Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi (04 959 1088/ www.theandaman.com). 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.fourseasons.com/langkawi). 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.frangipanilangkawi.com). 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.
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (04 952 8888/ www.meritushotels.com). 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.westinlangkawi.com). 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.