If you’re looking for the best family beach resort in Phuket, look no further than Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, right on Karon Beach! This expansive, but not too expensive beach-front resort has plenty of on-site activities and great dining options to keep the young and young-at-heart content. Greenery plays an important role around the resort and it’s evident the moment you step foot on the grounds.
This fun-filled beach resort has everything that you need for an unforgettable family vacation while in Thailand’s most popular island. Here’s a list and our review of why we think Thavorn Palm Beach is the best family beach resort in Phuket:
The Swimming Pools
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort offers three large swimming pools that cater to everyone. Each pool has been designed to provide a unique experience – whether you are swimming, floating around , or sliding down into one. These pools are probably one of the best hotel swimming pools in Phuket for families.
Blue Heaven Pool
The Blue Heaven Pool is where you will find the 14-meters high giant water slides, a one-of-its-kind waterpark in a beach resort in Phuket. There are 4 exciting slides to choose from : Curved Slide, Twin Slides, Spiral Slide and an adrenaline-filled roller-coaster spiral slide. There is also an area for toddlers and infants to splash around in ankle-deep waters.
This has by far got to be the adult’s favourite pool amongst the others. Chaba Pool has a swim-up bar that offers the infamous Thai alcoholic buckets, unique cocktails, mocktails and bar snacks. Children are also allowed in this pool and will have fun exploring the shallow pool area with a waterfall feature. There are a handful of cabanas dotted around the poolside to relax in.
This pool is the quietest of all pools. Located at a secluded corner, Paradise Pool has plenty of sun loungers and shaded areas for one to relax under. There is a mini kids wading pool and the main pool is long enough to do laps in.
Some of the best restaurants in Karon Beach is located right at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort. Choose from Thai, Italian and other international cuisine, sweet treats, freshly-brewed coffee and even pool bars to dine at.
Ciao Pizza and Grill Restaurant
This is probably the only restaurant along the Karon Beach stretch that serves the best pizzas, steak, seafood and Thai food. Ciao Pizza and Grill Restaurant provides indoor air-conditioning dining and also al-fresco dining. On certain days of the week, there are live jazz performances in the garden area where you can enjoy Napoli-style wood-fired pizzas under the stars. Choose your own steak cuts from the butchery corner and watch your food being cooked in the open kitchen. There is also a dedicated wine cellar with an extensive range of wines from around the world.
*Insider Tip: Happy Hours with 50% off all beverages takes place daily from 6-7PM, perfect for sundowners.
Coffee Talk Cafe Karon Beach
The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans fills this retro-looking cafe. With a selection of barista coffees, gourmet teas from TWG and even milkshakes, this is the perfect place to catch up with family and friends.
*Insider Tip: Try the Signature Cube drinks. These ice-cubes are made with concentrated coffee, chocolate or Thai Tea that holds the flavour until the last sip.
Sweet Talk Ice-Cream & Dessert Shop
This cute little ice-cream bar reminds you of a 1950’s American-style ice-cream parlour. The black & white checkered floors, vintage decor and pastel hues make is such a fun place to cool down in the mid-afternoon. There are also plenty of dessert options ranging from waffles, cakes and local Thai desserts.
*Insider Tip: You can request for taster spoons to try the ice-cream before deciding.
This is the main all-day dining restaurant located in the resort. Windsong Restaurant is a spacious place with a koi pond to keep the kids occupied. Buffet breakfast is served daily at this restaurant. Lunch and Dinner is a-la-carte featuring a selection of Thai and International dishes. There is also the Windsong Bar which is the perfect place for a nightcap.
Chaba Swim-up Pool Bar
If you wish to spend the entire day submerged in the pool, swim on up to Chaba Pool Bar and enjoy a light lunch without having to dry off. A selection of pizzas, wraps, chicken wings and snacks are available for you to munch on. There are also a healthy options of homemade blueberry Acai bowls that are refreshingly delicious.
*Insider Tip: Happy Hours with 50% off all beverages takes place daily from 4-5PM
Blue Heaven Pool Bar
Located right next to the water slides, the Blue Heaven Pool Bar offers a similar menu to Chaba. The outdoor dining area is perfect spot to grab a bite while watching kids and adults make a splash with the slides.
*Insider Tip: Happy Hours with 50% off all beverages takes place daily from 3-4PM
The Animal Village
Pet, feed and play with piglets, turtles, goats, rabbits, chickens and canaries at the animal village in Thavorn Palm Beach Resort. Kids and adults alike are welcome to interact with the animals twice a day at 11am-12pm and 4pm-5pm.
There is a team of animal-keepers that monitor the crowd and ensure the safety of both animals and guests.
*Insider Tip: Ask to feed the piglets and watch them guzzle milk from their baby bottles like greedy little pigs.
The Kids Club
There is a pirate-type ball-pit area with a fun slide, a reading corner and some interactive toys that will keep your kids occupied in the kids playroom. Access is only via hotel guest’s keycard and a parent/guardian is required to accompany their children inside. This playroom will keep your kid occupied for hours whilst making new friends.
The Botanical Gardens
Immerse yourself within nature with the botanical gardens at the resort. The Eden Rainforest is filled with tropical plants, wispy willow trees and a variety of native flowers. You will also discover water features, the shrine of the owner’s dog, a very, very expensive bonsai plant and learn more about the flora and fauna around. This is certainly a unique concept for a beach resort and it’s a great way to educate the kids about nature while on holiday, without leaving the resort’s grounds.
There are rooms to suit everyone in Thavorn Palm Beach Resort. While the rooms are considerably basic, they are spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet enough for a good night’s sleep with its thick walls and blackout curtains.
Families and groups are very much thought of in this resort. This is probably the only beach resort in Phuket that offers a Family Fun Deluxe Terrace Room with a bunk bed! There are also connecting rooms, 2-bedroom family suites and a three-bedroom suite. And this is why Thavorn Beach Resort is rated by thousands of guests as the best family beach resort in Phuket.
Karon Beach is literally right across the road from Thavorn Palm Beach Resort. This soft sandy beach spans 5km overlooking the Andaman Sea. The reason why Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is one of the best family beach resort in Phuket is partly due to this beach. Karon Beach doesn’t feel over crowded and is rather safe for kids to play sandcastles and take a quick dip in the warm waters – depending on the season.
November to April is the best time to go to Karon Beach as the water is crystal clear, calm and great for swimming. However if your planning a holiday during the monsoon season from May to October, Karon Beach Phuket experiences dangerous riptides and swells. Lifeguards are stationed at Karon Beach but do keep a lookout for the warning flags before jumping in the sea.
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is located in the center of Karon Beach Road. The resort is close to 3 other popular beaches along Phuket :
- Kata Beach – south of Karon Beach, it takes just 5-minutes by car to reach Kata Bay or a leisurely 20-minute stroll along the main beach road.
- Patong Beach – a 10-minute ride by Tuk Tuk will cost THB 400 each way. Tuk Tuk prices are fixed and can be found parked right at main beach road.
- Kamala Beach – this is a quieter beach that’s surrounded by lush greenery and is also where you can catch an amazing cultural show and dinner at Phuket Fantasea . You can also stay at Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa with its very own private beach in Kamala.
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is located around 1 hour 20 minutes from the airport by car. There are a few ways to get from Phuket International Airport to Thavorn Palm Beach Resort:
Numerous taxi stands can be found at Phuket International Airport at the arrivals hall. Rates are usually fixed at the airport and should cost around THB 900 from Phuket Airport to Karon Beach. Minivans are a cheaper option starting at THB 200 per person but bear in mind, you will be sharing the minivan with other drop-offs which will take much longer to arrive at Thavorn Palm Beach.
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort offers its guests complimentary airport transfers for certain bookings that are made directly with the hotel. Alternatively, they do offer airport transfers at THB 999 one-way.
Take a look below at the other options including the Airport Bus and Private Transfer services.
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