Holiday Inn Mai Khao Day 3 and 4

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If you stay at Holiday Inn resorts, you are likely to see these themes repeated.
Stay Romantic – bathtub, sunsets
Stay Delectable – food bbq, buffet 🙂
Stay Relaxed – yoga, swim, Spa
Stay Connected – free Wifi connection (kids would associated Stay Connected with their PS3!)

We would add “Stay FUN”. There are enough activities in Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao to keep us entertained for 4D3N(checkout our Day 1 and Day 2 itineraries)

Stay Relaxed
Where should we start? There are so many water places all around us, all FUN!
The lap pools, swimming pools, the Andaman Sea and even our bathtub!

Video : Beach and pool activities (planes spotting too)

Beach play after our breakfast. As the tides roll in, the waves grew stronger. Even swimmers must be careful. When the waves roll back, younger kids can be sucked in!

Sandcastle building would be fun on the soft sand.
Beach waves Phuket Mai Khao

It is definitely safer (but no less Fun) to swim at Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao’s infinity pool. Besides water polo and other “scheduled” water activities, kids can choose some unofficial curriculum, such as throwing and picking-up of pebbles underwater.
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Yoga anyone? We attended an early 8am session. Not exactly soothing for first timers, the stretching can be strenuous and tiring.
Yoga Holiday Inn Phuket

Family bonding with kids, it was pretty unique to be perspiring on the beach. Close our eyes, hear the waves lapping on the beach.

Breath in breath out, Zen, we got to remember to “Stay Relaxed” right?

Stay Romantic and chill

Pickup a book, laze on the beach, watch the Sunset (Day 2 post).
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We saw a beach party under the evening sky and swaying trees, accompanied by live band and sea breeze.
The constant drift of BBQ meat was inviting.

A beach wedding ceremony at Mai Khao beach should be spectacular.
Holiday Inn Mai Khao wedding
(image credit Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao website)

Perhaps your definition of Romantic is couple time massage or spa?

Introducing the famous Tea Tree Spa. Rustic building, high ceiling and cooling interior. A cup of ice tea, and we are immediately shielded from the hot sun.

A quiet moment for Mummy and Daddy, away from the occasional kids’ screaming :p
Holiday Inn Phuket Tee Tree Spa

Inside the inner sanctuary, Mummy and Daddy chose the “Back, Head and Shoulder” massage (30min) and Feet massage (30min). The next hour was pure bliss as our masseuse soothes our stress away

Couple time again, our minds were with each other, until Daddy snooze away… (ooops)

Parents would be happy to know that kids can join them in massage session too! We would have invited our kids down, but Tea Tree Spa was fully booked.
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We did enroll the kids for a massage session at the huts outside our resort. Kids were giggling away as they got tickled, but they were enjoying their own pampering session too.
Phuket Massage

It can be pretty warm in the afternoon, sleeping can be a form of relaxation too.
Just grab a book and lie down on the hammock or pool couch.
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Just chill and relax.
Phuket Mai Khao Holiday Inn review

Stay Delectable

Enjoying our American breakfast at Pesto, while soaking in the sights from the vast horizon of Andaman sea.
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Yummy traditional and authentic Thai Food from Kin Dee, rated No3 in Mai Khao.
Mai Khao Kin Dee Thai food

We phone-order our lunch and enjoy a sumptuous meal on our balcony. No doubt the experience would be better if we dine at the restaurant.
Recommend Thai food Phuket Mai Khao

Go for the green curry and appetisers like salads, prawn/crab rolls. Their mango sticky rice is especially sweet.
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For the ultimate experience, the whole family can enroll in a cooking class and whip up some Green Curry, Tom Yam Gong and pineapple salad.

Under the real chef’s guide, adults proceed to dish out three Thai cuisines.
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Remembering to have Fun, even when we are preparing meals for our love ones.
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Newly minted Thai chefs, our green curry is quite good.
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Cute aprons, but the little ones are very serious when it comes to making their own pizzas.
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Otherwise, how would you explain Boon Xin rolling the dough with eyes blindfolded?

Their pizza must be delicious, Boon Kang was caught pinching away 🙂
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The cooking class was a delightful experience for everyone, especially more memorable when they realised we are making our own lunch.
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Stay FUN
Over our 4D3N stay, there was always some activities to engage us.

If you are adventurous, run 4km to catch planes landing on Phuket International airport. Although Daddy would not recommend the kids to run along (it is tiring to run on sloping sand!)

You might have spotted the beach when your plane is landing.
Phuket International Airport

Plane spotting real close, as you can feel the planes roar overhead. Do note that the best time to catch inbound planes (flying in from the sea) will be between 7am to 9am. I suspect afternoons will be outbound flights.
planes spotting Phuket

You will notice that Mai Khao beach does not have any sea motor sports like jetski or parasailing. We overheard from staff that it was intentional to keep the beach untarnished.

Outdoor playground (outside Kid’s club) is popular with smaller kids too, but there is minimal shelter.

Even up till the last hour, while waiting for our van, kids still want to pick up billiard.
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Princess treatment. Kids are really given VIP access at Kid’s Club. Parents should not be surprised when kids request to stay there from dawn to dusk!
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So, what will we miss about Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao?
Boon Xin will miss her Princess treatment and friends at Kid’s Club. We felt very safe whenever Boon Xin is in the hands of caretakers at Kid’s club.

I will miss the Chocolate croissants from our breakfast at J’s Cafe.
Sweet, indulging, all holidays should be this good!
Chocolate Croissant

Boys will miss the swimming pools.(Actually they miss the PS3 more, we need to pull them away from their room every day)

Thank you Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao for your kind hospitality. Everyone was so friendly to us, and guests were warmly greeted at every corner.

Praew (Marketing) is friendly and accommodating, Maroo (activities manager) is always really to engaged the kids in sports, friendly Ploy (front desk) can speak Mandarin and always smiling while Jack (Pesto) is always attentive and ensures his guests enjoy Pesto’s services.

With your smiles and personalities, you made our holiday much more memorable. Even our kids are impressed, they were happily saying “Sa-wat-dee” with palms clasped whenever someone greeted them 🙂

Everyone needs a relaxing vacation to rejuvenate.
We would not hesitate to recommend Holiday Inn Mai Khao to our friends.

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More details about resort can be found on their Website, Fanpage and Instagram.
Our 4D3N Phuket Mai Khao Itinerary :
Day 1 Resort activities
Day 2 Phi Phi island tour
– Day 3 and 4 blog post (the pool, the sea, the massage)
– Day 3 and 4 photo albums on our Fanpage

Day 2 Phuket Phi Phi Island review

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Fish feeding was definitely the highlight of Day 2 at Phuket (read our Day 1 Holiday Inn Mai Khao review). We hop on board a speedboat and tour around Phi Phi island.

The last time we were on a speedboat was 4 years ago when we island hopping at Krabi. Boon Xin was just crawling then. (Read our Krabi trip here)


But first, let us share our breakfast venue (Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao) with you. J’s Cafe has a special corner for kids to enjoy their own breakfast (or birthday party). The table and chair height was designed with smaller kids in mind.

No wonder Boon Xin kept refilling her coco crunch.
Holiday Inn kids dining area

We still have the option to dine together 🙂

.. or with our friends from Jbabies. Love the “sunken” couches.
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We had earlier book a trip to Phi Phi Island. A van drove us 30 minutes to Marina Bay to our speedboat.

We wonder whether the kids still remember Hong Island (Speedboat) or Four islands (Long Boat) from 4 years ago.
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We passed by a Vikings’ cave before we cruise into Pileh cove (or lagoon).
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We did not hesitate to jump into the cool lagoon.
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Speedboat thrills.
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Maya Beach (from Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach fame) was crowded!
Boats and people swamp the beach front and the water was cloudy.

We were disappointed with Maya beach, and I would not mind if we can leave “The Beach” earlier.
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Guide was telling us that the only “romantic” time to visit is 6am before the crowd, and the corals have been damaged from all the boats’ anchors. A pity there was no control and a beautiful beach now feels like a crowded swimming pool.

I should have researched (read Tripadvisor) earlier, will not recommend Maya Beach to anyone.
James Bond island overcrowded

Video : Maya beach, Pileh Cove

A 15 min ride away, was the highlight of our boat trip (not sure whether it is near Randy Island).

Video with GoPro Hero3: Fish feeding experience, some kids might be intimidated by the fishes :p

It was a nice experience to feed the swarms of fishes. Just dangle your bread crumbs and the colourful fishes will dart in from everywhere.
Phuket speedboat review

The guide will dive deeper (max 20m depth) to hand us seafood like sea anemone or urchins 🙂

Love love love the clear and transparent water!
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After feeding the fish, it was time to feed the humans. We had a quick and simple buffet, relax on the swing before we head to our last spot.
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Koh Rang Yai is a quiet town. With the low tide, we constructed some sand castles and reservoirs under the hot sun.
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Quiet beach, sandplay.
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Our Phi Phi Island trip is a full day itinerary. We nearly miss the sunset when we got back to our resort.

Can you imagine enjoying your dinner with sea breeze and watching the sun sets over the horizon? For that few moments, Andaman sea’s sunset turn everything orange hue, mesmerizing!
sunset Phuket

While you dine at beachfront Pesto Restaurant, you can also enjoy live band playing near the pool.
We love our grilled steak and pork cutlet but the squid is slightly undercooked.
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The tomato soup and simple fried rice was surprisingly appetising 🙂
Mai Hkao Holiday Inn Italian dining

Seafood buffet is also available, but do remember to RSVP early. Pesto is always full house during dinner time.
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Pizza for the hungry and tired kids, do remember to ask friendly staff to apply some mosquito spray.
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More details about resort can be found on their Website, Fanpage and Instagram.

– Catch our Day 1 review of Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao resort and Day 3, 4.
– Photos of Day 2 Phi Phi Island tour on our Fanpage album
– Our stay and meals at Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao are sponsored, but Phi Phi island trip is own expense (THB 3,200 per adult and THB1,750 per child) with operator Hello Phuket)