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SPECIAL DEALS DISCOUNTS ON WEEKEND STAY AT THE GARDENS HOTELS & RESIDENCES
Take a weekend break between Fridays to Mondays for a weekend staycation with the family at The Gardens Hotels & Residences by St Giles where you’ll get 15 percent off on their Extended Weekend Special. The offer includes 15 percent on hotel’s best available rate and complimentary WiFi. Offer is valid until March 31.
FAMILY PACKAGE AT SHERATON IMPERIAL KL
Bring the family to stay at Sheraton Imperial KL for some great savings. The package includes 50 percent discounts when you book a second room for kids and you’ll get two interconnecting rooms. Rates start at RM360++ and include 50 percent discount total bill in Essence Buffet, complimentary parking and extra bed. The offer is valid for booking and stays through December 31. Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2717 9900/www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton).
EVENTS MATTA FAIR 2017
Malaysia’s biggest travel fair is back this March with more travel packages, hotel promotions, flight deals and other special treats catering to groups like family holiday. Head over to PWTC and get more bang for your buck with affordable travel deals with authorised agencies.
Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), 41 Jalan Tun Ismail. (03 9222 1155/www.mattafair.org.my). March 17-19. 10am-9pm. Adult and children (12 years and above), RM4, Children (below 12 years old), free.
KL & SURROUNDS DELUXE SUNWAY RESORT HOTEL & SPA
This combination of hotel, mall and theme park is pretty much foolproof. Sunway Resort’s swimming pool has a marvelous man-made waterfall while the adjacent theme park features attractions like a manmade surf beach and thrilling water rides like the Vuvuzela. There’s also the Extreme Park, Wildlife Park, Amusement Park and Scream Park. The adjoining mall houses a skating rink, archery range, bowling alley, cinema and gaming arcade.
THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
makes it very clear that kids are the guests of honour. Each child receives a complimentary welcome bag stuffed with treats, while parents of infants and toddlers receive their own special goodie bags containing Band Aids, antiseptic wipes, socket covers and a nightlight. To top it all off, The Westin offers an exclusive Eat Well menu for kids to instill the importance of a healthy diet. 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2731 8333/ www.thewestinkualalumpur.com).
MID-RANGE BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE HOTEL
An amusement park downstairs is a pretty good reason to check the family in at this hotel. Central location aside, Berjaya Times Square boasts of spacious rooms, a well-thought out kids’ menu and a seriously impressive pool flanked by smaller kiddie-sized pools. Staying in the 2-Bedroom Deluxe room or the stylish 2-Bedroom Suite lets mum and dad enjoy some privacy. Both offer the option of getting an extra bed or crib. Ask the hotel about their family package deals, which include entrance to Berjaya Times Square Theme Park or the Family Escapade Desa Water Park. 1 Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2142 9611/www. berjayahotel.com).
PULLMAN KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE HOTEL & RESIDENCES
This hotel and residence is conveniently located right next to Pavilion KL shopping mall and a stone’s throw away from KLCC. The kids’ club (open daily from 9am to 10pm) is stocked with PlayStations, cable TV (there’s Disney channel, of course) and plenty of toys. Any child bunking in Mum and Dad’s room receives free accommodation and breakfast. 4 Jalan Conlay, KL (03 2170 8888/www. pullmanhotels.com).
JOHOR DELUXE LEGOLAND HOTEL
Stay right where the entertainment takes place. Spending a night at this hotel accentuates the fun of visiting the LEGOLAND theme park. The themed rooms include Adventure, Pirate and Kingdom. Each is designed to resemble a giant playroom with heaps of toys and loud splashes of colour. Even the lobby is full of fun activities to keep young travellers busy while parents deal with the procedure of checking in. Online bookings yield better deals. 7 Jalan Medini, Nusajaya (07 597 8888/ www.legoland.com.my).
MID-RANGE HOTEL JEN PUTERI HARBOUR
Formerly Traders Hotel, Hotel Jen is recommended for families planning to visit LEGOLAND and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park (housing Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town). Although the hotel is quite a distance from downtown JB, it’s within walking distance to
Hello Kitty Town and a mere fiveminute drive from LEGOLAND. Families without a car can hop on the free shuttle bus provided by the hotel. Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya (07 560 8888/www.hoteljen.com).
If you have a child who is a big fan of horses and ponies, plan a family trip to Riders Lodge right away as they offer plenty of riding lessons and camps for beginners. We’re sure a stay in the 27-room mansion will be something your kid remembers for a long time.
Inside the Legends Golf and Country Resort, Lot 1302 Kebun, Kulai (07 652 5330/ www.riderslodge.com.my)
DELUXE THE ANDAMAN
This luxurious resort appeals to the whole family – parents can spoil themselves silly at the award-winning spa while kids can check out the Young Explorers Club and coral nursery. Down at the nursery, a coral curator can train your kids to be a Young Marine Biologist for the day; they can enjoy guided snorkeling and try to spot the resident lobsters, clown fishes and Moorish idols. If water activities aren’t quite your child’s thing, the surrounding rainforests offer bird watching and jungle trekking. Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi (04 959 1088/ www.theandaman.com).
THE WESTIN LANGKAWI RESORT & SPA
Down past Jetty Point Shopping Complex, The Westin Langkawi ranks among Malaysia’s most exclusive and rejuvenating places to stay. As with other Westin hotels, kids and parents receive complimentary goodie bags. The Kids’ Club excels at getting kids to experience the island via nature walks, bird watching and batik workshops. For indoor R&R, the hotel’s Discovery Room is where kids can play board games, read books or catch up on their favourite TV programme. Jalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888/www.westinlangkawi.com). MALACCA
DELUXE CASA DEL RIO
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. 88 Jalan Kota Laksamana, Malacca (06 289 6888/www.casadelrio-melaka.com).
MID-RANGE A’FAMOSA RESORT
Parents with a low ‘camp’ threshold may want to pop a relaxant before venturing here, for the sheer campiness of it all will have you running for the exit. Fans of the Old West might enjoy the cheery figurines of cowboys and Indians, while the Water Theme Park promises a splashing good time. Call ahead before you book to check that all attractions are open. Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Alor Gajah (06 552 0888/www.afamosa.com).
NEGERI SEMBILAN DELUXE AVILLION PORT DICKSON
Highly recommended for those travelling with little ones, Avillion has a petting zoo where kids can feed small critters, a kids’ club with soft floors for rough and tumble moments, a fantastic kids’ pool with a slippery slide, as well as a shallow wading pool. Guests rave about the staff’s attention to detail and cheerful mannerisms. With a wide variety of accommodation for families as well as F&B discounts thrown in for larger families, Avillion truly lives up to the hype. 3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson (06 647 6688/www.avillionportdickson.com).
BUDGET TITI ECO FARM RESORT
Take stroll through the organic farm and herb garden, have a go on the flying fox, or bring a kite to take advantage of the open grassy space and pleasant breezes Despite its rural location, the resort has plenty of facilities such as a multipurpose hall, a theatre, a canteen, a souvenir shop, a playground and more. 1706 Sungai Rotan, Jelebu (03 7874 8122/ www.titieco.com.my).
PAHANG DELUXE CLUB MED CHERATING
Part of the famous French chain, this luxury resort employs an all-inclusive concept for food, lodgings, facilities, activities, games and shows. No age group is left out with Baby Club Med for the wee ones (four months to two years old), Petit Club Med for two to under-fours, and Mini Club Med for kids aged four to ten years. Teenagers are catered for as well with Club Med Passworld (open to those between the ages of 11 and 18).
HVOM, 29th Mile, Jalan Kuantan-Kemamam, Kuantan (03 2053 1888/www.clubmed.com. my).
MID-RANGE MUTIARA TAMAN NEGARA RESORT
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 and living area for card games, 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. Kuala Tahan, Jerantut (09 266 2200/www. mutiarahotels.com).
PENANG DELUXE HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG
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 that Hard Rock takes its younger guests seriously, especially since 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 offers a host of video game consoles. Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1711/ www.hardrockhotels.net).
NEW 23 LOVE LANE
Formerly a private residence, this boutique hotel can be described as a labour of love. The building maintains its original architecture and even houses the original owner’s personal collection of Southeast Asian art. The kids will have fun choosing rooms as each one is decorated around a different theme (like the Indian Shop House or the 1920’s Jack Roof Annex). 23 Love Lane, George Town (04 262 1323/ www.23lovelane.com).
MID-RANGE MANGO TREE PLACE
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 is excellent with kids, and the unique blend of heritage charm and minimal décor is pleasing to the eye.
21 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong (off Burma Road); 494 & 496 Lebuh Pantai (014 246 2132/ www.mangotreeplace.com.my).
PERAK DELUXE TIGER ROCK PANGKOR
Surrounded by lush greenery close to the island’s rainforest reserve, Tiger Rock Pangkor offers thoughtfully-designed accommodation constructed from local materials. The gorgeous buildings are a throwback to the past with their colourful, colonial styling. There’s a pool, a library with internet access, and a tennis court to keep the kids occupied. But a better vacation is one spent bird watching in the jungle or touring the island. Inquire with reception about these. WD.2 Pangkor, Pangkor Island (04 264 3580/04 226 3016/tigerrock.info).
MID-RANGE LOST WORLD HOTEL
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, which is good news for concerned parents with children.
1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh (05 540 8888/www.sunwaylostworldoftambun.com).
SABAH DELUXE GAYANA ECO RESORT
Set on the beautiful Gaya Island and built as part of a marine park, Gayana Eco Resort is made up of 52 impressive over-water villas. The resort advocates marine conservation and houses its own Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC). The touch pool is a delightful attraction kids will enjoy; cop a feel of harmless marine life found in the surrounding waters like sea cucumbers, starfishes and conches. Participate in a variety of fun projects and activities such as learning how to test water quality and exploring the reef with an underwater camera. Visit the website to view special dive packages. Malahom Bay, Gaya Island (08 838 0390/ www.gayana-eco-resort.com).
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
Voted fifth in Asia’s Top 10 Family Resorts 2014 by readers of the Australian-based Holiday with
Kids magazine, Rasa Ria rests in a gorgeous tropical setting where jungle meets beach. The Kids’ Club, for children between five and 11 years old, is where kids can try their hand at making musical instruments, sit in on storytelling sessions, and learn how to weave traditional crafts out of coconut leaves. Visit the nearby nature reserve and orangutan education centre, but not before signing your kids up to become rangers for a day (a fitness check is required beforehand). Pantai Dalit Beach, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu (08 879 7888/www.shangri-la.com).
MID-RANGE SEPILOK JUNGLE RESORT
Sepilok Jungle Resort is ideal for guests who wish to spend a quiet weekend with family and friends. Rise early to the chirping of birds and settle down to the sound of cicadas in the evening. Kids will be delighted to see or hear gibbons, hornbills, fruit bats and butterflies. You’ll find a swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna, steam room and a fully air-conditioned poolside café on the premises, while the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a mere five-minute walk away. Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, Sandakan (08 953 3031/www.sepilokjungleresort.com).
SARAWAK DELUXE PERMAI RAINFOREST RESORT
Embark on a half hour’s drive from Kuching to seek out Permai Rainforest Resort, set at the foot of Mount Santubong in the pristine Bornean rainforest. The resort is the nature getaway you’ve dreamt of during times of high stress. Outdoorsy activities such as night kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching, flying fox and treasure hunts will have the kids talking about their vacation for months to come.
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Pantai Damai Santubong, Kuching (08 284 6487/www.permairainforest. com).
TERENGGANU DELUXE THE TAARAS BEACH & SPA RESORT
Surrounded by the calm waters of Teluk Dalam and an archipelago of islands, The Taaras is easily Redang Island’s most luxurious resort. Conveniently close to 30 popular dive spots, it boasts of a verified PADI 5 Star Dive Centre license catering to all divers, amateur and advanced alike. Kids as young as eight can join the PADI Seal Team or Bubble Makers, while older kids can try the Discover Scuba Diving or Junior Open Water Diver courses. Teluk Dalam, Pulau Redang (09 630 8888/ www.thetaaras.com).
SIGHTS KL & SURROUNDS KL TOWER
Take the elevator up to the viewing point of this 421-metre high telecommunications and broadcasting tower for a
magnificent vista of KL. There’s also a small aquarium, an F1 Simulator, an XD Cinema (with 6D technology), a 1Malaysia Cultural Village as well as a mini zoo which houses a surprising number of exotic animals such as meerkats, bat-eared foxes and snapping turtles in wellmaintained habitats.
2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P Ramlee, KL (03 2020 5444/www.menarakl.com.my). Daily, 9am-10pm. (All-in-one package) Adults, RM155; Children (4-11 years old), RM115; (MyKad/MyKid holders) Adults, RM125, Children (4-11 years old), RM68. Check website for prices of individual attractions.
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
The tallest twin towers in the world are icons of Malaysia. Check out the displays and exhibitions on the ground level before ascending to the impressive skybridge. The view is somewhat limited due to the huge towers on either side of the skybridge, but it’s the close-up of them from outside that makes the experience impressive
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KL (03 2331 8080/ www.petronastwintowers.com.my). Tue-Sun, 9am-9pm (closed from 1-2.30pm every Friday). Issuing of tickets starts from 8.30am. Adults, RM80; Children (below 12 years), RM30. (MyKad/ MyKid holders) Adults, RM25; Children (below 12 years), RM12.
KEDAH PANORAMA LANGKAWI & SKYBRIDGE
This must-do in Langkawi offers an unforgettable airborne experience. Head to the base of Mat Cincang Mountain, hop into a cable car, and try not to look down as you venture 708 metres above sea level. Once at the top, make memories by sending a postcard to friends and family via the SkyPos facility. Other things to check out include the SkyBoutique, SkyBistro and SkyTrail, 3D Art Museum, F1 Simulator and more.
Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Langkawi (04 959 4225/www. panoramalangkawi.com). Daily, 9.30am-7pm. Adults, RM45, Children (2-12 years old), RM32; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM30, Children, RM22.
MALACCA DUCK TOURS
Embark on a memorable tour of Malacca in an ‘amphibious truck’. The tour lasts approximately an hour, with the water leg taking up to 20 minutes and is a good way to see the city without your kids complaining of tired feet.
Melaka Duck Tours, Menara Taming Sari, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir (06 292 2595/www. melakaducktours.com.my). Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM48, Children (2-12 years old), RM30; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM42, Children (2-12 years old), RM25, Senior citizens (55 years and above), RM27; Disable/Under Privileged (Adult), RM21; Disable/Under Privileged (Children), RM13.
MENARA TAMING SARI
This touristy tower is a great way to distract the kids for an hour or two. Come here for scenic views of Malacca and kid-friendly attractions including bumper cars, electric scooters and other rides.
Jalan Merdeka, Banda Hilir (06 288 1100/ menaratamingsari.com). Daily, 10am-11pm. Adults, RM23; Children (under 12 years old), RM15; (MyKad holders), Adults, RM17; Children, RM11.
PENANG MADE IN PENANG INTERACTIVE MUSEUM
This popular museum attracts couples, families and kids who are down for clowning around. The museum’s walls are covered with incredible murals that create a three-dimensional effect when viewed from certain angles. Stand before one of the many interactive kiosks for more visual trickery.
3 Pengkalan Weld, George Town (04 262 6119/017 464 0986/ www.madeinpenang.my). Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-8pm. Adults, RM15; Children (12 years and below), Students (with valid ID) & Senior citizens (60 years and above), RM10; Kids shorter than ticketing counter enter for free.
NEW PHANTA MANIA ILLUSION CASTLE
The ludicrous façade of George Town’s newest trick art museum (yet another one) coupled with its proximity to touristy Armenian Street makes it impossible to miss. Rather like a funhouse, the building is made up of several attractions including the Confusing Maze (a trippy hallway of mirrors) and the Freezamania (a room set at six degrees Celsius). Optical illusions allow you to hang off the side of a castle, defy gravity, play with ghostly figures and more. The kids will get a kick out of this one.
193 Lebuh Victoria, George Town, Penang (04 263 3193/fb.com/phantamania). Daily, 10am-7pm. Adults, RM28, Children, Students or Seniors (with valid ID), RM18, Children below 100cm, free. (MyKad/MyKid holders) Adults, RM19, Children, RM12.
PERAK KELLIE’S CASTLE
This mansion on a hill holds a tragic tale: William Kellie Smith ordered the mansion to be built as a gift for his wife, or his son, depending on the storyteller. Influenza wiped out Kellie’s hired workers after World War I and Kellie himself died of pneumonia. The house endured years of vandalism but has been refurbished and is now a haunting (some say haunted) romantic tourist spot. Climb the tower for sweeping views of the surrounding valley.
KM 5.5, Jalan Gopeng, Batu Gajah (05 365 3381). Daily, 9am-6pm. RM5; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM4, Secondary school students RM3, Primary school students, RM2, Children, free.
NEW CONCUBINE LANE
One of the most popular attractions in Ipoh, Concubine Lane is a picturesque little street that used to house gambling and opium dens. Known for its heritage value, the streets have turned into a touristy market of sorts, with various food, beverage and souvenirs being sold there. Be prepared for the crowds on the weekends. Panglima Lane, Jalan Panglima, Ipoh 30000, Malaysia.
SABAH MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE
This is one of the most interesting experiences in KK where the kids can observe the culture and ritual ceremonies of the indigenous Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun tribes.
Kionson, Inanam (016 821 5689/ marimariculturalvillage.com). Adults, RM170; Children, RM150. (MyKad holders) Adults, RM150; (MyKid holders) Children, RM 130
NORTH BORNEO RAILWAY
This nostalgic railway journey through paddy fields, villages and rainforests is memorable to say the least. Breakfast is served at the beginning of the journey while a delicious tiffin lunch is served on the way back. For novelty’s sake, each passenger is given a passport to be stamped at each stop. Each return trip lasts about four hours.
Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, 1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu (08 830 8500/www.suteraharbour.com). Train leaves at 9.30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Adults and children (4 years and above), RM345; Children (3 years and below), free.
SARAWAK SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE
This tourist attraction gives travellers a taste of Sarawak’s incredibly diverse population. Located 40 minutes from downtown Kuching, the village is best accessed by taxi or car. Plan to spend a half-day exploring the traditional houses and taking part in fascinating cultural activities such as tribal dances and musical ceremonies. If you feel that a day isn’t enough, spend the night in a longhouse.
Pantai Damai, Santubong (08 284 6108/www. scv.com.my) Daily, 9am-4.45pm. Adults, RM50; Children (6-12 years old), RM25; Children below 6, free.
23 Love Lane