KL & Surrounds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Avillion Port Dickson
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