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Mu­tiara Ta­man Ne­gara Re­sort

Kuala Ta­han, Jer­an­tut (09 266 2200/ www.mu­tiara­ho­tels.com). First things first – you’re in the mid­dle of the jun­gle so there will def­i­nitely be mos­qui­toes and pos­si­bly mon­keys on the bal­cony. That be­ing said, we like Mu­tiara’s fam­ily-sized chalets with bunk beds for the kids, liv­ing area for card games, and the fact that the staff greet each guest like a long lost friend. Best of all, the ho­tel or­gan­ises well-guided trips into Ta­man Ne­gara that are thor­oughly en­joy­able for both adults and kids aged five years and above.

Pe­nang they share a room with Mum and Dad. If you want to stay in close prox­im­ity to the beach front, then you’d best spec­ify your pref­er­ence when mak­ing a reser­va­tion as the ho­tel has two wings con­nected by a sky walk: Fer­ringhi Tower, which looks out to the hills, and the Beach Wing. For some­thing ex­tra spe­cial, book a kids’ suite, which is avail­able with themes such as the jun­gle, Trea­sure Is­land or space and comes with PlayS­ta­tion 3 con­soles. Even the ho­tel web­site has a games sec­tion for kids – we find the skate­board­ing bear par­tic­u­larly amus­ing.

Mango Tree Place

21 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong (off Burma Road); 494 & 496 Le­buh Pan­tai (014 246 2132/ www.man­gotreeplace.com.my). Of Mango Tree Place’s two sites, we pre­fer the Town­house 1963 on Jalan Phuah Hin Leong over the Hide­away on Le­buh Pan­tai as the for­mer has a court­yard suite fur­nished with a swing set. That be­ing said, the ser­vice at both lo­ca­tions is im­pec­ca­ble, the team loves kids, and the unique blend of her­itage charm and min­i­mal dé­cor is pleas­ing to the eye. The break­fast spread leans more to­ward lo­cal cui­sine so that trav­ellers can sam­ple a taste of Pe­nang. Free baby cots are avail­able too.

Perak www.sun­way­lost­world­of­tam­bun.com). Made up of 134 ho­tel rooms and 20 ser­viced apart­ments, Lost World Ho­tel is nes­tled among the cav­ernous hills of Tam­bun. Linked to the Lost World Of Tam­bun theme park and the Lost World Hot Springs where you can un­wind and soak in the nat­u­ral ther­a­peu­tic hot springs, the ho­tel is an ideal choice for fam­i­lies who plan on vis­it­ing the park. It’s also the first smoke-free ho­tel in Ipoh, thus pro­vid­ing a safe, child-friendly en­vi­ron­ment. Ex­pect ba­sic but clean rooms with no frills, but no lack of ne­ces­si­ties ei­ther.

The Roots Eco-Re­sort

Jalan Che­mor 10 ½, Tan­jung Rambu­tan, Ipoh (05 533 5411/ www.roots­malaysia.com). The Roots isn’t your stan­dard five-star ho­tel get­away, but it does have a beau­ti­ful mar­ble pool, fruit or­chards and a shal­low river run­ning be­hind the re­sort. If you’ve been look­ing for a na­ture get­away full of ci­cadas and bird calls, Roots proves choice ac­com­mo­da­tion. The Tree­house was built to ac­com­mo­date a durian tree so its trunk stands as a cen­tral fea­ture of the build­ing. If your kids find it hard to tear their eyes away from the telly, they’ll be forced to do so here, as there aren’t any TVs in the rooms. Bring in­flat­able pool toys and card games to rein­tro­duce them to fun out­side vir­tual realms.

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