Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach is located along the secluded Tri Trang beach and nestled within lush tropical gardens and a forested mountains. This family friendly resort offers its own house reef and stylish accommodation. Suitable for couples and families alike, the resort boasts facilities for everyone, a choice of three swimming pools, modern fitness facilities, kids’ club, spa and a choice of ten restaurants and bars. Activity programs are also on offer with a plethora of options available.
Why stay here? Uniquely for Phuket, the hotel has its own house reef that teems with marine life. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach has also now created a Reef Education Centre at the beach, so you can find out what’s happening underwater before going to see it for yourself – another great family-friendly element.
Nearest attractions Phuket Old Town is worth a look, with its Sino-Portuguese architecture, shops, museums and restaurants and also make a stop at the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery to learn how to make mojitos. Splash Jungle Water Park is an option for a fun day out, or the resort can help organise trips to Kamala Beach, or even Phi Phi Islands.
Swimming pools The resort boasts three pools, including a large family one and one that can be accessed directly from Pool Access Rooms. The resort is situated within a secluded cove that has a white-sand beach.
Bars and restaurants Ten options await including Merchant Kitchen, which will be your main spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Go local at Thai Pantry or dine at Beach Grill, overlooking Tri Trang beach. Sample Italian cuisine at D.O.C.G., grab a drink at Phuket Coffee Co., or stop off at The Rum Shack for sunset cocktails.
Other facilities The hotel has a nine-room spa, fitness centre and some watersport options such as complimentary kayaks and paddle boards available from the beach.
For families There is a large family pool with slides and kid's pool, a fun Kid’s Club, table tennis, air hockey, pool tables and more. Babysitting is also available. From the Reef Education Centre, children can join daily beach walks and tide pool discovery walks, while the spa offers treatments for younger guests too. There is a huge variety of activities to choose from, including kid’s cooking classes, tours of the Merlin Butterfly Sanctuary, pirate treasure hunts, Thai boxing for children, arts and crafts, movie nights and much more.
Rooms The resort has 414 rooms, including seven suites.
What is included in the tour
- 5 nights in Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach 5*
- Superior Lagoon Pool View
- Half Board
- Return Flights with Emirates Airlines via Dubai from London Heathrow
From its northern hill tribes and dense jungle to the perfect beaches down south and the buzz of Bangkok, there are no holidays quite like Thailand holidays.
• Thailand is home to the world’s ninth tallest statue, The Great Buddha of Thailand, proudly watching over the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong province.
• Head to Chang Mai to escape the heat and the crowds as you trek through ancient rainforests.
• No trip to Thailand would be complete without sampling the world-class food. Hot, spicy, fresh and delicious, you’ll find hawkers selling it on every street corner.
• Not quite in their original spirit and somewhat over-run with tourists, there’s still no denying that the Full Moon parties on Ko Phangan are a sight to behold.
When to visit
You can visit Thailand all year round, but the best time to travel is during the cooler, dry season – between November and early April. Essentially, there are three main seasons: rainy (May–October), cool (November–February) and hot (March–May). The climate can vary in different parts of the country however, with the north much cooler, especially in the jungle regions, while the western and southern isles get much hotter.
What to pack
Thailand lies in the heart of southeast Asia’s tropical zone and the southern most border runs around seven degrees north of the equator, meaning it enjoys a warm, tropical climate all year round. Pack lightweight clothing and expect to cover up when visiting sacred temples or sites. If you’re visiting the north it might be wise to pack a lightweight jumper. May to October is rainy season so packing some waterproof items might be a wise decision.