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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.

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