Planning a family getaway and need some inspiration? Villa Getaways has you covered with a lengthy list of enjoyable activities, all within easy distance from your luxury Phuket Villa.
Phuket offers a delightful mix of adventure and relaxation, water sports and sandy beaches, with all-year-round warm Thai weather, making it an ideal destination for families. The Thai people themselves are extremely family-oriented, often appearing to have a national fixation with babies that melt the heart. So if you’re travelling with infants, you are always warmly welcomed, even in busy restaurants after dark.
The island of Phuket is located at Thailand’s southern tip and surrounded by the clear aqua-blue waters of the Andaman Sea. There is so much to do and see all over the entire island that it’s easy to find enjoyable family fun within a relatively short distance from your Villa.
Phuket Villas are plentiful, all meeting 5-star standards, with prices that are comparably attractive to Australian families, with 1 Thai baht being worth about AUD26 cents.
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Villa Getaways offers 8 top picks of places to experience on your next Phuket holiday.
1. Surf’s Up
While Phuket’s west coast is a favourite for surfing during certain seasons of the year – usually around August, September in the Northern summer to spring – Kata Beach offers surfing year round at the popular Phuket Surf House. A wave machine with a difference, based on a spring-like surface, lets you practise your moves without hitting a shoreline. An intoxicating mix of waves, cool beats and a buzzing crowd make this place a must for families looking for something a little different.
2. A Day at the Beach
Take your pick of sensational balmy beaches with swaying palms, crystal blue waters and warm weather. Phuket’s coastline offers a never-ending trail of beautiful beaches all the way around, while the western strip from Kata Noi to Surin Beach and Bang Tao provides paradise-like perfection. Kata Noi, in the south is a little off the beaten track and home to a stunning 5-star luxury resort with its selection of beachfront restaurants and bars. Villa Getaways also offers a few luxury lodgings in Kata Noi, including Villa 4129, Villa 421 and Villa 4495.
Heading north to Kata Beach, you’ll find mild surfing conditions and this longer stretch of coastline is a great spot for kids. If you’ve indulged in too much delicious Thai cuisine and are missing your morning workouts, you’ll gain a solid workout during a brisk stroll from tip to tip. Next stop north is Karon Beach, which is populated with a mix of international tourists, hotels, restaurants, shopping and bars. Surin Beach has its own beachfront promenade, dotted with cool bars, water sports hire shops and tasty Thai eateries offering a mix of Asian and Western-influenced menus. Surin – with its exciting after-dark ambience – is also the ideal location for Mum and Dad to organise a babysitter and enjoy some time out.
3. Adrenalin Junkies
The Jungle Xtrem Adventures Park in Chalong, Phuket, provides exhilarating fun for the more adventurous members of your family. There are 69 treetop courses to complete that range from quite challenging to medium effort. Degrees of difficulty are clearly indicated so you won’t get in over your head and safety is a priority so you’ll be attached to support harnesses with abseiling attachments. Activities include a dedicated kids area, along with net walking, flying fox, tightropes and tree climbing. Patong Zipline is another adventure tour that offers thrills and chills at 325m above sea level.
4. Splash Jungle Water Park!
Looking to get wet without the sand? Enjoy a family trip to Phuket’s massive water park. Located close to Phuket International Airport, Splash Jungle Water Park has plenty on offer from lagoon-like oases to thrilling waterslides. From the littlies area with mini-slides and many self-play centres to the racier rides with their safety-conscious height requirements, toddlers, teens and parents can choose between a relaxing cooling off to a rollercoaster of splashing fun.
5. Day Trip to Phi Phi Islands
A trip to Phuket isn’t complete without a boating tour to the Phi Phi islands, with snorkelling among the myriad rainbow-coloured tropical fish a highlight. Villa Getaways is offering a holiday special for our valued customers. Enjoy a full day charter of your own exclusive captained yacht, soft drinks served on-board and dinghy so you can reach the various shores to explore the location’s beautiful beaches. The 13-capacity yacht from Choke Dee Sail Escapes is just 30,000 Baht (roughly AUD$1,145) for the entire day, including fuel. Your private yacht awaits to set sail on the glorious aquamarine waters and take in the stunning sights of the iconic island landscapes.
6. Mini Golf at Dino Park
Fancy practising your golf swing? While you’ve heard of obstacle courses, don’t let the roaring tyrannosaurs put you off at Dino Park Mini Golf in Karon Beach. An entire 18-hole mini-golf course is hidden away behind the hustle and bustle of Karon Road. You’ll even find a reptile-themed restaurant at the entrance, abundant with traditional Thai flavours, perfect for lunch or dinner.
7. Get Back to Nature
Enjoy a tranquil tour of the Phuket Botanic Garden, before you embark upon a colourful adventure at Phuket Bird Park. Learn about the many species of tropical flora and fauna at the two locations, which offer impressive displays of local plants and wildlife. The botanic gardens offers a blissful and serene retreat from all the buzz of your busy family holiday, while getting up close and friendly with more than 100 species of vibrant birdlife from Asia, Africa and South America is an experience you’ll never forget.
8. Phuket FantaSea
Labelled as the ultimate night-time cultural theme park, Phuket FantaSea is a vibrant and enchanting mystical adventure encompassing the rich culture of Thailand. The enthralling Elephant Theatre and live Fantasy of a Kingdom Show offer music, dancing, colour and authentic Thai entertainment. You’ll also find an amusement centre and buffet restaurant to enjoy the very best of this exciting night out.
Words by Jennifer McCarthy @ JM Online Copywriting