zone than some of the other choices in the area. Plus it’s arguably the most beautiful resort in the complex with water gardens, Zen architecture, and a lovely slice of white sand beach in front.

          In Kata/Karon I’d go with the Centara Grand in Karon which feels sort of like Disneyland meets Indiana Jones. Your kids may be a little young to really appreciate it but there’s a real adventure jungle theme here. Everything is big and bold, there’s a waterpark, tons more kid-oriented features as well as a great kids club. The beautiful white beach is right there and you’re close to all Kata and Karon have to offer. The rooms are also quite lovely here with lots of hardwoods, marble bathrooms, and views of the sea.

          Otherwise there’s the Novotel Avista Resort in Kata. It’s not as architecturally gorgeous as the Banyan Tree or as “grand” as the Centara, but it’s a lot of fun while keeping classy. Again there’s a good kid’s pool and a kids club but (like many resorts in the area) it’s not right on a beach, which is a short walk away, which with small kids and the heat, may be a hassle.

          I hope that helps with more choices and you find the perfect place with availability!

  2. Vaccinations for Phuket

    Hi, we are thinking about a family trip to Phuket. We will have a baby, just turned a year old at time of travel. I am confused about whether she will need vaccines, other than the usual ones administered during her first year. We plan to stay at Katathani hotel or similar. Clearly we will get advice from GP but would like some idea before we start booking process. Thank you, I have found your info’ most useful so far.

    Jan Hughes

  3. Hotel for Kids with Pool and Slide for Family of 4

    Hi David,
    First time to Thailand. We need some desperate advice please. We think we are going to stay at Karon Beach but we want a resort with water slides and pools, and opp the beach. We have 2 boys 10 and 12 is this a good area to stay in? Also is it far to walk to markets (if any in Patong?). We are so confused we don’t want to stuff this up,cheers Jodie

  4. Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket for Family of 4

    We are currently looking into booking ten days at the Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket. We got two girls, 5 and 2. Since the hotel is not listed here, but I liked the pictures, I’m now wondering if it is suitable at all?
    Thank you.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It’s a 4 star hotel (needs a refurbishment to be 5 star) with a large pool and nice (semi-private) beach out front. The one caveat is that it’s very isolated from the touristy parts of Phuket that have the shops and restaurants but great if you’re only looking to relax for a week by the pool (some good seafood places aren’t too far away).

  5. Centara Water Park in Phuket for Family of 5

    At the Centara West Sands Resort is the water park fully part of the resort or is it a separate property that you need transportation to access. Would our teen kids be able to walk over by themselves (which is our hope)? We’re tentatively planning 2 days in Kata, 2 days in Karon, 2 days in Khao Lak, then 2 days at the Centara before catching our flight back to Sydney. Does this sound about right?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The water park is on the same property and 1 to 3 minutes walk from most suites. As a hotel guest you get a wrist band when you first enter and can come and go as you please. It’s a fun water park. The food at the resort is disappointing so I highly recommend making the short walk off the property to eat at the thai places at the end of the hotel’s driveway (where it meets the main road). The rest of your plan sounds great. Your destinations complement each other well.

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