Penang With Kids

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We took a short holiday (3D2N) to Penang with Serene's family, before we headed full swing to Lexis Suites for our church camp last June holiday.

Golden Sands Resort, Penang, by Shangri-La

We chose to stay in a beach resort like The Golden Sands Resort, Penang, by Shangri-La, instead of staying in George Town itself because we were travelling with kids. When travelling with kids, having a resort filled with kids-friendly facilities far exceed the importance of shopping. Golden Sands Resort, Penang, is cosily snuggled along the prime beachfront of Batu Ferringgi and this offers an ideal family beach holiday, especially with kids. With the strong Shangri-La excellent service culture, we are only expecting the best hospitality experience and this stay has proven it.

The resort features lush gardens and an extensive range of leisure facilities. A complimentary shuttle is also available for guests wishing to visit George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just 20 minutes ride away. The resort is 45 minutes’ drive from Penang International Airport.

The Golden Sands Resort, Penang, has 387 comfortably furnished guestrooms and suites. The rooms and suites evoke an ambiance of modern luxury while retaining the spaciousness and sophistication for which Shangri-La is known.

The Executive Sea View Suite that we stayed in offered a panoramic coastal view with its private wrap-around balcony. In the quietness at night, one could even hear the enchanting sea waves hitting the shore. The kind of serenity and tranquillity were beyond words. It totally put one into a very relaxing state of mind.

The Suite has a separate sitting room where the husband stayed up to watch TV programmes and do his work, without having to interfere with our boy who slept early in the separate spacious bedroom with king-sized bed.

The Suite also comes with Murphy Bed (pull-down, retractable wall bed) that can comfortably accommodate a third person in the room (in this case, it was me).

We had our daily breakfast at Garden Café, situated next to the Resort’s lobby. This open-air café overlooks lush, tropical greenery, serves a combination of international cuisine and local favourites. The spread was incredible.

Sigi’s Bar and Grill is a fun, family-style restaurant located right on Batu Feringgi beach and has one of the best dining views in Penang.

Sigi’s is equipped with an open barbeque grill kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven. This casual, cosy outlet offers a selection of prime steaks, grilled and barbequed seafood, wood-fired pizza, tasty sandwiches, pasta and a range of healthy salads as well as a variety of local Asian dishes.

The outdoor dining area is popular with families because children get to eat without inviting unnecessary eyeballs, leaving parents less stressed out. Besides, one could catch the glorious sunset at the same time! Check out this lovely sunset photo we have captured!

The kids had no lack of fun at the Resort itself! Cool Zone Kids’ Club, the pool, the beach and the new Splash Zone! If it wasn’t the adults who wanted to explore George Town, our kids would happily indulge in water play every moment every day of our stay.

Your kids would love the new splash pad complete with tipping water buckets, butterfly sprays, turtle water sprays, rainbow spray, floor water jets, tipping cones and water cannons in the new Splash Zone. Parents can feel at ease as everything there is designed with safety in mind. 

The Adventure Zone, located in Golden Sands Resort, Penang, is a comprehensive indoor playground housed within 10,300 sqft. It cost RM3.5mil to build and was designed by UK specialist, thus it complies with both UK and Malaysian safety regulations.

For older kids, the highlight for them would be the “Hyperglide Astra Drop”, “Double Drop” and “Demon Drop” slides. The “Toddler Zone” caters to children of 4 and below, offering modular play equipment.

One of the touristy things I wanted to do in Penang was to bring the kiddos to Penang Hill, because I have read that the tram going up the hill was thrilling (more so going downhill). When we eventually tried it, yup, there were no regrets. It was indeed a fun ride both ways.

Penang Hill is 2700 sqft above sea level and stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area, well known for its spectacular panoramic view of George Town, Straits of Malacca and the Penang Bridge. It is pretty cool (in temperature) up there too.

Another touristy thing we did was to visit The Komtar Rainbow Skywalk, the highest outdoor glass skywalk in Malaysia. It is located at the top of Komtar, the tallest skyscraper in George Town, standing at 249m. I had really wanted to experience walking on glass floor of the cantilever bridge.

It wasn’t much of a thrill really but for the sake of experiencing it, yay, go visit if you do not mind paying a premium for the entry.

A sunset shot taken on the cantilever bridge

Penang Clan Jetties

 This place is so lovely and authentic that you should not give it a miss!

Each jetty comprises of row houses linked by planked walkways over the water.

The clan jetties are a collection of water villages found along Weld Quay and have been the traditional settlements of Chinese immigrants since the 19th century. These villages are built on stilts and the name of each jetty is named after the surname of the resident clan. 

We only visited Chew Jetty but do visit the Lee Clan Jetty at night and be mesmerised by the fascinating night lights!

If you or your kiddos love teddy bears, then you should not miss Teddyville Museum, Malaysia’s first and largest collection of Teddy Bears from various nations and eras. It is located in the ground floor of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, and it is 9000 sqft large!

These teddies are live-sized and they are perfect for Instagram!

And just like that, we concluded our 3D2N in George Town and Batu Feringgi, Penang. Given a choice, if we were to do it all overall again, we will definitely make it a 5D4N trip and be staying in Golden Sands Resort, Penang.

There are really quite a handful of places of interest which we have not visited, many more yummy local delicacies we have not tried, and many more activities in Golden Sands Resort we have not enjoyed. Lastly, we want to especially thank Golden Sands Resort, Penang, for hosting us. Your warm hospitality had made our stay so pleasant and memorable.

Travel Buddies: Serene and family 
Travel Mates: Gaston Luga Backpack 

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