If you’re planning to bring the kids for a quick getaway that’s memorable and fun, but without causing a huge dent to your wallet, look no further than the beautiful, Penang. Located in North-Western coast of Malaysia, Penang is known for being a food haven. From Nasi Kandar, to Char Kway Teow and Penang Asam Laksa, you’ll need a few days on this island to fully experience the mouth-watering gastronomical delight.
Rich in art and culture, Penang is known for its multiple historical sites, ranging from churches and mansions, such as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. In the city’s capital, Georgetown, there are also numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as City Hall and Penang State Museum & Art Gallery. There are also multiple places to visit with the little ones such as Adventure Zone, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Kek Lok Si Temple and Fort Cornwallis.
With so many things to do in Penang for all ages, we bet you’d like a tranquil place for your accommodation. Imagine cloud-like beds with the comfiest duvet, million dollar view facing the pristine beaches, and top-notch facilities for the kids to play (somehow their energy never runs out).
Here are our top 5 best family hotels in Penang, which tick all the right boxes.
1. AC Hotel by Marriott Penang
Located in Bayan Lepas, AC Hotel by Marriott Penang, is a short 10 mins drive from Penang International Airport. The hotel is also easily accessible to the Penang Bridge and is less than 30 mins drive to Georgetown. For guests’ convenience, a shuttle service is provided to Queensbay Mall, where you get to shop and dine to your hearts content.
To stay connected to the kids while they enjoy themselves, you’ll be glad to know that the entire hotel has free WiFi. After a long day of exploring beautiful Penang, recuperate yourselves in the Two or Three Bedroom Suite, which features the comfiest beds you’ll ever sleep on, and a modern marble bathroom that makes you feel like royalty.
2. G Hotel Gurney
Conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown, G Hotel Gurney, provides a modern accommodation that’ll put a smile to your faces and also the little ones. Walking distance to Gurney Plaza, some of the rooms boasts a picturesque view of the Gurney Drive Beach.
With seven bars and restaurants in the hotel, your kids can never go hungry (no excuses to throw tantrums now). If you’re a foodie, Gurney Drive is just a 5 mins walk where you can indulge on tantalising Penang street food, such as Penang Chendol – the perfect dessert on a hot day.
Do check with the friendly staffs at the tour desk where you can join cultural tours, exploring Penang – a definite yes for the kids! Complete your holiday and capture picture perfect memories with Canon.
3. Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La
This 4-star resort is located in Batu Ferringhi and has all the right amenities for your kids to enjoy. Known as Malaysia’s leading resort for families with child friendly facilities, Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La has a Kids Club and Splash Zone, for the little ones to have a splashin’ good time!
The Splash Zone includes two large swimming pools and three water slides, where parents can keep a lookout for their kids under the parasol, while sipping on freshly squeezed juices. The resort also has a 9-hole mini Pitch and Putt and an Adventure Zone, which offers recreational activities such as craft making classes and cooking demonstrations.
For parents, you’re not neglected! After spending the whole day for your kids, have dinner at the Batu Feringghi Night Bazaar, located right in front of the hotel. Be sure to bargain when you shop for apparels, souvenirs and local handicrafts. If you’d like to head to Georgetown, there’s also a shuttle bus provided by the resort.
4. PARKROYAL Penang Resort
A short drive from Batu Ferringhi, PARKROYAL Penang Resort, is where you experience exclusivity. Bask in the sun at the resort’s terrace and discover Penang with the kids, where bicycles are available for rental. The resort also has a kid pool with water slides, Amazonia, where children can enjoy the jungle themed pool that’s filled with water sprays.
After a day of fun in the sun, bask in the beauty that is Penang’s sunset at the Sunset Bar, and witness panoramic sunset views, while you indulge in sublime cocktails.
5. Hard Rock Hotel Penang
With a 26,000 square foot swimming pool equipped with water slides and cabanas, it will be hard to get the kids out of the pool. But will they have a ball of fun? Yes, they will! At Hard Rock Hotel Penang, it’s the ideal hotel for families with children. This 5 star resort boasts a variety of room types from Roxity Kids Suite, which is designed for aspiring rockstars. Fancy a bigger room? Upgrade to the Roxity Kids Suite with Courtyard.
Hold your horses if you think things can’t get better for the kids! The hotel also holds an Ultimate Kids’ Foam Party, every first Saturday of the month. Other kid-friendly amenities and activities includes TABU Teens Club, Roxity Kids Club and Lil’ Rockers Infants Club.
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