Idyllic Pangkor Laut
Serene golden beaches and crystal blue waters make Pangkor Laut, a privately-owned island 1.6 kilometres off the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, the ideal destination to enjoy a wide range of sun and sea activities like scuba diving, wind-surfing, fishing and snorkelling. This resort is really a cut above the rest, with the over-water villas simply stunning. Children will lap up the gorgeous beaches and water activities. Plus there are two swimming pools, a jet pool and cold plunge pool, and tennis courts.
Sun and surf at Cherating
Located on the eastern shore of the Malaysian Peninsula, 3.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, Cherating Beach is a great choice for families – with white sand beaches, great surf, a huge choice of accommodation and dozens of places to eat. The standout resort here is Club Med Cherating Beach, where children are honoured guests. Kids’ clubs are grouped into three age levels, with specific activities designed to keep them amused every hour of the day.
Go wild in Sabah
On the picturesque island of Borneo, Sabah is blessed with stunning beaches, lush rainforests swinging with exotic wildlife, great diving and snorkelling opportunities and diverse eateries to tempt adventurous (and fussy) taste buds.
Sabah’s leading resort is Shangri-La Rasa Ria, where young guests have the unique opportunity to get up close to orangutans at the resort’s education and rehabilitation centre. The dedicated children’s pool is open 12 hours a day and the kids’ club offers children from 4-12 years old activities like baby crab catching, batik painting, beads and sea shell wind chime creation, coconut leaves weaving and origami.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru is another beachside resort located in 10 hectares of tropical gardens. Younger children will enjoy the playground and wading pool, while older ones will enjoy the bicycles for hire, petanque, table tennis and snorkelling. If you need some adult time, the kids’ club will keep your little ones happy with activities like garland making, limbo rock contests, mask making, outdoor treasure hunts and sandcastle building contests.
The new, two-bedroom duplex pool villas at Nexus Resort & Spa, Karambunai are perfect for families to spread out in. As well, the resort features three freeform swimming pools, jacuzzi, a gymnasium, squash and tennis courts, the Borneo Spa, a children’s club and playground, a 75-acre nature park as well as water-sports, sea and river activities at the resort’s lagoon park. The Nexie Club offers childcare for four-to-11 year olds.