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The An­daman

Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi (04 959 1088/ www.the­an­ This lux­u­ri­ous re­sort ap­peals to the whole fam­ily; par­ents can spoil them­selves silly at the award-win­ning spa while kids will only have eyes for the Young Ex­plor­ers Club and co­ral nurs­ery. Sign your kids up with the club for them to sam­ple a slew of ac­tiv­i­ties such as beach bowl­ing and hunt­ing down her­mit crabs. Down at the nurs­ery, a co­ral cu­ra­tor will train your kids on how to be a Young Marine Bi­ol­o­gist for the day; en­joy a guided snorkel and spot the res­i­dent lob­sters, clown fishes and Moor­ish idols. Kids and par­ents alike can head up to the new Marine Life Lab­o­ra­tory near the lobby to learn more about co­ral con­ser­va­tion and the ho­tel’s in­spir­ing ini­tia­tives to save dam­aged reefs. Talks, work­shops and other events will get guests in­volved in sav­ing the sea’s pre­cious re­sources. If wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties aren’t quite your child’s thing, the sur­round­ing rain­forests of­fer bird watch­ing and jun­gle trekking ex­pe­ri­ences.

Four Sea­sons Re­sort

Jalan Tan­jung Rhu, Langkawi (04 950 8888/ www.foursea­ Four Sea­sons of­fers an idyl­lic base for fam­i­lies and ex­tends an es­pe­cially warm wel­come to its younger guests by serv­ing milk and cook­ies and pro­vid­ing spe­cial gifts such as colour­ing books, choco­late treats and toys. Drop them off at the ded­i­cated Kids For All Sea­sons Club, which of­fers batik paint­ing and rock climb­ing, or take them out on a child-friendly sa­fari ride to the man­groves. Babysit­ting ser­vices are also pro­vided. Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi (04 952 0000/ www.frangi­pani­ Fac­ing a beach car­peted with soft white sand, The Frangi­pani is a nat­u­ral haven that even kids can ap­pre­ci­ate. With two swim­ming pools, a kid­die pool and beach ac­tiv­i­ties such as volleyball and snor­kel­ing, it’s hard to com­plain of bore­dom here. Though slightly worn around the edges, this green ho­tel is worth a stay; you’re likely to be out­doors most of the time any­way.

Mer­i­tus Pe­langi

Pan­tai Ce­nang, Langkawi (04 952 8888/ www.mer­i­tusho­ Mer­i­tus Pe­langi boasts of a great lo­ca­tion on Pan­tai Ce­nang – per­fect for en­joy­ing the beach, ex­plor­ing food stalls and restau­rants, and en­joy­ing a host of wa­ter sports. Styled af­ter a tra­di­tional Malay vil­lage, the ho­tel fea­tures one- and two-storey wooden chalets along the beach and around its ponds, man-made lakes and two swim­ming pools. Kids will love the wa­ter play­ground with wa­ter guns, play equip­ment and mech­a­nism re­sem­bling a gi­ant of bucket of wa­ter, which tips ev­ery two min­utes and drenches any­one stand­ing be­low it. The Spice Mar­ket Restau­rant and in-room din­ing of­fer a se­lec­tion of kids’ meals, and the spa of­fers a kids’ and teens’ menu for eight- to 14-year-olds with mas­sages, Lit­tle Princess man­i­cures and pedi­cures. Opt for a Gar­den Ter­race room where at least one of you can kick back on the spa­cious bal­cony while the kids go crazy at the play­ground be­low (they need to be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult).

The Westin Langkawi Re­sort & Spa

Jalan Pan­tai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888 / www.westin­ Down past Jetty Point Shop­ping Com­plex, The Westin Langkawi ranks among Malaysia’s most ex­clu­sive and re­ju­ve­nat­ing places to stay. As with other Westin ho­tels, kids re­ceive com­pli­men­tary wel­come bags stuffed with treats; par­ents get their own spe­cial bag with Band Aids, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, socket cov­ers and a night­light. The Kids’ Club ex­cels at get­ting kids to ex­pe­ri­ence the is­land via na­ture walks, bird watch­ing and batik work­shops. Kids aged four to 12 can hang out at the club daily from 9am to 7pm. For in­door R&R, the club re­treats to the ho­tel’s Dis­cov­ery Room, where kids can play board games, read books or just catch up on TV pro­grammes.

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