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Ber­jaya Times Square Ho­tel 1 Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2117 8000/www. ber­jaya­ho­tel.com/kualalumpur). An amuse­ment park down­stairs is a pretty good ar­gu­ment for bring­ing your fam­ily to stay at Ber­jaya Times Square. But we know a few more: namely, a su­perb and very cen­tral lo­ca­tion; huge, spa­cious rooms de­signed with com­fort in mind; ded­i­cated kids’ menus; and a se­ri­ously im­pres­sive pool flanked by smaller kid­die-sized pools. Stay in the 2-Bed­room Deluxe room with its kitch­enette and sep­a­rate rooms for Mum and Dad and the kids or go for the more stylish 2-Bed­room Suite which of­fers the same ameni­ties with a more open plan de­sign. The lat­ter room deal also in­cludes a qui­eter, more pri­vate break­fast ex­pe­ri­ence at 7 Av­enue. Both rooms also of­fer the op­tions of an ex­tra bed or crib upon re­quest. Ask the ho­tel about their fam­ily pack­age deals which in­clude en­trance into Ber­jaya Times Square Theme Park.

Prince Ho­tel & Res­i­dence KL

4 Jalan Con­lay, KL (03 2170 8888/www. prince­hotelkl.com). With spa­cious rooms and an ex­cel­lent kids’ club, this ho­tel and res­i­dence is also very con­ve­niently lo­cated be­side Pav­il­ion shop­ping mall and not far from KLCC ei­ther. The kids’ club is open Mon­day to Satur­day from 9am to 5pm. With Plays­ta­tions, play equip­ment, ca­ble TV (with the Dis­ney chan­nel of course) and regular, sched­uled ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, the club will quickly be­come your lit­tle trav­eller’s favourite hang­out. For longer stays and those who want more space (or ac­cess to use­ful ameni­ties like mi­crowaves or the wash­ing ma­chines on the tenth floor), there are ser­viced apart­ments avail­able too.

Pull­man Putrajaya

2 Jalan P5/5, Precint 5, Putrajaya (03 8890 0000/www.pull­man­pu­tra­jaya.com). A short drive from the air­port, Pull­man Putrajaya is a good choice for long lay­overs. Of course, its stunning ar­chi­tec­ture by the lake and quiet sur­round­ings are plus points too. For younger chil­dren, there’s a pool, a mini play­room, a kids’ club; all the boxes are ticked. Older kids will like the games room with foos­ball, a pool ta­ble, ta­ble ten­nis and board games. If you have a con­sole ad­dict on your hands, there’s also a Wii room.

Sun­way Re­sort Ho­tel & Spa

Per­siaran La­goon, Ban­dar Sun­way, PJ (03 7492 8000/www.sun­way­ho­tels.com). The com­bi­na­tion of ho­tel, mall and theme park is pretty much fool­proof, in our hum­ble opin­ion. The ho­tel’s swim­ming pool has a mar­vel­lous man-made wa­ter­fall while the ad­ja­cent Sun­way La­goon theme park fea­tures at­trac­tions like the world’s largest man-made surf beach and thrilling wa­ter rides in its Wa­ter Park. There’s also an Ex­treme Park, Wildlife Park, Amuse­ment Park and Scream Park. Tired yet? The ad­join­ing mall also has a skat­ing rink, archery range, bowl­ing al­ley, cinema, ar­cade and more. You’ll never hear com­plaints of bore­dom ever again.

The Westin Kuala Lumpur

199 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (03 2731 8333/ www.thewestinkualalumpur.com). Staff at The Westin Kuala Lumpur make it very clear that chil­dren are wel­come. Kids are greeted with com­pli­men­tary wel­come bags, stuffed with treats, while par­ents of in­fants and tod­dlers will get their own spe­cial bag with Band Aids, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, socket cov­ers and a night­light. The Kids’ Club has a mini play­ground for kids and some staff are on hand if you do not have a nanny. Open daily from 9am to 7pm, the fa­cil­ity is for chil­dren aged from two to 12 years old. The Dis­cov­ery Room is a hub of ac­tiv­ity and all chil­dren re­ceive a Dis­cov­ery Pack filled with ev­ery­thing they need to ex­plore that des­ti­na­tion: a compass, membership bracelet, dis­pos­able cam­era, can­teen and a col­lectible travel pass­port.

Jo­hor

Deluxe

LEGOLAND Ho­tel 7 Jalan Me­dini, Nusa­jaya (07 597 8888/ www.legoland.com.my). A stay at LEGOLAND Ho­tel brings the fun of the theme park into your hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion. Be­ing right where the en­ter­tain­ment is, your kids will def­i­nitely love the gi­ant pil­lar-size LEGO fig­ures in front of the ho­tel. There are three main themes for the spa­cious rooms – Adventure, Pirate and King­dom; each is like a gi­ant play­room with toys, loads of colour and even a trea­sure hunt. The ho­tel’s restau­rants cater well to kids and even the lobby is full of fun ac­tiv­i­ties to keep young trav­ellers busy while par­ents deal with the busi­ness of check in. A tip: Book­ing on­line will yield bet­ter deals and packages in­clu­sive of theme park passes.

Mid-range

Rid­ers Lodge Se­de­nak, Jo­hor (07 652 5330/www. rid­er­slodge.com.my). If you have a child who’s en­am­oured with horses and ponies and won’t stop beg­ging you for one, plan a fam­ily trip to Rid­ers Lodge right away. They of­fer plenty of rid­ing lessons and camps for begin­ners. A stay in the 27-room man­sion will be some­thing your kid re­mem­bers for­ever. Sea Gypsy Vil­lage Re­sort and Dive Base Pu­lau Sibu, Mers­ing (07 222 8642/www. sibu­re­sort.com). Div­ing en­thu­si­asts will go wild over Sea Gypsy’s nat­u­ral house reef (max depth of six me­tres). You need not worry about the lit­tle ones as chances are they’ll be oc­cu­pied at the Kids’ Club where they’ll be mak­ing kites, paint­ing co­conuts or build­ing shel­ters to hide in. With games galore, all lean­ing to­wards ed­u­ca­tion with fun, we can’t get enough of this place and thor­oughly rec­om­mend a visit. What’s more, there are three baby and tod­dler menus (six to nine months, nine to 12 months and 12 to 24 months) with all meals pre­pared from scratch.

Kedah

Deluxe

The An­daman Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi (04 959 1088/ www.the­an­daman.com). The lux­u­ri­ous re­sort ap­peals to par­ents while kids will only have eyes for the Young Ex­plor­ers Club. Th­ese Wee-IPs have a slew of thought­ful ac­tiv­i­ties such as beach bowl­ing and her­mit crab hunts. Kids can also be Young Marine Bi­ol­o­gists for a day with the res­i­dent coral cu­ra­tor. They’ll learn about coral con­ser­va­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence guided snorkelling ses­sions. If the ocean fails to tempt your child, the sur­round­ing rain­forests of­fer plenty of bird watch­ing and jun­gle trekking ex­pe­ri­ences.

Four Sea­sons Re­sort

Jalan Tan­jung Rhu, Langkawi (04 950 8888/ www.foursea­sons.com/langkawi). Four Sea­sons of­fers an idyl­lic base for fam­i­lies and extends an es­pe­cially warm wel­come to their younger guests, from serv­ing milk and cook­ies to pro­vid­ing spe­cial gifts such as colour­ing books with crayons, choco­late treats, board games, books and toys. There is a ded­i­cated Kids For All Sea­sons Club with ac­tiv­i­ties like batik paint­ing and rock climb­ing, or you can get them out on a child-friendly sa­fari to the man­groves. As of Jan­uary 2015, kids can en­joy pony rides on the beach or in the gar­den with Lucy, Lirra and baby Star. The Frangi­pani Langkawi Re­sort & Spa 138 Jalan Teluk Baru Pan­tai Ten­gah, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi (04 952 0000/ www.frangi­pani­langkawi.com). The soft fluffy white sand of the beach will be the strong­est lure for kids here. Frangi­pani has two swim­ming pools in ad­di­tion to a kid­die pool, while ac­tiv­i­ties such as wa­ter sports, beach vol­ley­ball and snorkelling will in­ter­est the teens. Tout­ing it­self as a green ho­tel, Frangi­pani is slightly worn around the edges but a va­ca­tion on Langkawi will be spent out­doors any­way.

Tan­jung Rhu Re­sort

Mukim Ayer Han­gat, Langkawi (04 959 1033/www.tan­jun­grhu.com.my). Tan­jung Rhu’s pri­vate beach is one of the best on Langkawi, and with reg­u­larly sched­uled kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties such as man­grove tours and batik paint­ing, your tots won’t have time to sulk. Although the newly re­vamped re­sort is a bit far out from the main sight­see­ing spots, we can see many re­peat vis­i­tors to Tan­jung Rhu. Their se­cret is prob­a­bly in the ex­em­plary ser­vice.

The Westin Langkawi Re­sort & Spa

Jalan Pan­tai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888/www.westin­langkawi.com). Down past Jetty Point Shop­ping Com­plex, The Westin Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s most ex­clu­sive and re­ju­ve­nat­ing places to stay. Kids are greeted with com­pli­men­tary wel­come bags stuffed with treats while par­ents of in­fants and tod­dlers will get their own spe­cial bag with Band Aids, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, socket cov­ers and a night­light. The Kids’ Club has ev­ery­thing chil­dren need to keep them­selves oc­cu­pied. Open daily from 9am to 7pm, the fa­cil­ity is for chil­dren aged be­tween two and 12 years old. Ad­di­tion­ally, The Dis­cov­ery Room is a hub of ac­tiv­ity and all chil­dren re­ceive a Dis­cov­ery Pack filled with ev­ery­thing they need to ex­plore Langkawi: a compass, membership bracelet, dis­pos­able cam­era, can­teen and a col­lectible travel pass­port.

Malacca

Deluxe

A’Famosa Re­sort Jalan Ke­mus, Sim­pang Em­pat, Alor Ga­jah (06 552 0888/www.afamosa.com). Not a place to visit with­out the chil­dren, that’s for sure. Par­ents with a low ‘camp’ thresh­old may want to pop a re­lax­ant be­fore ven­tur­ing here as the sheer campi­ness of it all will have you run­ning for the exit oth­er­wise. Cow­boy Town and its cheer­ily faux cow­boys-and-In­di­ans and the de­cid­edly kid-ori­ented Wa­ter World are just a few of the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer. Lower your ex­pec­ta­tions and call ahead be­fore you book to check that all at­trac­tions are open as some may be closed for ren­o­va­tion.

Casa del Rio

88 Jalan Kota Lak­samana, Malacca (06 289 6888/www.casadel­rio-me­laka.com). This newish luxury ho­tel sits right by Malacca River. The ho­tel’s ar­chi­tec­ture pays trib­ute to the cul­ture of Ara­bic traders, the Por­tuguese and the Dutch. The 66 rooms are lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed, blend­ing Mediter­ranean styles with Per­anakan touches. Their spa has been highly praised but we also want to give a shout-out to Casa del Rio’s fam­ily-friendly ser­vice. The twobed­room suites are great for fam­i­lies.

Hol­i­day Inn Malacca

Jalan Syed Ab­dul Aziz, Malacca (06 285 9000/www.hol­i­dayinn.com/me­laka). Lo­cated on the stylish wa­ter­front of the Straits of Malacca this ho­tel is a mere ten-minute walk from Malacca’s fa­mous his­tor­i­cal sites, mak­ing it a con­ve­nient place to stay for par­ents with kids. Free shut­tle ser­vices are also avail­able; just take note of the sched­ule. If the younger chil­dren get tired from all the sight­see­ing, you can al­ways grab a bite or ex­plore the city’s main shop­ping dis­trict, which is just next door. Hol­i­day Inn of­fers more than enough to sat­isfy ba­sic recre­ational needs in­clud­ing a gym, spa, steam room and a child-friendly In­fin­ity Edge out­door swim­ming pool.

Negeri Sem­bi­lan

Deluxe

Avil­lion Port Dick­son 3rd Mile, Jalan Pan­tai, Port Dick­son (06 647 6688/www.avil­lion­port­dick­son.com). Highly rec­om­mended for those trav­el­ling with lit­tle ones, Avil­lion has a pet­ting zoo where kids can feed the an­i­mals, a safe and se­cure kids’ club with soft floors for rough and tum­ble mo­ments, and a fan­tas­tic kids’ pool with a slide. Guests with fam­i­lies rave about the staff’s at­ten­tion to de­tail and cheer­ful man­ner. With a va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions on of­fer for those with kids and F&B dis­counts thrown in for larger fam­i­lies, Avil­lion re­ally does live up to the hype.

Mid-range

Ea­gle Ranch Re­sort 544 Jalan Pan­tai (06 661 0495/www. ea­gler­anch.com.my). Cow­boys and In­di­ans rule the roost at Ea­gle Ranch, where ac­com­mo­da­tion takes the form of band­wag­ons, log cab­ins and teepees. En­ter­tain­ment such as go-karts, paint­ball, horse-rid­ing and team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are aplenty, and there are pools big and small to sat­isfy young kids and older ones alike. Take note that Ea­gle Ranch is lo­cated quite far away from the nicer beaches in Port Dick­son.

Titi Eco Farm Re­sort

1706 Sun­gai Rotan, Jelebu (03 7874 8122/ www.titieco.com.my). Take a stroll amid the or­ganic farm and herb gar­dens, or have a go on the fly­ing fox with your kids. If your kids ever tire of the play­ground, bring a kite for there’s a wide open grass space. A stay at Titi Eco’s long­houses will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren in­deed.

Pa­hang

Deluxe

Ber­jaya Tioman Re­sort Be­tween Kam­pung Paya and Kam­pung Tekek (09 419 1000/www.ber­jaya­ho­tel­sre­sorts.com). Ad­mit­tedly Ber­jaya Re­sorts can be a bit hit and miss but trust us, this one is more of a hit than a miss (although there are still a few bumps that need to be ironed out). Spread over 200 acres of beau­ti­fully land­scaped grounds, their 18-hole golf course has been much praised but dig a lit­tle deeper and you’ll find nu­mer­ous other fam­ily-friendly leisure and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, from jun­gle trekking, beach vol­ley­ball and friendly ta­ble ten­nis matches to old-school games in the ar­cade and amuse­ment cen­tre.

Bukit Gam­bang Re­sort City

Jalan Bukit Gam­bang Utama, Gam­bang (09 548 8000/www.bgrc.com.my). An all-in-one re­sort city, Bukit Gam­bang goes out of its way to make sure kids have the time of their lives here (at the ex­pense of your wal­let, of course). There is a wa­ter park with wave pools and a va­ri­ety of wa­ter slides, a sa­fari, a mini ar­cade with bumper cars and such, a con­sole room, two dif­fer­ent swim­ming pools, and much, much more. It’s a bit far from Kuan­tan town but one can look out for the stately gi­raffes from the high­way.

Club Med Cher­at­ing

HVOM, 29th Mile, Jalan Kuan­tanKe­ma­mam, Kuan­tan (09 581 9133/www. clubmed.com.my). What can we say about Club Med’s childfriendly fa­cil­i­ties that hasn’t al­ready been said? Part of the fa­mous French chain, this luxury re­sort em­ploys an all-in­clu­sive con­cept for lodg­ings, food, fa­cil­i­ties, sports, games and shows. Billed as a ‘Hol­i­day Pack­age’, the re­sort is a vil­lage lo­cated in the heart of an 80-hectare trop­i­cal park with 4km of fine sandy beaches. No age group is left out with Baby Club Med open for the very lit­tle ones (four months to two-year­sold), Pe­tit Club Med, for two to un­der-fours, and Mini Club Med for those from four to 10-years-old. Teenagers are catered for as well with Club Med Pass­world (open for those be­tween the ages of 11 and 18). The per­fect recipe for a great fam­ily hol­i­day. Don’t for­get to pop by the tur­tle sanc­tu­ary

next door for some marine con­ser­va­tion ed­u­ca­tion for the young ones.

Hy­att Re­gency Kuan­tan

Jalan Telok Cempedak, Kuan­tan (09 518 1234/www.kuan­tan.re­gency.hy­att.com). Blend­ing into the seren­ity of the coast, this idyl­lic re­sort is lo­cated on the luxury stretch of Telok Chempedak’s pris­tine beach­front. Within the re­sort there are a va­ri­ety of beach and wa­ter sports avail­able for chil­dren and a recre­ational room for the tra­di­tional con­gkak and other board games. There are guided bi­cy­cle tours of­fered ev­ery Satur­day by the ho­tel to the Terun­tum Mini-Zoo. For a hol­i­day to re­mem­ber, spend a mes­meris­ing evening fire­fly-watch­ing on Cher­at­ing River, lo­cated just 45 min­utes away from the ho­tel.

Mu­tiara Ta­man Ne­gara Re­sort

Kuala Ta­han, Jer­an­tut (09 266 3500/2200/ www.mu­tiara­ho­tels.com). First things first – you’re in the mid­dle of the jun­gle. So there will def­i­nitely be mos­qui­toes, pos­si­bly mon­keys on the bal­cony and the wa­ter pres­sure is more than likely to be low. All that said, Mu­tiara has great staff who greet each guest like a friend, pretty good fam­ily-sized chalets, bunk beds for the kids, a sit-out living area good for card games and best of all, the ho­tel or­gan­ises well-guided trips into Ta­man Ne­gara, thor­oughly en­joy­able for both adults and chil­dren (five and above).

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