Thank you for all of your replies to my previous post - they are most helpful and apologies for bombarding you with more questions!
The kids will be fine with the heat, we always go somewhere tropical and they're love the 'adventure', we have been to Penang, Redang and Langkawi and fared well (although the youngest didn't come to Redang).
As per time to go - I have 3 options (due to school!)
February (beginning of)
What is your opinion
I have twin girls that are only 3 and my eldest girl is 7 so they we are restricted to what activities we can all enjoy together however I do take Grandma with us because she enjoys the plentiful babysitting opportunities which allows me to do lots of shopping and the odd adult only excursion!!!
My eldest is now a competent snorkeller and loves the sea, the other girls are quite happy building sandcastles on the beach but then get bored quickly and want to return to the pool. I was a little bit put off of the Aru because I thought you had to get a boat to the beach? Even if it's not a long boat journey, for us - it's takes a military style exercise encompassing buckets, spades, toys and then the subsequent 25 trips to the bathroom! So we need somewhere that we can just wander from the pool to the beach and back at liesure (if you know what I mean!).
But I don't want to miss out on the 'cultural' bits either. More importatnly, the shopping. Do they have the Night Markets that sell all the fake gear and stuff? And if we stayed at the Ria - is it in within travelling distance for an evening out?
Is there a more suitable hotel than either of the Shangri-la's (I would rather stay in these though!)
Sorry for such a long post - I seem to want it all, don't I???
Thanks in advance