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 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 hotel’s Discovery Room is where kids can play board games, read books or just catch up on TV programmes.