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Coolest Malaysia Hotels & Resorts with Family Suites & Kids’ Activities

Are you struggling to find a destination that excites everyone in your family? Look no further than Malaysia. This multicultural hub is not only budget-friendly and easily accessible, but it’s also filled with fascinating experiences, from snorkelling around islands and browsing night markets to the rollercoasters at LEGOLAND Malaysia and handling stingrays at The Shore Oceanarium.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve got you covered when it comes to family-friendly Malaysia accommodation. These 13 hotels and resorts have won over families from around the world with their spacious and comfortable family suites and wealth of on-site facilities for both kids and kids-at-heart.

KSL Hotel & Resort

KSL Hotel & Resort

Connected to KSL City Mall, the 5-star KSL Hotel & Resort is a haven of daily entertainment, whether you’re practising your swing on the golf simulator, playing table tennis or watching movies in the cinema. Kids will love getting wet and wild at the Dinosaur Water Theme Park, while adults can relax with a pampering massage at the on-site spa.

The hotel has a range of suites catering to families, including the two-bedroom Bluebell Suite, which also has breakfast included, three LCD TVs, two bathrooms and a complimentary mini bar. If you’d prefer self-contained accommodation, you can book one of the apartments, which have between two and four bedrooms and features well-equipped kitchens. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Certain apartments have private pools.
  • Shuttle buses and tickets provided for Legoland Malaysia and Universal Studios Singapore.
  • Direct access to shopping mall retailers and eateries.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 41 – USD 324
Guest Rating: 7.2
Address: 33 Jalan Seladang, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La Penang

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La Penang

Nestled on Batu Ferringhi Beach, Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La Penang has earned its status as one of Malaysia’s best family resorts. How? Quite simply by providing a laundry      list of family services and facilities, including childcare, the Adventure Zone indoor playground, a mini water park, the Kids Club and two large pools.

There are also four on-site restaurants and bars, which includes authentic Italian cuisine at the beachfront Sigi’s Bar & Grill. The Executive Suite offers 66 square metres of living space for families to stretch out. It also boasts a wrap-around balcony overlooking the ocean, a pull-down Murphy bed, pillow menu and 24-hour room service. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Children under six years old can enjoy buffet meals for free at Garden Café.
  • The nine-hole miniature golf course, snake show and pool games.
  • Located right on the beach.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 132 – USD 277
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: Jalan Batu Feringgi, Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

It’s nigh impossible for parents and kids alike to not be enchanted by the setting, entertainment and luxury at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa. Children can socialise and play at the Kids Club or zip down the waterslide in the pool. Located near a nature reserve, the hotel also offers various forest walks and water sports.

The opulent suites offer ocean or garden vistas along with nature-inspired furnishings, private balconies and separate living rooms. Want to save money? You can opt for the Deluxe Family Room instead, which has a bunk bed and plush toys for the kids, along with a private balcony, separate bath and pillow menu. 

Why Families Love This Hotel

  • Daily activities, including traditional beach games, Kids Night Out and puppet shows.
  • Has on-site tennis courts, a mini-golf course and game room.
  • The 10 diverse on-site restaurants serving Malaysian, Japanese, Italian and Western flavours.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 191 – USD 454
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Love rock and roll and bundles of family fun? The beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Penang might be your perfect holiday home with its variety of on-site dining, regular entertainment and engaging leisure facilities. Roxity Kids Club has music-inspired activities, while Rock Spa offers waterfront treatments and even manicures for kids. The sun-drenched pools have waterslides and daily activities, but don’t forget to check out the rock-n-roll memorabilia.

The Roxity Kids Suite is arguably one of Malaysia’s best options for families thanks to the separate sleeping area for kids, PlayStation 4, soft toys and kids’ books, and there’s even a special mini bar and room-service menu for children. Upgrade to a suite with a courtyard, where parents will love the heavenly king-size bed. 

Why Families Love This Hotel

  • Regular live music performances and a monthly family-friendly foam party.
  • Sumptuous Italian pizzas at the Pizzeria and mocktails at the swim-up pool bar.
  • Activity clubs for teens, pre-teens and infants.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 112 – USD 296
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

A brilliant blend of white sand and blue water accentuates the beauty of Cenang Beach, which you’ll see every day you stay at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa. The Beachfront Family Room is one of the best picks thanks to its ocean vistas, private terrace and convertible daybed. Alternatively, book the Pelangi Suite for two balconies, two bedrooms and a marble bathroom.

The 14-hectare resort is packed with facilities and activities, such as water sports, squash and tennis courts, mini golf, archery and two free-form swimming pools with waterfalls. The Spice Market treats adventurous eaters to exotic Asian cuisines, while Cba is perfect for watching the sunset while savouring international fare. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Spacious family rooms and suites catering to two adults and two children.
  • Pampering massages for parents at Pelangi Spa.
  • Within 10 minutes’ drive from Underwater World Langkawi.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 212 – USD 818
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Malaysia

Bubu Resort

Bubu Resort

Does your family love being outdoors? It’s hard to look past Bubu Resort, which offers two opulent and value-for-money resorts on a paradisiacal island with the white-sand Long Beach right in front. Of course, activities are all part of the fun here, whether you want to snorkel coral reefs, hike along clifftops or go island hopping.

The World Café combines Italian and Asian cuisine with alfresco seating on the beach, while Santai serves fresh seafood. The four-person Family Villa has an adjoining separate room, providing a king-size bed for parents and two singles for the kids. Alternatively, you can stay beachside in the three-person Beach Villa. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Starting each day with a buffet breakfast and beach views at Mahi-Mahi.
  • Guided jungle hikes and island cruises.
  • Beachfront massages and body treatments.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 129 – USD 338
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: Pasir Panjang (Long Beach), Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Kuala Besut, Malaysia

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Despite being 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa creates its own oasis centred around a sprawling free-form pool with palm trees and a sandy shoreline. The hotel also boasts a Balinese day spa, fitness centre and various dining outlets, including The Resort Café buffet, the rustic Busaba Thai and a variety of Cantonese dishes at Grand Imperial Restaurant.

The Executive Suite caters to two adults and two children while also providing complimentary breakfast and mini bar, an LCD TV and plush bedding. You can also splurge on the Presidential Suite for two separate bedrooms, a rain shower overlooking Sunway Lagoon, butler services and a six-person dining table. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Next to Sunway Pyramid Mall, Sunway Wildlife Zoo and Sunway Lagoon theme park.
  • Affordable four-person Premier Rooms with views of the theme park.
  • Multiple on-site dining options covering various cuisines.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 134 – USD 222
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: Persiaran Lagoon Bandar Sunway, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia

LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel

Legoland Malaysia Hotel

LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel places you on the doorstep of one of Malaysia’s best theme parks while delivering the fairy-tale magic of LEGO. Every month is filled with new and exciting activities, such as character meet and greets, LEGO building and movie nights. The hotel also boasts LEGO treasures in the rooms, interactive LEGO features, a pool and a play area with an Xbox.

There are four themed rooms: Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure and Ninjango. These are all decorated to appeal to the creativity and imagination of young minds and also feature king-size, bunk and trundle beds. Start your day with a buffet breakfast at Bricks Family Restaurant and visit Kai’s Sushi Bar for Japanese fare. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Various LEGO-themed activities, entertainment and dining.
  • Located at LEGOLAND Malaysia.
  • HD TVs and LEGO building blocks in every room.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 229 – USD 331
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 1 Jalan Medini Utara 3, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Club Med Cherating Beach

Club Med Cherating Beach bedroom

Immerse your family in Malaysia’s picture-perfect nature and enthralling adventure activities at Club Med Cherating Beach. Along with interconnecting rooms, you can book one of the spacious Suites. These suites accommodate three guests or can interconnect with a Superior Room for five guests. In addition to a furnished terrace, the Suite has a mini bar, fridge and separate living room.

No day is dull at Club Med, not when you have archery, a flying trapeze school, a high-ropes course, tennis courts and kids’ clubs for all kids up until 17 years old on offer. Love the water? You can rent stand-up paddleboards, sign up for sailing lessons or simply relax by the pool. The hotel hosts dance performances in its theatre, while the gourmet restaurants offer a range of cuisines. 

Why Families Love This Hotel

  • Exceptional seafood at The Rembulan or Asian and Italian fare at The Mutiara.
  • Different kids’ clubs for infants, toddlers, pre-teens and teens.
  • Runs various nature excursions to beaches and forests.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 670 – USD 1,346
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 29th Mile, Jalan Kuantan-Kemaman, Kuantan, Balok, Malaysia

Sunway Lost World Hotel

Sunway Lost World Hotel

Guests at Sunway Lost World Hotel have complimentary access to the wildlife feedings, mineral hot springs and cultural performances at Lost World Hot Springs & Night Park. You also have an inclusive buffet breakfast at Garden Terrace and discounted body treatments at Crystal Spa.

The 47-square-metre Family Suite has theme park vistas and two single beds in the living room. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, while two flat-screen TVs, a fridge and free Wi-Fi keep everyone happy. Want self-contained accommodation? Upgrade to the Super Suite for a kitchenette and dining table. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Complimentary access to one of Malaysia’s best theme parks.
  • Modern and comfortable accommodation.
  • About 15 minutes’ drive from Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve.

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 144 – USD 384
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: No 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Ipoh, Malaysia

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

One of the most budget-friendly resorts on this list, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort has won over many HotelsCombined visitors with its expansive pool, which has waterslides beneath a replica of the Colosseum in Rome. You can also enjoy zorbing at the pool or play under the mushroom waterfalls.

The two and three-bedroom apartments can house four or six guests, respectively. Along with comfortable living areas and kitchenettes, these air-conditioned apartments feature flat-screen TVs, balconies and a variety of bedding configurations. The hotel also hosts activities throughout the week, including sack races and tug-of-war. Play arcade games in the activities room and indulge in local cuisine at Bayou Lagoon Banquet Kitchen. 

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Ample water slides and aquatic games around the pool area.
  • Large self-contained apartments.
  • Within a 20-minute drive from Melaka Airport.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 25 – USD 175
Guest Rating: 5.9
Address: Amari Villa, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil, Malacca, Malaysia

Gold Coast Morib International Resort

Gold Coast Morib International Resort

Gold Coast Morib International Resort offers a range of contemporary apartments for families, including two and three-bedroom options. These cosy holiday abodes typically have private balconies, separate living and dining rooms, fridges and flat-screen TVs. Alternatively, you can splurge on the Penthouse for a rooftop terrace with a Bali-style hut.

Along with a private beachfront location, the resort’s biggest draw for families is its sprawling swimming pool area, which has multiple pools, water slides and playgrounds. The on-site restaurant offers a variety of sit-down meals, snacks and refreshments, while the mini-market and gift shop sells souvenirs and food.  

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Multiple sun-drenched pools with slides and children areas.
  • Spacious multi-bedroom apartments with private balconies.
  • About 50 minutes’ drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 31 – USD 530
Guest Rating: 5.1
Address: PT 294, Kawasan Kanchong Laut, Mukim Morib, Banting, Malaysia

Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

Enjoy direct access to one of Malaysia’s largest freshwater lakes at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, which features spacious suites perched over the water on stilts. The Rajawali Suite is ideal for families with its two bedrooms, two balconies and cosy living room. Families on a budget can instead stay in a Standard Room with a queen-size and single bed.

Bukit Merah Laketown Resort offers four distinct theme parks. Laketown Waterpark boasts twisting slides and aquatic playgrounds, while Laketown Ecopark houses vibrant birdlife, reptiles, sun bears and rabbits. Brave the high-ropes courses and zip-lines at Laketown Adventure Park or enjoy kayaking, archery or fishing at Laketown Recreation Park.

Why Families Love This Hotel 

  • Easy access to traditional street food at Ripples Hawker Centre.
  • Delicious burgers and local eats at Bubbles Family Restaurant.
  • Peaceful lakeside accommodation with a variety of activities.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 19 – USD 154
Guest Rating: 5.9
Address: Jalan Bukit Merah, Semanggol, Malaysia

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Treat Your Family in Malaysia

Family comes first in Malaysia, which is evident when you look at the amazing family hotels and resorts on offer around the country. Many of these can be found on the beach, while the rest create their own holiday havens with on-site water parks, lagoon-style pools, game rooms and immersive activities focusing on nature and culture.

Where do you want to take your family in Malaysia? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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