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REVIEW: Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa for Families

We had the opportunity to tour Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa in late February 2019 so we could report back on our experience and let you know about the latest offers and how awesome this hotel is for families!

If you are looking for a perfect overseas getaway for you and your kids, the Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Thailand should be added to your list of favourites.

They combine family friendly with luxury at really affordable prices. You should read our review then check out their latest deals and offers by clicking here.

Where is the Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa?

Located only 10 minutes drive from Patong and right across Karon Beach, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the ideal choice for your perfect family holiday.

Address: 568 Patak Rd, Karon Muang , 83100 Phuket, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 358 666

How to get to the Novotel Phuket Karon?

In ‘normal’ traffic, it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes from the Phuket International airport to get to the hotel. If you are landing in peak hour around Patong, it may take a little longer. The taxi (or a Grab) will cost around 1, 150 Thai Bart (~ $50 Australian dollars).

Families Tip: Download the Grab app before you leave home and use the airport wifi to book one when you arrive.

Why is this the best family hotel in Phuket?

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect resort for a fun-filled and yet still relaxing holiday in Phuket. It really is something special and perfect for families of all types, boasting of 7 room types. You’re bound to find something suitable for your family make-up.

What’s so great about this resort is that it is perfect for tired parents who need a break and want a holiday…. with their kids!! They have 3 pools (with little buzzers to call for drinks! #love) so you can chill out there while the kids enjoy Kids World or you can pamper yourself at In Balance Spa or keep in shape at the fitness centre.

I loved that they have 5 dining options serving Asian and international dishes, so there is guaranteed to be something to tempt even the fussiest of eaters at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa.

What type of family rooms do they have?

So glad you asked!

As I noted above there are 7 different types of rooms to choose from at the resort. We were given the HUGE Plunge Pool Suite for the day. It was divine!

It has 60 sqm of natural living comfort, with a master bedroom and adjoining a spacious living area with a convertible sofa bed. The plunge pool suites are ideal for families or groups.

The Plunge Pool Suites at this resort come with a large bathtub and complimentary wifi access.

However, what we loved most about these rooms was the awesome plunge pool right outside your bedroom door! It felt very decadent and lovely to have this private pool!

It also had a private outdoor dining area. It suits up to 2 adults and 2 children (below 16 years old).

They also have these family fun hotel rooms…. see the photo below and check out the details here.

Kids Club

We had to go and check out the kid’s club during our visit. After all, if we were going to tell you it was awesome, we needed to see it first hand for ourselves! We weren’t disappointed!

As well as the dedicated space with a secure entry and exit system, the kids club here has activities on in other places throughout the hotel. My son participated in the darts games to pop balloons to win an ice-cream. At first he was reluctant to join in, but the staff were so kind and gently encouraged him and eventually he did. He said he really enjoyed the games!

They also organised pool games and there was no holding my son back to take his turn in the zorb ball… check him out!

Restaurants at the hotel

Ocean_s Restaurant Novotel karon

You will be spoiled for choice at the 3 restaurants and 2 bars that are available here. They offer a vast array of international dishes and local flavours. Discover the authentic Italian cuisine in Phuket at Ocean’s Italian Seafood Restaurant, or sit down at Joe Kool’s and enjoy western’s favourites.

In the afternoon, join them at Pool Bar or Champions bar for Happy Hours (hello discounted cocktails!) and chilling with the Live Music in the evening. Their chefs also design special menus for children. I think they have thought of everything!

Ocean’s Italian Restaurant

I must make special mention of Ocean’s Italian Restaurant, which was truly a beautiful experience. We had dinner here on our visit and the food was exceptional. We dined outside… they say a picture tells a thousand words, so here is the ‘ambiance’ of our dinner:

The food was amazing… genuinely amazing. Mozzarella, gnocchi and scallops….

Whilst there is an additional charge to dine at this restaurant, I think if you do, you will agree with me that it is worth every penny. You can see the menu here.

Families Tip: Sign the kids into kids club and book yourselves into Ocean’s Italian Restaurant for lunch or dinner. You won’t regret it!

In Balance Spa

As if all that wasn’t enough to entice families, they have a spa on site too! We each (including my son) had a 60 minute massage… which was nothing short of heaven!

They offer family spa packages as well as kid spa packages… as well as ‘Mummy & Me’ packages. It’s such a sweet thing to do with your kids. I recommend it!

In conclusion

This is easily one of the best family friendly hotels in Phuket. The pools and the rooms as well as the reasonable prices make it a good choice for families.

Karon Beach was stunning when we were there – we really enjoyed visiting the hotel and local area. When doing your research on the best family friendly hotels in Phuket, do consider this resort!

If you stay, let us know your thoughts too! (Now scroll back up to check out their latest offers!)

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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