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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.

PARKROYAL Pe­nang

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.

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