Movenpick Resort on Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand with a Toddler
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On our recent trip to Phuket we stayed at the Movenpick Resort on Karon beach. We selected this hotel because it had amazing reviews for travelers with kids on several travel websites including Trip Advisor. They had great family pools, an all day family style restaurant (important when your SCS likes to nap in the middle of lunch time), a kid's play zone (options for dropping off and picking up), offered cribs, and was right on the beach.
The Movenpick is located on a beautiful stretch of Karon beach on the south west coast of Phuket. The resort itself is right on the beach.
The beach outside the hotel has rows of beach chairs and umbrellas (available at an extra charge). Behind the chairs is a hut selling sand toys for the kids, water, drinks, and snacks.
When dining at their Sand bar you can watch the sunset right on the beach with sand between your toes. Or if you have a sippy cup sojourner, build sand castles while you dine and enjoy the view.
Right outside the hotel on the inland side there is a 7/11, an ATM a money exchange, and a long road of shopping and dinning opportunities.
The lobby and reception area were really large and had plenty of areas to relax. That became useful when we spent time waiting on tour guides to come pick us up. Live relaxing music was also frequently played in the lobby. Sam loved watching the artists play.
|Koi Pond in the Lobby. What toddler wouldn't love this!|
We ended up getting in past midnight and were forced to book an additional night since our room would not be ready until 3pm. The only room available at the time was the Penthouse Plunge Pool Villa. ($$$) We were checked in promptly and had all of our bags carried over and brought into our villa. Here are the photos of our Penthouse Plunge Pool Villa. The rooms are part of the lobby/main hotel while the villas are free standing units on the hotel grounds.
Rooftop PoolOnce our day in the Penthouse was over we were checked into our pre-booked room, the Garden View Room.
It had a wonderful open balcony where Sam enjoyed playing and taking in some fresh air. The balcony had safe rails and a rock pit after the rails making it extremely child friendly. The balcony also had plenty of seating so mom and dad could join Sam and watch the fireworks at night.
The hotel has a turn down service at night that I really enjoyed. They came in the evening to freshen up the room and turn our beds down for slepping, fresh flowers on the pillow cases included.
Breakfast has a wide selection of food choices in the buffet. The spread included everything from fresh waffles, an omelet bar, bacon, and even kimchi. Breakfast was included in our room price which is always a nice bonus when traveling with little ones. When we stayed at the Penthouse we ate breakfast at the El Gaucho Restaurant location. When we stayed in the Garden View room we ate breakfast at the Pacifica next to the main pool. Both locations were offering exactly the same spread for breakfast, just a nicer view of the ocean at the El Gaucho location.
Lunch and dinner at the Pacifica was delicious! Honestly, we would wait to eat until we got back to the hotel on some days just to eat there. Added perk, they can deliver it straight to your room as room service! That was a wonderful perk when Sam decided to take an extra long nap and we got hungry or we wanted to wrangle her into the bath, and get her ready for bed while eating dinner.
We also tried out the El Gaucho Brazilian restaurant for dinner one night. It was a disappointment to say the least. The all-you-can-eat meats only came out one skewer every 15 min. In toddler eating time, that allowed us to have three servings and then we had to take off. The meats were good but the rice and beans were all wrong for Brazilian flavor. They did offer a kids menu and Sam enjoyed her mac and cheese with bacon.
All of the restaurants on site had high chairs available.
There was a spa, a manicure/pedicure place, a diving school, a tennis court, a kids area.... just to name a few. Unfortunately since we spent the majority of our time sightseeing we didn't get to use much of the hotel amenities. Something to take into consideration when booking a hotel next time around.
The resort grounds are huge. In hindsight it would have been nice to have a little umbrella stroller just to push Sam around the hotel grounds. (Perhaps they can offer rental strollers in the future!?) It took us a good 5 minutes to walk from our rooms to the beach.
There were also several pools on the grounds. Some were reserved for certain guests, based on room or villa.
Hotel Features and Services
The hotel does not have potable water. From what I understand this is a Phuket wide issue. The hotel does offer complimentary bottled water in each room. 3 bottles per room, per day.
At the lobby of the hotel there is a gift shop selling reasonably priced Thailand souvenirs. There is also a convenient store selling, water, milk, juices, sunscreen, snacks, baby powder, ect.
Overall the hotel itself was enjoyable and had plenty to offer. In hindsight I would have called/e-mailed ahead and made sure we were all on the same page in regards to flight times/room scheduling.