The perfect beach holiday at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand

“I’m going to like it here
very much,” I said to my husband,
as we walked through the lobby of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, one of the best resorts in Phuket, to check in
for a week-long family holiday.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

My first impressions of this sprawling
resort with a wonderful location along
Mai Khao Beach
, one of Phuket’s best
, was of an old-fashioned colonial
seaside plantation
with the warm colors
of terracotta tiles and hardwood floors
accented by Portuguese-style colonial
, graceful lamps, and fabrics in
calming shades of sea green, azure blue,
and turquoise

I love observing the interiors of hotels, and the décor of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was truly unique, bringing up more of the Asian colonial feel while not sidelining the Thai heritage.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

The result was an atmosphere of comfort,
luxury, and good taste
that was unlike
anywhere else I’d seen so far in Phuket, an
island known for beautiful destination
. In fact, the 252
rooms, 13 suites, and 13 restaurants and
bars of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, along with two mammoth pools, a
Mandara spa
, a children’s club, and a turtle
, felt more like someone’s
well-appointed home.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

The overall resort plan contributes greatly
to this feeling of welcome that you receive
immediately upon arrival. The wide-berthed
reception area, filled with elegant
lounging sofas, artwork, and potted plants
beckons you to spend the day there reading
a book in between glimpses across at the
sea and at the large reflecting pool that acts
as a buffer. 


And this is just the hotel lobby of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. The sea is a vast expanse right across the lobby so it’s impossible to miss. And on both sides are chairs and swings, along with a very pretty bar I just couldn’t help taking photos of, each time I passed.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

Start the day at the JW Marriott
Phuket Resort & Spa with an
impressive buffet spread of Western
, Thai specialties, and healthy
. The chefs are all on hand to
make everything from omelettes to
rice porridge.
There’s even a juice bar with a wide
array of fruits
– you get to pick your
fruits and a chef pops everything into
a state-of-the-art juicer right in front
of you – and a noodle bar that ladles
out steaming bowls of soup
with ingredients in real-time.


Meanwhile, our deluxe room in JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was a balanced combination of traditional Thai style and
classic Western design. The large bathroom had plantation-style windows that opened up
directly to the bedroom for an open-plan feeling, making an already spacious 50 square-meter
seem even larger.
At the other end, there’s a small balcony and also a Thai corner with cushions on the floor
facing a glass window.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

In short, it’s ample space for a family of four as the children can
happily camp out in the Thai corner.
Good luck getting them to stay in the room, though, for this resort is full of things to do.
The children’s club at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has round-the-clock activities and well-trained staff who really
like playing with kids. This is very important because many hotels do have kids’ clubs, but
not too many of them have staff who truly make the children enjoy their time there.


JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

Ginja Taste, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s Thai
, is located in a quiet
corner of the estate. If you’re staying
in the main buildings, it’s a nice
walk through a mini forest or by the
beach to a Thai-style pavilion. This is
reportedly one of Phuket’s best Thai
restaurants, and with good reason.
Chef Tam is passionate about
recreating authentic dishes from old
, based on heritage family
, and about acquiring the
freshest produce for his cooking. He
even grows his own herbs and  vegetables to ensure quality.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Try Thai
dishes done the Phuket way at Ginja Taste in JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, including stewed pork belly with
cinnamon sticks and soy sauce
, a
spicy black pepper curry with pork
and potatoes
, local black crab served
Phuket-style with noodles
in a red
curry sauce, and a fish mousse and
fillet in a red curry paste


When you’re longing for a change
from delicious curries and seafood,
you can head to Kabuki, one of the best Japanese restaurants
in Phuket
. They serve everything
at Kabuki – from sushi to tempura. 

Teppanyaki at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
in Phuket, Thailand

But the best experience is the
dinner at the teppanyaki grill,
where a master chef will literally
undertake an amazing performance
for the evening, twirling knives and
balancing vegetables in addition to
cooking the best steaks and seafood
in town. Kabuki restaurant serves only
the finest meat from Japan
, including
rib-eye cuts from Miyasaki and strip
loin steaks from Iwate


JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

My litmus test in this aspect is my daughter, a veteran of
kids’ clubs all over the world
. It was a Thai holiday while
we were on vacation here so the staff had their hands full
taking care of so many children. It’s a testament to the staff’s sincere kindness that my daughter wanted to return here
even after we’d checked out and moved to another hotel
in Phuket.

There are many activities for adults as well, but frankly,
once you see the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, you’ll just want to close
the laptop, keep the reports in the luggage, and just savor
being close to nature. 

Trust me. You will want to just sit
down and enjoy the many perfect moments.
My favorite spot for forgetting about the world was a
solitary wooden swing hung from the limbs of a giant
tree right by the beach. Sitting here, I could hear the
waves and feel the wind
and immerse into a state of
complete relaxation