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.
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 gardenwith 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). and the spa even has a kids’ and teens’ menu for eight to 14-year-olds with massages and Little Princess manicure and pedicures. Take a Garden Terrace room where at least one of you can kick back on the spacious balcony while the kids go crazy at the playground below (they need to be accompanied by an adult here).
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. As with other Westin hotels, kids receive 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 here excels in getting kids out to experience the island with its nature walks, beach discovery adventures, bird watching experiences and batik activities. For children aged four to 12, the club is open daily from 9am to 7pm. Some activities also take place in the hotel’s Discovery Room, where kids can play board games, read books or just catch up on some TV.
The Andaman’s Marine Life Lab