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.
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.
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