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With palm-fringed golden beaches, world-renowned cuisine and welcoming local staff, Phuket has become a must-visit destination for Aussies – especially if you’re travelling with the family. It’s not just the quick flights that make Phuket so appealing; it’s knowing your luxurious beachside resort has everything you need in one place.
In our pick of top Phuket resorts, you’ll find everything from gourmet restaurants serving local delicacies like fresh spring rolls and barbecued lobster, to infinity pools for adults, water slides for kids and a host of activities. Think making traditional Thai kites one day and trying your hand at an on-site cooking class the next. Meanwhile, your kids will be entertained at dedicated kids’ clubs run by enthusiastic staff. So, for a stress-free, action-packed holiday that your whole family can enjoy, our top picks of resorts may tempt you to book your Phuket adventure sooner rather than later.
A beachside Phuket resort paradise for all ages
Nestled in a secluded bay, Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is bordered by pristine white sand and aquamarine waters on one side and lush green hills on the other. It has both jaw-dropping natural scenery of crystal clear waters and lush green mountains, and plenty of activities for adults and kids, including six pools, a tennis court and a gaming room.
Drop the little ones off at the Chang Noi Kid’s Club to spend the day playing in the ball pit, learning to make Thai kites, competing in Junior Masterchef contests or painting dolls and balloons. While the kids are occupied, pop down to The Nail Cottage for a mani-pedi or book an Oriental Fusion massage to really get into the spirit of relaxation.
For a taste of Asian-infused flavours, sign up for a Thai cooking class to learn iconic recipes such as chicken green curry – or get your heart racing with a Thai boxing session. Come bedtime, lucky kids in the Family Suite can sail into sleep in brightly decorated seafarer rooms complete with ship-shaped beds. Adults get a cushy grown-up version: oversized king beds with pressed white sheets and a pretty scattering of delicate orchids.View on trivago
Blissful Phuket resort with a rainforest spa
Perched on the edge of a national park and only a six-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, The Slate is a tranquil sanctuary, surrounded by palm trees, that has a focus on health and wellness. Here, you can practise a calming yoga pose or take a quiet dip in one of the two adults-only pools.
Relaxing massages, chef and sommelier lessons, boxing sessions and a pool with its own waterfall make for a pretty enticing luxury holiday – and that’s just for the kids! For true relaxation, immerse yourself in the rainforest at The Coqoon Spa. This all-natural escape features a showstopping Tree Nest – a handwoven structure set within a 100-year-old banyan tree – as well as eight treatment rooms. Order the signature Coqoon Awakening Massage and you’ll get two therapists treating you in unison for double the benefit, or try the fragrant purple frangipani scrub to promote skin healing.
When hunger strikes, friendly staff serve mouth-watering meals across eight dining venues. Fan favourites include barbecued Maine lobster and roast pig straight from the spit at Sunday Brunch, or typical island dishes like steamed white snapper with chilli, garlic and lime at Black Ginger.View on trivago
Family-friendly Phuket resort with fun activities
Classic Thai architecture meets jungle at Banyan Tree Phuket. While the two-bedroom villas feature fine woodwork and Thai art, they’re also designed for families in mind – think private pools and terraces set with sun loungers. If you want to upgrade the family vacay to luxe status, have the hotel’s private chef to come to your villa and whip up a gourmet barbecue of freshly caught seafood, specialty meats and local salads ranging from Thai and Japanese to Mediterranean.
Calm lagoons and tropical gardens around the resort offer hours of close-to-home exploration. For a teachable moment with the kids, head to the nearby elephant sanctuary to interact with gentle giants rescued from tourism and logging.
For stay-in days, kids can join the Turtle Club and take part in activities from batik painting to mini-football and tennis. Imagine how proud they’ll be when they return to school and tell their friends about their newly earned Banyan Tree Ranger status and knowledge of Thailand’s flora and fauna.View on trivago
A tropical Phuket resort with a rocking kids’ club
Jungle flora meets poolside luxury at the JW Marriott Phuket resort just steps from Mai Khao beach. Palatial suites with polished wood floors and terracotta touches lend an air so opulent, you’ll want to extend your stay from the moment you arrive.
Spend the day as a family by grabbing a stuffed picnic hamper and blankets, jumping on complimentary bikes and pedalling down to the beach. On your return to the hotel, you’ll find that the family pool is no ordinary splash pad. This one’s got slides, fountains, bubbles and giant stone turtles. Make sure you’re there in the afternoon for your free icy pole! If your water babies decide they’ve had enough hydration, the kid’s club offers entertainment programmes in separate rooms for Tots and Teens. Little ones can play in the cubby house or take part in hair beading while teens play pool, PlayStation or watch movies.
At the family-friendly Ginja Cook Cooking School, the whole family can learn recipes that incorporate authentic flavours of Phuket’s rainforest and fisheries. Whip up turmeric-infused fish and coconut soup, then finish the evening at the on-site outdoor cinema. For a luxurious treat, let the kids browse the special menu at Mandara Spa, where they’ll find options like the Perfect Kids’ Chill Massage to sooth their busy muscles. Don’t forget mum and dad, where personalised treatments will have you revitalised in no time. Soothing massages go to next-level status with chocolate and coconut mandarin oils.View on trivago
Clifftop Phuket resort living with Mediterranean flair
Perched on the tip of Cape Yamu, COMO Point Yamu brings a taste of the Mediterranean to Thailand. Decorated by renowned Italian designer Paola Navone in shades of blue and orange, each room looks out on its own panoramic view of the Andaman Sea. The spectacular vistas are even more luxurious when enjoyed from the complex’s infinity pool accompanied by a freshly squeezed juice or glass of bubbly.
Exclusive to the resort and a 40-minute boat ride away is COMO Beach Club, a secluded spot on Naki Yai Island with a saltwater swimming pool and sun loungers. Get the family out on the water by kayak, paddleboard or jet ski, then enjoy family-friendly meals such as barbecued prawns, corn on the cob, Thai noodles and fresh salads. After lunch, parents can sunbathe while the kids scamper around the club’s shaded treehouse.
While the young ones are busy at the kid’s club, disappear for an hour or two into the Shambala Retreat – one of the best spas on the island. The Thai Lanna Heritage treatment, a cultural wonder based on 2,000-year-old massage techniques, is highly recommended. Finish with an assisted stretch session before floating back to pick up the kids.View on trivago
Water wonderland at a splashy Phuket resort
Sunwing Kamala Beach specialises in catering to families of all ages and sizes. For parents taking your baby on their first overseas holiday, the Happy Baby Studios have you covered with everything from cots and baby baths to play mats, Bumbo seats and babysitting services. If you’re travelling with older kids, give them extra space in one of the resort’s two-bedroom Family Suites.
The seven on-site pools bring something for all ages, be it water slides, man-made coves or swim-up bars. Keep an eye out for Lollo the Giraffe and Bernie the Bear, who pop up poolside to wave and take family holiday snaps with the kids. The resort’s own MiniLand playground is open daily, letting kids play with their new friends (both human and fuzzy) so parents can escape for a grown-up drink with a beach view at Fino’s Restaurant.
In the evening, magic shows and acrobat performances will have kids shrieking with delight. Family shows blasting old-school disco hits might just coax mum and dad to get up on the dancefloor. Cue the photos.View on trivago
Phuket resort that’s a retreat for adults and paradise for kids
With its imitation-beach pool that stretches out into the ocean, the Pullman Phuket Arcadia brings beach life into everyday living. That means reclining on a sun lounger under a striped umbrella while your little one splashes gleefully in a shallow kids’ pool could be your next relaxing family holiday. The adventurous and social can also find their happy place here, with regular events like snorkelling trips, scuba diving and street food nights.
While you’re off on your scuba dive, children can channel their inner artists at the kid’s club making wind chimes or tie-dying t-shirts. They’ll scale up mini-rock climbing walls, crash around ball pits and build castles in the sandpit before flopping happily into over-sized bean bags in front of cartoons.
With the kid’s club open until 8 pm, parents can seek out that much-needed, adults-only chill time. Sink into a designer lounger next to the infinity pool at C Bar and savour a cocktail made with homemade Thai spice rum. As the sun sets, order from the bar’s a la carte menu to munch on tasty bites like pan-seared ahi tuna or fresh smoked duck spring rolls.View on trivago
A seaside escape in a Phuket resort with activities galore
Spanning shores of white sand and turquoise surf, the Renaissance Phuket delivers 5-star service under the shade of majestic palm trees. Large families and those with older kids will appreciate the space and privacy of ocean-front three-bedroom villas, each with their own private plunge pool and sun decks. Beyond your rooms, kids can zip down the water slide at the dedicated kid’s pool before jumping on complimentary bikes to explore the unspoiled surroundings of Mai Khao Beach.
To relax and rejuvenate, head over to the tranquil Quan Spa area by crossing the romantic walkway over a fish-filled pond and natural waterfall. Treatment rooms look onto lush gardens around the oh-so-Instagrammable circular open-air pool. Take in the view from your private hot-tub following an invigorating scrub or couple’s massage.
Barbecued prawns and wood-fired pizzas washed down with local craft beer call resort diners to wiggle their toes in the sand at Sand Box Restaurant and Bar. Menu items are paired exquisitely for the whole family with spectacular views of crashing waves and purple-hued sunsets.View on trivago