Family-friendly Resorts around Thailand

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“I’m sorry, Madam, but we do not allow children on the premises,” the Maître d’ informed me in a tone that said he wasn’t sorry at all.

My family of four was standing at the doors of a restaurant that shall remain nameless. We were tired. We were hungry. And we were on vacation, and okay, we hadn’t actually asked if children were welcome when we made the reservation, but come on. The Maître d’ continued to scowl as if to say how dare we contaminate his beautiful restaurant with our presence. Inside, couples in eveningwear continued to sip their martinis, oblivious.

So we did the only thing there was to do: we left.

As any parent knows, children are not always seen as a blessing everywhere, and planning vacations can get tricky. You want to find a place to stay where the staff know how to help keep kids entertained, and where parents are never made to feel like pariahs. Luckily, Thailand has plenty of family-friendly resorts dedicated to making sure your kids have the best vacation possible.

Hua Hin

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How many resorts feature a talking parrot at breakfast? At Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa (43/1 Phetkasem Beach Rd.; 66-32/520-520) the extremely vocal feathered friend is an integral part of the resort. During the morning, he whistles cheerfully at guests as they order their custom-made omelets; in the afternoon, he lazes by the lagoon-style pool. The whole resort, with its miniature animal sculptures and welcoming decorations, manages to entice children. And there’s very little risk of getting bored here. The resort leads classes in everything from fruit carving to Thai boxing to yoga.

Pattaya

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Pattaya may be known for its seedier side, but in recent years the beach destination has been trying to build its reputation as a family-friendly getaway from Bangkok. The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Pattaya (277 Moo 5, Banglamung; 66-38/301-234) is decorated using a “Lost World” theme that kids will love. There’s a Kids’ Club with organized activities, but with waterslides, an artificial river and a massive lagoon-style swimming pool, your little ones may have no trouble entertaining themselves.

Phuket

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At the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket (390 Srisoontorn Rd., Chergtalay, Talang Mai Khao; 66-76/362-999), children will definitely feel like VIPs. The Kids’ Club and playground offers a rotating series of classes and activities, so that there’s always something for the little ones to do. As a bonus, if your child has a birthday during their stay, they’ll receive a complimentary party with games and a cake.

Chiang Mai

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If you’re willing to splurge a bit, Dhara Dhevi (51/4 Sankampaeng Rd. Moo 1; 66-53/888-888) is a real treat for kids and parents alike. Let the hotel know your children’s names and ages in advance, and when you arrive, you’ll be greeted with gifts like welcome cookies or baby toiletries and bottles. The Lanna Kids’ Club provides on-site activities for four- to 12-year-olds; the restaurants have children’s menus; and babysitting services are available. There are even children’s yoga classes, and a special library with books, toys, games and movies.

Photos courtesy of:
Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Pattaya
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Dhara Dhevi

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