Malaysia seems very far away and very mysterious to many families with children here in the U.S. But our experience in Malaysia was so perfect that I say it is well worth the grueling trip. If your family does undertake such a long journey, just make sure you have two weeks to get over jet lag! And if you’re lucky enough to live near Malaysia, than lucky you! The country’s rich heritage and warm people make this a perfect family vacation destination. And with a family vacation must come a kid’s club, so I investigated the best kids clubs in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The Westin Langkawi – This kid’s club has an unbelievable amount of things for children ages 4 -12 to do. Events change every month and the club really strives to show kids the sights and sounds that are Langkawi. Activities are both outside and inside and include nature walks, bird watching, painting, shell collecting, Wii and a host of other things. We stayed at this particular hotel when we visited Langkawi and Max loved every activity. He even got to make pizza one day and go behind the scenes at the resort’s pizza restaurant. On one evening, they had a big bonfire for the kids, while the parent’s relaxed nearby for cocktail hour. They do not take children under 4, however, so we had to find a separate sitter for Zoe one day when we wanted to have a grown-ups only day by the pool. The day rate $28 includes lunch, snacks and a Westin backpack. Also, a word of warning, we went during slow/rainy season (which I actually recommend because you get amazing rates and it doesn’t rain that much), so there weren’t a lot of kid’s there. Max did make one little friend from Australia but the kid’s club was pretty empty for much of the week we were there.
The Four Seasons Langkawi – The Four Seasons resorts are world renown for the their attention to families. If you have ever stayed at a Four Seasons, you know that rooms are supplied with a child-sized bathrobe, children’s amenities and toys, a child’s menu and coloring paraphernalia. Children also eat free at Four Season’s resorts. As expensive as Four Seasons is, the kid’s club at this Langkawi resort is complimentary, making the room price a bit easier to swallow. This club provides children with activities such as painting, yoga and kite flying and they also have an hour-long, child friendly tour of the nearby rainforest. The Four Seasons Langkawi has an adults only pool and a family friendly pool.
The Andaman Langkawi – This is another resort on the pricey side, but they more than make up for it in the family friendly, “free stuff” realm. The Andaman is a part of Starwood Resorts so guests can sign up for a SPGPass to get food at a discounted rate for children and the kids club, called Young Explorers, is complimentary. Activities abound at this kid’s club with a typical day consisting of a beach walk, an easter egg painting class, a critter mask decorating class, a spoon race and a yoga class.
The Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort – Another beautiful resort which lets families take advantage of the SPG Pass and get discounted food and drink for children. In addition to these amenities, the Lutong Kid’s Club entertains kids free of charge with nature walks, treasure hunts and picnics. However, some of the activities, such as Batik painting, have an extra fee, which can really add up depending on how often your family utilizes the club.
Meritus Palangi Beach Resort and Spa – This 5 star resort is one of the island’s best and dubbed “The Jewel of Langkawi”. The kid’s club, known as the KiKi Klub, is for guests between 4 and 12 and has scavenger hunts, beach walks, swimming and boating lessons, fishing, and crafts. The club also has a mascot, a giant fluffy bird, which children love. The pool is also very family friendly with a small water world area for kids. The Meritus also regularly runs packages specifically for families, which includes free meals, use of the kid’s club, some dinners for the whole family at the Spice Market (an absolutely fantastic restaurant, I speak from experience), and airport transfers, which really helps cut down on costs.