Have you got your 2019 vacays on your radar yet? Well, we certainly have, and we’re thinking Phuket! Yes, we’ve been there before, but what’s not to love about this tropical-yet-buzzy island? It’s perfect for a quick getaway as a couple and ideal as a sunny holiday with the kids in tow. With soooo much to see and do as well as luxe hotel picks, a vibrant party scene (sans kids for this one), delish food and huge sandy beaches, Phuket is the Thai destination we boomerang back to time-and-time again.
How to get there
We’re not sure there is an easier destination to get to than lovely Phuket. With a flight time of around two hours you can leave the office on a Friday and be by the beach for sundowners within a few hours. Its close proximity also proves a huge plus when it comes to a stress-free getaway with small people: there’s barely time for a single tantrum the journey is so quick! Flights depart daily, all through the day, from Changi and there’s an airline for every budget: woo hoo!
What to do
This is tricky to condense into a few picks: there are literally hundreds of fun things to do whether you’re travelling as a family, with friends or on a romantic weekend away. But to give you a snippet of the action happening, we’ve whittled down our faves AND we’ve got a video to show you exactly what you should have on your ‘Phuket to do’ list:
What's not to love about Phuket? It's always our go-to for quick sunny getaways with the family. With sooo much to see and do, swish hotel stays, delish food and huge sandy beaches, Phuket is the Thai destination we keep coming back to! We recently whisked away Liang May and her fam for a quick holiday at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa and here's what they got up to… #AlwaysExceptional #Hiltondestinations #DiscoverAsiaPacificWithHilton
Posted by HoneyKids Asia on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Got a wannabe paleontologist on your hands? Then you definitely need to swing over to Dino Park Mini Golf! You’ll find it in seaside town, Karon, and we’ve tried and tested it many times on your behalf (you’re welcome). A resounding thumbs up from kids of all ages (including the big ones!).
Parenting is kinda topsy-turvy at the best of times, so a trip to The Upside Down House of Phuket and its cool Garden Maze is a must. Don’t forget to visit the Chamber of Secrets to get a taste of escape room fun!
A golden beach with crystal seas and plenty of sandcastle action is always a guaranteed hit for families, and with so many beautiful beaches all around Phuket, you’re spoilt for choice. For activities by the bucketload, we’re big fans of Kamala Beach. Do as much or as little as you like on this wide, sandy stretch of beach perfection.
Send your Instagram into meltdown by taking a few hours away from the pool or beach and heading to the seriously beautiful Bang Pae Waterfall.
Where to stay
Our advice? Head over to Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa where you’ll find fam-friendly accommodation at its very best, nestled amongst 75 acres of tropical gardens on Karon Beach. With its five outdoor swimming pools (including one with a waterslide), awesome kids’ club with full programme of activities, outdoor playground, babysitting service and tennis courts, there’s not a nanosecond of time to be bored at this fun-packed resort.
There’s also plenty of great eating options available including the gorgeous Ocean Beach Club (ditch the kids for this one, we say!) with views and cocktails to die for. For more casual dining, there’s Caffe Cino for delicious pastries, sandwiches, coffee (important!) and salads. Come nighttime, we suggest Sails Restaurant for all-day a la carte picks and themed buffet dinners.
And if it’s Thai food that floats your holiday eating boat then Thai Thai Restaurant is where you should head for speciality cocktails, fresh local seafood and local flavours. So much yum.
Get a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) when you book a Family Room directly at phuketarcadia.hilton.com or call +66 76 396433! Simply mention “Liang May / Honeycombers” at the front desk when you check in for the room upgrade.
See you at the beach, folks!
This post is in partnership with Hilton