Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi (04 959 1088/ www.theandaman.com). The luxurious resort with its award-winning spa appeals to parents while kids will only have eyes for the Young Explorers Club and coral nursery. At the club, Wee-IPs have a slew of activities to try such as beach bowling and hermit crab hunts. Down at the nursery, kids can be Young Marine Biologists for a day with the coral curator or simply enjoy a guided snorkel and spot the resident lobsters, clown fishes and Moorish idols. Kids and parents alike can head up to the new Marine Life Laboratory near the lobby to learn more about coral conservation and the hotel’s inspiring initiatives to save its damaged reef. Over here, talks, workshops and other events will get guests involved in saving this precious resource. If the ocean fails to tempt your child, the surrounding rainforests offer plenty of bird watching and jungle trekking experiences. 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.
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (04 952 8888/ www.meritushotels.com). Meritus Pelangi boasts a great location on Pantai Cenang, perfect for enjoying the beach, exploring food stalls and restaurants and enjoying a host of water sports. Styled as a traditional Malay village, the hotel features one- and two-storey wooden chalets dotted along the beach and around the its two swimming pools, ponds and man-made lakes. Kids will love the water playground with its water guns, play equipment and a giant of bucket of water, which tips every two minutes and drenches anyone standing below it. The Spice Market Restaurant and in-room dining offer a selection of kids’ meals,