Saturday, December 16, 2017

Family Holidays


A family affair in Phuket
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When thinking of Phuket, Patong comes to mind – however, for a family holiday – this writer can recommend looking a little further north of the island to Bangtao Bay and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.

Part of an integrated resort in the Laguna Phuket Resort Community, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is away from the hustle and bustle of some of the other areas of Phuket that aren’t ideal for a family holiday, offers a wide range of activities for all of the family.

With 12 room types available, from 43 sq m deluxe rooms and premium rooms, 54 sq m club rooms or one of the three one bedroom suites (up to 104 sq m) offering three view options (lagoon, seaview or seafront), to the 120 sq m two-bedroom villa (ideal for the Middle East market).

All rooms are equipped with all the modern conveniences including a shower and a bath.  The club rooms, suites and villa come with free access to Voyager 47, the club lounge where a full breakfast, soft drinks, snacks and afternoon tea are offered free of charge and a happy hour in the evening to watch the sun go down over the lagoon. The resort offers free wi-fi throughout.

For those who won’t let a holiday stop them from their normal fitness routine, the resort offers daily sport activity from a run or bike ride around the Laguna Resort with one of the resort recreational staff to boot camp, yoga to volley ball on the beach or a game of tennis,  to name a few (I can recommend personally the run and bike ride – it was a lovely way to start the day with beautiful, lush green scenery to take your mind off what you are really doing!) There is also a fully equipped gym – small, but has state of the art equipment for any fitness enthusiast. Water sports activities are also available.

In addition to sports, other activities include learning the art of Thai cooking with the head chef and traditional batik painting (and you get to keep your creation.) Again, I can recommend both of these activities. For your guest who enjoys diving into the local culture, Phuket offers public beaches with loads of action, from night markets to the Big Budha (another must!). The hotel can assist in organising and recommending options for couples or families and there is an independent tour operator at the resort that can also assist.  

For the little ones, there is the Koh Kids Club with supervised sessions organised in the morning and afternoon. Indoor arts and crafts (also including batik and painting). Outdoor games at the pool, yoga, Thai dancing and Kids Night Out round out a full day of fun. Babysitting is available from 8am to 6pm leaving mum and dad time to do some of the sporting activities mentioned, or just chill by the pool! Charges apply for some activities and services.

It is a good thing that there is so much sport activity as the food and beverage offering at the resort is plentiful with various themed events for any and all tastes. From a seafood barbeque on the beach, to a Sunday brunch at the Mediterranean restaurant to the all-day dining and the club lounge – you won’t get tired of choice. Also, as part of an intergraded resort, guests can visit the other resorts via shuttle bus or river taxi where they are able to sign to their room at Outrigger. Clients can inform the resort of any special food requirements or allergies, and they will ensure their needs are met.

Outrigger does not have a spa at the resort, but as part of an integrated resort, guests can visit one of the spas that are part of the Laguna Phuket Resort and sign to their room. Banyan Tree is one of the spas I visited and it had 25 treatment rooms, most of them couple rooms.  Tell the therapist how you would like to feel or if you have any specific problems, and they will recommend the right treatment for you. I wanted to relax, and my treatment worked a treat. 

With Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad all flying to Phuket within six hours, I would recommend this for your clients looking for either a quick long weekend or a family break.  



Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort


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