For a quick beach escape, these 10 Hua Hin/Pranburi resorts cater to families with children, offering a range of activities and amenities that allow parents to relax and kids to explore, play and… just be kids.
Located in Pranburi, Aleenta is a boutique resort with 25 luxurious residences, most with a private pool. Each is located within steps of the beach and offers views of the tranquil Pak Nampran Bay. A family package consists of free meals for children under 6 years; 50% discount on meals from the children’s menu for those under 12 years old; and free indoor and outdoor programs for kids. Also, parents will enjoy unlimited free baby sitting while they are enjoying dining and spa services. An additional benefit for families with babies, high chairs, baby cots and car seats are available free of charge.
Originally the Railway Hotel, Centara Grand Hua Hin was built according to the classic designs of the 1920s era, retaining a sense of grandeur in a prime town centre location. Set on the beach, and with four swimming pools (each with its own children’s pool) and expansive gardens, the hotel is ideal for families. Also, the Kids’ Club is divided into two zones for younger children and teenagers; there are daily activities, as well as land sports such as volleyball, football and putting (golf). Babysitting services are also available upon request.
South of Hua Hin in Pranburi, Dolphin Bay Resort provides a mellow, low-key beach setting for a super kid-friendly stay. The tranquil bay features placid waves and shallow waters – perfect for paddling and kayaking. Two large swimming pools and a water slide keep kids occupied while parents relax nearby. Babysitting services are available, and an excursion to the nearby Monkey Island can also be arranged. In addition, children will enjoy indoor and outdoor playgrounds, as well as a kid’s room equipped with plenty of toys and age-appropriate movies.
Located on Phetkasem Road between Cha-am and Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Hua Hin features comfortable rooms, with ocean or garden views, on expansive, well manicured grounds. Apart from beach time, families will enjoy the resort’s two swimming pools, including a 50-metre long pool connected to a smaller children’s pool with fountains and bubble jets; and a quieter saltwater pool with a swim up bar. The DKid kids’ club provides a range of crafts and games to keep children ages 5 to 15 engaged while parents take a break.
Part of the Six Senses hospitality group, Evason Hua Hin is situated off a slightly rocky section of Paknampran Beach in Pranburi. Its wonderfully lush grounds are expansive, with chauffeured carts that transport visitors to and from various zones. A sustainability programme features on-site recycling and an organic vegetable garden. The resort also boasts a large kids’ club with its own shallow pool, and plenty of arts and crafts, games and sporting equipment to keep the youngsters active. The club can also arrange supervised “sleepovers” to give parents alone time.
Located right in the centre of town, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa occupies a beachfront spot along Phetkasem Road. The beach is clean, with fine sand; it offers lots of recreational activities for families, from catching hermit crabs and building sand castles to swimming, water sports and horseback riding. A large pool circles the centre of the property, with some rooms offering direct pool access. Kids will enjoy the pool’s various slides, waterfalls and water jets. There is also a separate water play area with a tree house, which is great fun for the children as well. A kid’s club caters to a range of ages, with plenty of activities to fill up the day. And for those needing a break, an adults-only pool provides a welcome respite.
A 5-minute drive from Hua Hin’s bustling city centre, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin offers stylish accommodations and a range of family-friendly activities. The manmade beach and shallow beach pool are ideal for those with young children — parents can lounge under the shade while their tots play nearby. For older kids, the resort also features a lazy river and free form pool with a thrilling 22-metre-long and seven-metre-high water slide. The on-site lagoon hosts a complimentary fish-feeding programme that children will love. Camp Hyatt, the kids’ club, features cultural and educational activities for children between 4 and 12 years old under the supervision of dedicated staff.
Not far from the town centre, Sheraton offers a comfortable stay. Families can relax by one of five swimming pools, including a huge lagoon pool. The 1-kilometre stretch of beach is relatively peaceful, and accessible via a staircase with a railing. The StarClub kids’ club, housed in a colourful, cube-shaped building, keeps kids engaged with a range of activities, such as batik and plastered doll painting, and rocket and balloon making. It is also well-stocked with toys and computer games. Moreover, the club provides a large outdoor playground with a climbing wall and rain-shower kids’ pool. Staff are on hand to supervise children ages 5 and up (without parents) through all activities.
Situated between Hua Hin and Cha-am, Veranda Resort and Spa exudes a hip, modern vibe. The highlight is a large free form infinity pool with an artificial beach, water slide, sand pit, bubble jets and water curtain features. Families with older kids can hang out under shady sun loungers, enjoying drinks and snacks throughout the day. For the younger set, the Kids’ Club offers a range of toys and activities. While childcare staff helps mind the kids, parents can chill out, visit the spa or play a round of golf at a nearby course.
With a unique, genteel Thai setting, Wora Bura is great for those seeking peace and quiet, especially at night. Situated further from Hua Hin town, the resort boasts beautiful grounds, a large organically-shaped swimming pool and a relaxed beachfront. It is also within walking distance of the weekend Cicada Market, which features hand-made goods, art, food and live music. A kids’ club caters to the younger guests, with activities such as batik painting and gel candle making. A number of recreational sports are also available, including polo and volleyball in the pool and beach football.
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