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Hard Rock Ho­tel Pe­nang

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1711/www. hardrock­ho­tels.net). Lo­cated near the end of the Fer­ringhi Beach, Hard Rock Ho­tel is a great choice if you want to keep your kids oc­cu­pied while you sip on a cock­tail or two in the pool. One can see that Hard Rock takes their younger guests se­ri­ously when the kids’ wa­ter play­ground area is equipped with wa­ter guns and slides. Rox­ity Kids’ Club is open to chil­dren aged from four to 12 and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude arts and crafts, games con­soles, face paint­ing and board games, while the Teens Club pro­vides fin­ger ex­er­cise with Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 con­soles. Foos­ball and pool ta­bles are avail­able too. Hard Rock Pe­nang is a no-brainer, if you have the bud­get, that is.

Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort

72 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 6666/www. hol­i­dayin­nre­sorts.com/pe­nang). The Hol­i­day Inn name prom­ises pro­fes­sion­al­ism and, duly, the place is clean and runs like a well-oiled ma­chine. Those with lit­tle ones will find the ef­fi­ciently man­aged kids’ club a bless­ing as friendly staff put on a host of ac­tiv­i­ties for ac­tive young minds, from T-shirt paint­ing and sketch­ing to a big va­ri­ety of board games. And as an added bonus, un­der-12s stay and eat for free if they share a room with Mum and Dad and dine with them. If you want to be on the beach front, then you’d best spec­ify when you make your reser­va­tion as the ho­tel has two wings: Fer­ringhi Tower, which pri­mar­ily looks out to the hills, and the Beach Wing, which are con­nected by a sky walk. For some­thing ex­tra spe­cial, book a kids’ suite, which is avail­able with themes such as the jun­gle, Trea­sure Is­land or space and comes with PlayS­ta­tion 3 con­soles. Even this ho­tel’s web­site has a games sec­tion for kids – we find the skate­board­ing bear par­tic­u­larly dis­tract­ing.

Mango Tree Place

29 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong (off Burma Road) (014 246 2132); 494 & 496 Le­buh Pan­tai (012 987 0833/www.man­gotreeplace.com. my). Mango Tree Place is a ho­tel where ‘happy souls’ can be found. Ser­vice is im­pec­ca­ble, the team is es­pe­cially wel­com­ing to kids, and chil­dren will en­joy the unique dé­cor. Free baby cots are avail­able. Their break­fasts lean to­ward lo­cal va­ri­eties, so take it as a safe in­tro­duc­tion to Pe­nang cui­sine. The ho­tel has two sites: Town­house 1934 and Hide­away. Book the court­yard suite at the Town­house – there’s a swing in the room.

PARKROYAL Pe­nang

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1133/www. parkroy­al­ho­tels.com). You can tell from your first step into the high ceilinged lobby of PARKROYAL Pe­nang that it’s a beach ho­tel through and through. Airy and spa­cious, the lobby ex­tends out to the breezy Ja­vana Lounge, where fans swirl lazily and guests re­cline on rat­tan chairs. Rooms and suites here are lux­u­ri­ous. Kids will es­pe­cially love the 70ft-long slide at the splash pool and bud­ding beauty queens can pop along to St Gre­gory’s, the ho­tel’s spa which of­fers ser­vices such as mani-pedis, hair-braid­ing and ju­nior fa­cials. Sun­day buf­fets are a high­light with clowns, games and lit­tle presents for the kids. If that’s not enough then the Koko-Nut Kids’ Club for chil­dren aged be­tween four and 12 of­fers daily fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, all su­per­vised by trained staff.

Shangri-La Golden Sands Re­sort

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 1911/www. shangri-la.com). It’s not many ho­tels that boast their very own mini-theme park. Ex­cel­lent for the lit­tle ones, the Ad­ven­ture Zone is a unique fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment venue that is one of a kind in Malaysia. The 10,300 sq ft air-con­di­tioned in­door fa­cil­ity houses three cat­e­gories of ex­cit­ing drop slides, mul­ti­ple sec­tions of mod­u­lar play equip­ment, a game zone, tod­dler area, themed birth­day party rooms and a café. There’s also a Kids’ Club with com­pli­men­tary or­gan­ised daily ac­tiv­i­ties for the lit­tle ones. Ad­di­tion­ally, more games and fun can be found at the Cool Lounge, a spe­cially des­ig­nated en­ter­tain­ment area which al­lows chil­dren to play board and card games, read, or surf the net. The ho­tel has a ‘Kids Eat, Stay and Play For Free’ pack­age for up to three chil­dren less than 12 years of age per fam­ily. With de­lec­ta­ble cuisines in ad­di­tion to spe­cial kids’ menus, the re­sort’s food and bev­er­age out­lets pro­vide di­verse and ex­cit­ing din­ing op­tions for fam­i­lies trav­el­ling to­gether.

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Re­sort and Spa

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 888 8888/www. shangri-la.com). As a high end beach re­sort in Pe­nang, Rasa Sayang is still un­matched. Mod­ern rooms look out to the Straits of Malacca or to the is­land’s in­ner green­ery while the sig­na­ture spa takes you thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away from the fast pace of city life. The lo­ca­tion strikes a good bal­ance be­tween the lively night mar­ket and the calm pri­vate beach. And just like its sis­ter re­sort, Golden Sands, Rasa Sayang has the same com­pre­hen­sive fa­cil­i­ties for kids. The Ad­ven­ture Zone, which they share with Golden Sands, proves

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