Melaka or Malacca is a quaint town in Malaysia that is rich in heritage and culture. There’s plenty of fun things to do the family will love for a quick weekend away. Stay in one of these family-friendly hotels at the beach or in the center of town. Home to Nonya and Peranakan culture this is a vibrant little place that you shouldn’t leave off the travel list. Malacca for kids – we have you sorted with the family hotels and the best family rooms. Time to plan a trip to this eclectic city!
There are three types of two-bedroom suites, River Suites, Cheng Ho Suite & Melaka Suite. Your family can enjoy luxurious living by the river. There’s plenty to do to keep your clan entertained. Kids can enjoy the rooftop infinity pool, mom and dad can work out in the state of the art gym, and River Cruises that depart from the jetty at the opposite end of the hotel.
Casa del Rio Melaka, 88, Jalan Kota Laksamana, Melaka 75200, Malaysia, +606 289 6888, www.casadelrio-melaka.com
For old school charm this is where you stay if you want to step back in time. Rooms are well appointed and can accommodate your family, upgrade to the suite for a treat. For the kids, the beautiful outdoor swimming pool provides a refreshing dip and an opportunity to soak up the tropical sun for mom and dad.
The Majestic Malacca, 188 Jalan Bunga Raya, Raya, Melaka 75100, Malaysia, +606 289 8000, www.majesticmalacca.com
Stay in the Superior Family Room that can accommodate two adults and two children. Here you’ll find children’s accommodation surrounded by carved screens and with floor to ceiling curtains to close it off from the main room. The Family Suite has all the standard and extra features of the Deluxe and Superior family Rooms, with a living room and two bedrooms fitted to accommodate up to eight people. The hotel is just a few steps away from Jonker Street which is famous for shops selling various types of antiques and handicrafts.
Courtyard @ Heeren Boutique Hotel, 91 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren St.), Melaka 75200, Malaysia, +606 281 0088, courtyardatheeren.com
For an unforgettable stay reserve the settlement suite and indulge in butler service and the modern amenities the hotel has to offer. The swimming pool is located next to the spa so mom can indulge in a massage while dad and the kids play. The dining room has all cuisines on offer from; Peranakan/ Nyonya cuisine, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Western and even exotic Middle Eastern.
The Settlement Hotel, No 63 Jalan Ujong Pasir, World Unesco Heritage City, Melaka 75050, Malaysia, +606 292 1133, thesettlementhotel.com
This is a lovely boutique hotel in the center of town. The grand deluxe family room has two queen sized beds perfect for the family ready to explore. They don’t have a pool but they can provide access to one nearby. There’s also a putting green close by for families up for the put put challenge! There’s an onsite cafe for breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner, but do venture into town and explore the local delights.
Jonker Boutique Hotel, 84 Jalan Tokong, Kampung Tiga, Melaka 75200, Malaysia, +606 282 5151, jonkerboutiquehotel.com
Choose a suite at Holiday Inn Melaka for the extra space and panoramic views you and the kids can enjoy. Kids suites are available just ask when you’re booking. There’s an indoor and outdoor children’s pool. Onsite activities include, coloring, sand art and table tennis. Perfect for keeping them entertained as you soak up the sun. There are several restaurants where you can enjoy breakfast or an afternoon snack before heading out.
Holiday Inn Melaka, Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, Melaka 75000, Malaysia, +606 285 9000, www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/melaka
Book the poolside suite for a family of four. The kids will have direct access to the pool from the room and you can watch on with your morning coffee. There’s also a children’s playground where they can entertain themselves. There are several very good local restaurants nearby, try the duck noodle or the satay, yum!
The Pines Melaka, 33 Jalan Tun, Melaka 75300, Malaysia, +606 240 2323, www.thepines-melaka.com
The Estadia family suite comes with two beds and a kitchenette, great if you have little ones with you. The restaurant serves Peranakan style dishes all day. There’s a cozy bar next door too. You’re close to the main sites including the maritime museum and the Queen Victoria fountain.
Estadia Hotel, Terminal Pahlawan, Bandar Hilir, Jalan Merdeka, Melaka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia, +606 227 9600, estadiahotel.com
Proximity, food and fun in the sun — Novotel Melaka checks all these categories. Located minutes away from 3D Jonker Walk, this hotel is set in the cultural part of Melaka with many shopping malls and shops in close proximity to Novotel. After a long day of shopping, be sure to check out the fab outdoor pool.
Novotel Melaka, No 1 A, Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, +606 289 8222, novotel-melaka.malaccahotel.org/en
You will find everything that you need in this luxurious Melaka hotel, from spacious accommodation to kids facilities and unrivalled shopping experiences. Enjoy scrumptious buffets daily at Amalaka Restaurant, laze at the poolside and have a good slice of pizza from Pizzaria Restaurant & Bar and unwind with a cuppa at Straits Coffee.
The Straits Hotel and Suites, No 1- B, Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, +606 289 8555, www.straitshotelsuites.com/melaka
Keeping the kids happy is a no brainer when you are at Ibis Melaka. With many sporty activities at your disposal, try your hands at archery or hire bikes and cycle over to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, approximately 10 minutes away. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast in the morning and you’ll be sure to find specially crafted smaller dishes for the younger guests.
Ibis Melaka, 249, Jalan Bendahara, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka, +606 222 8888, ibismelaka.guestreservations.com
Known as the tallest in the state, this hotel boasts well-appointed facilities and an adjoining shopping complex allowing guests to enjoy best of both worlds. After an enjoyable day of shopping and exploring historic Melaka City, take a dip in one of the two Olympic-size pools or workout in their state-of-the-art gymnasium cantilevered on a centre pool right next to a mini water theme park on the 9th floor with a city view.
Swiss Garden Hotel Melaka, T2-4, The Shore @ Melaka River, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75300 Malacca, +606 288 3131, www.swissgarden.com
Step away from the hustle and bustle of city life and surround yourself with luscious greenery. Explore their Caravan Park and score a hat-trick at their foosball table, take a leisurely ride on the rustic swings and impress other folks with your mad basketball skills.
The Rucksack Caratel, 107, Jalan Banda Kaba, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, +606 292 2107, www.therucksackgroup.com/caratel
Charming, chic and full of heritage, this hotel screams nothing but an industrial-concept marvel. The rooms are also industrially-themed, with iron-wrought beds and open wardrobes. Such a photo haven for Instagram mommas! Take time out from street foods and dine at the in-house restaurant, Bica & Co Cafe, which is equally pretty with its fairy lights and glass-ceilinged courtyard.
Rosa Melaka, 212, Jalan Parameswara, Kampung Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, +606 281 9888, rosa.com.my
Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Melaka. Their family room has a king bed and two singles so a family of four can stay comfortably. This is quite a basic hotel but you’re close to all the main attractions. There is a spa if you need a bit of rejuvenation after a long day exploring.
Hotel Puri, Hotel Puri 118 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka 75200, Malaysia, +606 282 5588, www.hotelpuri.com
Set against a picturesque vista of Melaka’s most famous historical landmarks and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Melaka Raya, Hatten Hotel is situated close to the city center and mere minutes from the acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site. If you’re looking for the utmost comfort, style and convenience with the kiddos, now you can confidently step out and discover the history and excitement Melaka has to offer!
Hatten Hotel, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, +606 286 9696, www.hattenhotel.com
Melaka has some absolutely adorable boutique hotels for those who like it modern and quaint. 1825 Gallery Hotel was once a flour storehouse that belonged to the Chinese during the entrepot golden age. Now, it is a chic getaway loaded with an interesting history. Sterling Boutique Hotel is another modern property in the heart of the heritage center and only a 5 minutes walk from The Stadhuys and Jonker Street. For a more affordable and more Peranakan experience, The Baba House is a popular option.
1825 Gallery Hotel, 1825galleryhotel.com
Sterling Boutique Hotel, thesterling.com.my
The Baba House, www.facebook.com/TheBabaHouseMalacca
Timez Hotel, www.timezhotel.com
Rama-Rama Designer Boutique Hotel, ramaramahotel.com
Modern Cave Boutique Stay, www.moderncave.com.my
Layang-Layang Guest House, www.layanglayangmelaka.com
Kapitan Kongsi Hotel, www.kapitankongsi.com
Liu Men Hotel Melaka - by Préférence, liumenhotel.com
River Cruise Hotel, rchotelmelaka.com