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Family Resorts in Malaysia

Kimberly_T, Demand Media

The Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple in Penang

Overview

Malaysia combines the old and the new in its many attractions and tourist spots. One of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia, it caters to every kind of traveler. For the outdoor enthusiast, Malaysia features great scuba diving sites off the east coast of the peninsula. For traveling families, on the other hand, child-friendly resorts are mostly located in Penang, Langkawi and Sabah, although you can find a sprinkling of these accommodation options in every part of the country.

Pangkor Island Beach Resort

Pangkor Island Beach Resort (pangkorislandbeach.com) is touted as an international-standard resort that treats guests to a tranquil getaway in northern Malaysia. Surrounded by lush tropical forests, the resort lies on beachfront property on a private bay that offers white-sand coastlines and easy access to various leisure options. It is an ideal choice for families, as children up to age 12 stay for free. Resort facilities include a kids pool, children’s club, children’s menu at the on-site restaurant and baby-sitting service. The resort offers a range of outdoor activities such as island treks, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and parasailing, as well as golfing, tennis, archery and soccer. All rooms and villas come with coffee-making facilities, satellite television and in-room movies, International Direct Dial phone and air conditioning.

Club Med Cherating Beach Resort

The Cherating Beach Resort (clubmed.com.au), which lies on the east coast of Malaysia, is the first Eco by Nature Club Med Resort. Guests stay in bungalows on stilts in the middle of a tropical forest. The resort has children's facilities and programs for all ages, from infant to 18. Activities for children are grounded in an appreciation for nature and include a jungle trail walk where they can view the local plants and animals. While the kids are at the children’s club, parents can spend the time exploring the rain forest, swimming in the pool, relaxing on the beach or playing badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, squash or tennis. Sailing lessons and kayaking are also available.

ParkRoyal Hotel Penang

ParkRoyal Hotel Penang (parkroyalhotels.com) is an ideal vacation destination for families visiting Penang. It lies in the heart of one of the best beaches on the island, Batu Ferringhi Beach. The area is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping, and other nearby attractions, such as the Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden, are easily accessible. The resort has a supervised club facility for children ages 4 to 12 years old and baby-sitting services for younger children. One of the hotel's two outdoor pools is designed for children with a 70-foot water slide and a paddle pool. For adults, the hotel has a fitness center, spa and water-sports center. Outdoor activities available through the hotel include jungle trekking, hiking and bicycle tours.

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