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Kids are crazy for Karon

Phuket, Thailand

What’s not to love about Karon Beach? Quieter than nearby Patong and its not so kid-friendly nightlife, its glorious three kilometre stretch of squeaky fine sand beach, great restaurant and shopping strip and choice of family resorts make it the ideal place for families in Phuket.

The Novotel Phuket Karon Beach takes family-friendly to the next level in our stylish family suite, which boasts a massive modern bathroom, family-sized shower, separate living area, and a massive private balcony from which to watch the world go by. There are also so many special activities and surprises for little travellers around the resort, we’re tempted not to leave it to further explore Phuket.

Eight-year old Raff enjoys a Thai cooking lesson with the resort’s Executive Chef as much as he does a butt-kicking Muay Thai Lesson. My five-year old daughter is happy to leave the cooking and the kicking to her big brother and is happier to dive head first into to all the craft activities and games at the resort’s free kids’ club. Raff, not normally keen on kids’ clubs, puts his hand up for this one too, but that is mostly due to its purpose built video game area compete with individual cushioned wall pods.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach

But for my kids the main attraction is the pool. Or should I say pools? There is one exclusively for the use of adults, another for kids and a third massive lagoon style pool for everyone. The kids hop feverishly between the latter two. The kids’ pool, located next to the kids’ club, has a water slide and splash fountain along with loads of supervised activities from Zorbing to swimming lessons.

It is also here that Batman and Spider-man enter the picture. While Batman is his usual cool and detached self, the wacky webslinger rows across the kids pool in an inflatable dinghy then leaps into the pool for underwater selfies with my bemused kids before slinking off to fight crime… or find a tumble dryer.

The enormous, though superhero free, lagoon style pool is also a hit with the kids, who enjoy exploring its nooks and crannies as much as they love the free house made popsicles that are handed out each afternoon in the kid-friendly shallow end. Their mum? Well she’s more excited by the happy hour two-for-one cocktails at the pool bar.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach

I manage to extract my water babies from the pool long enough to head for a morning of even more water fun at Splash Jungle Waterpark, about 45 minutes from the hotel. Here the boys take on the thrill slides while Miss 5 and I loll our way in a tube on the lazy river that runs around the whole complex before taking to the massive splash pad to paddle and play.

Back in Karon, we walk the five minutes to the Karon Temple Market where we munch on street food and stock up on cheap souvenirs for friends and family back home. But it is the colourful temple itself, Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, that really piques my son’s curiosity. From the two huge blue monsters that stand guard to the bright green serpents that wind their way around the wedding cake confection of a temple, he is entranced. Miss 5? She’s more interested in chasing the temple’s resident chickens.

 Splash Jungle Waterpark

As the temps drop in the late afternoon we cross the road to gorgeous Karon Beach where we watch parasailing daredevils do their thing, and the kids frolic happily in the sand, the sea breeze cooling us off from the intense heat of the day.

But as pretty as it is they cannot resist the lure of their beloved resort pools, so we head back to the hotel for another hour or two of underwater antics before dinner.

When she’s not treading on Lego and being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting six-year old foodie son and daredevil three-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World.

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