Traveling with toddlers is one of the most difficult milestones that new parents often give up on. However, if they plan smartly with a “comfort first” priority, family vacations can become less messy.
Our formula for distributing family vacation days is always keeping a 3:4 ratio. Where in every week of 7 days, we keep 3 for relaxing in less crowded spots, whereas 4 for exploring busy urban cities. With this formula, we planned our 3 nights stay on Langkawi island in Malaysia.
Luckily on our quick hotel research at booking.com, we came across Meritus Pelangi beach resort offering a great deal. $200/night in May was quite reasonable for the facilities this family resort was offering.
Here is a detailed review of Meritus Pelangi family resort that made our 3-night Langkawi stay the highlight of our one-week family vacation in Malaysia.
Located just about 15 mins away from the Langkawi airport, this resort is truly a destination in itself. With direct access to the alluring white sands beach, the view from resort’s lagoon was as pretty as a painting.
Tourist activities nearby the hotel include the market streets of Pantai Cenang Kuah, helicopter ride, high-end and budget spas, souvenir shopping, food street, and multiple water sports group kiosks right at the beach.
The resort consists of two buffet restaurants (Spice Market and C Ba) of which breakfasts and dinners are usually included in your half-board package when you book through booking.com. Trust me, on an island like Langkawi, buffet restaurants like these are a great source of convenience.
With a wide variety of continental and local dishes, there was always more than just french fries for our little ones to enjoy. My favorite from Spice Market’s menu were breakfast crepes, dumplings, and noodle soup. On the other hand, C Ba was a fine dining restaurant by the sea shore where you can enjoy seafood dinner in candlelight with a refreshing sea breeze.
There is no doubt in the fact that Malaysians are one of the topmost hospitable nations of the world. Meritus Pelangi Resort’s staff was excellent in terms of guiding and arranging stuff for us. Families with toddlers need special attention and help, where their staff exceeded our expectations for sure!
As visible in the pictures, despite the peak holiday season, the huge resort never gets overcrowded. The green spaces and inhabitants of the trees within the lagoon make the entire space a haven.
In resorts like these, it is best to utilize the mornings and daylight hours and end the day after an early dinner right after sunset.
Family Resort Facilities
Pool + Hot Tub
Meritus Pelangi resort’s pool is just amazing. Beautifully designed according to the far-eastern resort theme, it was an ideal day activity for families with kids. Along with the main adult swimming pool, there was a kids pool and a hot tub for ultimate relaxation.
The mini water park is more exciting than anything else at this family resort. Our kids loved every bit of water play and it was quite difficult to drag them out from this fun-filled space.
Kids Club & Babysitting
THE BEST THING that could ever happen to parents of toddlers is the presence of babysitters and a fun kids play area. This was undoubtedly the prime reason why we chose Meritus Pelangi Resort in the first place.
Their female babysitters were extra sweet and humble with the kids while we went for parasailing.
Our double room was quite spacious, super clean and comfortable. The king-sized bed was enough to accommodate all four of us despite the extra kid’s bed we had requested for. Also, the housekeeping staff was efficient and never disappointed us when we needed a cleanup for the usual mess our toddlers created.
The best was their huge exquisitely designed luxurious bathroom with all the necessary toiletries.
Water Sports & Tours
The resort has a desk for the best watersports company “Naam”. Which makes it is super easy for guests to book their tours and exciting activities in advance. Their activities include Jetski, Parasailing, Boat Tours, Island Hopping, Banana Boat ride, and much more.
Since the villas are spread out all over the lagoon, their complimentary pick and drop service in golf carts carry you from your suites to the reception area. Our kids enjoyed the cart ride every time.