We spent 2 weeks at Club Med Phuket after having looked (wherever in the world really) for a club that would cater both for us and our 1 year old.
I knew what I was getting myself into when we arrived there having read the reviews on TripAdvisor about the state of the club and it's dire need of refurbishing. Our 'deluxe' room was very basic to say the least. The room was spacious but the bathroom so tiny so tiny. The door to the toilets (located in the bathroom) was impossible to close. The whole place isn't sound proof meaning you basically share any noise coming from outside So that was quite disappointing indeed, the place needs a massive make over. But having said that the rest of our stay was great so I won't complain more about it, it's out of the way now and you've been warned.
SUPER DUPPER MEGA FRIENDLY
There's no way I can thank them all but thumbs up to Flavien at the restaurant, Sigit, Lina, Honey, Tam (now in Club Med Bali), Houda and everyone else at the Mini Club, our son LOVED IT and so did we. Thanks also to trainees Im & Oat. To the sport team Yuri, Joshi, Cyprien (now in Singapore), Jack, etc. Thanks to Kevin, our Chef de village at the time, Simone the event organiser, and many more. Thanks to the restaurant staff, charming, patient, attentive. And thanks to the cleaning staff, always so friendly and smiley.
There are 2. The Zen one, for the over 18 years old. The main one where pretty much everything takes place. There are various depth to please the little ones and the older ones. The main pool wasn't always very clean I must say in spite of the staff's best efforts to keep it that way. I would strongly advise the management to ad extra showers to people would ensure they're clean when they enter the pool (a lot of the guests wore full swim wears i.e. t-shirts, legging, caps in which they spent the day, so there's room for well, you know). There are 3 showers by the road as you head to/come back from the beach.
It's lovely, you just have to cross a tiny road and you're there.
Club Med provides beach umbrellas & beach mats. No sun beds though.
You won't get bored, there's always something going on. You should download the app so you don't miss out. Cooking classes, trapeze, golf, archery, thai boxing (so much fun but SO tiring), golf (7 holes & practise) and the usual suspects as in basketball, aquagym, water games, ping pong, stretching, yoga, zumba, etc.
There's a diving centre (not part of Club Med) as well, but at a cost, I went for the Monday excursion (Shark Point, etc.) and really enjoyed myself, great team there as well.
You won't get hungry either.
There is loads to choose from and the staff as said above it lovely.
I wish the Thai corner was bigger though. Flavien is an amazing maitre d', you're in good hands.
Shows & dress codes
Ditto you'll find everything in the app. Expect circus shows, dancing & singing.
We never tried the disco, not with a 1 year old, those days are on hold for now ;)
Dress codes wise expect White, Glow, Cappuccino, colours of you country flag, etc.
La creme de la creme. Thanks again for taking such great care of our little one.
He had a blast. Even participated in the kids shows.
The facilities are brand new and man, I wish we had them back when I was a child.
We always felt at ease when leaving him, and he always seemed to be having great fun when we picked him up.
You have to bring your own nappies, cream and wipes, else everything is included (at no extra cost from 2 years old, roughly £39 a day for 3 to 23 months old).
There's a nurse on site. It's free of charge unless she needs to provide you with drugs or give you some sort of treatment.
Phuket International Hospital (where we went to once) is spotless and very well staffed.
There's a gift shop in the club but you'll find everything you need at a cheaper price right opposite the club. There's pharmacies, grocery shops, souvenir shops, bars & restaurants.
There's a spa but we didn't try it.
You can have a massage outside 4 times cheaper but I'm pretty sure it won't be in a relaxing environment.
You can buy tokens and do your laundry in the Club. 140 BHT each for the washing and drying plus 50 BHT for the washing powder. Right opposite the club it'll cost you 50BHT per kilo.
The gardens are nicely kept and sprayed every 3 days against mosquitos (the fumes are quite impressive). And it was ok mosquito wise.
So all in all a great stay, you really made to feel that you belong here and we will go to Club Med again, somewhere else in the world. Bravo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Kata Bay, the Club Med Village on the island of Phuket stretches out under palm trees caressed by the breeze. Bungalows, built in the style of the local "long-houses" and decorated with teak, silk and marble, exude a Zen spirit in this idyllic garden where you can practice yoga beneath the frangipani trees. A warm and clear sea opens up its underwater depths, filled with colorful fish and abundant flora. Adults and children alike can find tranquility and discover the Thai culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Phuket Hotel Karon
- Club Med Karon
- Phuket Club Med
- Club Med Phuket Karon