The An­daman, A Luxury Col­lec­tion Re­sort

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Travel -

The An­daman has long been one of our favourite re­sorts for fam­i­lies. Sit­u­ated on the se­cluded Datai Bay in the midst of lush rain­for­est, The An­daman is an eco-play­ground for fam­i­lies. The re­sort’s coral nurs­ery pro­gramme, op­er­at­ing since 2010, is well known by now and fo­cuses on re­viv­ing the house reef which was dam­aged in the 2004 tsunami. Pieces of still living coral are grafted on to new sub­strates and nur­tured in a spe­cially con­structed pool, be­fore be­ing re­turned to the reef on Ar­ti­fi­cial Reef Mod­ule Sys­tems (ARMS).

Fast for­ward five years and the pro­gramme con­tin­ues to grow. Now kids (and adults) can get in­volved in a va­ri­ety of coral nurs­ery ac­tiv­i­ties for free – learn to trans­plant coral, feed the fish and coral, or sim­ply en­joy a pri­vate guided snorkel. The team at the nurs­ery has ex­panded and now in­cludes stu­dents from Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Univer­siti Malaysia Tereng­ganu (UMT), who help run the project and work on their own re­search at the same time. The next cou­ple of months will see the open­ing of a Marine Re­search Cen­tre near the lobby. Here, guests (in­clud­ing the kids) will be able to ex­plore and learn more about the re­sort’s coral pro­gramme while stu­dents will use the space to study and con­duct ex­per­i­ments. If your kids and teens re­ally have a pas­sion for the sea, they can take part in the ‘Young Marine Bi­ol­o­gist’ ac­tiv­ity (a flex­i­ble pro­gramme which can run for half a day or a week and costs RM150 per day) and play a more ac­tive role in the day-to­day run­ning of the nurs­ery.

Aside from the coral, the re­cently re­dec­o­rated Young Ex­plorer’s Club is open daily from 10am-6pm and fo­cuses on ac­tiv­i­ties that get kids en­gag­ing with na­ture – don’t be sur­prised if they come back with tales of her­mit crab rac­ing, beach bowl­ing and find­ing a real Nemo. When meal time rolls round, you can take ad­van­tage of the SPG Kids Pass and, for a flat rate daily, kids un­der 12 years can en­joy any­thing they want from chil­dren’s menus, buf­fets and drinks. Most of the restau­rants have a sep­a­rate menu for chil­dren (ex­cept for The Ja­panese Restau­rant) and the menu at Jala is par­tic­u­larly good, fea­tur­ing mini, kid-friendly but un­de­ni­ably spec­tac­u­lar dishes. Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi, Kedah (04 959 1088/www.the­an­

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