Did you know that Penang draws nearly four million tourists each year?

Well, we locals don’t really need an excuse to visit Penang. Foodies make day trips to Penang for their famous hawker food. Beach lovers spend the weekend at the soft sandy beaches along Tanjung Bungah. While I recently discovered a gem perfect for families with children at the famous Batu Ferringhi Beach – Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

1)    Rockin’ Rooms

The rooms in Hard Rock Hotel Penang promise more than a good night sleep. All 250 rooms and suites in this 6-storey hotel are tastefully furnished with 50-inc LED screen TVs, BOSE Sound Systems, complimentary Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, and HD blockbuster movies on demand.

I was lucky to get the Seaview Deluxe room that has one of the most captivating sea views on the island.

If you’re travelling with baby, you sure can travel light! Baby amenities such as baby cot, baby bathtub and bottle sterilizer can be arranged but are on a first come first serve basis, so it would be good to request the items from their Reservations team when you make your room booking.

If you’re travelling with kids, you can consider booking their Roxity Kids Suite for the ultimate rock star experience. This suite comes with a personal TV just for the kids, PlayStation 4, soft toys, books and a kids-focused mini-bar. It even comes with a private courtyard with an awesome outdoor mini playground. Ain’t that rockin cool?

2)    The Pool that is way Too Cool

Hard Rock Hotel Penang boasts the largest free-form pool in Northern Malaysia. It also has some of the coolest water slides and water play, making it the perfect place to families and young children to have a splashing great time.

Their Rock Agents are also always ready to keep everyone entertained with pillow fights and other poolside activities!

3)    Kids Activities

There is something fun for every kid at Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

The Lil’ Rockers Infants Club keeps the 1 – 3-year-olds busy with educational toys and games, soft toys, a mini playhouse and a mini slide.

The Roxity Kids Club is the ultimate hang-out place for kids 4 – 12 years old to do arts & craft, hand painting, movie time, games and much more!


4)    Rock Royalty Lounge

Get blown away with red carpet attention and gourmet food at the Rock Royalty® Level Lounge. My family and I particularly enjoyed the quiet morning breakfast buffet spread and ala carte choices. They also serve a little afternoon tea, followed by an evening of canapés and cocktail. And when my little one was having his afternoon nap, I curled up on one of the comfy couches for a moment of peace and quiet to do my reading.

5)    Food of Rock

Penang spells food paradise but for a gourmet experience, the world famous Hard Rock Café that leads a line-up of six food and beverage outlets at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, will not let you down. The Pizzeria serves up a great selection of pizza and pasta dishes in a relaxed atmosphere by the pool. Other outlets include Starz Diner, The Shack (swim-up bar), The Sand bar, and Lobby Lounge. If you think of staying in to enjoy the room facilities, their extensive 24-hour in-room dining menu offers a variety of cuisines that is certain to satisfy the fussiest of taste buds.

6)    Rock Spa

First in Asia, Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s Rock Spa introduces Rhythm and Motion treatments, the world’s first fully immersive music-centric spa menu utilizing amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns, as the foundation of its treatments. This ground-breaking experience takes you on a rhythmic massage journey — bass vibrations ripple through the massage table as treble beats come from above, sending pulses through the body and leaving you feeling energized and revitalised.

7)    Free Shuttle Service

For a trip to the Batu Ferringhi night market, you and your family can hop on and get a free ride on the Hard Rock shuttle, available on a daily basis from 6.30pm to 11.00pm.


Our stay had been incredible, thanks to the consistent top notch service and hospitality extended by their Concierge team and Rock Agents. They indeed live by the Hard Rock mantra “Love All. Serve All.”

With that, I know for sure, this will not be my first and last visit to Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

By the way, you wouldn’t want to miss their Ultimate Kids Foam Party, where kids get to have some bubble fun at the pool on every first Saturday of the month.

Parents who are looking for a similar experience or rocking great fun time with your kids, do check out Hard Rock Hotel Penang at http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/.