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A’Famosa Re­sort

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.

Negeri Sem­bi­lan

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