Destination Kuala Lumpur family travel

Destination Kuala Lumpur – A Stopover Guide

November 2015

We used Kuala Lumpur as a convenient break in-between flights from the UK to Australia. It makes a huge difference to the whole flying with kids experience if you can break up the journey. We’ve done both non-stop to Oz with over 24 hours of travelling, and this option… This is definitely the preference!

We chose KL this time as the night flights worked for us out of the UK, and we decided on flying with Malaysian airlines to KL and onwards to Australia with Emirates.

Family check in MH

Family check in at KLwith Emirates.

On arrival, go to level 1 at KLIA to pick up a red metered taxi and avoid taxi touts.
 
On our outbound journey,  we opted for an Air BnB option and stayed at Lanson Place serviced apartments in Bukit Ceylon.
 
The location is about 20 minute walk from central Bukit Bintang but close to basic necessities from local small convenience stores. It is also very close ( 5 minute walk) to a fabulous Malay restaurant called Bijan, http://www.bijanrestaurant.com, which has won several Time Out awards. They were child friendly, providing an IKEA highchair, crockery and cutlery. Just be wary of the pebbles at the entrance- either an off roading pram or lifting the stroller is needed.
 

Accommodation

Lanson Place

Lanson Place

The Lanson Place Service Apartments were well suited for families and having a 2 bedroomed apartment with a study meant that everyone had their own room. The apartment had a well kitted out kitchen with microwave, electric hob, expresso machine, kettle, large fridge freezer, washing machine and separate dryer. The staff provided a Tripp Trapp highchair and a travel cot, which was waiting for us on arrival. 

Complimentary water and tea and coffee was refreshed daily.The pool had a large adult pool and a

Lanson Pool

Lanson Pool

perfect low level toddler splash pool. The lounge upstairs provided a basic breakfast if you not want to bother rushing out buying a few supplies, and also apples were         available. The staff were very kind and attentive to our little ones and spoiled them with biscuits. There is a kiddie ‘play area’ but the facilities were non existent/ basically just a room near the pool, with some seats and a play tent. Needless to say we didn’t visit it.

 
Best bit about the accommodation:
Spacious, comfortable and the washing machine ( small packet of washing powder for 1 wash  is supplied) 
 
Worst bit about the accommodation: If I had to be really picky, then the clinical feel, and a bit of a longer walk to the city centre, which isn’t ideal if caught in a shower.

The weather initially was quite rainy, so I recommend packing a lightweight raincoat and / or umbrella for the tropical weather.

blogger-image--780430511For our outbound visit, we only stayed for two nights and used that to break the back on the jet lag and get our bearings for the return leg,

Pavilion Mall

Pavilion Mall

where we had 3 nights. We visited the Pavilion Mall, which had Mercato supermarket located on level 1 -open from 10am to 10pm. The supermarket supplies a range of baby food and supplies including Australian brand Rafferty’s Garden, Organics Happy, Heinz, Huggies, Johnson & Johnson etc. There are lots of eateries, clothing shops, cinema etc but nowhere specifically to entertain young kids. There are plenty of well maintained toilets and baby changing facilities.

Rita Carlton destination Kuala Lumpur

Rita Carlton KL

On the return trip, we stayed at the Ritz Carlton in central Bukit Bintang. We opted for the two bedroomed suite, which again included a separate study, lounge dining area, a kitchen with large fridge,cooker, hob, microwave, kettle, 2 bathrooms and 4 toilets in total! You also have your own personal butler!

Unfortunately, at our time of stay the building was under going some maintenance, so the main spa pool was out of action, but we were able to use the small pool and also the pool facilities at the JW Marriott hotel which is connected to the hotel via a walkway. 
The hotel is also connected to the Starhill Gallery, full of luxury brands and facilities and also opposite is the Pavilion Mall. There was so many options for restaurants, for all budgets. Room service was also vast, with a large selection for children and not just your fried affair, but healthy veggies included too. Children 3 and under, dine free.

At the Ritz Carlton, there isn’t a Kids Club as such, although there are daily activities put on between 3-4pm. Including sushi making, smoothie making, pizza making, towel art etc. The staff are wonderful with the children, making them feel very welcome.The baby sitting service is also exceptional, and available for 20 ringgit per child. We used Halima twice and she was very kind, our eldest adored her straight away.

Destination Kuala Lumpur Pizza making at the Ritz Carlton KL, family travel

Pizza making at the Ritz Carlton KL.


Best bit about the accommodation:

Everything – the suite was gorgeous and well suited for a family.  I’m looking forward to seeing the renovations for the pool, spa area though as some parts did look a little tired. It was so centrally located, and easy to walk through the Starhill Gallery to get to other facilities if it was raining heavily. ( I thoroughly recommend the Asianel Reflexology Spa where I had an hour treatment for head, shoulder, neck and feet for 98 RM (£15) – http://www.asianel.com located on the Pamper level of the Starhill Gallery.)

Smoothie making at the Ritz Carlton

Smoothie making at the Ritz Carlton


Worst bit about the accommodation:

I can’t fault the accommodation, but it would have been lovely to have the option of a ‘proper kids’ club for a couple of hours. 


Activities in KL

blogger-image-1466463569We spent a fair bit of the time relaxing, but did take the time to visit the Petrona Twin Towers. You can’t take strollers up to the top, so a baby carrier is needed. However, you can store your stroller with any large bags . (Make sure you take babies changing bag with you!) There is an amazing view of KL from both the walkway level and at the top.

Other fun activities include:


The Sunway Lagoon  – which is about 15 minutes drive from KL and open from 10am-10pm.  It has a little bit of something for everyone,  with over 80 attractions including a water park, a beach, wildlife park and bigger rides for older children. You can even stay there at the resort hotel.

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon

 

For little ones, the Farm in the City in Selangor is very cute.  They use ‘natural cages’, so the animals can roam as free as possible.It farmin+the+citydoubles up as a conservation centre as well as zoo, themed around a traditional Malaysian Village.

 

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Playground near KL Twin Tower

 

 

 




There is also an Aquarium at the KL Convention Centre KLCC, if you want to tie that in with a trip to the Petrona Twin Towers as they are next door. 


Top tips and info for Kuala Lumpur.

  • On arrival, go to level 1 at KLIA to pick up a red metered taxi and avoid taxi touts.
  • Pack a light weight raincoat or buy/borrow an umbrella there.
  • Plug sockets are like the UK square pin type.
  • It’s a Muslim country so pork is not widely available.
  • No visa is required for most countries, but your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry.
  • If you are pregnant and flying into Malaysia and not a national, then travel is restricted after 6 months.
 

1 Comment

  1. Hi, Impressive recommendations I would say… You really cover a lot about Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur and places that are suitable for family travelling with kids. Anyway, to add up your hotel list, I would recommend a 3 star hotel near to Bukit Bintang and Pudu Area (also in City Centre), which is Hotel Pudu Plaza.They also have daily shuttle to Bukit Bintang and Ikea Cheras. Now, they have a promo of (starting from) USD 21.50 per room night if you signed up as their member. Have a nice day …

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