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.
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