Here are the best hotels for families to stay at during the hols.
Holidays are fun but can be a constant source of meltdown for families with young kids. This can happen when enthusiastic children are not getting enough entertaining activities tailored for their age and interest, resulting in sulks, tantrums and boredom.
Fear not, parents! We have unearthed five amazing family and child-friendly hotels so that you and your children can all enjoy the holiday seasons together.
There's plenty of fun rides at Legoland's theme park, just beside the hotel.
LEGOLAND Hotel, Johor Bahru
Hands down, this hotel is one that your kids will not reject. The 249-room LEGOLAND Hotel is located at Legoland Malaysia Resort. There are three themed rooms to choose from based on the three LEGO lines — Pirate, Kingdom and Adventure — and each can accommodate two adults and three children. All rooms include a king-sized bed and a separate area for the kids, which features a bunk bed, pull-out bed and entertainment unit. For added excitement, kids can find clues throughout the room to unlock the treasure chest available in their room.
The hotel provides easy access to LEGOLAND for endless family fun. Guests can purchase theme park and water park tickets at great rates from the hotel to make their visit even more worthwhile.
Colmar Tropicale Resort, Berjaya Hills
You don’t have to go to France to experience a piece of Europe right here on home ground! Visit Colmar Tropicale at Berjaya Hills, where you can find buildings — including the Colmar Tropicale Resort — designed just like the ones you would see in French villages. The family room has two king-sized beds in separate rooms, so there’s plenty of space for your tots to roam and romp. There’s also a number of family-friendly activities you can do there such as mountain biking, birdwatching, horse riding, or simply enjoying a good meal as if you’re right in Europe.
Colmar Tropicale's building designs in the style of French villages will surely enthrall families.
Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang
This resort commenced operations in October 1979 and is among the best family resorts in Penang.
A 4-star establishment with 387 rooms, it is located at Batu Ferringhi Beach and filled with facilities for dining, leisure and recreation that families will enjoy.
The resort is home to Adventure Zone, believed to be Penang’s biggest indoor play park for children. At the ‘zone’, children can climb and slide among the ropes and slides, giving your children hours of fun. The Adventure Zone is also the base of Kids’ Club, a service offering enriching activities such as arts and crafts classes.
Other kid-friendly facilities available at the hotel grounds are a mini water park, a well-manicured garden with walkways, and childcare services.
Four Seasons Langkawi
This resort gives the ultimate experience for any family, and your kids will thank you for it.
Your children can get child-sized bathrobes, babies’ and children’s amenities and toys, and a children’s menu which also serves as a mask for children to colour. Meals are sorted out as well. Apart from breakfast, the resort also offers all-day dining selections. Playstations and Xbox video game console, beach toys and sandcastle-making kits are available at beach villas.
Kids will have a brilliant time taking part in the resort’s ‘Kids for All Seasons’ programme. Designed for children aged 4–12 years, activities range from batik painting and kids’ yoga to nature excursions and treasure hunts, not to mention its own adventure playground, ‘Junior MasterChef’ cooking classes and parent-free ‘Mangroves & Monkeys’ safari cruises. Additionally, if you need alone time, babysitting services are available if you give 24 hours’ notice.
Club Med's beaches are perfect for family getaways.
Club Med Cherating, Pahang
This 197-acre resort is Asia’s largest Club Med and the third biggest in the world. It is excellent for children of all ages in terms of facilities and activities.
The resort conducts activities for children and teens through age-specific clubs. For example, those between 11 and 17 years will be able to join the Club Med Passworld® where various sport, artistic and outdoor activities are arranged.
Children between the ages of 4 and 10 can join the Mini Club Med®, featuring nature activities, cooking, and arts and crafts.
And for an extra fee and if you book early, children between 4 months to 3 years will be cared for by trained GOs (Gracious Organisers).
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