Sunday, June 08, 2014

Family in Phuket

After a mia-ing for a month, I'm back to diligently back-tracking what happened last month.
The highlight was I went for a short trip with my family, and this is our first family trip out of Singapore through air! Our first was just a trip to Malaysia so it was a drive up.
So this time, was glad we could bring our parents slightly further!
Our family trip: Phuket (4D3N)
Bro wanted to take SQ but I refuse (budget la)... so decided on Jetstar... and all of them haven taken a budget before except me! lol...
SQ was going at about $360 while we only paid for $200 for Jetstar!!!
It was an early flight 8.20am departure but luckily all of us were punctual.
This trip is supposed to be very nua... so not much activities.
So, bro wanted somewhere far off the main area and just wanted a place where kids can play.
So we decided on Grand Centara West Sands Resort & Villas which is super duper far off the main area. In fact, we were just beside the airport! haha... It took us about 20min from the airport only!
Why we chose this was mainly because of their kids friendly facilities like Kids Club and Jungle Splash. Yes, this trip focus is the kids, and adults to NUA to the max.
We were ushered to The Club for checking in (probably because we booked Penthouse Pool Suite)
Because we were very early, and we were kinda restless, the service staff noticed and decided to upgrade us to a Luxury Pool Villa 3 bedroom (4 beds) which is apparently bigger in space and pool size is bigger too. The cost was $2K for 4D3N of 8pax which I think it's quite reasonable.
The Club entrance
The Club lounge (outside)

So cute!!!!! :)

This is how restless we were.... like 2 hours waiting for our room...

By the time we were given a room, it was already like 11.30am and we were hungry already cause it was Singapore time 12.30pm!
We then proceeded to The Club lounge to eat some light snacks. Apparently, we were able to come to The Club to have snacks all day long ... Guess that's because we booked the Suite/ villa.
And... the snacks were actually so much nicer than the normal breakfast!!!
Throughout our stay, we really just come here daily and diligently to eat... haha...
cause really quite shiok to eat free flow of good stuff!!! The sandwiches were really way better than breakfast!!!

What they serve daily, but there is a variety everyday!

Our Villa pool!!! So huge! My first time staying in a villa.. so was very pleased with this size of the pool! haha..

The fully equipped kitchen

The living room.

And baby Velda who's enjoying her babycot! Seeing the kids smiles always make everything so worthwhile.

The bedroom upstairs which has 2 beds. All the bedrooms are so spacious!

Top view from the bedroom upstairs

A typical toilet for all the bedrooms. All bedrooms are en-suite.

Really, we didn't do anything on the first day. All were lazy and wanted to sit in the living room do nothing when the kids were napping...haha...
Even when I suggested the itinerary for the next 2 days, I had negative responses! They didn't even wanna go out.. lol...
But at least, we compromised and went out on the second day to town area.
The hotel has a free shuttle service to Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong. The journey took about 1 hr... After that, we hired a car to Wat Chalong, one of their grandest temples in Thailand. Indeed, it is very grand and bigger than the popular one in Bangkok.

It was going to rain....

Most temples you see in Thailand has this elephant. Although I'm not sure why.

The biggest and grandest out of the 5 temples inside.

After that, we went to Central Phuket Festival shopping centre which is 5 min from Wat Chalong.
We shopped around and got some goodies and headed for Fuji for dinner.
The thing about family trips is you can't eat roadside food .... haha... always must find a restaurant that kids can eat.
His favourite. Sitting on such stuffs. haha... I used to be like this too! hehe..

After dinner, we headed for the Phuket Night Market which is only opened during weekends. It's actually quite near the Central Festival. (It's at Chaofa Road)
It's really quite cheap. and there are many food stalls!!!! One of the 'must-try" in Thailand... but didn't dare. hahaha.... Yucks!
I remembered when I was 16, my first trip to Bangkok, I think I tried it. But that was THEN. haha...

On Day 3, we treated our parents (and ourselves) hehe... to spa! We decided doing it in hotel spa is the best option so that we could take turns, and rotate taking care of the kids.
Took the 90min aromatherapy massage. It was good enough for me cause I slept through it.
They have facial spa too which uses Origins products. Supposedly should be good and worth the money... but didn't try lah.

Jungle Splash!!! It's really quite fun for the kids, and adults they have roller coaster too!!!
I tried it, and it was great! hahaa...
Jungle Splash is similar to Singapore Adventure Cove. It has the lazy river and kid playground, the manmade wave, and a few roller coaster.
I think for family with kids, this hotel can be quite good for simple getaway. :)

Baby Velda loves this!!!

Because the kids are still young, they were only able to play a few of those rides. But nonetheless, just give them one slide they will be happy to play it repeatedly. haha...
A very simple holiday with the family and just catching up.
Hope to have more family trips in the near future!

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