I first visited Marriott's Mai Khao Beach (MKB for short) in 2008. At that time, it was a very new resort and had almost no amenities hence it was quite a hassle for us to take the buggy to the adjacent JW Marriott and Phuket Beach Club for the facilities there. There was also no Turtle Village nor any other options in terms of dining. Resort was lovely but we were literally held hostage to pay Marriott prices for food.
Our next visit came in 2010. Once again, lovely resort and this time there was Turtle Village. Made a huge difference to the pocket for us to be able to buy groceries (albeit at 30% above the prices of Tesco Lotus) to prepare simple breakfasts.
Between 2012 to 2014, we have visited the resort at least once annually, as we eventually became MVCI members. We love it there. The one time we actually stayed at the Phuket Beach Club instead of MKB, our kids begged us to never book PBC again. The reason? The MKB staff in the fitness centre and the kids' club are just above and beyond wonderful. They make every effort to get to know every single guest and subsequently, call every one by name. It's like coming back to a huge family. Gee, the American guy in charge of the fitness centre and kids' club activities has really done a bang-up job of organising so many fun activities for both the adults and kids. The guys and girls who work under him are happy and outgoing. My kids feel so welcome and happy being there that it's hard to tear them away from the kids club!
In terms of the food around the resort, there's Kindee (they deliver), JJ's Bar (walk through the laundry buildings and out of the Anantara Staff entrance) and the huts nearer to the Renaissance and Sala resorts. If one cycles or walks out, there's a whole bunch of cheap(ish) local Thai food to satisfy every single Thai food craving :)
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Mai Khao Beach Hotel Mai Khao
- Marriotts Mai Khao
- Mai Khao Marriotts
- Marriott's Mai Khao Beach - Phuket