Reading this people would automatically think of "overseas" destination. However, I've come to realized there's plenty of places in Malaysia that I've yet to explore with the munchkins. This year we choose Penang. The last I've been here was 25 years ago and this is Ryan, Iman and Ranya's first trip to the Island.
Passing through the new bridge :)
We've decided to stay at Golden Sands Penang @ Batu Feringhi. A good choice in terms of location. There's plenty of eateries and stalls within walking distance and the night market starts from the entrance of the hotel every evening. Plenty of things to do if you don't want to be cooped inside your hotel.
Having said that my children were more than happy to laze around in the hotel for 3 days. The facilities is awesome. There's a few pools for kids and adults, a playground and an activity center. The hotel is also very child friendly. Upon arrival, my kids were welcomed with balloons, sweets and drinks.
The room is very spacious and comfortable. The room came with a king bed + a single bed, so all of us can happily sleep without having to squeeze much :) There's plenty of nooks and space for the munchkins to make a mess with all their toys. The balcony offers an awesome view in the morning and evening.
As you can see plenty of fun for the munchkins. The weather was very hot in Penang, so all they wanted to do was to hang around in the pool all day. One of the pool is covered, so it is possible for the children to take a dip in the afternoon without being overheated.
THE FOOD AND EXTRAS
The hotel also gave complimentary RM50 food vouchers per day to their patrons. We managed to order 3 types of kids meals for under RM45 :) we also enjoyed the ice creams available at the pool side cafe. Obviously this "extra" gesture was a plus point for Lan and I :)
The breakfast spread was also quite good. There's nasi lemak, dim sum, pancakes, waffles, cereals and a selection of pastries every morning. The food served from room service was also tasty. The cafe is also quite generous with condiments ( seeing that we've been to some 5 star hotels that don't even have chili sauce :p)
The hotel come with its own private beach . The wave is a bit strong so we didn't go in the water but played with the sands instead. My girls are not a big fan, so we had to drag them to the beach everyday *duh* what is the point of a beach holiday if you refused to spend time at the beach? *sigh* There's also plenty of lounge chairs set up around the hotel facilities, so you can also choose to relax and read a book or sun tan if you want.
As usual, my booking was made at Booking.com . We had a good time here minus one incident where there's a blackout in our room for about 20 minutes on the day of arrival. Other than that no complaint and we will make a point to come back again one day InshaAllah :)
We rate our stay here at 8.5/10