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Casa del Rio

88 Jalan Kota Lak­samana, Malacca (06 289 6888/www.casadel­rio-me­laka.com). This lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel fac­ing the Malacca River aes­thet­i­cally pays trib­ute to Ara­bic, Por­tuguese and Dutch in­flu­ences. The 66 rooms see a mix of Mediter­ranean de­sign and Per­anakan flour­ishes. Sup at the wa­ter­front restau­rant as the sun sets and watch the world go by. The two-bed­room suites are ideal for medium to large fam­i­lies.

Philea Re­sort & Spa

Lot 2940, Jalan Ayer Keroh, off Jalan Plaza Tol, Ayer Keroh (06 289 3399/ www.philea­ho­tel.com.my). This re­sort could cer­tainly do with some main­te­nance and TLC, but we’re still fans of the spa, the kids’ club and the ho­tel’s beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­tings. Do take note of the fol­low­ing: The food here wavers be­tween medi­ocre and bad, so if you have trans­port, ven­ture beyond the ho­tel’s walls to sam­ple Malacca’s culi­nary her­itage. Fur­ther­more, the re­sort uses bug­gies to help guests get around the re­sort grounds, but th­ese can be dif­fi­cult to pro­cure; if you have young chil­dren, we rec­om­mend ask­ing for a room near re­cep­tion and the res­tau­rants.

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