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Gayana Eco Re­sort

Mala­hom Bay, Gaya Is­land (08 838 0390/ www.gayana-eco-re­ Set on the beau­ti­ful Gaya Is­land and part of a marine park, this re­sort has 52 over­wa­ter vil­las that will de­light and cap­ti­vate both young and old guests. At its heart, the re­sort is about pro­tect­ing and re-gen­er­at­ing our pre­cious marine ecol­ogy and it fea­tures its own on­site Marine Ecol­ogy Re­search Cen­tre (MERC). Ideal for chil­dren, there is a touch pool where any­one can ex­pe­ri­ence the harm­less marine life found in the sur­round­ing wa­ters such as sea cu­cum­bers, starfishes and conches. Kids (and adults) can also get in­volved in a va­ri­ety of fun projects and ac­tiv­i­ties at MERC, such as learn­ing how to test wa­ter qual­ity and get­ting out on the reef with an un­der­wa­ter cam­era.

Nexus Re­sort & Spa Karam­bunai

Off Jalan Sepan­gar Bay, Kota Kinabalu (08 848 0888/­re­ Although this ho­tel re­ceives mixed re­views about the state of its rooms, with many com­ment­ing that the ho­tel is be­com­ing dated, still Nexus can boast a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion and ex­cel­lent ser­vice. The at­ten­tion to de­tail from the staff is sec­ond to none. For kids, there is a wide range of fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a fun pool, a large tod­dler pool which is shaded in the af­ter­noons and evenings by a large sun­shade, and the Nexie Club, open for guests be­tween the ages of four and 11 years old. The re­sort restau­rants have a kids’ menu. Ac­tiv­i­ties ga­lore await both par­ent and child from batik paint­ing and origami fold­ing to horse rid­ing and football ses­sions.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Re­sort

Pan­tai Dalit Beach, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu (08 879 7888/ Voted fifth in Asia’s Top 10 Fam­ily Re­sorts 2014 by read­ers of the Aus­tralian-based Hol­i­day with Kids mag­a­zine, Rasa Ria sits in a gor­geous trop­i­cal set­ting, where jun­gle meets beach. The Kids’ Club, for chil­dren aged be­tween four and 12 years old, is pos­si­bly one of the best around, full of ex­cit­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for the young ones to en­joy. You can try your hand at mak­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, lis­ten to a story dur­ing their story hour, or learn how to weave co­conut leaves. There is a na­ture re­serve nearby as well as an orang­utan ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre.

Sutera Har­bour Re­sort

1 Sutera Har­bour Boule­vard, Kota Kinabalu (08 831 8888/www.suter­a­har­ Es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of your city life to the beau­ti­ful shores of Sabah. Sutera Har­bour pro­vides an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids. The Kid­dies Club is safe and se­cure and has both in­door and out­door fa­cil­i­ties that cater to your child’s needs. There are games and ac­tiv­i­ties sched­uled hourly so eas­i­ly­dis­tracted minds will al­ways find some­thing of in­ter­est. Take a dip in the cus­tom-made kids’ pool for a splash­ing good time. Staff rec­om­mend the Glass Bot­tom Boat Cruise for an idyl­lic fam­ily out­ing. Jacuzzi, gym, sauna room, steam room and a fully air con­di­tioned pool­side Jun­gle Café.


Hil­ton Batang Ai Long­house Re­sort

Batang Ai, Lubok Antu (08 358 4388/www. hil­ Who can deny the beauty of na­ture es­pe­cially when you’re smack bang in the mid­dle of a for­est, co­cooned in Batang Ai Long­house Re­sort? A four-hour drive away from Kuch­ing, this child-friendly re­sort can pro­vide babysit­ting ser­vices and cribs and it also has a play­ground and of­fers a range of fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties such as sight­see­ing na­ture walks and wildlife ex­plo­ration. It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­pose your lit­tle ones to and a welcome respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life.

Per­mai Rain­for­est Re­sort

Jalan Sultan Ten­gah, Pan­tai Da­mai San­tubong, Kuch­ing (08 284 6487/6490/ www.per­mairain­for­ Half an hour away from Kuch­ing is Per­mai Rain­for­est Re­sort, set at the foot of Mount San­tubong in the pris­tine Bornean rain­for­est. Per­mai Rain­for­est is the ‘na­ture in a re­sort’ ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve been look­ing for. Stay among the cabin tree tops, re­lax by the beach and go for a trek where flora and fauna are in abun­dance. Ad­di­tion­ally, ac­tiv­i­ties such as night kayak­ing, stand up pad­dle board­ing, bird watch­ing, fly­ing fox and trea­sure hunts will en­sure that your older kids are hav­ing a great time.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Re­sort

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