If I were travelling with kids and introducing them to Malaysia, I’d likely start at the PARKROYAL Penang.
This large hotel is an easy taxi or bus trip to explore the UNESCO world heritage site of George Town. But then you can escape back to this family-oriented resort on golden Batu Ferringhi beach to relax from the heat and the busy-ness of town.
There’s lots of stuff here for the whole family: two pools, one with waterslides; parasailing and banana boats at the beach; cooking and cocktail demonstrations; tennis; a large gym; a St. Gregory spa; several places to nosh; a Baskin Robbins ice cream menu; a kid-height table at the breakfast buffet; Playstation 2 and Nintendo; and a DVD player in each room.
A kids’ club (with lots of crafts and activities) operates from 9 am to 9 pm, and babysitting is easy to arrange. This makes it easy for parents to get out and sample Penang’s famous food at the hawker stalls nearby.
The 309 rooms (including 30 suites) are stylish and the comfy beds will ensure a great sleep. Many rooms easily accommodate families with two sofa beds, in addition to the king bed.
If you want a western experience in Penang, with a touch of local flavour, choose the PARKROYAL.