Berjaya Tioman Resort
Between Kampung Paya and Kampung Tekek (09 419 1000/www.berjayahotel.com). Admittedly Berjaya Resorts can be a bit hit and miss but trust us, this one is more of a hit than a miss. Spread over 200 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, their 18-hole golf course has been much praised but dig a little deeper and you’ll find numerous other family-friendly leisure and recreational activities on offer, from jungle trekking, beach volleyball and friendly table tennis matches to old-school games in the arcade and amusement centre. Spacious, sturdy rooms and chalets, lots of cute roaming cats and a gorgeous beach complete this great family holiday spot.
Club Med Cherating
HVOM, 29th Mile, Jalan KuantanKemamam, Kuantan (09 581 9133/ www.clubmed.com.my). What can we say about Club Med’s childfriendly facilities that hasn’t already been said? Part of the famous French chain, this luxury resort employs an all-inclusive concept for lodgings, food, facilities, sports, games and shows. Billed as a ‘Holiday Package’, the resort is a village located in the heart of an 80-hectare tropical park with 4km of fine sandy beaches. No age group is left out with Baby Club Med open for the very little ones (four months to two-years-old), Petit Club Med, for two to under-fours, and Mini Club Med for those from four to 10 years old. Teenagers are catered for as well with Club Med Passworld (open for those between the ages of 11 and 18). The perfect recipe for a great family holiday. Don’t forget to pop by the turtle sanctuary next door for some marine conservation education for the young ones.
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
Kuala Tahan, Jerantut (09 266 3500/2200/ www.mutiarahotels.com). First things first – you’re in the middle of the jungle so there will definitely be mosquitoes, possibly monkeys on the balcony and the water pressure is more than likely to be low. All that said, Mutiara has great staff who greet each guest like a friend, pretty good family-sized chalets, bunk beds for the kids, a sit-out living area good for card games, and best of all, the hotel organises well-guided trips into Taman Negara, thoroughly enjoyable for both adults and children (five years and above).
Penang Mango Tree Place is a hotel where ‘happy souls’ can be found. Service is impeccable, the team is especially welcoming to kids, and children will enjoy the unique décor. Free baby cots are available. Their breakfasts lean toward local varieties, so take it as a safe introduction to Penang cuisine. The hotel has two sites: Townhouse 1934 and Hideaway. Book the courtyard suite at the Townhouse – there’s a swing in the room.
Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1133/ www.parkroyalhotels.com). You can tell from your first step into the high ceilinged lobby of PARKROYAL Penang that it’s a beach hotel through and through. Airy and spacious, the lobby extends out to the breezy Javana Lounge, where fans swirl lazily and guests recline on rattan chairs. Rooms and suites here are luxurious. Kids will especially love the 70ft-long slide at the splash pool and budding beauty queens can pop along to St Gregory’s, the hotel’s spa which offers services such as mani-pedis, hair-braiding and junior facials. Sunday buffets are a highlight with clowns, games
Hard Rock Hotel Penang