Summer in Melbourne this year felt non existent. It seemed to fly by. I’m not sure if it was that my 6 year old had broken his arm or if the weather just wasn’t quite right but I feel like we didn’t spend that much time lapping up the sun at the beach. Ten days in Malaysia was exactly what we needed to get back on track.
We landed in Kuala Lumpur to a cloud of humidity and smiling faces. We spent 4 days in KL exploring with the kids.
THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
Once we arrived at The Westin, we were quickly whisked away to our room for a private check in. After an 8 hour flight and two sooky kids, this was a huge relief. Within half an hour of arriving, we were all checked in and by the pool for our first dip. Not bad at all!
The pool area at the Westin was lovely and relaxing. The large pool is the centrepiece boarded by beautiful tropical gardens that make you forget you are in the heart of the city. There is a separate shallow toddlers pool but my kids preferred to swim in the big pool.
My kids adored the kids club and begged us to go everyday. It is indoor with quite a lot of activities for the kids to to. The kids had their faces painted and came back with balloon animals and all types of artworks. One night we arranged for the kids to be babysat in our room so we could go out to dinner. Our babysitter was fantastic and it was easy to arrange through the kids club.
We stayed in a gorgeous two bedroom apartment. The apartment was very spacious with 2 bathrooms and a large kitchen.
THINGS TO DO IN KL
There is plenty to do in Kuala Lumpur to keep everyone happy. These were my favourite things:
Kidzania – you absolutely have to take the kids here. KidZania is an indoor family edutainment centre which offers an interactive learning and entertainment experience for kids in a kid-sized city to deliver the first-of-its-kind edutainment fun. The KidZania experience is about real-life experiences, empowering, inspiring and educating kids through role-play. My kids couldn’t get enough of this place and we stayed pretty much all day.
Batu Caves – A truly amazing place, Batu Caves is a must see when in Kuala Lumpur. The kids did so well climbing the 272 steps to the shrine at the top. Batu Caves is an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor.
Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. A limestone outcrop located just north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and scenes of Hindu Gods can also be seen in the Ramayana Cave.
Marinis on 57 – We had a very romantic date night here and it was bliss. Perched 57 floors above the city, its KL’s highest rooftop bar and restaurant with spectacular views across the city and of the Petronis Towers. The food was beyond amazing and a dining experience I will always remember.
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park – We enjoyed walking around this lush park and watching the beautiful butterflies. There weren’t as many butterflies as I have seen in some parks, but the surrounds were very pretty and the kids really enjoyed it. The kids can feed the fish and there are also some turtles and other animals to look at.
- Malaysia is a multicultural but predominantly Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultural or religious beliefs. I found KL to be conservative in dress so take care to cover up. I wore mostly long Maxi dresses with a high neck.
- The traffic can be quite bad getting in and out of KL so make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the airport.
- My kids weren’t used to the humidity and needed to have a rest during the day. Make sure you allow for this when planning day trips etc and keep fluids up.
Overall, I thought KL was a very family friendly place and I look forward to going back one day. What’s your favourite thing to do in KL?