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Review of Marriott's Mai Khao Beach - Phuket

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Marriott's Mai Khao Beach - Phuket
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Mai Khao
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“Perfect Family Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Our family of 5 (children 5, 7 and 9) enjoyed our second holiday in Phuket in October 2012 at the Mai Khao Beach Resort, bringing along grandma and grandpa. Our accommodations were a great holiday apartment with more than enough room for the 7 seven of us to relax and enjoy our space. The kitchen was a huge bonus (stocked with the essentials for cooking) and the room staff would clean the dishes each day... an added bonus. We loved the large patio with seating off of the apartment, the large master bedroom and bath, and the fact that we had a washer and dryer.

We were located immediately next to the entrance of Turtle Village, which was great. A wonderful ice cream shop, some great boutiques for shopping, a couple great restaurants, and a grocery store with international goods to meet most all of your needs.

The staff was amazing at the resort. We could not have asked for more. Very friendly and attentive, and great with the kids. The kids club was also the best I have ever found. We could feed the kids "kid food" at our room before heading out... leave the kids for the popcorn movie party at the kids club, and head off for an adult dinner while the kids had fun. No fee for the use of the club but for the occasional activity, and there are so many fun things for the kids to enjoy. Best of all, it is open late, so dinners out can be easily enjoyed!!!

We ate at all of the restaurants at the resort, several times. We also traveled to the JW to enjoy some of the great places to eat there... and all were wonderful. Very reasonably priced, I might add.

The concierge had a great collection of activities outside of the resort available for booking, and we had a great time on a few different excursions. Our favorites from this trip and the last... the Flying Hynaman Zip Lining, Siam Safari Jungle Trecking, Phi Phi Island Motor Boat Toar, and the June Bahtra Cruise. My husband also did the sunset bike tour through the resort... A MUST!!!!! Bring your camera!

The property only has the one main pool, but that seemed to be enough. It was never too crowded for our liking. Each day a trainer with a baby elephant strolls onto the pool deck. This was a huge highlight for my kids. They got to play, pet, feed, and even ride the baby elephant. We then followed her down to the beach to watch her swim in the waves.

The beach is available at a sort walk (maybe 5 minutes). The sand isn't the nicest... might even be itchy on the skin as we found after sitting in it. It is also a very steep sloped beach, which is a bit of a downside. We enjoyed time playing here, but in rough water, it isn't the safest place for smaller children. Therefor, we opted to spend most of our time in the pool.

The only two cons for us were the fact we had to walk a bit to get to the beach, and that there wasn't a nice buffet breakfast included in the package.... though, not to say you couldn't get a nice breakfast at the resort!

We loved it so much, we most definitely plan to visit again. And you will want to make a week of it, if not longer!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Just got back from spending a week at Mai Khao over New Year! This is about our 6th stay now and we keep coming back for more. Units are nice 2 bedroom Suites, kept clean , every utensil you need.Stove top with Microwave convection Oven, Washer & Dryer.
Yes, its away from Patong(about 3/4 hour by taxi) but it is pure bliss!!!!!!
Thanks to Staff who are always Happy and look after you , Particularly P Jit and Champ(smiley in the Pool area) and not to forget met up with Mr Anann Resort manager .
When you have a choice of about 5 Resorts Restaurants to choose from totalling possibly 12 restaurants and the Turtle Village what more can you ask for!
See you again soon guys...

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

What a lovely hotel! We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and the villas are truly exceptional. Spacious, luxurious and very well equipped. Hotel's amenities are fantastic, kids' heaven. The only two things that might bother any traveller is the distance from the Phuket hub (about 50m drive from Patong), although this didn't bother us at all and then the little stream that runs in front of the hotel has a bit of a smell to it. Also be sure to know that the hotel is not on the beach, although it is fairly close and there is always a golf cart ready to take you to the beach. The service is outstanding and the hotel staff go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible. All-in-all a great hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Randolph, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

As other reviewers if I was just basing this review on the Marriot Mai Khao Beach independently I would probably give it 3 or 3.5 stars. But because it is close proximity to JW Marriot I give it a solid 4! We have stayed in several Marriot suites and this one was up there with all the others we have stayed in. Nice spacious rooms, living room, kitchen (although there wasn't a dishwasher or oven as in most) and sitting area outside. The beds were very comfortable. The second room had two doubles instead of one double and a pull out sofa that so many Marriots have. Both our teenage kids had their own bed! The staff are all very friendly and go out of there way to entertain the young kids. However, we had teenagers so all I could do is think of how great this Marriot would have been when they were younger. There are a lot of activities lined up for the kids through out the day and games for older kids outside such as, two ping pong tables, a pool table (under cover) and shuffle board. Oh and the kids club was always being used when we walked by... again, great if you have younger kids.

The drawbacks were the distance from the beach, not a lot of choices of restaurants at the hotel, and far from other attractions. If you want to just relax and you don't mind walking a short distance to the beach (very walkable.. not far at all) or taking a shuttle to the JW Marriot to enjoy the restaurants and bars over there than it's a great place, especially if you have kids. We actually only took the shuttle once. Walking to the JW Marriot is very easy. It really is not that far away... we preferred to walk than to take the shuttle.

If you like to be able to go from pool to beach than you will want to stay at the JW Marriot. If we go back I think we will try to stay there so the kids (teens) can roam around and have more to do than at the Mai Khao. However, if you like to just relax at a pool where your kids (young kids) are entertained by nice staff then Mai Khao is the perfect place for you!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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112 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Just back from a week vacation here with the family and we all loved every minute of it. Comfortable accommodation in a very spacious 2 bedroom unit (4239). Fantastic activities lined up all day for all ages, great gym, pool and excellent lychee mojitos at the pool bar. Special credit to Mr Gee and his team for organizing a fun filled Loy Krathong ceremony.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vasdev
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

My friends and I total 9 adults and 1 one-year-old kid stayed in 2 villas with plunge pool in Nov as we had to attend our friend's wedding in renaissance nearby. plunge pool villa is the perfect choice for us, we can stay in the water even at night time. it's a very spacious apartment with full kitchen, we can cook whenever we need. Breakfast is good with egg benedict and we can order from aqua, the pool side bar and they would bring them to our private pool too. Price is good. We spent a whole day in the public pool playing different water balls, basketball, volleyball... staff would bring us chilled water and some fruits and small portion of special drinks ( fruit mixed? ) very geneneous of them. love to see the baby elephant walking around at day time.
We took shuttle to JW Marriott for dinner and also shop around in Turtle village. Coffee Club was good and basically we can buy anything you need in supermarket. It's close to airport though far from city centre, but it's a plus for us as we didn't bother to go elsewhere. Bed is comfortable too.
will definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tsangyyy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

The Marriott Vacation Club at Mai Khao was so comfortable for our family of four, the rooms are large and well equipped, friendly staff and kids loved the pool. The baby elephant YaYa was there every morning to add to the charm :-) We took the shuttle across to J W Marriott or Turtle Village for a change of scene. Btw the Kabuki Japanese restaurant does great Teppanyaki.
The resort is far from Patong, but we really did not mind as our plan was to chill and unwind, the Marriott was perfect!

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Marriott's Mai Khao Beach - Phuket
Address: Mai Khao Talang, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District > Mai Khao
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Mai Khao
#6 Luxury Hotel in Mai Khao
#7 Romantic Hotel in Mai Khao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott's Mai Khao Beach - Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 133
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