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Casa del Rio

88 Jalan Kota Lak­samana, Malacca (06 289 6888 / www.casadel­rio-me­laka.com). This rel­a­tively new lux­ury ho­tel right by the Malacca River was de­signed in such a way to pay tribute to the cul­ture of Ara­bic, Por­tuguese and Dutch traders. The 66 rooms are lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed, blend­ing Mediter­ranean de­sign with Per­anakan flour­ishes. Casa del Rio’s spa has been highly praised, but the ho­tel’s fam­ily-friendly ser­vice de­serves brownie points. The twobed­room suites are ideal for fam­i­lies.

Philea Re­sort & Spa

Lot 2940, Jalan Ayer Keroh, off Jalan Plaza Tol, Ayer Keroh (06 289 3399/ www.philea­ho­tel.com.my). This re­sort could cer­tainly do with some main­te­nance and TLC, but we’re still fans of the spa, the kids’ club and the ho­tel’s beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral settings. Do take note of the fol­low­ing: The food here wa­vers be­tween medi­ocre and bad, so if you have trans­port, ven­ture be­yond the ho­tel’s walls to sam­ple Malacca’s culi­nary her­itage. Fur­ther­more, the re­sort uses bug­gies to help guests get around the re­sort grounds, but these can be dif­fi­cult to pro­cure; if you have young chil­dren, we rec­om­mend ask­ing for a room near re­cep­tion and the restau­rants.

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