My wife and our 3 young children spent 3d2n here recently. We're members at MVC and was given this place to stay for free. Located in the northern part of Phuket and far from the "happening" places located to the south....yet we loved every moment of it. Marriott Mai Khai Beach vacation club has activities and facitlities to cater to all our needs....from children, teenagers and adults.....they keep us all feeling happy and satisfied.
My kids were happy by themselves playing at the Kid's Club with the staff and other children. Themed kid's activities were going on every 2 hrs and everyone enjoyed themselves. Basically we could leave our kids there for most of the day and they'd forget all about us. In fact....every morning our kids, lead by our 12yr old would simply leave our apt room and go to the kid's clubs themselves where they will join other kids and indulge in the activities. One of the highlights there is the baby elephant that comes twice a day. Kids can take pictures with the baby elephant. Its very friendly and seems to lift its trunk every time you say hello to it. In the afternoons when the temp and weather permits....we would all go for a swim in the pool. There's soo many things to do in the club area that we don't really need to leave it premises....
Upon checking in...we were given a 2 bedroom suite...which truly was absolutely beautiful and marvelous. Big master bedroom with a fluffy soft queensized bed attached to a huge bathroom with couple's bathtub. The other room had very comfy and soft twin beds. A very nice living room and dining table with fully equipped kitchen, Every room has a flat screen TV too with cable as well and free internet wifi. The kitchen, wow.....big fridge with all the kitchen utensils ou would ever need, stove, oven, microwave, blenders, coffeemaker, toaster...you name it...they got it. Oh and theres also an iron with board and washer and dryer as well!!!
There's actually 2 Marriotts there. One is Marriott Mai Khao Vacation Club and the other JW Marriott Phuket Beach Club. To get to the other you could just wait for a buggy that cycles these two places every few minutes and hop on. The staffs are friendly and will go out of their way to help you out. Takes a bit to understand what they're trying to say....but once you get the momentum going.....all is good.
Food and transportation tho...is extremely expensive. To head to town by taxi from lobby would cost you 800baht per trip. Food....for 2 adults and 3 kids....cost us an average of 3000 - 5000baht and doesnt taste as if it should cost that much at all. Basically, your paying for the stars....and not for the taste.
My advice would be...skip the hotel food. Rent a car (contact the bell counter at the lobby). Car rental costs around 1200baht with insurance + 200 for GPS for 24 hrs. I didnt use the GPS since there was only ONE main road/highway (the 402) which leads all the way to every where else. Never got lost and it was my 1st time driving in Phuket. Using a simple map I could get to Phuket Town....even to the famous Weekend Market...where food is a fraction the price of what you paid at the hotel and taste wayyyyyyy better!!!! For example...there's a seafood restaurant just a few (5-7km) km south of the club along the 402 called Taofun Seafood restaurant. Car rental = 1200 (24hrs) eat at local seafood restaurant = 1500baht ---total : 2700baht!!! and you get the car to go anywhere you want to....still paying ,much less than the 1 meal food at the restaurants....and you get authentic Thai food....tastes much better....and more satisfying.
Overall....the stay was memorable...our children loved it sooo much...we had a good time...and thats whats important!
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