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Check In To These Hotels With Their Own Water Parks This Weekend

If you’re short on time and budget this school holidays, head to any of these 2-for-1 hotels in Malaysia for a short and sweet vacation

By The Weekly | March 22, 2018

Haven’t made plans on where to bring the kids during these school holidays? Here are some local destinations you can head to where you pay for accommodation but get free access to a super-fun Water park-like hotel pool as well. That’ll keep the kids busy all day !

Text: Zurien Onn

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Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka

This resort is perfect for families as accommodation provided includes a spacious studio suite with a large couch for the starter family, or a 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartment for larger families. Guests are provided free entrance to the water park, which has a 5-slide racer slide, two spiral slides as well as smaller activity stations in the expansive pool. There are also other activities to be enjoyed at the resort for a small fee, including their 3D Art Museum, 9D Motion Theatre, and archery gallery, so there’s no need to leave the resort (except to savour the delicious Malaccan food outside).

Rates: From RM145.99 per night

Website: http://www.bayoulagoon.com.my/

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Hard Rock Hotel, Penang

 The hotel’s pool features three long slides as well as a fun water-spray play area for the younger kids. Staff also conduct regular water activities on one side of the pool during certain times, which may include water polo, water basketball or even a dance session by the pool, so the kids just might want to play in the pool all day. Meanwhile, mom and dad can relax at yet another part of the pool where it’s so quiet, you can’t believe it’s connected to the rowdy party on the other side. Have been playing too long until you’re all wrinkly? Then kids can join the hourly activities at the Kids’ Club, while teens can play video games or a round of pool at the Teens’ Club. Stay at a Kids’ Suite and they can play video games and toys or read a book in the room as well. And if they actually get bored of the pool, there’s always the beach!

Rates: From RM430 per night for 3 guests

Website: http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/

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Swiss-Garden Resort Residences, Kuantan

We call this Kuantan’s best-kept secret (until now) as not many know of the existence of this resort, which is only a few kilometres away from the more popular Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Kuanta, an older and more popular establishment down the road. Its mini water theme park is quite well thought-out, based on the story of a boy who embarks on an adventure to return a magical pearl to the Underwater City of Teruntum. It features two pools with long and medium-length slides in a thrilling lost city setting. Catering to families, the resort offers studio suites as well as 2-bedroom apartments.

Rates: From RM280 on booking sites and AirBNB

Official website: http://www.swissgarden.com/hotels/sgrrk/index.php

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Gold Coast Morib Resort, Banting

Just a one-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre, this coastal resort by the sea offers an idyllic weekend away from the hustle and bustle, but where your kids can spend that endless energy playing in the pool and riding down the water slides. The studio suites are spacious enough for a small family, and feature ensuite jacuzzis, too. Meanwhile, bigger families can opt for 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartments.

 Rates: RM150 per night on weekends and school holidays

Website: http://gcr.com.my/morib/

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KSL Hotel & Resort, Johor Bahru

This hotel is on top of a shopping mall (very convenient!), has an expansive mini water-park with tall slides for older kids and a water play area with short slides for little kids, and dinosaur animatronics with sound peppered around the pools! And if you want to make it a truly activity-packed weekend, you can also book tickets and shuttle buses to Legoland, Hello Kitty Town and even Universal Studios Singapore for a day trip.

Rates: From RM279 per night

Website: http://kslresorts.com.my/ksl-resort 

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Shangri-La Resort & Spa Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

You would probably want to spend all your time outdoor amidst nature when you’re in the beautiful state of Sabah, but if staying in is the only option for whatever reason, then perusing the mini water park when staying at the Shangri-La Resort & Spa in Tanjung Aru is not a bad alternative at all. Your kids will love playing the slides that measure a total of 100 metres in length and the water balloon stations with water balloon launchers, and splashing around in the swimming pool with a tapered shoreline so it’s perfect for kids of all ages.

 Rates: From RM850 per night

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kotakinabalu/tanjungaruresort/

 Photo from Shangri-La Resort & Spa Tanjung Aru

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Gunung Lambak Resort, Kluang

This resort is pretty basic, and likewise its water park, which you’ll have to pay RM5 per adult and RM3 per child to enter, but if you don’t mind roughing it a bit, a short stay here could be a wonderful experience for the kids, especially if you like hiking. That’s right, the real star attraction here is the jungle trekking trails that take you to the top of Mount Lambak where you can take in a breathtaking view of the surroundings. If hiking with kids or beginners, you can opt for the tarred road trail or concrete covered trail, which are easier to hike. The hike takes you through the jungle and along streams and rivers, and you can enjoy a meal or have a bit of fun at the mini water park after the hike.

 To book: Call 07-777 1200 for rates and bookings

Website: https://www.facebook.com/gununglambak/

Photo from Gunung Lambak Resort

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