The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort
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.theandaman.com).