Our Top 13 For The Best Resort In Malaysia For Family [2023]

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We have visited many countries with our three kids and one of the most kid-friendly is definitely Malaysia! And part of this is because there are some absolutely fabulous Malaysia kid-friendly resorts and a great list of best hotels in Malaysia for families.

From days spent at the beach to exploring the jungle to all the fun of Kuala Lumpur, you can find the best resort in Malaysia for family, in many towns and cities.

In this article, we have our picks for the top 13 family resorts in Malaysia. These are all great options if you want to make your family getaway Malaysia really special!

Our Top 13 For The Best Resort In Malaysia For Family [2021]

Simply pick where you want to stay – whether that’s in a family beach resort Malaysia or if you’d prefer the best family hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and then find the corresponding family-friendly resorts Malaysia which match with that destination below! It’s sure to help you have the best family holiday in Malaysia ever!

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Comparison Of The Best Resorts In Malaysia For Family

The Westin Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur$Click here
Berjaya Times Square HotelKuala Lumpur$Click here
Sunway Resort Hotel & SpaPetaling Jaya$Click here
Golden SandsPenang$Click here
Double Tree Resort by HiltonPenang$$Click here
Hard Rock HotelPenang$Click here
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & SpaLangkawi$$Click here
Four Seasons ResortLangkawi$$$Click here
Avillion Port DicksonPort Dickson$Click here
Lexis Hibiscus Port DicksonPort Dickson$$Click here
Legoland Malaysia ResortJohor Bahru$$Click here
Shangri La Rasa RiaKota Kinabalu$$Click here
Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort & SpaKota Kinabalu$$$Click here

Best Resort In Malaysia For Family

Below are some awesome resorts for your family holiday Malaysia – all you have to do is pick one!

The Westin Kuala Lumpur Review

Perfect area for preschoolers to let off some steam!

Address: 199, Jln Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur

The Westin Kuala Lumpur is one of the best places to stay in Malaysia with kids, particularly if you’re after Kuala Lumpur resorts for families. This family hotel Kuala Lumpur offers is a luxury, 5-star hotel and is perfect for families looking for a central KL hotel which is kid friendly and awesome!

For Kuala Lumpur family resorts in a central location, the Westin is perfect.  It’s a short walk or taxi ride to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) where you can find shopping, huge parks and many KL attractions, especially some great family ones like the aquarium and Petrosains Discovery Centre.

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This family accommodation Kuala Lumpur offers has many room types, including one bedroom and two bedroom suites which are perfect for families who want some space. There are day beds and rollaway beds that kids can use.

The hotel’s facilities include a pool and kids club (extra charge). There is a kids’ corner in the breakfast room as well. This is a top option of the best family hotels in Malaysia.  Whether you’re coming from overseas or looking for a staycation Malaysia for family – it’s a good choice.

Best parts?

The location of this family friendly hotel Malaysia offers is fabulous and it’s hard to find a kids club in Kuala Lumpur.

Worst parts?

It is a pricier option than other family friendly hotels in Kuala Lumpur, but this is a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur.


This family friendly hotel in Malaysia is a great choice if you want a central, great hotel in KL with kids club and great rooms.

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Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Review

berjaya times square hotel swimming pool, a best family hotel Malaysia
Berjaya Times Square Hotel swimming pool

Address: 1, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

The Berjaya Times Square Hotel is one of the best family accommodation in Malaysia. It is one of our favourite places to stay anywhere and we have stayed here six+ times! This is because it’s one of the good kid friendly hotels in Kuala Lumpur with great facilities and family-friendly rooms and it’s also got a FABULOUS location.

The Berjaya Times Square Hotel is located on top of the Berjaya Times Square which is a huge shopping centre with over 1000 shops, restaurants and many things to do within the property. This makes a stay at this Kuala Lumpur family hotel just so easy– you are only ever a very short stroll from tons of eating options and things to do as well as services like a medical centre (we have visited it – quick, easy and cheap!).

The shopping centre at this Kuala Lumpur family accommodation has some fun things, like a piano staircase and the second largest indoor theme park in Asia. You can also watch a movie or go bowling. There is a cheap and easy hawker centre on the basement level and many other fabulous eating options. It also has a monorail station so getting around is easy.

This family accommodation in Kuala Lumpur has the biggest city hotel pool I have ever seen as well as two kid pools and a playground. Photos don’t do it justice. There is a gym and multiple eating options.

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Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

The rooms at this family hotel in Kuala Lumpur are also great for families with the superior room type – the cheapest type – being like a one bedroom apartment with separated living and bedroom areas, a kitchenette and bathroom. Young kids can sleep on the couches and there are also rollaways (at an extra fee) and cots available.

We have also stayed in a lovely premier room, but we prefer the superior thanks to the separated living/bedroom areas and think this works best for a family. Although, note that the superior rooms have not been renovated in awhile and are showing their age.

There are also family rooms with a bunk bed and double bed.

For more space, the two bedroom apartments are the best option. We stay in this room type now our kids are older.

Berjaya Times Square Hotel is our pick for the best kid friendly hotel Kuala Lumpur.

You can read more in our full review of the Berjaya Times Square here.

Best Parts?

The family friendly rooms, the huge pool and the fabulous location on top of Berjaya Times Square. In terms of value – this is one of the best Kuala Lumpur family hotels – you get a lot for your money.

Worst Parts?

It’s not the newest Kuala Lumpur kid friendly hotels, and so the hotel is showing its age in some of the rooms.


If you are looking for family resorts Kuala Lumpur offers with everything you need and family friendly rooms at a great value price; this is a great option which will start your Malaysia family holiday fantastically!

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Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur/Petaling Jaya Review

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Address: Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya

The Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa is a great choice for people looking for fun family resorts in Kuala Lumpur, and don’t mind being out of the city centre in return for being in a whole world of entertainment and activities.

Located in Petaling Jaya, which is right next to Kuala Lumpur, this hotel also makes a great alternative to Kuala Lumpur on an airport stopover. It is closer to KL Airport than Kuala Lumpur itself.  It’s also perfect for those after a family staycation Malaysia offers close to the city.

It’s also easy to spend a few days just exploring the whole Sunway world – this hotel with kids pool Malaysia offers, is located by Sunway Lagoon, a massive, fun theme park, and the big shopping centre, Sunway Pyramid. We have done just that and had fun going to the cinema, ice skating and shopping in Sunway Pyramid and spending a full day at Sunway Lagoon.

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The Sunway Resort Hotel also has its own facilities with a massive swimming pool and restaurants. There are many eating options in Sunway Pyramid so you will be spoilt for choice.

There are no family rooms as such, but you are allowed to have two kids in your room and can pay extra for an extra bed. You can also request connecting rooms (what we have done).

If you are looking for a Kuala Lumpur hotel with waterslide, there are plenty here!

Best Parts?

The proximity to Sunway Pyramid shopping centre and Sunway Lagoon theme park makes this one of the awesome Kuala Lumpur family friendly hotels. There is a lot to do without leaving here.

Worst Parts?

No purpose-designed family rooms. Plus it’s not in the city centre, so if this is important to you, check out one of the other family hotels Kuala Lumpur has.


When it comes to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia resorts, this is a great choice for families.  Here families are guaranteed a fun break where everything they want to do is right there. It makes a good alternative to Kuala Lumpur for a few days stopover.

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Golden Sands, Penang Review

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Golden Sands from our hotel room window

Address: Batu Feringgi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

The Golden Sands in Penang is a beautiful, family-friendly hotel Malaysia. Located at one end of the popular Batu Ferringhi beach, this resort is easy to reach and very well located. In minutes, you can be at the night market and among many restaurants and shops. And, of course, you have the beach right out the front.

The Golden Sands is part of the Shangri-La brand so expect quality. However, this is also a very family friendly resort Malaysia, so expect it to be more relaxed than the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang next door. It has won prizes for being one of the best resort for kids in Malaysia.

At this best resort for family in Malaysia, there are many fun and practical facilities here, so you don’t need to ever leave if you don’t want to. It is home to an awesome Malaysia resorts kids club located in Adventure Zone. Adventure Zone is a “play land” with some very adventurous slides so it will appeal to both young and older kids (including parents!). You can also visit here as a family if you don’t want to use the kids club.

The best part of this family friendly resort in Malaysia is definitely the huge outdoor pool area between the hotel and the beach. There are many pools and a water playground area called Splash Zone. There is also a family activities program to enjoy and pool and foosball tables, tennis courts and beach volleyball all located in the big pool area. It’s all a lot of fun.

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There are two restaurants, two lounges and a great breakfast buffet. We loved having lunch by the pools!

There is a range of room types. Most rooms feature a king or two single beds plus have an additional sofa bed or a single bed that pops out of the wall (my kids loved that!). When we travelled here with two young kids, one of these rooms worked nicely. Cribs are available. With older kids, they have connecting rooms and I recommend two rooms.

If you can afford the splurge, I also recommend getting a sea view. These rooms have awesome views as well as look out over the resort’s facilities. The rooms are on the simpler side but functional and have everything you need and would expect for a four-star hotel.

Plus this is one of the family friendly hotels Malaysia offers which has a turndown service in the evening which includes a room tidy. I find this such a bonus when travelling with kids.

Best parts?

If you’re after the best family vacation Malaysia offers this is a great resort.  The location is great and the facilities are fantastic.

Worst parts?

To make it even better in terms of the best place for family vacation in Malaysia, the rooms could be bigger and nicer and it would be great if they added some rooms specifically for families with two or more kids.


Overall, this is a very easy, fun and nice resort to hang out when in Penang. In terms of a central spot, it has one of the best locations out of the resorts in Penang and I highly recommend it.

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang Review

Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Puncak Ria, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

DoubleTree Resort is a great family-friendly resort in Penang, offering easy access to the city’s notable destinations. As with most family-friendly hotels Malaysia offers, it comes with excellent on site facilities and even has a great kids club.

What’s unique about this resort is that it offers a kid’s club with lots of fun, signature activities the kids will no doubt enjoy. There’s also a swimming pool for kids, a playground, babysitting service, and a family room. 

Makan kitchen restaurant offers tasty, delectable Asian dishes. After a tiring day, or touring and exploring, guests can unwind at the Axis Lounge, and sample the resort’s signature cocktails. 

Similarly, guests can also indulge themselves in the breathtaking views of the ocean, or watch the glorious sunset from balconies readily finished with dining tables and chairs, great for a private dining affair. 

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The resort features 316 tastefully furnished rooms equipped with air conditioning, LED TVs, in-room safe, private bath, toiletries, and ironing facilities. 

Guests can either stay in twin, king, king deluxe, one bedroom suites, family rooms with balcony, or family suites with breathtaking sea views. 

Best Parts?

The rooms are clean and spacious, friendly staff and superb facilities. Overall, worth the price. 

Worst Parts?

Limited parking area for guests. 


If you’re in Penang, this is a great resort to consider with the kids. It has lovely rooms and great on site facilities to keep the entire family entertained.

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang Review

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

The Hard Rock Hotel Penang is another great contender for the best family resort in Malaysia in Penang, which brings the quality Hard Rock brand to everything it does.

Located directly on Batu Ferringhi beach, this hotel is a little bit of a walk (or shuttle) ride from the main action of Batu Ferringhi. There are a few restaurants and shops in the surrounding area though.

There is a huge range of room types here with some really quality options for families.  The Roxity Kids Suites are the best option and come with separate sleeping area for the kids complete with PlayStation, toys, books, their own minibar and kids’ room service menu! The courtyard option also gives a private outdoor play area for your kids. These rooms are one of a kind and absolutely brilliant for families after the best family retreat Malaysia offers.

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The facilities at this hotel are also perfect for families with not just a kids club, but a teens’ club and infant club too! This means kids of all ages have a great space to hang out and/or play!

The outside area is even better. There is a huge pool lagoon area complete with a perfect water playground. There are often live music and activities out here too. You can easily spend the whole days relaxing here!

Best Parts?

The high quality of everything – the rooms, the outside pool area and the kid’s clubs.  Just awesome if you’re after the best place for family gathering in Malaysia.

Worst Parts?

Unfortunately, the location is a bit isolated being a bit removed from the main Batu Ferringhi area. Plus there are no room options for families bigger than four.


This is one of the best family resorts in Malaysia and a great choice for your Penang stay as long as you don’t mind being a little away from the action.

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Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi Review

Address: Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Kedah

The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is certainly a contender for the best hotel for kids in Malaysia thanks to its great facilities, family room choices and its central location in family-friendly Langkawi.

This hotel is in a great spot in the main beach area of Langkawi, Pantai Cenang. This means you can be in the centre of things in minutes with many eating and shopping options to choose from. It can be hard to be somewhere central while still on a great beach with plenty of space and facilities for kids but the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa ticks all these boxes.

There is a range of room types, including two family room choices.

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As you would expect for a 5-star hotel, there are many facilities including two outdoor, free-form swimming pools and a great, dinosaur water play area with slides for kids. The resort also features a gym, sauna, squash, mini-golf, tennis, archery and bicycle rental. Your kids will also enjoy the kids club, especially in the mornings when they can feed animals in the resort petting zoo.

Other facilities include two restaurants, a lounge and a pool bar. You are also just a short walk from many other eating options. And, of course, you have a beautiful beach to enjoy.

Best parts?

The great facilities, beachfront and central location.

Worst parts?

The family rooms only have a king and a single bed. However, an extra bed can be added for an extra charge.


The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for families looking for a family-friendly resort in a central location in Langkawi.

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Four Seasons Langkawi Review

Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Kedah

The Four Seasons Langkawi is a jungle-cloaked island resort tucked away within a UNESCO World Geopark. With a private 1.8 kilometre beach stretching along the Andaman Coast, it is a quiet, family-oriented retreat.

Getting there is easy, with the resort being only 20 kilometres from the Langkawi International Airport.

Accommodation is provided in either one-bedroom Malay-style villas or pavilions and can accommodate up to 8 people (depending on room type). You can have either garden or sea views with some including a private pool or direct beach access.

The three-bedroom family villas can fit up to six adults and two children and have multiple indoor-outdoor lounging areas, two bathrooms and a private pool.

Kids will love the wide range of activities here. The daily program for children aged 4 to 12 includes batik painting, safari cruises, treasure hunts and kids’ yoga. For teenagers, there is archery, rock climbing, henna tattoo design and many other exciting options sure to keep them smiling.

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For some family time together, attend a cooking class, go kayaking or kite-flying on the beach. There is almost too much to choose from!

For the parents, the opportunities for adventure here are endless.  Activities include snorkelling, birdwatching, mangrove safaris, island-hopping and golf. Take a walk through the rainforest or spend a lazy day on the private beach, doing as much or as little as you’d like.

Instead of the usual restaurant meal, let the resort cook up a BBQ feast to enjoy on your villa’s patio or beach, and then hang out around the bonfire to roast marshmallows and shoot the breeze.

Restaurant choices include a casual family restaurant, traditional Malaysian or an open-air dining room. Enjoy a drink at the resorts bar to wind down after a hard day.

Best Parts?

The Four Seasons offers a wide range of exciting family activities both on- and off-site.

Worst Parts?

It is a very large resort so it will take you some time to get from one side to the other. However, there is a buggy service to help get you around.


The Four Seasons Langkawi is only 20 minutes from the airport and surrounded by both the jungle and beach along the Andaman Coast. There are plenty of fun activities here for your next family getaway.

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Avillion Port Dickson Review

avillion pd water chalet - a resort kid friendly Malaysia
There are many spots like this where you can sit back and enjoy your surrounds at the Avillion

Address: 3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

The Avillion Port Dickson is another resort we highly recommend for families. We have had stayed here on multiple occasions and always had a wonderful time.

Located on the coast at one of Port Dickson’s best beaches, the Avillion Port Dickson has gorgeous over-water chalets. I was initially unsure whether this would be safe with kids, but there was no need to worry and the novelty is as fun for kids as it is for adults.

The chalets are perfect for families as they also have a day bed in them as big as a double bed which is a great place for the kids to sleep. They are also some of the cheapest over-water chalets I have come across anywhere in the world, so that is a huge bonus, especially as the rest of the Avillion is also awesome for families.

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Avillion Port Dickson
Our chalet

If you prefer, the hotel also has rooms on the mainland as well.

The resort has some fantastic pools. One is adults only, but your kids will prefer the family one with the water slide anyway. There is a petting zoo which is great with younger kids. They can feed and pet the animals every morning.

The outside, in general, is great with beautiful gardens, signs giving information on the different plants and facilities and many small attractions like a butterfly patch and spice farm.

There is also a little playground and a kids’ room with activities. It isn’t a kids club as such as you can’t leave the kids, but there are activities and staff to help. Some are free and some are an extra charge.

There are also family movies twice a day and easy access to the beach.

There are multiple restaurants as well. The food is reasonably priced, but it does get a bit boring after a few days. Thankfully the resort is next to a night market which is a great alternative for dinner.

Best Parts?

The beautiful over-water chalets and the many attractions in the gardens, especially the petting zoo.

Worst Parts?

The kids club isn’t supervised.


If you want a beach break from Kuala Lumpur, are looking for somewhere on a KL stopover (this resort is a short drive from KL airport) or just want a really lovely break, the Avillion Port Dickson is hard to beat. We love it here!

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Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson Review

Address: 12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Another best family resort Malaysia offers is the Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. It is located in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, about an hour and 15 minutes from the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Prices start around RM 680 for the cheapest rooms. Every villa comes with its own private pool and steam room.

If you are looking for a family retreat Malaysia, these villas are just perfect. They are comfortable, private, and with your own pool in an overwater villa, you won’t want to leave!

The hotel is nestled on the coastline of Pasir Panjang Beach. It features 639 rooms. There are pool villas as well as suites within the hotel’s tower. Basic hotel amenities like air conditioning, WiFi, snacks, and room service are offered as well.

On the second floor, you’ll find Kidz World Playcentre, a multi-level activity area. There’s also a smaller game room on the ground floor, a petting zoo, water park, archery, and more!

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There’s a spa, gym, and classy karaoke lounge for the adults. There’s also a shuttle bus available to take you to nearby attractions, such as the Army Museum. Rent a bicycle, yoyo car, or a Segway to go exploring on your own.

Best Parts?

The water villas offer a glass floor panel that allows you to view the ocean below. The resort has a luxurious feel and offers plenty of fun activities. It’s the best place to stay in Malaysia with family near KL Airport, perfect for short stopovers.

Worst Parts?

The hotel is quite spread out. If your room is far out on the water, you’ll be walking a while to get there. While the price of the rooms isn’t too bad, many of the activities, such as Kidz World, require an additional fee.


The Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is a great place to stay if you’re after a lot of exciting things to do in the one location. It’s not for the budget backpacker, but if you have a little to spend and want to treat your family to a nice holiday, it’s perfect.

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Legoland Malaysia Resort, Johor Bahru Review

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Address: No 7, Persiaran Medini Utara 3, Bandar, Johor Bahru, Johor

Nowhere in Malaysia is there a cooler resort for kids than the Legoland Malaysia Resort! This Lego themed resort is going to delight all kids (and adults) interested in Lego or young enough to love any type of theming.

Located on the same site as Legoland Malaysia, you are definitely not going to get bored here. This is a short drive to Johor Bahru and Singapore and is for people wanting to explore the theme park – I would not recommend it as a base to explore the region.

However, even if you are somehow not interested in the theme park itself, I think you will still love a night here!

The best part is the rooms. They come in a choice of themes and sizes with most built with families in mind. You can have a pirate, kingdom, Ninjago or adventure theme.

Rooms have two separate sleeping areas – one for adults with a king-sized bed and one for up to 3 children with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed and their own TV. They will love their special space (as will you!).

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Pirate Room

The best facility here is obviously Legoland Malaysia. This theme park is great, especially for younger kids and kids who love Lego. There is also a water park.

For hotel guests, there are Lego activities and events throughout the day from meeting Lego characters to dance parades to nightly movies. There is also a swimming pool, Lego play area and puzzle activities to unlock secret treasure in your room!

There is also a Lego themed restaurant.

Best Parts?

This hotel is crazy fun for families with great rooms, activities and facilities.

Worst Parts?

It’s a distance from other local attractions.


This place goes far beyond being one of the best Malaysia kid friendly resorts to being a kid-centric resort that the whole family will absolutely LOVE It’s my top pick for family fun in Malaysia and the best family day location in Malaysia.

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Shangri La Rasa Ria, Sabah Review

Address: Pantai Dalit Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

For families looking for Malaysia kid friendly resorts that are also East Malaysia resorts, you can’t beat the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa. It is a beautiful tropical retreat set on a pristine stretch of Pantai Dalit Beach and is surrounded by 400 acres of tropical rainforest.

Book the kids into a family room, which are Malaysian-themed in either the Garden or Ocean Wing. The accommodation is in a fabulous location between the beach and the rainforest which provides fantastic views of the beach or the surrounding rainforest.

When it comes to resort activities, there is so much here for the kids to do. There’s even a club for the kids! The little ones can have a go at coconut bowling or enjoy the Sundown Games in the swimming zone. For the little animal lovers, they can help the rangers look after the animals in the resort’s care. And there is even a Family Fun Day on the weekend!

If you can drag the kids away from the kids club, take them to the resort’s Nature Interpretation Centre at the entrance to the Nature Reserve. Here, you can meet some of Borneo’s wildlife, including several species of endangered animals.

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Other resort activities include kayaking, windsurfing, jet-skiing and banana boat rides. You can also enjoy horse riding, deep sea fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, coconut leaves weaving, bingo night and some fun beach games. Also located in the resort is an eco-friendly championship golf course and spa at Dalit Bay.

There’s a good variety of food to choose from too for those fussy eaters. The on-site restaurants serve Indian, Italian, even teppanyaki, which is always fun for the whole family.

Best Parts?

There is so much to do here for families, and having a kids club gives mum and dad a good break too.

Worst Parts?

With so much to do for families, this is a popular resort and can tend to get a little crowded during peak seasons.


Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for families wanting a luxurious getaway in Malaysia.

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Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Sabah Review

Address: No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu, is the last of our best Malaysia beach resorts for families. Located just 10 minutes from the city, it promises a tranquil retreat in an idyllic beachfront setting for the whole family.

This tropical resort features a variety of contemporary-styled rooms and suites inspired by the rich colours and textures of Borneo nature and offers captivating views of the ocean or the impressive Mount Kinabalu. Kids will love the bunk beds and child-friendly furniture that are in the family room along with their special welcome pack.

If you are looking for a hotel with pool slide in Malaysia or a resort with activities in Malaysia, this is a great choice. At the resort, the kids will love the mini water park with waterslides and water battle stations with water balloon launcher.

There are SO many activities available for the kids to do; the kid’s club ‘Cool Zone’ is open every day and has a packed timetable of things to do, including a themed party every Friday night.

Now that the kids are occupied, the adults can go swimming in the outdoor pool, go golfing or get a massage at the CHI Spa.

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For a quiet breakfast, you have to go to the breakfast bar; it has an outdoor play area for the kids. At dinner time, you’re bound to find a restaurant at the resort that will suit everyone’s taste, even the kids; with choices from Italian to Chinese, to beachside BBQ and or a seafood dinner. And for dessert, you can’t go past a visit to the ice cream bar!

Once the kids have gone to bed, the adults can finish the day with a Sabah Golden Sunset Cocktail at the Sunset Bar.

Best Parts?

Plenty of family fun activities, particularly for the kids. The resort is also located in a stunning beachfront location yet only minutes from the city.

Worst Parts?

Some guests claim that it can get busy over the weekends given day passes are available.


The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru is a gorgeous beachfront resort just minutes from the city and full of activities for families. Staying here should be part of any best family vacation in Malaysia!

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Map Of Best Family Resorts In Malaysia

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Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

We hope you found your top pick of the best resorts in Malaysia for families. What’s your top pick of where to stay in Malaysia with kids?

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.