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The An­daman

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.

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