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Family holidays in Thailand

Thailand is famous for its idyllic tropical islands featuring secluded beaches and rainforests teeming with wildlife. Picture coconut palm trees, white sand beaches and supreme snorkelling, elephant sanctuaries and peaceful resorts featuring luxury suites, kids’ clubs, Thai restaurants and spas. Family holidays in Thailand offer the ultimate exotic getaway. 

Sovereign has been voted runner up in the Best Luxury Tour Operator for Families category at the Family Travel Awards for the second year running. So, let our Trusted Advisers tailor the perfect holiday for your family at a dream resort in Koh Samui, Phuket or Khao Lak. We’ll also arrange private airport transfers and extras such as baby cots and baths. 

Koh Samui

Located on the gulf coast, Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island, popular for its extravagant resorts and world-class restaurants. The pristine beaches are lapped by coral-rich waters and the island’s interior is thick with dense rainforests and waterfalls. Experience traditional Thai culture at the Fisherman’s Market in Bophut and visit the giant Big Buddha Temple. 

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Melati Beach Resort and Spa

Swim in the calm, clear sea, relax by one of three lagoon-style pools or suites with private pools. Kids can join the clubs while you enjoy treatments at the Melati Spa. 

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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
The children’s club caters to 4 -10 year olds, and has a full programme of art, crafts, games, cooking, and fun competitions. The hotel is located on the white sands of Bophut Beach.
Banyan Tree Samui
Open daily and providing entertainment for children aged 4 -12, the kids’ club features arts and crafts, games, and traditional Thai dance classes. Babysitting services are available and there is a dedicated family pool.

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Bo Phut Resort & Spa

The resort has a smaller, shallower pool just for children. A table tennis table, extensive DVD and music library, and internet access all provide further entertainment.

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Belmond Napasai
The hotel villas have their own pool and are ideal for families wanting a bit more space. The resort has a children’s pool and can provide babysitting.
Le Meridien Koh Samui
The collection of villas and suites are perfect for families. Kids will love feeding fish from the pier every morning, parents can enjoy a babysitting service.
The Tongsai Bay
The suites, cottages and villas in this hotel are perfect for family holidays. There is a separate children’s paddling pool, weekly movie nights on the beach, free non-motorised water sports, and cooking and fruit carving classes.

Khao Lak

Khao Lak sits on Thailand’s southern Andaman Coast and boasts a collection of picturesque beaches and turquoise waters on the coast of Phang Nga. Nearby, you’ll find outstanding natural beauty in four national parks filled with wildlife, jungles, waterfalls and elephant sanctuaries. Mu Ko Similan Marine Park, off the coast, has some of the world’s best dive spots.
The Sarojin
Stay at The Sarojin, a 5-star boutique hotel featuring contemporary Asian design and family suites with private pools. Sunbathe on a white-sand beach and take trips to nearby national parks to see wildlife, rainforest and waterfalls. Try some Thai cooking classes or have a traditional massage at the Pathways Spa. At this luxurious hotel, every family member will be happy.
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort
The Junior Club offers a range of facilities for youngsters, including computer and console rooms, a library, indoor and outdoor play areas. There is also the largest swimming pool in South-East Asia. Babysitting is available.


Krabi is a region set on the West coast of Southern Thailand. It is known for its dramatic limestone karst coastline and mangrove-lined rivers, as well as the bustling town of Krabi. The islands Koh Phi Phi, Ko Lanta and Railay are a short day trip away, but the region itself has more than enough to keep the kids entertained on a memorable family holiday.
Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Families will love this collection of suites, cottages and villas. There is a paddling pool for young children, movie nights under the stars, tennis courts, and complementary non-motorised water sports.
Children aged 4 – 12 can join Rayavadee’s ‘Just For kids’ programme, offering interactive experiences for children. A range of activities including arts and crafts, a garden discovery walk and Thai cooking classes will keep the little ones entertained.


Phuket is perhaps the best known holiday destination in Thailand. While the main town Patong is famous for its colourful nightlife, the southern tip of the island boasts calmer beaches while the interior is dotted with mountains, coconut groves and rainforests. You can take a day trip to the neighbouring islands Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai for spectacular sunsets and unspoilt sands. 

The Slate

The Slate is situated on Phuket’s quieter north coast against a backdrop of thick rainforest. The range of luxury rooms include Pool Suites with plunge pools and the Black Ginger floating restaurant serves Thai food. Visit the Coqoon Spa, one of Phuket’s finest, for a traditional massage. Kids will love the resort’s clubs, sports and three pools, perfect for family holidays in Thailand. 

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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
The Turtle Club runs educational and entertaining activities every day, with an experienced coordinator always on hand. Children can enjoy arts and crafts, nature excursions, and fun games.
Banyan Tree Phuket
This all villa resort is ideal for families. The Turtle Club caters for children aged 5 and up. It has a play area and runs activities including batik painting and flower arranging.
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Children are well catered for, with four dedicated pools, a mini water slide, kids’ club, and special menu. Facilities include a ball pit, outdoor play area, cartoons, hundreds of toys, books, games, and a mini car!
The luxurious and unusual villas, all with their own pool, are ideal for families. The resort is set on a peaceful hillside but is just 1.5km from the nearest beach.


For families, Thailand’s capital has a lot to offer: there are theme parks, water parks, zoos, museums, and amazing play parks. Getting around is easy with a clean, modern skytrain. Then there are all the attractions that make Bangkok the world’s most visited city: Buddhist temples and honking tuk-tuks, gleaming skyscrapers and floating markets, street food stalls and world class restaurants.
Anantara Siam Bangkok
Anantara Siam Bangkok has a kids’ club with exciting activities and toys. There is a mini-playground, babysitting service by request, children’s bathrobes and toiletries, and a dedicated menu at each restaurant.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
The two-bedroom suites are ideal for families, and the central location means Bangkok’s tourist destinations are within easy reach. Teenagers and parents will love the rooftop bar with views over the whole city.
Shangri La Bangkok
Inter-connected rooms are perfect for families. The hotel has several swimming pools. Cribs and extra beds are available on request, and babysitting can be arranged. Situated next to the Skytrain, so sightseeing with kids is easy.

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Leanne Hall

“Thailand’s iconic paradisiacal islands are filled with rainforests and wildlife, as well as powdery beaches lapped by coral-rich waters. Family holidays in Thailand feature luxury resorts in hotspots like Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak.”

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