Thailand embodies all the things I love- it’s dirty, quick and easy. No but really, aside from the dirty part, it is quick and easy to get to- which are the two mandatory destination requirements when travelling with young children. My rule: keep flights around 3 hours or less if possible. This way, minimal jet lag and minimal entertainment required for the kids in transit.
Our usual spot, Phuket Thailand was getting a little tired so we decided to really shake things up and go to Koh Samui. Yes, it is “same same but different”. It had been a long time since I had visited Koh Samui in a former unmarried and childless life. That trip involved many more happy hour drinks and late nights. This trip pregnant with one and toddler in tow, needed to be a little different. I do remember the greenery and quiet which was just perfect for this short getaway. For this trip, we found a place that ticked all of the boxes, the Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui. You know that being a city dweller, I love minimal noise, an area for our 1 year old to let out that never ending energy and of course some vitamin D and Sea.
Travel time from Hong Kong is just over three hours direct. Once we arrived at the airport, the lovely hotel staff picked us up and took us to the hotel which is just a 15 minute short car ride away.
Once you arrive, the the lovely hotel staff welcome you true Thai style with cold drinks and towels. The lobby is quiet and serene and just outside reception you’ll find a green area surrounding the lovely Lilly pad pond leading to the infinity pool and beach area. Three levels of rooms are found on either side of the pond. Having a toddler, we played it safe choosing to stay on the ground level (right next door to our travel partners Grandma and Pops).
Plenty of facilities are available to keep everyone happy and entertained. A small kids club with indoor playroom and outside sand and trampoline are a great place for kids to let out a little energy.
Classes and activities for the older kids are offered throughout the day such as T-shirt painting, pizza and cookie making. If you’re like me and want to get in there with the kids, then you jump right into the junior classes. Yes I may have been one of the oldest but I was also the most excited!
Pool and beach are right at your doorstep. The infinity pool is spacious and the beach just a couple of steps down from the pool area. There are lounge chairs and beautiful sand leading to a very warm sea. Only a couple of beach hawkers, my favourite being the fresh fruit boats offering cold mango, watermelon, and pineapple.
The Anantara does offer a lovely morning breakfast and 3 restaurants for afternoon and evening dining options, however if you are like us and terrified of having to eat at the same restaurant for a week straight, then you will LOVE the fact that the hotel backs right onto the best strip of cafes just a 5 minute walk away. The charming Fisherman’s Village is a great place to take a stroll in the afternoon or evening for some lively and very family friendly dining. Unlike the busier beaches of Phuket, this area is free from any pressure shop sales and dodgy eateries. There are plenty of places to find authentic Thai or American/ Italian style dining. Most offering beach tables overlooking the sunset and allowing for the little ones to run off some pre-post dinner energy. We tried so many delicious places to eat. All offering kids menus and seating.
Friday and Monday evenings are full of life at Fisherman’s Village with lively night markets filled with clothing, electronics and best of all, beautiful street food from of every kind.
A lovely week well spent with plenty of rest and family time, which I can never get enough of. This is a place our family will definitely be returning to soon.