Previously we shared our review of Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, where we spent 3 nights during our one-week trip to Phuket. For the other 3 nights, we stayed at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club – which I will share more about in this post. And at the end of the post, I will do a comparison between Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach and Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club.
When you book your stay at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club on Marriott.com, there is only one apartment type to choose from – their 2 bedroom apartment.
Just like the 2 bedroom apartment at Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, the apartment can stay up to 6 people and comes with an fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, sofa area and laundry with washer, dryer and detergent provided.
Bottled water was provided in the apartment and replenished daily.
The master bedroom had a king bed and a HUGE connecting bathroom.
In the bathroom, you would find a large bath tub and a separate shower, a toilet and TWO sinks.
The other bedroom had two double beds.
And there was another toilet – which also had a bath tub.
With all toiletries provided and a washer + dryer with detergent in the apartment, you really don’t need to pack a lot of stuff. Just two sets of clothing and swimming costumes are all you really need. Okay, and your camera. And money. You don’t even need to bring stuff to entertain the kids because of all the activiites for kids available at the resort – which I would talk more about later.
Over at Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, we stayed in a ground-floor apartment which had a personal plunge pool. But here at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, they do not have apartments with personal plunge pools. (Awwww…) What we had instead was a balcony. And our balcony gave us a view of the beach and sea!
Just like an Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, we were most impressed by the little touches, like how housekeeping folded towel animals and stuck orchids around to decorate the apartment.
And yeap, they also folded the toilet roll and kitchen paper towel into fans here.
I also loved it that they included some Thai decoration in the apartment.
Around the Resort
Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club was huge. I don’t even know where to begin. Okay, maybe from the lobby. Once you arrive at the resort, you will be welcomed in a very spacious and elegantly decorated lobby and treated to welcome drinks and towels to freshen yourself up with.
Right next to the lobby, there was a gorgeous bar where you could lie down, relax and sip a cocktail.
At the centre of the resort, there was a reflection pool.
And just in front of the reflection pool was the main swimming pool – which divided into adult and children sections.
The adult pool was very deep (2.0m) and overlooked the Andaman Sea. It was very quiet and relaxing at the adult side.
The children’s pool was quite the opposite. It had a large slide, water spraying around, a wading section with bubbles coming out from the bottom, and laughing children having a lot of fun.
And if you need a snack, you could just hop over to the towel station to grab a banana.
Moving to the North wing of the resort, there was a large lily pond with a boardwalk to stroll around.
And on the South wing of the resort, there was ANOTHER swimming pool. Which gah… I forgot to take a photo of! At this swimming pool, you would find a bar-in-the-pool. So we could sit INSIDE the pool to enjoy a drink and have a snack. Pretty similar to the pool at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore which the boys loved. Don’t forget to take advantage of the happy hour here where drinks are 1-for-1!
Along the Beach
Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club ran parallel to Mai Khao Beach. You could easily access the beach from the resort. There was a beach walkway where you could stroll along to get between the various parts of the resort while enjoying the sea breeze.
On the beach, we found beach volleyball and soccer courts.
We also found chairs where we could lie down and relax while watching the crashing waves.
And some swings hanging down from sturdy trees.
You could even get a beach massage!
Since Mai Khao Beach faces West, it was a perfect place for watching sunsets.
Near the South wing of the resort, there was also a bar facing the sea – best for a sunset cocktail.
One of the best things about Mai Khao Beach compared to some other beaches in Phuket was that it was free from souvenir stalls and touts. This is because Mai Khao Beach is a protected beach where sea turtles come to lay their eggs during nesting season.
Kids Club & Activities for Kids
The Kids Club at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club was recently renovated. Children aged 4 and above could be dropped off at the Kids Club while the parents go and participate in other activities around the resort. Note that you need to stay within the resort even when you drop your children off. If you would like to leave the resort, you would need to engage a babysitter (fees required).
For children below 4, an adult needs to stay in the Kids Club with him / her and all times. If you need to drop off a child below 4 years old, you need to pay for a babysitter. I didn’t use the babysitter service, so I’m not sure how much it cost. My sister tried it during her stay here, she forgot the cost, but shared with me that the babysitter would watch the kids while they do the activities in the Kids Club, after which they would even bring the kids back to the room and bath them.
There was a water cooler and toilet within the Kids Club, so it was really convenient.
There were plenty of toys for young children to play with at the Kids Club. MY had a lot of fun at the pretend play section of the Kids Club.
For older children, they can play some video games or watch a DVD.
There were also children’s books available.
Just outside the Kids Club, there were air hockey table and table tennis table.
And for teenagers, there was a teen section with a pool table, computers and video game corners.
Unfortunately, the teens room here was strictly for teens only, so adults couldn’t go in to play with the pool table – unlike at Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach where hubby and I could occupy ourselves with a game of pool while the kids were at the Kids Club.
Within the Kids Club, there was also an activity section where kids could do participate in crafting activities (material fee required) or do some colouring / activity sheet (free).
Different crafting activities were held on different days and different times. You can find out what crafting activities were available for the day and their pricing from the front desk at the Kids Club.
There was also an activity room where classes like Children’s aerobic and Thai drumming were held.
At certain timings, the staff also conducts lessons to teach children stuff like Kendama and juggling, and even give out free popcorns.
Activities for the children were not restricted to the Kids Club. Every morning, there was also an activity station set up outside Marriott Cafe (the breakfast venue). The activity differed each day – ranging from face-painting to tattoos to nail painting to thai dessert making.
And activities like the Ninja Warrior Kids (a mini obstacle course) was held at the foyer where there was more space for children to run around.
The health club is where you would find the gymnasium. But it offered much more than just a gymnasium.
Within the Health Club, there were also whirlpools for guests to use.
While kids sign up for their activities at the Kids Club, adults can sign up for various fitness classes (and even cooking and crafting classes) at the Health Club.
If you do not wish to join classes, you could also rent a bicycle to cycle around on your own.
There were also books, board games and DVDs that you could rent from the Health Club and bring back to your room to enjoy. I was very impressed by their DVD selection – The movies were very recent!
Rainy Day Activities
There were stations for guests to learn cooking or do batik painting (material fee required).
We could also play mini golf and darts.
There was also movie screening.
And the most hilarious part imo were the stands for taking photos.
Mai Khao Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Center
Within the resort, you would also find the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Center. As I mentioned earlier, Mai Khao Beach is one of the (few) beaches in Phuket where sea turtles go to lay their eggs.
What the shelter does is that it rescues injured or sick sea turtles – for example one of the turtles they rescued was found caught in an abandoned fishing net. And they nurse the turtles back to health before releasing them back into the sea.
On top of visiting the shelter, where visitors can hear of the stories of the turtles currently being rehabilitated, the shelter also worked with the Kids Club to conduct a turtle warrior program to teach children about how pollution endangers the turtles.
At the shelter, you can donate to the center either by purchasing their merchandise or just making a cash donation. 100% of your donations will go to their turtle rescue project and hatchery program.
Sample Activity Schedule
Below are the activity schedules during the month we were there, just to give you an idea of the wide range of activities you can find at the resort.
Kids / Teens Activities
Adult / Family Activities
There were 6 restaurants within Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, serving a variety of cuisines from local to Japanese to Italian. During our stay, we visited 3 of these restaurants:
Buffet reakfast was served at the Marriott Cafe. And the breakfast was AMAZING. There was a HUGE spread of food and a number of live cooking stations serving noodles, eggs, waffles, crepes and pancakes.
And can I just say for the record that the egg station here was in a class of its own? Most hotels serving buffet breakfast have an egg station. But the omelettes here, particularly the cheese omelette, were like omg, so good!
And the eggs benedict! I had to order one every morning.
Over at the fruit section, you could also request for freshly squeezed juice. And while most of the fruits were cut and placed on the buffet counter where you could just help yourself, you need to order the mango from the staff at the fruits counter. Who would then cut the mango up beautifully for you! (Do note that the mangoes will run out – so go for breakfast early to get the mangoes.)
And to make the breakfast better than it already was, there was a staff who would go around with a basket of cupcakes / donuts for the kids. Yup, they only go to the kids. I guess if you’re a adult and you want them, you can be thick-skinned and ask him for one. But he won’t go to your table unless you have a kid.
Breakfast is usually not included with a booking at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club. It cost THB750++ per adult, and I thought it was really worth the money! The breakfast hours were also very long, from 6.30am to 12noon. So you could essentially have brunch here and do away with lunch.
If you’re looking for a restaurant for lunch, your options are kind of limited as most restaurants only open for dinner. Though if you had breakfast at Marriott Cafe, chances are you would be too full for lunch. No kidding.
Siam Deli was a casual restaurant for all-day dining. We had lunch here on the first day (because subsequently we didn’t need to have lunch after the super filling buffet breakfast). The food was pretty good and price wasn’t super exorbitant considering we were dining in a luxury resort.
They had kids menu available.
And when we were there, there was even a station serving Ice-cream Teppanyaki – which was quite an experience to watch the chef prepare!
And if you are just looking for a light snack any time during the day, you could pop in to grab a pastry from the deli.
Kabuki – Japanese Cuisine Theatre
We had one of our dinners at Kabuki when we had craving for Japanese food. The main menu was extremely expensive, so I wouldn’t really recommend dining here. On the bright side, they had a kids menu which was slightly more reasonably priced.
Just like at Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, you can have the option to call for room service and have food delivered right to your doorstep. You can also have a BBQ right in your apartment with their BBQ Butler service.
You can also call a local restaurant, Kin Dee Restaurant to do a delivery to the resort. You can see their menu on their website. Kin Dee would deliver the food to the gate nearest to your apartment and you would need to walk out to the gate to collect the food from them.
And of course, with a fully-equipped kitchenette, you could always prepare your own meals.
Buggy within the resort
As I mentioned at the start of the post, Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club was HUGE. We were there during monsoon season, and getting from our apartment to the facilities like Health Club or Kids Club would have required us to walk in the rain. Thankfully, they had a buggy service – so we could call for a buggy to pick us up from our block and drop us off at the lobby.
If you are at the lobby and wanting to get back to your apartment in the rain, just go to the lobby and tell one of the staff that you would like to have a buggy bring you back to your apartment. They would help you find one.
Shuttle Bus to Turtle Village
If you would like to go to the small shopping mall, Turtle Village, for some shopping or dining, you can catch a free shuttle there.
The shuttle bus did NOT leave from the main lobby. We had to go down a flight of stairs to an inconspicuous waiting point for the shuttle bus. I suggest you check with the staff where the waiting point for the shuttle bus is, and don’t blindly wait at the main lobby and wonder why there is no shuttle bus. Below was the schedule for the shuttle bus when we were there, just to give you an idea of the frequency and operating hours:
Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club was an insanely family-friendly resort in Phuket, Thailand. There were soooo many activities, we barely scrapped the surface of what they had to offer in our 3 nights stay there. The boys absolutely LOVED the Kids Club. Only drawback was that MY was not yet 4 years old when we visited, so we could not drop him off and hence I did not get to participate in the activities for adults.
The apartment could stay up to 6 guests and the rate fluctuates according to season. The price for the apartment is the same, whether you have 1 person or 6 person staying. So it is great value-for-money for large families or groups of 6. When I searched a random date in November / early December 2016, the apartment cost about USD266 per night after taxes. Nearer to Christmas, the rate goes up to about USD585 per night after taxes. If you can get an off-peak price, I really think it is SUPER worth the money, considering how much the resort has to offer in terms of apartment size and comfort, facilities and activities.
Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club vs Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach
Between the two resorts we stayed, they each had their own pros and cons.
Things I liked about Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club:
- Huge size of resort and range of facilities
- Newly renovated Kids Club
- Taller slide at kids pool
- Near to the beach
Things I disliked about Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club:
- Waiting time for breakfast at Marriott Cafe
- Kids Club gets very crowded when it rains
- Had to wait for shuttle to get to and fro Turtle Village
Things I liked about Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach:
- Ground floor units with personal plunge pool
- Kids splash play area
- Right beside Turtle Village
- Smaller resort meant we got to know the staff around the resort quite well during our stay and the service felt more personal
Things I disliked about Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach:
- Slide at kids pool a bit too small for my children
- Kids Club was old (though they are in the process of building a new Kids Club)
- On the whole, the public areas don’t look as luxurious as Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club
- Further from the beach
So in my opinion, if you like huge resorts with plenty of facilities and don’t mind the crowd (like having to wait for a table during breakfast hours or a very crowded Kids Club), Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club is for you. If you prefer a smaller and more cozy resort, then Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach is for you. Also, if your children are very young, the kids pool at Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach would be more suitable for them imo.
Information on Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club:
Address: 230, 232 Moo 3, Maikhao, Talang Phuket Island, 83110 Thailand
Tel: +66-76-338 000
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