Any parent will agree when we say that a vacation with kids is not truly a holiday because while you may be off work, you still have parental responsibilities, which is a job on its own. Despite that fact, parents (and kids) do need a break from life’s stresses and mundanity now and then. To that end, you can make a family vacation a little easier by choosing to stay at a kid-friendly hotel.
But what is considered kid-friendly? As an online magazine with plenty of parents in the team, we’ve collectively agreed that a hotel with a slide honestly seals the deal. Though not all hotels may have this amenity, you can look for others that are bound to keep your little ones occupied.
1. Shangri-La Golden Sands, Penang
Families with children will be familiar with this 4-star resort located along Batu Ferringhi, Penang. The child-friendly facilities will keep your kids entertained for hours while you squeeze in some relaxation time. Besides a kids club, little (or teenage) Golden Sands guests can have fun at the mini water park, Splash Zone.
Kids eat for free at the kids club, and there are not one but three water slides for them to have a splashing good time.
Address: Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Pinang, Penang
Contact: +604 886 1911
2. Legoland Hotel, Johor
Enter a world of adventure and Lego-themed rooms when you stay at this hotel with your family. With four themes to choose from – Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, and NINJAGO – each will provide a unique experience.
Of course, a stay at Legoland Hotel wouldn’t be complete without spending a day (or two) at the Legoland theme park.
Address: 7 Persiaran Medini Utara 3, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor
Contact: +607 597 8888
3. Club Med Cherating, Pahang
No listicle of kid-friendly resorts would be complete without including Club Med Cherating. This all-inclusive resort has been around for decades and is known for its all-inclusive packages. It’s impossible to be bored here as there are endless programmes to keep everyone entertained.
Kids from as young as four months can even join in at the baby club, with parental guidance, of course. If your family is up for doing something good for the planet, you can join in on their beach cleanup!
Address: Jalan Kuantan Sungai Lembing, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang
Contact: +603 2053 1888
4. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang
Probably a personal favourite, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang is genuinely one of the best getaway locations for families. While it may not have slides, there are activities at the pool curated by the staff and management to ensure kids have the best time here.
Parents with bigger kids or nannies tending to little ones can take a quick and quiet escape to the adults-only pool or treat themselves to a relaxing time at their luxurious spa. A stay at the Rasa Sayang will also give you access to Golden Sands’ impressive mini waterpark.
Address: Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Pinang, Penang
Contact: +604 888 8888
5. The Danna Langkawi, Kedah
Families with tamer little ones and looking for a more quiet kind of holiday can book themselves at the 5-star resort, The Danna in Langkawi. They even have The Danna Junior, an offer that caters to families with kids. It includes daily breakfast for parents and two children, an extra complimentary bed, and fun activities at the kids club.
Address: Pantai Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +604 959 3288
6. Hard Rock Hotel, Penang
When it comes to kid-friendly hotels in Malaysia, there’s no doubt that Penang holds the top spot, and another one we are adding to the list is Hard Rock Hotel. Sitting along Batu Ferringhi, this resort needs no introduction.
With three clubs available for kids of all ages – Lil’ Rockers Infants Club for little rockstars under three years old, Roxity Kids Club for children between the ages of four to 12 years, and Tabu Teen Club, perfect for the bigger kids. Did we mention there are plenty of slides by one of their many pools?
Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Pinang, Penang
Contact: +604 881 1711
7. Lost World Of Tambun, Perak
Give your kids the ultimate adventure at Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh, Perak. Nestled within lush greenery, 400 million-year-old limestones, and natural hot springs, this destination is suitable for kids of all ages.
Book a stay at the Lost World Hotel to fully enjoy a total of nine theme parks – six to explore in the daytime and three to enjoy after the sunsets.
Address: No 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak
Contact: +605 540 8888
8. Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur is our Editor’s personal favourite — and for good reason. They make staying with children such an easy process. Their Family Premier Suite is ideal for small families looking to unwind in the heart of a bustling city.
The complimentary weekend activities include Bingo Time, Arts & Crafts, House Tour, Movie Night, and the Maze Garden Treasure Hunt. There are even kid-themed amenities for families, which include kids’ bathrobes. How cute!
Address: 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2032 2388