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Gayana Eco Re­sort

Mala­hom Bay, Gaya Is­land (08 838 0390/ www.gayana-eco-re­sort.com). Set on the beau­ti­ful Gaya Is­land and built as part of a marine park, Gayana Eco Re­sort is made up of 52 im­pres­sive over-wa­ter vil­las. At heart, the re­sort ad­vo­cates pro­tect­ing and re-gen­er­at­ing our pre­cious marine ecol­ogy and houses its own Marine Ecol­ogy Re­search Cen­tre (MERC). The touch pool is a de­light­ful at­trac­tion kids will es­pe­cially en­joy; cop a feel of harm­less marine life found in the sur­round­ing wa­ters like sea cu­cum­bers, starfishes and conches. Kids (and adults) can get in­volved in a va­ri­ety of fun pro­jects and ac­tiv­i­ties – learn how to test wa­ter qual­ity and ex­plore the reef with an un­der­wa­ter cam­era. Visit the web­site for spe­cial dive pack­ages.

Nexus Re­sort & Spa Karam­bunai

Off Jalan Sepan­gar Bay, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 848 0888 / www.nexus­re­sort.com). De­spite re­ceiv­ing mixed re­views (the dated state of its rooms is frowned upon by some), Nexus boasts of a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion and ex­cel­lent ser­vice. The at­ten­tion to de­tail from the staff is sec­ond to none. We can’t com­plain about the wide range of fa­cil­i­ties for kids in­clud­ing a fun pool, a large tod­dler pool (a large sun­shade is erected in the af­ter­noons), and the Nexie Club, which is open to guests be­tween the ages of four and 11 years old. The re­sort’s restau­rants of­fer kids’ menus and there are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily in­clud­ing batik paint­ing, origami lessons, horse­back rid­ing and foot­ball matches.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Re­sort

Pan­tai Dalit Beach, Tuaran, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 879 7888/www.shangri-la.com). Voted fifth in Asia’s Top 10 Fam­ily Re­sorts 2014 by read­ers of the Aus­tralian-based Hol­i­day with Kids mag­a­zine, Rasa Ria sits in a gor­geous trop­i­cal set­ting, where jun­gle meets beach. The Kids’ Club, for chil­dren be­tween five and 11 years old, is eas­ily one of the best around. Kids can try their hand at mak­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, sit in on sto­ry­telling ses­sions and learn to weave co­conut leaves. Visit the nearby na­ture re­serve and orangutan ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, but not be­fore sign­ing your kids up to be­come rangers for a day (a fit­ness check is re­quired.)

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