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.