Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Alor Gajah (06 552 0888/www.afamosa.com). Not a place to visit without the children, that’s for sure. Parents with a low ‘camp’ threshold may want to pop a relaxant before venturing here as the sheer campiness of it all will have you running for the exit otherwise. Cowboy Town and its cheerily faux cowboys-andIndians and the decidedly kid-oriented Water World are just a few of the activities on offer. Lower your expectations and call ahead before you book to check that all attractions are open as some may be closed for renovation.
Casa del Rio
88 Jalan Kota Laksamana, Malacca (06 2896888/www.casadelrio-melaka.com). This newish luxury hotel sits right by the Malacca River. The hotel’s architecture pays tribute to the culture of Arabic traders, the Portuguese and the Dutch. The 66 rooms are luxuriously appointed, blending Mediterranean styles with Peranakan touches. Their spa has been highly praised but we also want to give a shout-out to Casa del Rio’s family-friendly service. The twobedroom suites are great for families.
Holiday Inn Malacca
Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, Malacca (06 285 9000/www.holidayinn.com/melaka). Located on the stylish waterfront of the Straits of Malacca this hotel is a mere ten-minute walk from Malacca’s famous historical sites, making it a convenient place to stay for parents with kids. Free shuttle services are also available; just take note of the schedule. If the younger children get tired from all the sightseeing, you can always grab a bite at or explore the city’s main shopping district, which is just next door. Holiday Inn Malacca offers more than enough to satisfy basic recreational needs including a gym, spa, steam room and a child-friendly infinity edge outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also operates a ‘kids stay and eat free’ policy.
Philea Resort & Spa
Lot 2940, Jalan Ayer Keroh, off Jalan Plaza Tol, Ayer Keroh (06 289 3399/ www.phileahotel.com.my). This resort could certainly do with some maintenance and TLC but we’re going to recommend it for its good spa, its kids’ club and its beautiful natural setting. However, here are some things to note: food here tends to receive bad reviews so if you have transport, it might be worth exploring Malacca’s culinary heritage outside the resort. Furthermore, the resort uses buggies to help guests get around the resort grounds but these can be difficult to procure; if you have young children, we recommend asking for a room near reception and the restaurants.