Family Fun At The Angsana Laguna Phuket

You know a tropical resort is triumphant when it manages to entertains families even on the rainiest of days.  Despite being long-time Phuket fans, we had never before landed to dark grey skies, wind and torrential rain.  My husband and I looked at each other grimacing ‘wasn’t this supposed to be a relaxing sunshine break for a few days?’  Luckily enough we were staying at the Angsana, part of the Laguna complex approximately 30 minutes from Phuket Airport.  In addition to all the amazing pools and beach, the hotel has a fantastic kids club and leisure area. Which meant that we had somewhere to hide when the heavens opened! Thankfully our sun dances were heard and on our third day the sunshine came out and all faith in Phuket was restored.  

What is the Angsana?

The Angsana is part of Banyan Tree Holdings who have 3 brands; Banyan Tree (all villas), Angsana (bigger family friendly hotel resorts and Cassia (holiday apartments). I first stayed in an Angsana property about 10 years ago in Bintan, Indonesia and now you’ll find them Morocco to the Maldives.

The Angsana Laguna Phuket is located on Bangtao Bay and part of the large Laguna resort complex (also housing a Banyan Tree, Cassia, Dusit Thani, Outrigger and golf course).  I love the location as it has a mix of greenery, beach and lagoon within relatively easy reach of Phuket International Airport.

What kind of room should I book?

The Angsana Laguna Phuket has more than 400 rooms of varying level ranging from the basic Laguna Room to a Grand Pool Residence.  We stayed in an ‘Island Villa Suite’ which was absolutely incredible. Located in quieter side of the hotel, our room overlooked the winding lazy river.  
We had two bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, The Master bedroom had a comfortable king size bed and the second bedroom, two single beds (perfect for Jetlag & Mayhem). We had a dining area and small kitchenette and then a large living area opening onto a balcony.
Booking one of the Suites also gives you access to a club breakfast at Bodega & Grill restaurant.  I highly recommend this room type if you are looking for more space although if you want a cheaper option, you can get two interconnecting Laguna Rooms or a bigger Premier Room where you can put a rollaway bed or travel cot.  Mermaids will love the Poolside rooms as you can jump right into the pool from your veranda!
What’s the Kids Club like?
If you do a search for Phuket Kid Clubs, you’ll see several hotels featuring highly, including the Angsana. The Angsana deserves its spot on the list as it has an amazing Kids Club, ‘The Tree House’, where kids age 4 and over can roam around unaccompanied.  The Kids Club consists of a large outdoor play area with separate sides for big kids and little kids.  
There’s a chill out room with books, an art room and then the main area.  In the main area there’s a jungle gym for kids age 5 and under, then computers and a TV area.  
The Angsana runs a mix of complimentary and extra cost activities. This was a godsend for us when it was raining and we had to physically drag the kids out of the pool. They loved doing art, cup caking and bracelet making.
What are the facilities like?
This hotel has the best pool area I’ve ever seen in a resort!  The 323m free-form pool starts on one side of the hotel in the ‘Quiet zone’ with a lovely peaceful pool with fountains.  The lazy river then leads round through to the other side of the hotel passing under a number of bridges.  
There’s a big pool with a pool bar and then you can swim through to the sandy pool. This is a brilliant concept, a pool with a beach in it at a very gradual gradient which is perfect for kids. There are also basketball, football and volleyball nets in there (we were roped into hours of netball practice with Jetlag & Mayhem).
There is a good sized gym and a separate yoga studio where they offer complimentary pilate and yoga classes. I loved the 10am aqua aerobics session in the main pool (cue loud music and lots of stares).
Adjacent to the gym is a table tennis and snooker table. There is also a petanque court by the beach. Through the Activity Hut you can book a range of activities from mountain biking to windsailing.  Kayaking on the lagoon is complimentary.
Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to visit the Angsana Spa as I was so excited to have free time on my hands (thanks kids club) I was too busy reading my book!
How’s the beach?
The hotel is located next to Bangtao Beach. There is a beach front block available but most rooms will be set back, overlooking the laguna or the pools. The beach is lovely although the waves were too big for us to swim in whilst we were there due to a storm.  If you feel like a beach party, the XANA beach club is next door (although our girls didn’t really want to be dragged away from the pool at the Angsana!). There are also some cheap massage huts and local food stalls.
What’s the food like?
The resort has various food options; Baan Talay a beautiful Thai restaurant set back from the beach, Bodega Bar & Grill for Mediterranean food by the pool, Loy Krathong Bar, Market Place, Poolside and the XANA Beach Club.  If you book a room with the ‘Live for Family Fun’ package then kids below 12 dine for free (with one paying adult).  All the restaurants are family friendly with kids menus and also plastic cutlery and high chairs.
 We tried the buffet breakfast at Market Place although preferred to eat breakfast the next day at the Bodega Bar & Grill as it was a bit quieter and more relaxed.  We had a delicious lunch at Poolside (including afternoon milkshakes in the pool bar!) and then Thai dinners at Baan Talay.  If you want to venture outside of the hotel, there are lots of options in nearby Choeng Thale. Many restaurants operate a free pick-up service and the Laguna complex has a complimentary shuttle running around it.  I highly recommend The Corner Restaurant!
Would I recommend the Angsana Laguna Phuket?
I have stayed in many resorts and villas in Phuket ranging from the super stylish Sri Panwa to the sprawling JW Marriott.  The Angsana Laguna is the perfect spot for a fun family vacation. If your kids can bear to tear themselves away from the pool, the Tree House Kids Club offers fantastic activities and general space to play. Which means that parents might find themselves with some actual free time to read a book or have a snooze, knowing their little darlings are being well taken care of.  
Jetlag & Mayhem stayed at the Angsana through a discounted media rate. This is all my own opinion and I was not paid for this review

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