For a family of five 'Chasing Summer' nothing excites more euphoria than a week in the warm tropical climate of Thailand.
After seven whirlwind weeks in the hot European Summer, we were ready for some rest and relaxation, some 300THB massages, some tropical drinks by the pool, and the kids were so excited for Kids Club!
As much as we wanted to jump on long-tail boats and explore the amazing waters and islands of Thailand, we also really wanted to just slow down again and take a breather from all the busy touristy days that consumed us in Europe. We figure when the kids are a little older and our recently crawling 9 month old baby is more suited to boat rides we will go again! So instead we chose to recharge for a week at Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, Phuket.
Here is why we pick Movenpick........
1. FAMILY PLUNGE POOL ROOM
We have never had our own pool (and probably never will!) Having our own private plunge pool in our room was awesome! It was private, it was fun, and it was helpful. The kids could swim while baby Summer napped in our room.
2. WATER SLIDE
Who doesn't love a water slide?! With a lifeguard always watching over, there were no age or height restrictions, and no wristbands required, just hours of fun for all!
3. STROLLER HIRE
For those that like to travel with less - and let's face it, when traveling with kids, less is more! For a stroll down to the nearby shops and restaurants, just pop to the lobby and they will happily loan you a stroller.
4. KARON BEACH SQUARE AND FREE CHILDREN'S MEALS
Karon Beach square is located at the front of the property across the road from the beach, and has a variety of restaurants and bars. One afternoon during happy hour Jono & I chilled on the daybeds at MINT sipping a tropical cocktail, while the kids played happily at kids club! They offer free children's meals (Including dessert!) with every adult main meal. The friendly staff will also drive you there in a golf buggy from the lobby. Although it is only a lovely 5 minute stroll through the pristine resort gardens.
5. KID-SIZED BUFFET STATION
With five of us, getting set up to eat at a buffet, often takes ages, as one of us parents usually goes and fills up the kids plates first, but here there is a cute kid-sized buffet station, where the kids could easily reach and select their own food, and carry it back to the table without the worry of smashing plates all over the restaurant, as they have cartoon character plastic plates, cups and cutlery.....simple but genius!
6. CHOCOLATE HOUR
Yes that is right, chocolate hour! Not only does the resort have your standard happy hour, they also have chocolate hour! Being Movenpick Resort, each afternoon right around the time you need sugar hit, pick me up, they have an array of delectable chocolate treats on offer, for FREE!
Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, offers three pools, however we spent all of our time at the main pool. It had everything we needed, and more. The watersilde, a swim up bar, kids areas, with fun bubbling fountains. Pool side food and beverage service, and here's the 'more'..... a call bell button at your sun loungers to ring for service!
Although we spent hours in the amazing large pool, we loved that for a change we could walk directly across the road right on to the famous golden sands of Karon beach.
9. PROXIMITY TO SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, MARKETS AND ATTRACTIONS
The resort is located on the main beachfront road along Karon Beach. Within easy walking distance there are a string of shops and restaurants with everything that you need and expect in Thailand. Massages, suits, markets full of designer knock-offs, street food, restaurants with sharks, octopus and all sorts of other weird and wonderful food on display! Of course many a tuk-tuk and tour operator just waiting for you also. We took a tuk tuk up to the Big Buddha, who you can see perched on the top of a hill from the resort lobby.
10. LITTLE BIRDS KIDS CLUB
Our kids (and okay us too), were so looking forward to Kids Club, and it did not disappoint. So much so that when we went to pick the kids up they often wanted to stay longer! The kids have tried out a few Kids Clubs around the world, and this would definitely rank as number one on theirs and our list. With engaging carers, they always came back with fun stories to tell, braids in Lola's hair and pieces of art. Little birds kids club also run fun daily activities, and Bodie and Lola became Little Chefs one afternoon and made delicious healthy caterpillar sandwiches! For over 4's Little Birds club is free, for under 4's you can hire a babysitter to attend with them. Alternatively there is a large room next door, with a whole lot of toys, balls, books and games, where parents and little one's can hang out together and play. Amazing for rainy days!
Disclaimer: We were guests of the Movenpick Resort & Spa at Karon Beach, and offered Media Discounted Rates, however all opinions are my own.
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