Ready for a fun-filled, action-packed adventure with the ones you love most? Looking forward to kicking back and enjoying some quality time in paradise? The pristine islands of Thailand and The Maldives offer families a tropical blend of blissful relaxation and exciting activities, and in this guide, we’re unlocking the secrets to a dream family getaway to the best destinations.
Packing for Paradise: Tips for Family Travel
Preparing for a family escapade to a tropical island calls for savvy packing. Here’s what to include in your luggage:
- Light Clothing: The key to staying comfortable in the tropical climate is lightweight, breathable clothing. Pack loose-fitting clothes in light fabrics to beat the heat.
- Swimwear Essentials: Don’t forget swimsuits for the whole family! Whether it’s splashing in the resort pool or exploring the pristine beaches, swimwear is a must-have.
- Sun Protection: Shield your family from the tropical sun. Bring along wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen to keep everyone protected during outdoor adventures.
- Insect Repellent: While tropical paradises offer serene moments, they may also host pesky insects. Pack insect repellent to keep unwanted guests at bay during your explorations.
When it comes to the kiddos specifically, don’t forget to bring:
- Toys and Gadgets: While they’ll be occupied and engaged by all the island adventures when they arrive, little ones may need some entertainment for long flights. Pack their favourite toys, books or gadgets to keep them occupied during travel and downtime.
- Snack Stash: Thailand has amazing food, but sometimes, familiar snacks can be a lifesaver, especially during long journeys or when exploring remote areas.
When To Go: The Best Seasons For Family Travel In The Tropics
Thailand and the Maldives mostly share a common climate, loosely divided into three seasons:
- Dry Season (November to February): Expect pleasant temperatures and clear skies. With lower humidity and comfortable weather, this time of year is ideal for families looking for outdoor adventures.
- Hot Season (March to May): Temperatures and humidity levels soar, making outdoor activities a little more challenging. But beachside retreats are still a great option with refreshing dips in the ocean.
- Monsoon Season (June to October): Sweeping monsoon rains might deter some travellers, but the rainfall often occurs in short bursts, leaving pockets of time for exploration between showers.
Interestingly, though Koh Samui’s climate follows a slightly different schedule – good to know if you’re planning to visit this tropical gem in the Gulf of Siam:
- Samui’s dry season runs from December until February
- The hot season is from March until August
- And the rainy season extends from September until November in Koh Samui.
Family-Friendly Island Destinations: What to Consider
Tropical islands each offer their own unique allure for families seeking an escape:
- Phuket: Known for its stunning beaches and diverse attractions, Phuket is a family favourite in Thailand’s Andaman Ocean. From the lively Patong Beach to the quieter Mai Khao Beach, this island offers a spectrum of experiences.
- Koh Phi Phi: Also in the Andaman, Koh Phi Phi, with its emerald waters and dramatic cliffs, captivates visitors of all ages. Explore the stunning beaches, go snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, or hike through lush trails.
- Koh Samui: Laid-back vibes, palm-fringed beaches, family-friendly resorts, and vibrant local markets await in Koh Samui. With its variety of activities and gentle waves, it’s perfect for younger travellers.
- The South Male Atoll in Maldives is just 15 minutes from Malé International Airport by boat and home to CROSSROADS, the country’s largest multi-island hub. Crystal waters and powder-soft sands meet food, drink, shopping and more.
Accommodations: Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Family
Whether you’re looking for a cosy jungle hideaway or beachfront haven, SAii’s got you covered in gorgeous accommodations on our favourite islands.
Beach Access and Lagoon Views In Phuket
At SAii Laguna Phuket, you and your family enjoy direct access to the sands of Bangtao or peaceful moments overlooking tranquil waters.
Both options accommodate up to two adults and two children. Set safely on the ground floor, the 43-sqm Beach Access Room has an oversized daybed as well as a plush king and opens out onto a private terrace from which you can step onto the beach.
For more space, the 104-sqm Lagoon View Suite has separate sleeping and living rooms as well as a terrace with vistas of the lagoon. Plus, Suite guests get Club access with afternoon tea and sunset mocktails.
A Jungle Hideaway or Hillside Villa in Phi Phi
Live the boho barefoot life with your loved ones at SAii Phi Phi Island Village.
The 102-sqm Two-Bedroom Family Bungalow has a king bed and two twins, plus a huge terrace with lush jungle views so everyone has space to relax and unwind.
Overlooking the bay, the 150-sqm two-bedroom hillside pool villa has two floors with a bedroom on each, an indoor whirlpool and a private pool with views of the sea.
Private Pool Peace in Koh Samui
Make magic memories in a tranquil haven at SAii Koh Samui Choengmon.
The 100-sqm Deluxe Pool Villa accommodates two adults and a child with luxurious features including a large terrace and private 8-metre pool to relax and reconnect in.
Beach and Pool Villa Luxury in the Maldives
Enjoy the best of both worlds at SAii Maldives Lagoon.
The 120-sqm Two-Bedroom Family Beach Pool Villa accommodates up to 6 people with a king bedroom, twin bedroom, indoor and outdoor bathrooms and a private pool deck right on the sand for sun-soaked fun for everyone.
Things To Do: Family Fun On A Thai Escape
Activities and Outings in Phuket
There’s never a dull moment at SAii Laguna Phuket. The kids’ pool invites little ones for safe splashing while the main pool features a 55-metre waterslide for the whole family to enjoy. On the ocean, you can paddle out in your kayak or join expert instructors for a sailing adventure. On land, Mafeung & Mafai’s Junior Beach Club & Camp welcomes guests aged 4 to 12 years with a wide range of activities, including cooking, painting, tie dye and batik.
Around the resort, there are endless things to see and do. Climb up to Kathu waterfall for a picnic and a dip, grab some tasty food and souvenirs at Boat Avenue night market, or spend the day at Blue Tree, Phuket’s biggest and best recreation centre, complete with a cliff jumping and ninja warrior challenges, a forest park and an open-air amphitheatre with unmissable shows.
Aquatic Andaman Adventures in Phi Phi
At SAii Phi Phi Island Village, it’s all about water. The resort’s Fun Pool is perfect for family fun with its waterslide and playground. The calm waves of the bay are ideal for paddleboarding and snorkelling and, to learn more about the exotic creatures you encounter, the Marine Discovery Centre offers colourful, interactive displays and talks. The resort’s PADI-certified Dive Centre welcomes aquatic explorers from 8 years old.
Peaceful Pursuits in Samui
At SAii Koh Samui Choengmon, relaxation and fun are top priorities. Linger over a beachfront meal or chill by the pool all day. Play volleyball, paddle kayaks or snorkel around the crystal waters. Spend precious moments playing board games or reading together in the lending library.
Around the resort, there’s plenty to see, from nearby islands inhabited by friendly pigs to the aquatic fascinations of Angthong National Marine Park. Explore the Secret Buddha Garden or spend an evening at the bustling Fisherman’s Village.
Endless Family Fun in the Maldives
At SAii Maldives Lagoon, Koimala & Maalimi’s Junior Beach Club and Camp keeps younger guests occupied with daily activities on land and sea. For family time, there are island-hopping outings and free use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks and pedal boats.
As part of the Marina @CROSSROADS, the resort connects guests to shopping, dining, sailing and more.
Ready for some fun in the sun? Start planning your family getaway today.