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Titi Eco Farm Re­sort

1706 Sun­gai Rotan, Jelebu (03 7874 8122/ www.titieco.com.my). Take a stroll amid the or­ganic farm and herb gar­dens, or have a go on the fly­ing fox with your kids. If your kids ever tire of the play­ground, bring a kite as there’s a wide open grassy space. A stay at Titi Eco’s long­houses will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren in­deed.

Pa­hang and board games, while the Teens Club pro­vides fin­ger ex­er­cise with Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 con­soles. Foos­ball and pool ta­bles are avail­able too. Hard Rock Pe­nang is a no-brainer, if you have the bud­get, that is.

Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort

72 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 6666/ www.hol­i­dayin­nre­sorts.com/pe­nang). The Hol­i­day Inn name prom­ises pro­fes­sion­al­ism and, duly, the place is clean and runs like a well-oiled ma­chine. Those with lit­tle ones will find the ef­fi­ciently man­aged kids’ club a bless­ing as friendly staff put on a host of ac­tiv­i­ties for ac­tive young minds, from T-shirt paint­ing and sketch­ing to a big va­ri­ety of board games. And as an added bonus, un­der-12s stay and eat for free if they share a room with Mum and Dad and dine with them. If you want to be on the beach front, then you’d best spec­ify when you make your reser­va­tion as the ho­tel has two wings, which are con­nected by a sky walk: Fer­ringhi Tower, which pri­mar­ily looks out to the hills, and the Beach Wing. For some­thing ex­tra spe­cial, book a kids’ suite, which is avail­able with themes such as the jun­gle, Trea­sure Is­land or space and comes with PlaySta­tion 3 con­soles. Even this ho­tel’s web­site has a games sec­tion for kids – we find the skate­board­ing bear par­tic­u­larly dis­tract­ing.

Mango Tree Place

21 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong (off Burma Road) (014 246 2132); 494 & 496 Le­buh Pan­tai (012 987 0833/ www.man­gotreeplace.com.my). and lit­tle presents for the kids. If that’s not enough then the Koko-Nut Kids’ Club for chil­dren aged be­tween four and 12 of­fers daily fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, all su­per­vised by trained staff.

Shangri-La Golden Sands Re­sort

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 1911/ www.shangri-la.com). It’s not many ho­tels that boast their very own mini-theme park. Ex­cel­lent for the lit­tle ones, the Ad­ven­ture Zone is a unique fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment venue that is one of a kind in Malaysia. The 10,300 sq ft air-con­di­tioned in­door fa­cil­ity houses three cat­e­gories of ex­cit­ing drop slides, mul­ti­ple sec­tions of mod­u­lar play equip­ment, a game zone, tod­dler area, themed birth­day party rooms and a café. There’s also a Kids’ Club with com­pli­men­tary or­gan­ised daily ac­tiv­i­ties for the lit­tle ones. Ad­di­tion­ally, more games and fun can be found at the Cool Lounge, a spe­cially des­ig­nated en­ter­tain­ment area which al­lows chil­dren to play board and card games, read, or surf the net. With de­lec­ta­ble cuisines in ad­di­tion to spe­cial kids’ menus, the re­sort’s food and bev­er­age out­lets pro­vide di­verse and ex­cit­ing din­ing op­tions for fam­i­lies trav­el­ling to­gether.

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Re­sort and Spa

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 888 8888/www. shangri-la.com). As a high end beach re­sort in Pe­nang, Rasa Sayang is still un­matched. Mod­ern rooms look out to the Straits of Malacca or to the is­land’s in­ner green­ery while the sig­na­ture spa takes you thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away from the fast pace of city life. The lo­ca­tion strikes a good bal­ance be­tween the lively night mar­ket and the calm pri­vate beach. And just like its sis­ter re­sort, Golden Sands, Rasa Sayang has the same com­pre­hen­sive fa­cil­i­ties for kids. The Ad­ven­ture Zone, which they share with Golden Sands, proves to be the big­gest draw with its drop slides, game zone and play­ground area.

Perak the raft of ad­ven­ture pack­ages and search for the elu­sive raf­fle­sia, visit a tra­di­tional Orang Asli vil­lage or try to catch sight of the area’s wildlife. This is one for fam­i­lies with older chil­dren who can get in­volved in the na­ture ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, but eas­ier walks are avail­able if you have es­pe­cially ea­ger young kids. There is also a re­lax­ing boat ride that the whole fam­ily can enjoy to­gether. In­doors, there’s not much to en­ter­tain the kids but there is a play room with some tra­di­tional games like con­gkak and ting ting. Let the re­sort know if you want to stay at their camp­site, around 20 min­utes’ walk from the lobby.

Swiss Gar­den Beach Re­sort Da­mai Laut

Per­siaran Swiss-Gar­den, Jalan Da­mai Laut, off Jalan Teluk Se­nan­gin, Lumut (05 684 3333/www.swiss­gar­den.com). A lovely re­sort just across the Dind­ing Straits from Pangkor Is­land, Swiss Gar­den has a kids’ club with face paint­ing, sand art and T-shirt paint­ing as well as a host of ac­tiv­i­ties that the whole fam­ily will enjoy in­clud­ing paint­balling, jun­gle trekking, snor­kel­ing and archery. Keep an eye on the web­site for the ho­tel’s fam­ily stay pack­ages.

Tiger Rock Pangkor

WD.2 Pangkor, Pangkor Is­land (04 264 3580/tiger­rock.info). In a beau­ti­ful jun­gle set­ting, close to the is­land’s rain­for­est re­serve, Tiger Rock Pangkor of­fers well de­signed ac­com­mo­da­tion that was con­structed from all lo­cal ma­te­ri­als. The gor­geous build­ings, which you can rent out in their en­tirety, hark back to the past with colour­ful colo­nial styling. There’s a pool, li­brary with in­ter­net ac­cess, and a ten­nis court to keep kids oc­cu­pied. They can also go bird watch­ing in the jun­gle or take a tour of the is­land.

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