Last month, we decided to have a family moon to celebrated our late holidays. We flew in after the New Year and my son ended up missing a few days of school but it doesnt matter because we really wanted to bond as a family before my husband left for work in the islands back home.
Malaysia was a new destination for the whole family, a country we haven’t ticked off our bucket-list together as a unit. So, we booked our tickets in advance with our favorite low cost airline, Air Asia. The plan was to stay a few days in Kuala Lumpur before traveling to Penang where my husband and my kids have not been. I previously researched on where we could possibly do some R & R and found out about Hard Rock Hotel in Batu Ferringhi, Penang. This place had some very high reviews online so we had to experience it for ourselves and it did not disappoint at all!
Oh, we were so envious of the people who has direct swimming pool access from their rooms although realistically, this may not be the safest choice for families with very young children.
The winning factor for Hard Rock Hotel is their water park themed pool which was superb for the kids! My children literally stayed, swam and played here all day because they were having such a blast!
They even have cool activities such as this pillow fight on a balance beam in the pool!
And because the kids expelled so much energy at the pool, they become very, very hungry. Good thing there are good pool-side grub for eats!
Here’s the kiddie menu (very affordable, if you ask me considering this is inside a top hotel!)
And the regular adults pizza menu. Obviously, they specialize in pizza 🙂
And so we ordered the best thing on the menu!
For people who want to protect their skin from the harsh sun, Hard Rock Hotel has canopies all over the pools where you can sunbathe without over exposing yourself. This is where we chose to watch over our kids and eat our snacks as well!
We were so amazed by the birds just flocking over to us. Unlike the Maya birds we are accustomed to back home in the Philippines, the birds hanging out with us were more of a rare species it seems. I was able to catch a snapshot of one and am totally amused that we can go bird watching just by the pool of Hard Rock Hotel in Penang, Malaysia without any binoculars. What a treat!
And to those beach lovers like us, we couldn’t resist the call of the ocean so one morning we took a stroll by the sea to check out the scene.
I can imagine it would be so nice to exercise here as there aren’t that much people in sight.
It was a trip to see a horse on the beach.
For couples with older kids wanting time of their own, they can choose to “deposit” their children 3 years – 12 years old at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club for age appropriate activities for the young ones.
Since my darling daughter didn’t meet the age minimum of 3 years old, we weren’t able to try it out. Oh, but she wanted to go inside! Better luck next time, I guess!
Another highlight was the Roxity Kid’s Suite because they have a whole different section only for your children in the room. A pull out double bed which is super comfortable for 2 children. I could even fit next to my child because at night I would put my younger one to sleep before transferring to the main king sized bed next to my husband.
These sweet details for the kids make our hearts sing with delight!
This room situation is totally ideal for couples wanting some space and alone time at night! Yes, the kid’s section has a sliding door so you can actually close off your own much needed space!
Feeling inspired by Elvis Presley or John Lennon? You can listen to your rock idols in the room with their endless music selection of music legends.
Love the humor!
You’ll see tons of memorabilia from famous rockstars displayed all over the hotel.
We genuinely enjoyed the breakfast buffet which had a nice selection of cuisine.
Of course I chose mostly the local Malaysian eats because I know I wouldn’t have access to these dishes back home. I absolutely love anything “Nasi” and honestly, craving for it at this moment as I type.
At night, there are days where local bands play live music and my husband thoroughly enjoyed and even brought my daughter for some musical exposure 🙂