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.