Best Western Premier: The Haven Ipoh

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Most fam­ily get­aways in­volve frol­ick­ing on the beach while soak­ing up the sun and build­ing sand­cas­tles. At the Haven, tucked into the lush green­ery on the fresher side of Ipoh, fam­i­lies have a chance to re­con­nect with na­ture to­gether. The Haven is Perak’s tallest and most lux­u­ri­ous re­sort ‘con­do­tel’ (part condo, part ho­tel) and it caters to three gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily by pro­vid­ing child-friendly and se­nior cit­i­zen-friendly fa­cil­i­ties. Ar­rival was like a long-awaited home­com­ing and I was greeted with the friendli­est of ser­vice. The cool breeze from the area fills the lobby and beck­oned me to check out the pool area.

The first thing that caught my eye was the ho­tel’s iconic pride and joy, the ‘Rock­haven,’ a 14-storey high, 280 mil­lion-year-old lime­stone cave that sits in the mid­dle of the pris­tine four-acre lake. The picturesque view was enough to mo­ti­vate me to jump into the infinity pool. The Haven was clearly built with fam­i­lies in mind – you’ll see par­ents and chil­dren frol­ick­ing in the pool, se­nior cit­i­zens go­ing for a stroll on the na­ture trail and a group of peo­ple in the midst of Tai Chi on the med­i­ta­tion deck. The spa­cious suites range from a one bed­room lake view suite to a two-plus-one bed­room premier suite and all have full fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a well-equipped kitchen. They are also very well ven­ti­lated and that fresh air which wel­comed me in lobby is just as ev­i­dent in the room - air con is not even nec­es­sary. Safety fea­tures are wellplaced, like the curved de­sign of the iron bars on the bal­cony which pre­vents chil­dren from climb­ing or fall­ing off. Other fa­cil­i­ties at The Haven in­clude a squash court, a bad­minton court, a gym, a via fer­rata where you can sign up for an ob­sta­cle course pack­age, as well as the op­tion of a fun fam­ily telematch. The en­tire area is wheel­chair and stroller-friendly, with el­e­vated slopes along­side stairs and large el­e­va­tors.

Per­haps the only set­back was the food and cus­tomer ser­vice at Cuisines, the ho­tel’s all-day din­ing restau­rant. For a ho­tel that prides it­self on be­ing pres­ti­gious, they could have done much bet­ter with their se­lec­tion as well as the ser­vice, which was rather hap­haz­ard. If you’re plan­ning a stay that ex­ceeds two days, head out for more food op­tions, af­ter all Ipoh does have quite a name for it­self when it comes to food. Sadly, the spa wasn’t ready at the time of my visit. If you’re a fam­ily that’s fuss free and keen on just chilling out while en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful scenery and the tran­quil­ity of the lo­ca­tion, The Haven is definitely a great choice. Carissa Mo­rais Jalan Haven (Per­siaran Lem­bah Per­pad­uan), Tam­bun, Ipoh (05 220 9000/www.the­haven­re­sorts.com).

Fam­ily fun at Shangri-La Golden Sands

Valid year round ex­cept dur­ing peak sea­sons, this is a bril­liant deal. Prices start at RM615 per night and the pack­age in­cludes daily buf­fet break­fast for two adults and two chil­dren (un­der 12 years old) at Gar­den Café as well as com­pli­men­tary daily din­ner (buf­fet or set) at the same restau­rant with free-flow on soft drinks for kids (and a glass of beer or wine for par­ents!), daily ad­mis­sion to Ad­ven­ture Zone for four hours with lunch for the kids, two Polly the Par­rot soft toys, an ex­tra bed for a child un­der 12 years old, one lunch of two wood-fired piz­zas per stay, com­pli­men­tary daily ac­cess to the Cool Zone Kid’s Club and two free meals for chil­dren aged five to 12 years old, and a com­pli­men­tary daily shut­tle to and from Ge­orge Town. Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 1911/ www.shangri-la.com).

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Shangri-La Rasa Ria fam­ily fun

Two adults and two chil­dren can enjoy the best that Shangri-La Rasa Ria has to of­fer on min­i­mum three-day stays un­til De­cem­ber 30 2016. From RM840 per night, the pack­age in­cludes daily buf­fet break­fast and din­ner for two adults and two chil­dren (un­der 12 years old), recre­ation credit worth RM100 per room per day, 15 per­cent dis­count on spa treat­ments, free one-hour bi­cy­cle ride for two adults and two chil­dren (un­der 12 years old), free ad­mis­sion to the Cool

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