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The Ultimate Phuket Family Holiday? Find It Here…

It’s the playground ‘home away from home’, with luxury accommodation, natural wonders to explore, fabulous entertainment, an awesome Treehouse Kids Club, beach activities galore, pool side fun, and delicious eateries even fussy little eaters will be licking their lips over. This super stylish and contemporary resort is just what the School Holiday Doctor ordered and the best part, kids below 12 eat, stay, and play for free at Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Here’s 13 reasons to check the family in for a totally awesome holiday at Angsana Laguna Phuket resort …

#1 The Location is a hop-skip to Jungles, Markets, Monkey Beach, Phi Phi Islands, Treetop Adventures & more…

No parent wants to be lugging little ones around – Angsana Laguna Phuket resort is perfectly positioned on the pristine shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay in the island’s stunning north-west. It’s just a hop-skip-jump to jungle tours in the north, where you can watch clever little monkeys crack open coconuts, learn to make coconut cream and get up close and personal with the incredible elephants in the sanctuaries and speak with their dedicated carers.

For shopping enthusiasts, it’s only an hour’s drive to Phuket Town, the bustling main town where you can pick up bargains galore from the night markets and indulge in local street foods or fine dine at the restaurants, or you can visit the famous Phuket Weekend Market. Don’t stay out too late though, a family must-do is a visit to the world famous and incredibly unique Phi Phi Islands, where snorkelling the aquamarine waters, visiting James Bond Island and the floating Sea Gypsy Village at Phang Nga Bay or taking a guided sea kayak tour through the incredible stalactites and bat caves will create life-long memories.

For the Star Wars fans, Xtrem Adventure Park will have little ones feeling apart of the Ewok world, as they walk through a sky-high pathways built among treetops. All tours and local drivers can be booked through Angsana Laguna Phuket resort.

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The Phuket Night Markets: Locals stallholders rockin’ the tastebuds.

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The Phuket Night Markets: Contemporary flair mixed with traditional cuisine.

#2 You’ll never want to leave Angsana Laguna Phuket

It may be hard to drag yourself and the kiddies away from Angsana Laguna Phuket resort – it’s a part of Asia’s first integrated resort, Laguna Phuket, which has a whopping 600 acres of parkland, beach and activities, with a range of resorts and accommodation options to keep you and the family entertained indefinitely.

#3 There’s bike paths with tranquil landscapes galore

The ultimate family bonding experience, jumping on bike for an expedition is a guaranteed wheelie good time. Explore the resort, take a spin along the beach, pop into the super stylish XANA Beach Club for a refreshment and meal, then explore the lagoon trek.

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Babes, you’re in the back. Hold on tight!

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Park up at XANA for a thirst quencher and a dip. Lightning McQueen’s fave pit stop.

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Just a few bike paths to explore! Aerial view of Angsana Laguna Resort.

#4 You can go barefoot and fancy free on the silky white sands of the pristine beach

Sure, there are loads of water sports activities the kid’s will absolutely love, from sailing adventures and kayaking to wave jumping and snorkelling through shallow waves, but sometimes the best family bonding moments are spent relaxing and enjoying nature’s finest. Let your littlie’s toes sink in super soft sand of Bang Tao Beach and the warm waters of the Andaman Sea, enjoy the sounds of lapping waves and perch yourself on a beach cabana to watch the glorious sunset over Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay. The sky lights up in the most spectacular colours, from sky blue to purple, with bright reds, burnt oranges and glistening yellows. Who needs a TV?!

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Pull up a sun-lounger and watch the sky transform with every colour of the rainbow.

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Sail around the lagoon or catch a ride on the ferry.

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Let days drift by like sands through the hourglass…

#5 The fire twirling is mesmerising

Angsana Laguna Phuket resort offers visitors loads of entertainment options from resident DJs to singers and bands and cultural shows, but a must-see for old souls and wide-eyed retinas is the mesmerising fire twirling performance, complete with gob-smacking action moves and fireworks. This captivating and unique performance by an incredibly talented and brave local on the beachfront at XANA Beach Club is truly spectacular. Phuket Fantasea is also just a 20 minute drive from the resort, where you can enjoy more local talents by the 200-plus trapeze artists and performers swinging dangerously as well as clever elephant’s performing tricks.

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The pool at Xana Beach Club is as pretty as a picture.

#6 Splishing and splashing is awesome!

Children will be totally enthralled exploring the 323 metre meandering free-form pool, which weaves its way around the Angsana Laguna Phuket resort. Swim under bridges, past poolside eateries and bars, via the toddler’s tub, activity zone and jet pools, across the lush green gardens and then take a dip in the pool.

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A playground for water babies.

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For a total luxe family experience, hire out the four bedroom pool residence.

#7 You can totally chill out on the complimentary cruise and sparkling lagoons

Angsana Laguna Phuket’s resort is so vast that it’s definitely worth cruising the lagoons and exploring the grounds via the free resort cruise. Absorb the vast beauty of the resort and landscapes, take a sneak peak at the range of accommodation and villas in secluded corners of the property, and just relax and enjoy the tranquillity and sites and pretty-as-a-picture lagoon. The kids will love it. Take a selfie stick – there’s backdrops galore!

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“I’m in the front!” Catch a ferry ride around the lagoon for a bit of neighbourhood watch.

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The sister property which ajoins the lagoon in Banyan Tree, hidden away for privacy.

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When all else fails, hit the beach! Take a paddle board out to play, or just laze about beachside.

#8 The kids will love meeting the resident baby elephant!

Angsana Laguna Phuket take their social responsibilities very seriously, and have saved a local orphaned but super cheerful baby elephant, Namchock. The star attraction resides at the Laguna Phuket’s elephant park and sanctuary, a ten minute walk from the resort, and the friendly little local visits the resort twice daily. Children are able to pat Namchock, feed him his favourite snack, bananas, whilst learning all about Thailand’s most famous inhabitants, their conservation and the dedicated carers. You can also visit Laguna Phuket’s elephant park and enjoy a 25-minute trekking safari and ride an elephant.

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Monkey see, monkey do! This family of monkeys have made a home and playground in the cave crevices along the road, or bay, to the neighbouring majestic Phi Phi Islands.

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“Yep, the elephant does like peanuts!”

#9 You can experience a cultural awakening

Even within the safety and security of the resort, cultural traditions are at every turn. Watch the longboats sail by on the beach as traditional fisherman secure their daily catch, learn about important national celebrations (see the Treehouse Kids Club below), the elephant plight and more. You may even catch a glimpse of a local turtle! Or to truly immerse yourself, visit the Big Buddah, an impressive white Burmese marble-layered statue that stands at 45 meters and is the island’s symbol of hope.

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Mum! Look who I found!

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Watch the local fisherman from the shoreline and be swept away…

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The floating village, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket. 

# 10 It’s tantalising treat for little tastebuds

Even fussy little eaters will delight in the local cuisine, with seven dining options to choose from. For sweet tooths, savour the coconut ice-cream, mango and sticky rice with sweet coconut milk and banana fritters. Fruit lovers will salivate over the endless array of fresh fruits, from the local durian fruit to melons, sweet lady finger bananas, pineapple, guava and lychee. Just add a straw for fresh juices! At Baan Talay, the focus is on traditional Thai dining with juicy local seafood served in a stunning restaurant, the epitome of traditional Thai architecture, and overlooking the lagoon. The fish cakes are out of this world, and for mini seafood aficionados, they’ll be full to the brim on one giant BBQ prawn, squid, and other local fresh catches.

Of course for those developed palettes, traditional Thai cuisine bursting with lemongrass, bay leaves, galangal, chilli, coriander and other popular spices don’t get better than in Thailand and options are available at every eatery. TIP: The accommodating chefs are more than happy to oblige with tamer versions for sensitive palettes. Bonus: Kids get to eat for free while Mum and Dad recharge with a refreshing massage treatment.

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Fresh fish supper? What a catch!

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Fried prawns in basket noodles. Oh yes please…

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Delicious meals in a delish kids cafe, at the Tree House Kids Club.

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Breakfast overlooking the lagoon and Bodega restaurant.

#10 The kids will have a ball at the Tree House Kids Club

With an awesome playground, experienced staff, art lessons, computer games, cultural craft projects where children can make traditional lanterns and learn about key national celebrations, the Tree House Kids Club, inspired by a treehouse design with its multiple levels, jungle gym, activity zone, kid’s spas and it’s very own Tree House Café, is a must for any child to experience. Bonus: Mum and Dad get some alone time to enjoy the incredible spa, or romance!

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Storytime at the kids’ club.

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“You can go for a spa, mum and dad. I’m hanging out at the kids club.”

#11 The whole family can unwind and stretch, at Family Yoga

After all the action packed excitement exploring the lagoons, beach, Tree House Kids Club and region’s tours, even children need some Zen time. Sign them up for family yoga, offered twice weekly, where the children will be guided by an experienced instructor through gentle exercises where they can learn the art of Downward Dog and Cobra with a stunning lagoon and greenery backdrop.

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Be a warrior with a relaxation cause!

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Be a warrior for a relaxation cause!

#12 Kids can enjoy a spa session too!

You can’t go to Thailand without experiencing a famous Thai massage or spa, so while you’re relaxing and indulging in local tradition, let the kids indulge too. Vanilla milkbath, anyone?

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Be a warrior with a relaxation cause!

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#13 The accommodation is out of this world

There’s a range of family friendly accommodation options available for every budget, from luxurious lofts, a ‘la the Angsana Two-Bedroom Loft, overlooking the glorious lagoon with a massive 139 square meters across three levels,  to the two level two-bedroom suits, including the Laguna Angsana Suite, with garden or lagoon views, and private pool residences, with many more options in-between.

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The Angsana Suite has all the mod cons a family requires.

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Chill out poolside with the family.

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Your family will never want to leave the two bedroom loft.

Book It: Check out the Live for Family Fun package, tailored for Families, the package includes great bonuses…
• Kids below 12 dine for free (1 child below 12 per paying adult)
• Choice of three resort activities (Bike Tour, Kayak Tour, Thai Boxing) for two, one time per stay
• 60 min Spa treatment for two, one time per stay

How to get there: Thai Airways offer flights to Phuket via Bangkok from most capital cities and Jetstar offer direct flights.

This article was first published on FRANKIxo.com

Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

In 2003 Franki immersed herself in all things teen as Deputy Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of teen Bible DOLLY magazine. Following this, Franki was made Editor of COSMOPOLITAN Hair & Beauty, COSMOPOLITAN Pregnancy and COSMOPOLITAN Bride magazine, where she held the helm (and tiara) for more than 10 years. Franki was also the launch editor of COSMOPOLITAN Health magazine, and is an accomplished Homes Editor and Travel Editor, covering honeymoon destinations, family travel, luxe abodes and health retreats. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.

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