Holiday Inn Resort
72 Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 886 6666/ www.holidayinnresorts.com/penang). Given The Holiday Inn’s prestigious reputation, it’s little surprise that the place 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; think T-shirt painting and board game battles. And as an added bonus, under-12s stay and eat for free if they share a room with Mum and Dad. If you want to stay in close proximity to the beach front, then you’d best specify your preference when making a reservation as the hotel has two wings connected by a sky walk: Ferringhi Tower, which 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 the hotel website has a games section for kids – we find the skateboarding bear particularly amusing.
Mango Tree Place
21 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong (off Burma Road); 494 & 496 Lebuh Pantai (014 246 2132/ www.mangotreeplace.com.my). Of Mango Tree Place’s two sites, we prefer the Townhouse 1963 on Jalan Phuah Hin Leong over the Hideaway on Lebuh Pantai; plus, the former has a courtyard suite furnished with a swing set. That being said, the service at both locations is impeccable, the team loves kids, and the unique blend of heritage charm and minimal décor is pleasing to the eye. The breakfast spread leans more toward local cuisine so that travellers can sample a taste of Penang. Free baby cots are available too.