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7 KIDS-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN MALAYSIA THAT YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE

Are you ready kids? Aye Aye Captain!

As ‘kids’ and ‘play’ go hand in hand, it is no surprise that kids-friendly hotels are usually located within the vicinity of amusement or theme parks. However, there are also a number of hotels that take it up a notch and create their own mini ‘theme parks’, right within their premises. As we usher in the end-of-year school holidays before we welcome the year 2020, we’re pretty sure you’re looking for that rewarding holiday or that sweet escape for your whole family – before the same routine begins again!

We have covered our top picks for the best theme parks here,
so
this time let’s zoom in on the hotels that can best accommodate you and your
children’s needs as we enter the holiday season right here in Malaysia.

1. Sunway Resort Spa, Selangor

Armed with a series of awards and accolades, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is arguably the best theme park in Malaysia, boasting a variety of attractions namely Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon.

To cater for travellers from near and far, Sunway has 3 different
hotels that are located within walking distance from the theme park, one of
which is Sunway Lagoon Hotel Spa, where you can play all day and then
retire to the fabulous rooms come night time.

This 5-star hotel is ideal for the whole family not only because
it is located next to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, it also has a connection to
the Sunway Pyramid Mall which is one
of the premier shopping malls in Malaysia. What’s more, Sunway hotels are always
offering great deals for family packages such as this Family Fun Package, which
is valid until year end.

If you’re looking for more than the theme park and the swimming
pool, you can just walk to the Sunway Pyramid Mall and bring your kids to skate
at the Sunway Pyramid Ice, one of
the favourite hotspots for the young and the young at heart. It is a
world-class skating rink with an open view where you can skate for fun, or even
join the skating programmes available.

Credits : Sunway Resort Hotel Spa Official Website

2. The Andaman, Langkawi

Unlike the hyper commercialised theme parks and the lure of
digitalised gaming, the Andaman takes a different spin to define itself as one
of the best kids-friendly hotels, and that is to invite guests and their
children to be one with nature. Flanked
by the 10 million-year-old rainforest, Datai Bay with an 8,000-year-old coral
reef, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life lies the Andaman, a
resort that dedicates itself to the conservation of the coral reef that was
damaged by the tsunami in 2004.

Aside from providing the amenities for families with children such
as the family-friendly swimming pool with wading pool for toddlers, baby cots,
connecting rooms and babysitting services, The Andaman offers unique activities
for both kids and adults which include the Private
Guided Snorkel, Coral Nursery Feeding
and Coral Reef Walks as part of their conservation efforts. There is
also the Marine Life Laboratory
where there are interactive presentations on marine life and guests are invited
to join lab activities like scrutinising minute marine life under the
microscope. The best part is – all of the activities above are free of charge!

One of the unique experiences that
Andaman has to offer is the Young Marine Biologists Programme, where
children aged 8 and above are given the golden opportunity to experience a day
in the life of a Marine Biologist. If you have budding marine biologists in
your midst, this programme is exclusively structured to give young talents the
right exposure into marine life at a fee of RM99 per child. As prior
reservation is required for participation, you are advised to get in touch with
the resort for more details.

On top of that, The Andaman also has a kids’ club, known as Young
Explorers’ Club where fun and educational activities are tailored to your kids.
You may also enjoy a number of water-related activities such as kayaking,
jet-skiing, sailing, snorkelling, boating and if you are keen to get closer to
nature, you can also enjoy hiking, biking or just walking through the nature
trail.

As if we cannot gush more about this 5-star nature haven, check out our feature article on The Andaman for more information: Paradise for Families

Credits: The Andaman Langkawi Official Website

3. Hard Rock Hotel, Penang

Up in the northern region, we have Hard Rock Hotel in Penang,
which is located along the scenic route of Batu Ferringhi. This 5-star hotel
chain is famous not only because of its brand name, but this particular chain
in Penang goes the extra mile to provide a luxurious getaway that is family-friendly,
accommodating the needs of toddlers, kids, teens and all the way to adults.

If you fancy a room that can comfortably fit you and your kids,
you can opt for the Roxity Kids Suite
that has a separate TV and bed for your kids or even the Roxity Kids Suite that
comes with its own courtyard! Each Roxity Kids Suite comes with a Play Station
4 with 2 controllers plus a number of PS4 games, a selection of soft toys and
kids’ books in the room, Mini-bar range for kids and Roxity branded kids’
bathrobes. Within the suite, there is a sliding door between the Master bedroom
and the Kids’ bedroom which allows parents to supervise their children while
also affording them a little bit of privacy.

Click here for a cool 360 degrees view of the Roxity Kids Suite with
Courtyard: https://www.panomatics.asia/nextgen/my/hardrockhotel/roxitykidssuitewithcourtyard.html

Games session, arts crafts,
puzzles and hand painting activities await your kids at the Roxity Kids’ Club, where they will have
the chance to mingle with Roxtars, the cool and fun characters that will be
there to hype up the energy in the club. As no adults are allowed, your kids
will also have a chance to maximise their experience with their peers. That’s probably
a good time for you to have some private moments with your partner or just wind
down without the kids around.

There’s pool, foosball, video
games such as Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation®4 to entertain your teens at the TABU Teens Club where youngsters have
the space to mingle with their peers. If they are more of the adventurous type,
they also have the option of renting a bike to explore Batu Ferringhi.

Not forgetting parents with little
ones, Hard Rock Hotel has a Lil’ Rockers
Infants Club
designed for kids aged 3 years and below. The club operates in
an indoor play area located in the TABU Teens Club
equipped with a mini playhouse, mini slide
along with educational toys games and soft toys.

One of the coolest events for kids in town, the Ultimate Kids’ Foam Party is organised at
the hotel’s poolside on every first Saturday of the month. The ticket is RM20
each but in-house guests enjoy 2 complimentary tickets per room.

While the kids have plenty activities to keep them entertained,
treat yourself to the spa, yoga or the gym facilities provided by the hotel.

Head on to their website : Hard Rock Hotel Penang Official Website

4. Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort Spa, Langkawi

Fancy a beach vacation with the
kids? Make your way to Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort Spa in Langkawi for
that unforgettable family vacation you deserve. Your kids will definitely enjoy
Kiki Kids’ Club where they will go on scavenger hunts and swimming, create art,
face painting and handicrafts, and play traditional games.

The hotel has a mini water playground for the kids,
complete with a mini golf adventure park
and Kiki’s Animal Farm for the kids
to get up close with the animals.

Take a couple of hours off and
spend at the Pelangi Spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre or head on to the
beach for some water activities. And fret not, babysitting services are
available at the resort upon request for that much needed me-time!

With all the amenities that cater
to the whole family, it is no wonder that they are the top choice as a family
friendly destination as voted by travellers on TripAdvisor.

To encourage family with kids to
stay at Meritus, the resort gives out exclusive offers like the Family Fiesta
package that can save you some bucks.         

Check out the details on their website here : Meritus Pelangi Resort Spa Official Website

5. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Malaysia is known for its
pristine beaches and tropical forests and one of the best ways to experience
both is by staying at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu, which
is neatly tucked in a tropical rainforest that fronts the ocean. There are many
activities offered by the resort for its guests that are made possible due to
its geographical location like parasailing, jet skiing and walking in the
jungle to name a few.

Known to be a golfer’s heaven
where you can enjoy your game amidst the stunning views of Tambalang and
Mengkabong rivers, the resort also has admirable facilities for your kids.

Shangri-La has an active kids
club and children’s pool for the young ones, along with a myriad of other
activities that are not only fun but also eco-friendly. Let your kids
experience firefly watching, traditional fishing, paddock ride, twilight river cruise, bird
watching at canopy
and being a
Ranger
!

For a comprehensive list of the activities offered that are categorised as either sports or nature, kindly visit the resort’s official website : Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Kota Kinabalu Official Website

6. Club Med Cherating, Pahang

Popular amongst beach lovers,
Club Med Cherating needs no further introduction. Voted as the Travellers’
Choice Award 2019 by TripAdvisor, this resort has all you need for a perfect
vacation, including kids and family-friendly activities that can help you
create wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Located in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the resort is a
premium all-inclusive family holiday package where it covers everything – from your
accommodation, Childcare for kids from 4 years to 17 years old,
all-inclusive dining that is available at any time, a premium open bar, and up
to sixty different sports and activities – so you can just enjoy your holiday
with your family without the hassle of planning every little detail!

ClubMed isn’t kidding when they say their resorts are built with
family in mind – they organise activities
for both adults and kids to enjoy
, like water games, sand castle
competitions, Giant Jenga, archery and many more!

For an intimate evening out with your other half, you can drop off
your kids into the capable hands of the qualified childcare providers at the Pyjamas Club. Amenities for kids are
all accounted for, like the 24 hours
baby feeding and equipment room
, playground, free access to tennis court,
sailing and even a Club Med Baby Welcome package that includes baby foods and equipment
so parents can travel stress-free.

Check out their list on the full amenities and services provided at the resort:

7. Legoland Hotel, Johor

Did anyone say Lego?

We cannot sum up this list without mentioning this iconic brand
hotel whose attraction is not only in its fun-tastic
theme park, but also in the structure of the hotel itself. Designed with
children’s imagination in mind, everything about the hotel reflects its colourful
bricks like the themed rooms, themed lifts
and interactive LEGO features
that will certainly excite your kids. Get your kids involved in choosing the
theme of your room from a selection of Pirate, Adventure, Kingdom or the latest
-NINJAGO for your stay.

In addition to the swimming pool, LEGOLAND Hotel steps up their
game by inserting LEGO themes wherever possible, by providing interactive
activities for the kids like the puzzle to access their own LEGO treasure (available in all rooms),
featuring a special wall with 12,528
LEGO minifigures
and spreading out the buffet at the restaurant with its
organised LEGO chaos.

Your kids will be entertained with the daily activities scheduled
such as the Meet Greet, Magic Class and of course the Building projects which will help unleash
their creativity. LEGO bricks and Xbox 360 Kinect are also available at the
children’s play area if you can’t get enough play time during their scheduled
activities.

We are pretty sure a stay at the
Legoland Hotel is not complete without a visit to the theme park, so we would
recommend you to check out the special rates offered for the hotel and Legoland
Park Entry. While you are
in the area, check out the SEA Life
which is another great attraction for the kids. Expose your kids to ocean life
where 13,000 fishes and 120 types of species are on display in 11 different
habitat zones.

For more information on the theme park experience, click on our article here

Check out more awesome LEGO details here : Official Legoland
Malaysia Website

These are just a few of the best picks for kids or family-friendly hotels in Malaysia. If you have more suggestions, let us know in the comments. Happy holidays!

Written by Athirah Idrus; Information and Photo Credits to each respective hotels.

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Luxury beach holidays in Malaysia

Imagine staring at the ocean, lying on a deck chair or sitting by the infinity pool while sipping on your fresh juice? If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Malaysia offers great options for a wonderful luxury holiday by the sea.

 

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Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Island 
Pangkor Laut presents the perfect weekend getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. This private island is next to the bigger and busier Pangkor Island, just three hours from the capital. The luxurious resort includes 140 villas and suites and has 300 acres of rainforest as a playground. If you feel like splurging, you can stay in the huge Pavarotti Suite. The tenor sang at the launch of the resort in 1994 and said the island was “paradise”. Other celebrities who have stayed here include Michael Schumacher, Eric Cantona and Michelle Yeoh.

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Westin Langkawi Resort Spa
Tucked away from the duty-free shops and tourist areas of down town Langkawi, Westin is an oasis of high living. For a relaxed stay, take a stroll along the private beach or just lay on a chaise lounge by one of the swimming pools. The more adventurous can go on an excursion around the Langkawi geopark. The waterfalls and dense vegetation will delight nature lovers. At the water sport centre, you can try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing on the Andaman Sea. Families will also love the kids club, with daily activities for children.

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu
From the morning coffee to the evening dinner, indulge yourself with striking views of the ocean. This sumptuous complex on the coast of Sabah in East Malaysia is a luxurious dreamy village. You can dive in the South China Sea or discover the National Park of Mount Kinabalu, before relaxing at the spa and wellness centre. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort also has its own golf club, which has been moulded to match its beautiful surrounds.

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Sea Home Boutique, Penang
Staying at Sea Home Boutique is like travelling back in time. The furniture and antiques are a blend of Victorian and Peranakan styles, a reminder of the rich history of this place. Sea Home is in Tanjung Bungah, a former fishing village on Penang Island. It is the base of the Penang Water Sports Centre and close to Batu Ferringhi, a popular beach destination with one of the most iconic night markets in Malaysia. The capital George Town is just 20 minutes away.

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Batu Batu – Johor Bahru
This luxury resort is on the private island of Tengah on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Nestled within the rainforest and surrounded by pristine waters, the resort is the only development on the island. They have a turtle conservation camp plus a dive centre. They also programme activities for kids. After diving, you can enjoy a meal with your family and watch the sunset by the ocean or spoil yourself at the spa. Batu Batu is great for a family getaway. It’s also ideal for those across the border in Singapore.

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Penang Shopping – An Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Penang

Penang is renowned as the island of duty-free shopping and during seasonal days, the Shopaholics from around the world gather here to fill their bags with the best things in the markets. Though now Langkawi has somehow taken over this status, but yet Penang has not stopped alluring Shopaholics. Penang Shopping is the most exciting activity for tourists as well as for locals, due to its expensive and branded shops and local and affordable markets. Penang has been able to cater to the needs of people from all classes and all age groups.

You shall find here shopping malls, night markets and street markets as well as antique shops, selling trendy and cultural stuff. You shall be able to buy complete gamut of products in Penang very easily. During the Penang shopping festival in August, which is conducted annually across the nation, Penang becomes of the major shopping hubs, as locals and tourists both head towards this city to take advantage of the amazing offers and discounts.

A Short Guide to Best Penang Shopping

As there are a number of shopping places in Penang, ranging from malls, shops in the street and night markets, then where you should go first and what to buy is the point to ponder upon. Therefore, to assist you in making a wise decision, we have discussed in details about the various places where you can for Penang Shopping and make the most of  your time and money. Read on to know about them:

Shopping Malls in Penang

Penang is one of the popular islands of Malaysia and being a significant part of Malaysia, it follows the culture of having lavish shopping malls within. No matter what you want to buy, you shall get each and everything from their malls. The famous malls for shopping in Penang are Gurney Plaza on Gurney Drive, Sunway Carnival mall in Seberang Perai, Queensbay Mall, which is overlooking the beautiful crystal clear water in Bayan Lepas and the 1st Avenue Mall, which is next to KOMTAR in George Town.

All these Penang Shopping Malls have stocked similar collection of well-known brands of clothing, shoes, bags and etc. as well as have same chains of food and beverage stores. However, this does not give rise to contempt, but rather makes it easier for everyone to find everything in one place.

You shall also find boutique malls like the Straits Quay Mall in Tanjung Tokong, which has gained great popularity with its one-off stores, i.e. Sugar where you shall see ready to bake measured ingredients for every cake and beautiful baking paraphernalia. At Bran et Dagauet, you shall come across one-off women’s clothing, which are designed by Penangite, Brandon Tan. At the Fresh Desire, you shall be amazed to see food like cupcakes and pastries in the shape of bathing soaps, which is one of its kind in the entire city.

Read More: Best Shopping Malls in Penang

Markets in Penang

Missing out Penang Shopping at the markets is one of the biggest mistakes one could ever make. The famous Chowrasta Bazaar on Jalan Penang is ideal to buy fresh products as well as second hand stuff, all at very affordable prices. You can also eat out at the hawker food stalls. Thieves’ Market is the most popular markets not only because of its name, but also for having old stuff like ancient watches and manual irons of old times.

The weekly night markets are ideal for Penang Shopping and they are continuously in rotation from one neighborhood to another. You can buy local street food here at very reasonable prices as well as local fruits and the seasonal king of fruits. Furthermore, at few stalls, you shall also find household stuff like pots and pans, plastic buckets and scrubbing brushes.

Batu Ferringhi night market is set up daily and is famous for being the biggest in terms of length and breadth.  This market opens at 5:00pm and closes after midnight. This market is ideal for shopping in Penang, especially for tourists to buy sunglasses, knick knacks, clothes, hats and other stuff for playing on the beach like spades and floats etc.

Shopping Street in Penang

Little India is a renowned shopping street in Penang, flooded with vibrant colors and alluring fragrances of flowers, food and spices from India. Once you step in this market, you shall get the feeling as if you are in India and therefore, this street has been named Little India. The vibrant colors here are popping out from the fabric, jewelries, food, statues, flowers and from various other stuff, which is being sold here. A wide variety of beautiful sarees are found here and every store seems to have a better collection than the previous one. So, be ready to find yourself in the state of extreme confusion. Everything from food to clothing is totally Indian, depicting its culture.

Places to Buy Souvenirs and Gifts in Penang

When its time to go back to your home, it is mandatory to shop something for people waiting for you in your respective city or country. It’s a custom followed in every region. Apart from shopping in Penang for yourself, you also need to find out where to get the best souvenirs and gifts. At the Perfect Gift Green Lane you can buy flower bouquets, teddy bears, chocolate boxes, hampers and various  items for different events. At China Joes in Georgetown, you shall get a variety of antiques and accessories, followed by eclectic souvenirs, special teas and coffees, books and various other stuff for your home.

At Sentuhan in Tanjung Tokong you shall find all handmade products like natural soaps, paintings, local crafts, clothing, and accessories. Some beautiful packaging is also sold here, so that you can wrap the stuff and present as a gift item. Material Collection at Queensbay Mall is also another perfect place to shop for dresses, tees, scarves, chopsticks for first time user, one-off handbags, modern wooden ornaments, silicon kitchenware, eco-friendly Chinese New Year ang pau packets and also some exclusive stationary stuff. Other places where you can go for Penang Shopping to get souvenirs and gift items are Bon Ton The Shop, 14 Living Story, SJ, Threef and various others.

Money Changers in Penang

The industry of money changers in Penang is well ruled by the Indian Muslim and Chettiar communities. The people of these communities provide the best exchange rates to banks. You shall find many of them, working from the Central Business District of George Town, specifically beside the Pitt Street and Beach Street. Their outlets are also found in the main shopping malls of Penang like at Queensbay Malls, 1st Avenue Mall, Komtar and Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall. The famous money changers in Penang are M Mohamed Kassim Forex, International Mega Forex and various others. So, before shopping in Penang, get your currency exchanged.

Shopping Tips

Bargaining is the key to buy the best stuff at the best price in Penang. When you are at some stalls or independent shops, give your best to haggle for the least possible price. You can lower down the price of any stuff without proper bargaining and knowledge. If you think that the price could have been more bargained then no need to buy from there, look around at other shops.

We hope that this short Penang shopping guide will assist you in making the most of your time and money. Your shopping experience in Penang will be of great value, if you follow this guide. While Shopping is one of the recommended activity in Penang, you might be interested in knowing best things to do in Penang to make most of your trip.


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Flamingo Hotel By The Beach

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Flamingo Hotel By The Beach (formerly famous as a Crown Prince Hotel and as a Crown Jewel Hotel) is located in a place called Tanjung Bungah in a northern partial of a island Penang. It’s situated between a collateral of Georgetown and a obvious strand review of Batu Ferringhi. By taxi, it takes about 10-15 mins entrance down from Georgetown. In front of a hotel you’ll have taxis waiting, though we could also take a giveaway convey train that a hotel provides we in sequence to go to a city core of Georgetown, and to Batu Ferringhi (for a dusk market).

It is a good affordable 4-star hotel. The bedrooms is large and generally those with a perspective of a sea are beautiful. There is a good pool, as good as a pretentious beach. As it common is, a sea in front of a hotel isn’t unequivocally good to float in, though a pool creates adult for it. There is a good patio during a sea, from that we can suffer a pleasing sunset. The whole hotel is supposing with giveaway Wi-Fi.

The city of Tanjung Bangah isn’t unequivocally a traveller attraction, though in a final integrate of years this has been grown flattering quickly. You have a food court, with about 20 small diners. Besides that there is a bank with an ATM, a 7-Eleven supermarket and a few little restaurants and bars. In front of a hotel we can take a cab to Georgetown or Batu Ferringhi.

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Bayview Beach Resort

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At a corner of a coastal city of Batu Ferringhi on a island of Penang we will find a pleasing and unequivocally affordable Bayview Beach Resort. It is an glorious resort, generally since of a good cost to peculiarity ratio. The review is unequivocally suitable if we are roving with kids.

The review has a pleasing garden right in front of a beach, and an huge pool. At Penang Island we customarily go out for a whole day exploring a island, so it is good to be means to cold off a bit in a pool in a afternoon.

Bayview Beach Resort is located on a corner of Batu Ferringhi, that is a good location. The beach of a review is beautiful, though a sea isn’t transparent clear (same goes for all waters surrounding Penang).

In front of a review we will find a tiny supermarket, a tiny transport group and a integrate of commemoration stores. Other than that we will find dual train stops in front of a resort; one for buses going to Georgetown and one for buses going to Teluk Bahang. You also have a cab mount in front of a resort, where we can squeeze a cab for a bound cost (taxi’s in Penang customarily don’t use meters).

From a review we can travel to a core of Batu Ferringhi within 5 minutes. Across a highway we will find a lot of tiny stores, that customarily don’t open until after sunset. At a review we can sequence a cab to a airport, or to a harbor. This is generally accessible when we skip during an early hour.

The run of a hotel is massive. The bedrooms are flattering simple, though come with all a required amenities. All bedrooms come with a balcony, of that a some-more costly bedrooms come with a overwhelming sea view. Breakfast is flattering elementary though fine; a breakfast room has a good perspective onto a pool and a garden. Within a pool there is a fun bar where we can suffer a splash while still being in a water. The garden is unequivocally big, and come with a lot of beach beds. The beach itself is fine, though not a good place to get a tan (because of a several beach activities). You are improved off doing this in a garden.

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