Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1711/ www.hardrockhotels.net). Located near the end of the Ferringhi Beach, Hard Rock Hotel is a great choice if you want to keep the kids occupied while you sip on a cocktail or two. It’s clear to see that Hard Rock takes its younger guests seriously, especially when the kids’ water playground comes with water guns and slides. Roxity Kids’ Club (open to kids aged four to 12 years) is where the kids can enjoy arts and crafts, video games, face painting and board games, while the Teens Club provides finger exercise with Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. Foosball, pool tables and a private cinema are other means of whiling away one’s time.
Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1133/ www.parkroyalhotels.com). Life’s a beach at PARKROYAL Penang. Airy and spacious, the lobby extends to the breezy Javana Lounge, where fans swirl lazily and guests recline on rattan chairs. Kids will especially love the 70-foot-long slide at the splash pool and budding beauty queens can visit St Gregory’s, the hotel’s spa, for services such as mani-pedis, hair-braiding and junior facials. Sunday buffets are a highlight with clowns, games and presents for the kids. PARKROYAL also houses a mini library and provides PS2 consoles for gaming addicts. Pencil in some romantic time with your spouse by leaving the kids at the Koko-Nut Kids’ Club, which offers fun and educational activities all supervised by trained staff.
Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort
Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 888 8888/ www.shangri-la.com). Few hotels can boast of their very own mini theme park. Excellent for the little ones, the Adventure Zone provides one-of-a-kind family entertainment. The 10,300 sq ft airconditioned indoor facility houses exciting drop slides, modular play equipment, a game zone, a toddler area, themed birthday party rooms and a café. There’s also a Kids’ Club with complimentary organised activities for the little ones. Additionally, more games and fun can be found at the Cool Lounge, a specially designated entertainment area where kids can play board games, card games, read or surf the net. Regional and international cuisine as well as special kids’ menus provide diverse and exciting dining options for travelling families. The Haven is Perak’s tallest and most luxurious ‘condotel’ (part condo, part hotel). The spacious suites range from a one-bedroom lake view suite to a two-plus-one bedroom premier suite – all with full facilities including a well-equipped kitchen. Step outdoors and make use of the squash court, badminton court and even a via ferrata. The entire landscaped area is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly, with elevated slopes alongside stairs and large elevators.
Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut
Persiaran Swiss-Garden, Jalan Damai Laut, off Jalan Teluk Senangin, Lumut (05 684 3333/www.swissgarden.com). Located just across the Dinding Straits from Pangkor Island, Swiss-Garden has a kids’ club that runs activities such as face painting, sand art, T-shirt painting as well as a complimentary movie screening of the day. There are also a host of activities that the whole family can enjoy including paintballing, jungle trekking, snorkelling and archery. Keep an eye on the hotel’s website for frequent family stay packages.
Tiger Rock Pangkor
WD.2 Pangkor, Pangkor Island (04 264 3580/04 226 3016/tigerrock.info). Surrounded by lush greenery close to the island’s rainforest reserve, Tiger Rock Pangkor offers well-designed accommodation constructed from local materials. The gorgeous buildings, which are available for rent, date back to the past with colourful colonial styling. There’s a pool, a library with internet access, and a tennis court to keep kids occupied. Outdoor activities include bird watching in the jungle or tours of the island.