Phuket is a tourist’s mecca, luring in over 8 million travelers within the last year. Nor do economists expect that to change. While there will always be beach-goers to grace the Phuket sands, more family groups are arriving all the time, making non beach-specific options a premium for the tourism hot spot.
Blue Tree Phuket is slated to fit the bill, as a family and kid-friendly option. The 55 acre water park is underway to the tune of about 40 million U.S. dollars and expected to receive its first visitors early in 2019. The water park is situated on Phuket’s central west coast in an area that is ringed with rubber plantations. The idea is to give visitors a sense of adventure, but with safety. Travelers should feel as if they’ve reached an oasis of sanctuary and luxury in the midst of a hot and steamy jungle. There will be yoga, a gym, retail outlets, a grocery store, lots and lots of restaurants and enough water slides to shake a stick at.
Besides the water park, there will be a giant man-made fresh-water lagoon. Visitors can kayak, use paddle boats, or snorkel. There will be nightly music, street performances an amphitheater for dance performances, hawkers with Thai food. There will also be a circus school, trampolining and rock-climbing.
“Investors are pretty sure that Phuket’s tourism market, which welcomed over 8 million visitors last year, isn’t going anywhere — and as families increasingly look for non-beach activities to fill their holiday agendas, developers are there to answer the call.”