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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
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Published April 30th 2014
Relax in style, with happy, entertained kids
We unfortunately only had three nights here and definitely needed longer to enjoy lazing around the resort. The family suite is large and spacious. It's two rooms together, not one large room and has two bathrooms. However the price is less than the cost of two rooms. My youngest loved the kids doonas and toiletries, the older one was thrilled to have a playstation and beanbags to lunge on. I was just happy that the adults bedroom and bathroom was in sleek timbers, and the space was more than enough for five.

While it is part of a big chain, the building are low rise and you really only notice the green lush gardens at eye level. It feels like a tiny oasis away from the hustle of the streets.

They alternated outdoor movies and a night fair in the evenings, so the kids were entertained while we enjoyed a sunset drink.

There is a little 'village' on the beach offering massages and knickknacks and a little local restaurant less than a minutes walk.

We didn't use the Kids Club but it looked excellent, and there is also a Teen Zone. You can borrow DVDs free of charge, and there is a lounge with computers if you are unfortunate enough to need to do some work.

The beach is roughly 17 kms long and rarely anyone else on it. It was beautiful to watch the sunset into the water. There are also plenty of daybeds, hammocks and lounges strategically placed in the shade of the trees, but looking onto the sand and sea.

The pool has a large toddler pool and plenty of chairs to relax on. There are also lawn games and table tennis nearby.

The resort is only ten minutes or so from the airport, so perfect for early or late flights.

If you want to go to town, there is a shuttle which takes about an hour. There is also a shuttle to the big Festival shopping centre, for those that like to shop designer wares. We didn't do either of these but discovered we were only 15 mins away from the pier from where the boat to the Similan Islands day trip left, which made a very long day much shorter for us.

If you are travelling with kids and you don't want to be with the crowds, this resort is perfect. Relaxed, refined and the kids aren't complaining! But don't make the same mistake we did. Stay for longer or you'll regret it!
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Why? Great resort away from the crowds. Beautiful location and lots of activites for kids and adults alike
When: NOW!
Phone: 66 76 603 699
Where: 81 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83110 Thailand
Cost: Varies but great value
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