Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island. On the island, the state capital of George Town is home to landmarks such as colonial Fort Cornwallis, the ornate Chinese clan house Khoo Kongsi and the Kapitan Keling Mosque, all testaments to centuries of foreign influence. It is such a unique town and well worth venturing in to explore it. To the west, a funicular ascends Penang Hill, with its trails, flower gardens, and panoramic views. Just 20min from George Town is Malaysia’s first DoubleTree Resort.
Travelling with two kids is challenging. But the family-focused resort proved just how relaxing the experience can be when staff go the extra mile. The 316 – room property, which opened along Batu Ferringhi in January 2018, is Malaysia’s first DoubleTree Resort. This breezy sanctuary is a resort where kids can run free while parents can chill and soak up some sun.
The contemporary design is influenced by Peranakan design accents. With its oversized birdcage – like light features, vintage furniture, colourful murals and I loved the Peranakan tiles. This thoughtful design is teamed with a fabulous free form pool, artificial beach and shallow play area complete with a sandy bottom, slides, and sprays, which were designed with little ones in mind. I loved how all guests receive a warm welcome with DoubleTree’s signature chocolate chip cookie.
King Deluxe Room – Balcony
Rooms here feature all the creature comforts you’d desire. We stayed in two rooms with a balcony with sundeck chairs, a walk-in rain shower and WiFi. We had a restful night’s sleep in the king-sized bed and refresh in the stylish bathroom. After a busy day exploring, I liked how I could, just relax and make yourself a cup of tea/coffee.
I could stay connected with WiFi or enjoy one of the many satellite TV channels. This stylish room also features an in-room safe and individual controlled air-conditioning. For the kids, the 40-inch flat-panel HD TV’, was great too.
For children the activities range from kids club offers Zumba and ukulele classes, and even a kids master Master Chef program to keep them entertained while adults head to The Spacation for rejuvenating treatments inspired by the healing traditions of the Peranakan community. The highlight for the whole family is TeddyVille Museum. The creative exhibits here celebrate the history and heritage of Penang with elaborate teddy- filled-sized dioramas as well as life-sized bears. Don’t worry kids can tough the fluffy bears.
Plenty of food to choose by. Continental, Asian and Indian are freshly made and the seating area is an open plan with swimming pool views. I loved the fresh fruits and juices available on hand. SuitablesSeats are also there for babies such as high chairs.
This is a very busy hotel in where both locals and international visitors come to stay. The hotel is full of families from all over the globe looking for a luxury place to stay. The rooms and layout are lovely with easy access to the beach. The swimming pool is large enough to cater for plenty of guests. The shallow option is brilliant for children to splash and have fun. Penang itself is a lovely island to explore and enjoy.
- Room reviewed: King Deluxe Room
- Website: doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/malaysia/doubletree-resort-by-hilton-penang-PENMBDI/
- Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Puncak Ria, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Phone: +60 4-892 8000