Hotel Review: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Last December, I talked about an alternative way to spend Christmas (see UK family friendly hotels at Christmas time and Hotel Review: The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire).

Of course, another alternative is to go abroad for Christmas and that’s what Annie Armitage and her family did. The holiday in Phuket, Thailand sounded amazing and I asked Annie, a wonderful photographer, to share her review of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa with Your Holiday Planner.

Annie’s verdict: A real gem – the JW Marriott was probably one of the best hotels I have stayed at.

I only ventured out of the resort once as we wanted a complete rest. Yes, the hotel is expensive, but so is Christmas and this is a fabulous alternative to Christmas at home.

Bedroom: Our room was beautiful and the bed-linen was divine. Every single detail had been thought through.

Restaurants: We had some of the best meals of our lives!  New Year’s Eve was an incredible buffet on the beach with ice carvings.

Leisure Activities: The pools were clean and imaginative; the blue pool area was contemporary and funky with a swim up bar complete with waterfall.  The other pool had slides and lie-down jacuzzi areas (a great way of getting a tan).

The gym was extremely well equipped; the changing rooms even had their own jacuzzis!  There was also a tennis court, which we didn’t try, but it seemed pretty busy.

I had a good pedicure in the Spa, but there was a vast range of treatments to choose from.  We ended up with the ladies in the little huts by the beach for Thai massages most days for 400 baht.

There was also a children’s club which looked lots of fun. They had circus school everyday for the children.

Service: Just could not fault it!

Being a photographer, Annie took some beautiful pictures which she shares with Your Holiday Planner. (You can see her work at and read more about her Phuket holiday in her blog).


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