Where to stay in Phuket for families with kids: 6 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about safe areas in Phuket for first-timers (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Phuket for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Phuket for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Phuket and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels for various budgets.

Phuket is a popular tourist destination located in the southern part of Thailand. It is the largest island in Thailand and is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. 

Phuket is renowned for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a wide range of recreational activities. The island boasts numerous beautiful beaches, including Patong, Karon, Kata, and Kamala. Patong Beach is particularly famous for its lively atmosphere and entertainment options.

In addition to its natural beauty, Phuket has cultural attractions such as the Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, and the Old Phuket Town. These places showcase the island’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Phuket serves as a gateway to other nearby islands, making it a popular starting point for island-hopping adventures. Phi Phi Islands, James Bond Island, and Similan Islands are among the popular choices.

The island celebrates various festivals throughout the year, including Songkran (Thai New Year) and Loy Krathong. These events often feature parades, traditional ceremonies, and cultural performances.

Phuket has a tropical climate with a monsoon season from May to October. The high season, with drier and cooler weather, is typically from November to April.

Is Phuket a good place to visit with family?

Yes, absolutely. Phuket is a great destination for a family vacation, as it offers a variety of attractions and activities suitable for different age groups.

Your family can enjoy swimming in beautiful beaches, take part in a range of activities such as snorkeling, boat trips, elephant sanctuaries, and visit cultural attractions like the Big Buddha and Old Phuket Town.

Where to stay in Phuket for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Phuket for families with kids are Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kamala Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Patong Beach, and Phuket Town. These areas offer plenty of kid-friendly accommodations for all budgets and preferences. 

In general, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kamala Beach, and Bang Tao Beach are great locations for families seeking a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere while still having easy access to Patong Beach.

Patong Beach is a great location for families who want a more vibrant scene with nightlife and entertainment. Phuket Town is best suited for families who are interested in exploring cultural and historical attractions, local markets, unique architecture, and don’t mind away from the beaches.

During my trip to Phuket, I stayed at the Hotel Clover Patong Phuket. It was a great hotel in central Patong, 5 mins walk to the beach, close to the center with many shops and restaurants. It is also a family-friendly hotel featuring comfortable family rooms, 2 swimming pools, and very good breakfast.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Phuket for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Phuket for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Phuket for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Phuket, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Phuket have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

6 Best areas to stay in Phuket with family:

1. Karon Beach

Karon Beach is an excellent choice for families seeking a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. It is one of the popular beaches located on the west coast of Phuket, between the popular Patong Beach and Kata Beach.

Staying at Karon Beach offers a quieter environment with access to amenities and activities but without the hustle and bustle of Patong. Patong Beach is only a short taxi/ tuk tuk ride away.

Karon Beach offers various water activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The southern end of Karon Beach is especially good for swimming due to its calmer waters.

Wat Suwan Khiri Khet is a Buddhist temple located near Karon Beach. It’s a peaceful place where families can explore Thai architecture and culture. Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant, The Big Buddha, and Kata Beach Viewpoint are also nearby.

Best places to stay in Phuket in Karon Beach with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Pullman Phuket Karon Beach Resort, 5-star family-friendly beachfront hotel located on Karon Beach, great place to relax with your family. The hotel has 5 swimming pools, paid airport shuttle services, free parking, comfortable family rooms, and good breakfast.

Mid-range ($$): Baan Sailom Hotel Phuket, great child-friendly hotel located in a quiet area along Karon Beach, easy distance from Karon Night Market and Wat Suwan Khiri Khet. You can find restaurants, food stalls, a family Mart and 7/11 shop nearby. Good base for families with older teenage children. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool,  tour desk, laundry server and a shuttle service.

Budget ($): Kata Tranquil Villa, 3-star good value for money kid-friendly accommodation in Karon, easy access to Kata and Karon beach, 5-10 min walk to beach, quite hilly though. The Two-Bedroom Villas are great options for families of 4 and 5. They have a spacious kitchen and lounge area. Short ride from Big Buddha Phuket and Kata Beach Viewpoint.


2. Kata Beach

Kata Beach is a popular  family-friendly destination on the southwest coast of Phuket and is known for its beautiful sandy shores and a more laid-back atmosphere. Kata Beach is located just south of Karon Beach, so your family will have easy access to the Karon and Patong Beaches.

The beach here has white sand and calm water, ideal for young kids. During monsoon season (from May to October), it is a popular spot for surfers. 

You’ll find a diverse range of dining options, from street food stalls to upscale restaurants serving both Thai and international cuisine. There are also a variety of shops and markets where you can buy souvenirs, clothing, and local handicrafts.

Just a short drive from Kata Beach, the Kata Viewpoint (also known as Karon Viewpoint or Three Beaches Hill) offers breathtaking panoramic views of Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon beaches.

Best places to stay in Phuket in Kata Beach with family:

Luxury ($$$): Metadee Concept Hotel, 5-star family-friendly hotel in Kata, 10 mins walk/ short tuk tuk ride to the beach. It is best to take tuk tuk if you have small children as  the road is not comfortable to walk on. The Three-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool is a great place for a family of 5 and 6. Families of 4 can choose Two-Bedroom Suite. 

Mid-range ($$): OZO Phuket, 4-star family-friendly hotel located on Kata Road, 6 mins walk from Kata Beach, and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and pharmacies. It has an outdoor swimming pool, free parking, 24-hour front desk, and airport transfer. Families of 4 can choose to stay in Family Two Bedroom or Family Bunk Beds rooms. 

Budget ($): Da Bungalows, 3-star good value for money beachfront accommodation, featuring family rooms and welcomes Children of all ages. Close to everything, convenient location for food, beach, entertainment, shopping, massages, and money exchange. Easy access to the Surf House Phuket, Coffee Club Kata Beach and SC Plaza Kata


3. Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is a suitable choice for families looking for a quieter beach experience while still having easy access to Patong Beach. Kamala is situated between the vibrant Patong Beach to the south and the more relaxed Surin Beach to the north. It is approximately 10 kilometers north of Patong.

The beach is known for its stunning scenery, with a crescent-shaped bay surrounded by lush hills. The white sand and clear blue waters make it an attractive and picturesque destination.

The nearby Phuket FantaSea cultural theme park is a major attraction in Kamala, offering evening shows and entertainment for families.

Best places to stay in Phuket in Kamala Beach with kids:

Luxury ($$$): InterContinental Phuket Resort, 5-star family-friendly hotel, in Kamala Beach, close to Laem Sing Beach and Surin Beach. Perfect for a family with children and young adults of all ages. It has an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, a kids’ club, Excellent Breakfast, and a tour desk. 

Mid-range ($$): Glam Habitat , 4-star child-friendly accommodation, located opposite the Police Station, within walking distance from the beach, short Grab SUV/TukTuk ride to Patong Beach, 40 mins from the airport. The Four-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool can accommodate up to 8 family members.

Budget ($): Layalina Hotel, great beachfront hotel located Right on Kamala Beach, away from the hustle of Patong Beach but close enough to visit. Short walk from restaurants and cafes.


4. Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao Beach is an excellent base for families who prefer a  laid-back beach experience and resort-style setting with access to golf courses and various recreational activities. 

Bang Tao Beach, situated on the northwest coast of Phuket, is one of the island’s longest beaches. It’s known for its expansive sandy shores, clear waters, and a more serene atmosphere

Bang Tao is part of the Laguna Phuket complex, a large resort and residential area. The complex includes golf courses, spas, shopping, and a variety of dining options.

Like many beaches in Phuket, the conditions at Bang Tao Beach can vary with the seasons. The high season, from November to April, generally brings dry and sunny weather, while the low season, from May to October, can see more rain.

Best places to stay in Bang Tao Beach for families with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, 5-star family-friendly beach resort situated along the Bang Tao Beach within the Laguna Phuket Resort Complex. It offers Free airport shuttle services, Excellent Breakfast, Free parking, and spacious family rooms for big families. The Two-Bedroom Villa can accommodate up to 6 family members. 

Mid-range ($$): Diamond Resort Phuket, 4-star child-friendly accommodation, good place for families with young children. 15 mins walk from Catch Beach Club and the hotel provides free daily shuttle service to Bangtao Beach, Boat Avenue Complex.

Budget ($): Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao, 3-star family-friendly hotel located in a peaceful location  10 mins walking from beaches, restaurants and markets. It has free bikes, free parking, an outdoor pool, and airport transportation.


5. Patong Beach

Patong Beach is a good choice for families who enjoy a lively atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and a wide range of entertainment and shopping options. Patong is centrally located, making it easy to access other parts of the island for day trips and excursions.

Patong is renowned for its energetic nightlife with numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. The area has a plethora of shops, markets, and malls, offering a wide variety of products, including clothing, souvenirs, and local crafts.

Best places to stay in Phuket in Patong Beach with family:

Luxury ($$$): Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, 5-star beachfront family-friendly resort located in a quiet area, short taxi/ tuk tuk ride to the center of Patong. It has a kids club, a private beach area, and free shuttle service to Patong Beach and Jungceylon Shopping Mall. They offer a wide selection of dishes during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mid-range ($$): Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort, 4-star child-friendly hotel, featuring a kid club, playground, an outdoor swimming pool, Wonderful buffet/continental breakfast. Easy access to Kalim Beach, Patong Boxing Stadium and Jungceylon Shopping Center.

Budget ($): The Villa Residences Resort, 3-star good value for money accommodation, featuring family rooms, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Close to Jungceylon Shopping Center, Patong Boxing Stadium and Simon Cabaret. Close to everything, a short walk from 7/11, family mart, restaurants, and shops.


6. Phuket Town

Phuket Town is a great choice for families who want to experience the cultural and historical aspects of the island. It’s suitable for travelers who don’t mind being a bit further from the beaches.

Phuket Town is known for its well-preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture, colorful buildings, and historic streets. Walking around the Old Town area provides a glimpse into the island’s history.

The town features vibrant local markets, such as the weekend market, where you can find local products, street food, and handmade crafts. Phuket Town is also known for its street art, adding to its creative and artistic atmosphere.

Phuket Town offers a diverse range of dining options, from local Thai street food to international cuisine. The town has become a hub for foodies, with numerous cafes and restaurants.

Best places to stay in Phuket Town with family:

Budget ($): The Tint At Phuket Town, 3-star family-friendly hotel located  in a safe area, 10 mins  walk from Phuket Old Town, easy access to shops and restaurants on Limelight Avenue. It has an outdoor pool, paid airport shuttle, 24-hour front desk, and free parking.

Budget ($): The Besavana Phuket, 3-star child-friendly hotel located on Krabi Road, in the Old Town, within walking distance from Thai Hua Museum and Chinpracha House. The swimming pool is small but nice. The rooms are comfortable and clean. 

Budget ($): Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel , 3-star kid-friendly hotel situated on Phuket road, within walking distance from Phuket Old Town, and from the bus station. Some rooms have a living room and a kitchenette. THe hotel can help arrange excursions to local attractions.


In conclusion, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kamala Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Patong Beach, and Phuket Town are the best places to stay in Phuket for families with kids. These areas offer plenty of things to do and see for children of all ages. They also offer a wide variety of accommodations for all budgets and needs.

You can continue reading this article: Safest areas to stay in Phuket for first time

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Phuket. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

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