Destination Kuala Lumpur – A Stopover Guide
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.
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
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 (a small packet of washing powder for 1 wash is supplied)
The weather initially was quite rainy, so I recommend packing a lightweight raincoat and / or umbrella for the tropical weather.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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
We 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.
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 doubles up as a conservation centre as well as zoo, themed around a traditional Malaysian Village.
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.