The 3 Best Hotels for Families in Khao Lak
Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak
Massive, superbly-located and ideal for families. This immense resort straddles a quiet laneway in Khao Lak town with a plethora of tourist facilities nearby. Most accommodations and amenities are across the laneway from the sea, but everything is within 200m of a protected, sandy beach dominated by a lighthouse. Some of the spacious rooms have connecting doors, while those on the ground floor boast direct pool access. The detached villas secluded behind dense foliage feature gorgeous old-fashioned furniture, plentiful seating and polished floorboards, and can easily accommodate one child in an extra single bed. Better still are the Family Residences in a segregated area with a playground and children’s pool. They contain one bedroom, with bunk beds for two kids, or two bedrooms and two bathrooms in a split-level villa, with a separate lounge and kitchenette. Youngsters would also relish the Camp Safari Club, triple-curved water-slides, and room with video games and a snooker table. There are also squash and tennis courts, a library, and four enormous pools with spouts and whirlpools among the vast landscaped gardens.
The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani
Massive, luxurious and wonderful for families. Although the overall design is unremarkable, the suites and rooms do feature generous balconies, but most promised sea views are obstructed by shady beachside trees. Some Sea Suites contain two bedrooms, while the Family Rooms in a segregated Family Wing feature an adorable underwater theme, with sliding doors separating the two bedrooms. The lawns are immaculate, the beach is scenic, and the adults-only Peace Pool is lined with palms that reflect in the water for postcard-perfect photos. Numerous activities are also offered, including yoga and tennis, as well as lessons in Thai cooking, boxing and massage. And the amenities for families are impressive: the bright and airy Dolphin Kids’ Club for toddlers, the Joy Pool with (modest) water-slide, playground, and the games room with PCs, table tennis and a library. Other engaging activities include lessons in origami and Thai language, and movie nights. About 300m from the main road, it’s barely a five-minute stroll to the strip of shops and cafés in Khao Lak town.
X10 Khaolak Resort
Convenient, sumptuous and outstanding family option. One of few within walking distance of the shops and cafés in Khao Lak town, this boutique-style resort faces a shady, scenic beach, but the overall design is fairly ordinary. Rooms are in a separate Family Wing or Beach Wing (presumably children-free) and overlook the chain of pools, while those on the ground floor have direct pool access. Rooms feature a sizeable bathroom, plentiful storage space and a fridge, and many have connecting doors. For families with teenagers, the two-bedroom suite contains two TVs and bathrooms. For the pre-teens, the Kids’ Suite boasts a separate, brightly-coloured bedroom with twin bunks and an engaging play area. Other rooms designed for families are also available. Youngsters would relish the two children’s pools, water-slide, and giant toadstools that spout water. The Kids’ Club is welcoming and open-air, although a little sparse, and adjacent to a sandy playground. The family may also enjoy the games room, cooking lessons, and free fitness classes and evening entertainment. The five sparkling lagoon-style pools feature ‘islands’ of palms, and are surrounded by a raised sandy area offering idyllic views.