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Review of Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club

Timeshares have moved on a long way since the 1980s.  In the past, their reputation has been sullied by overzealous salespeople and rigid date and pricing structures.  Now, however, they can offer a cost effective way to go on holiday, especially if you are flexible on dates and like to stick to a particular brand.  Or even better, get someone in your family to buy into one and cheekily borrow it for free!

My friend recently visited Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club through the Marriott Vacation Club.  The Vacation Club allows you to buy a timeshare in one of their properties worldwide (this is not an advert by the way).  You can also book your stay at the Phuket Beach Club online without being a member, with rates for a 2 bed apartment from USD $225 per night.

Nicole’s Trip Report to Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club – Mai Khao (northwest coast)

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Who: Hubby, me, Eligh (2), Jax (8 months)
When: July 5-12 2013 (Low season – rained a bit but for most part it was warm.  Some days the sun was really strong and other days it was just really nice)

Hotel Booking
Borrowed family timeshare through the Marriott Vacation Club

Flight Booking

We booked Cathay but boarded a Dragon Air flight.  Both flights were fine. The very annoying thing on the way back was being told our pram was going to be available at the gate after we landed…after 20 minutes of waiting they then told us that that we would find our pram at the carousel. Not ideal at all.

Transfers to Hotel
These weren’t included so we had to arrange with the hotel.  The journey is about 20-30 minutes drive

Hotel Room
The room was beautiful. We had our own kitchen, lounge room and two bedrooms with a really really nice master bathroom.

Facilities
These are really nice and include several pools, fitness centre and tennis courts.

Restaurants
The restaurants were nice. It’s a 4-5-star place so they are not cheap. Relatively normal prices for Hong Kong but considering we were in Thailand, it was expensive. We were happy with the food. We didn’t have a bad meal.

Kids Club
They had a great kids club but our kids were too young to use it to its full potential. Our 2yr old watched a dvd or two on a rainy morning and played with the toys inside and he was really happy with that. They had all sorts of fun activities for kids 4yrs and up.

Bohart Family

Family Friendly?
Absolutely. They had two kids pools, one with a water slide. Both pools were shallow so we felt comfortable with our kids in the pool. They had a baby elephant (Yaya) who would come around twice daily – for 100 Thai baht you could feed her. The resort also had kids menus which was helpful.

Excursions
We didn’t leave the hotel.  If our kids were not so young we might have. The massive con about this place is it’s really in the middle of nothing – 40-60 minutes away from central Phuket.

Top Tips
Bring your own food and especially baby food if you plan to be cooking. Their supermarket is super expensive. They were asking $15USD for a tub of butter!!! Not all things were inflated that much but it was a bit rich. We brought, pasta, muesli bars, dried fruit and nuts – general snacks for the kids. There is a Tesco 20 minutes away which is much cheaper but we didn’t bother.

Overall
The facilities were really nice and this is a really well maintained place.   We personally won’t return but we would definitely recommend it (I would rarely go back to the same place merely because I want to try something new) 
Many people we have spoken to go back there regularly. It’s a relaxing fat-cat hotel/resort holiday destination.

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