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Riders Lodge

Se­de­nak, Jo­hor (07 652 5330/www. rid­er­slodge.com.my). If you have a child who’s en­am­oured with horses and ponies and won’t stop beg­ging you for one, plan a fam­ily trip to Riders Lodge right away. They of­fer plenty of rid­ing lessons and camps for be­gin­ners. A stay in the 27-room man­sion will be some­thing your kid re­mem­bers for­ever.

Sea Gypsy Vil­lage Re­sort and Dive Base

Pu­lau Sibu, Mers­ing (07 222 8642/ www.sibu­re­sort.com). Div­ing en­thu­si­asts will go wild over Sea Gypsy’s nat­u­ral house reef (max­i­mum depth of six me­tres). You need not worry about the lit­tle ones as chances are they’ll be oc­cu­pied at the Kids’ Club where they’ll be making kites, paint­ing co­conuts or build­ing shel­ters to hide in. With games ga­lore, all lean­ing to­wards ed­u­ca­tion with fun, we can’t get enough of this place and thor­oughly rec­om­mend a visit. What’s more, there are three baby and tod­dler menus (six to nine months, nine to 12 months and 12 to 24 months) with all meals pre­pared from scratch. An all-round bril­liant choice for a fam­ily va­ca­tion.

Kedah

The Frangi­pani Langkawi Re­sort & Spa

138 Jalan Teluk Baru Pan­tai Ten­gah, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi (04 952 0000/ www.frangi­pani­langkawi.com). 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.

Mer­i­tus Pe­langi

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 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, and the spa even has a kids’ and teens’ menu for eight to 14-year-olds with mas­sages and Lit­tle Princess man­i­cure and pedi­cures. Take a Gar­den Ter­race room where at least one of you can kick back on the spa­cious bal­cony while the kids go crazy at the play­ground be­low (they need to be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult here).

The Westin Langkawi Re­sort & Spa

Jalan Pan­tai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888/www.westin­langkawi.com). Down past Jetty Point Shop­ping Com­plex, The Westin Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s most ex­clu­sive and re­ju­ve­nat­ing places to stay. As with other Westin ho­tels, kids re­ceive com­pli­men­tary wel­come bags stuffed with treats while par­ents of in­fants and tod­dlers will get their own spe­cial bag with Band Aids, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, socket cov­ers and a night­light. The Kids’ Club here ex­cels in get­ting kids out to ex­pe­ri­ence the is­land with its na­ture walks, beach dis­cov­ery ad­ven­tures, bird watch­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and batik ac­tiv­i­ties. For chil­dren aged four to 12, the club is open daily from 9am to 7pm. Some ac­tiv­i­ties also

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