Shangri-La Rasa Sayang in Penang was the perfect beachfront resort for us after a busy three nights in George Town.
We were ready to chill out, enjoy great food and spend a few days swimming and sunbathing before heading to Australia. For these reasons, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort ticked all the boxes.
The sensational 5-star resort is in the coastal area of Batu Ferringhi. From George Town, it took us thirty minutes to reach by car.
This honest review highlights my experience at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang.
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Welcome to the paradise of Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort
Nestled amidst 30 acres of lush tropical gardens featuring century-old rain trees and overlooking the pristine Batu Ferringhi beach, this resort brings a sense of history and tradition alive. It is an idyllic retreat for travellers seeking tranquillity, relaxation, and indulgence.
From its elegant guest rooms and suites to its world-class dining options and exceptional facilities, Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and pampered.
Whether you are here for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, being part of the Shangri-La chain means you can expect the best in luxury and hospitality at this magnificent resort.
Time For Bed
Featuring 304 premier guest rooms and suites spanning two distinctive wings furnished in traditional style, with delicately carved fixtures, fittings, and muted colours creating a calming environment.
I booked a twin room with a balcony and was impressed with the room’s comfort and styling levels.
We had a fantastic view across the tree canopies towards the mountains, and, in the evening, our room gave us the perfect view of the sun setting.
Relax and Rejuvenate
The modern gym will fulfil your requirements if exercise is on your agenda.
Spacious and air-conditioned with up-to-the-minute equipment, complimentary water, fresh fruit, and cold flannels make exercising enjoyable.
The resort also has a luxurious CHI spa offering blissful treatments like the Luscious Hibiscus and Rose Wrap and the Signature Herbal Asmaradana Massage. For golfers, there is a golf course on-site.
Unfortunately, we both had chest infections and had to visit the hotel doctor whilst we were there.
The hotel called him in on his day off to examine us both – such good service. We were so grateful that he prescribed antibiotics and assured us we would be better soon. It was a very professional service, and thanks to his diagnosis, we soon recovered.
Beach Life in Penang
Unfortunately, we couldn’t go into the sea as it was jellyfish season (February), and notices warned us of the dangers. I was more than happy to use the lagoon-style pool, which was tranquil and relatively empty.
The pool did have some quirky additions in the form of water lizards.
The lizards thought nothing of getting from one part of the resort to another by swimming through the middle of the pool.
As we love reptiles, seeing them in this environment made our stay even more special.
Other wildlife, including birds, monkeys and the infamous flying squirrel, indigenous to Malaysia, could be seen in the resort.
Dining at Rasa Sayang
There were several dining choices, including buffet, beachside and al la carte at the fine-dining Ferringhi Grill.
Overlooking the manicured gardens and pool area, the food and service at the Ferringhi Grill restaurant were of a high standard. It is a beautiful place to dine for a special occasion or to treat yourself on holiday!
The Rasa Deli, located under the rain trees, provides take-away cookies, cakes and sandwiches to enjoy around the pool.
Beyond the Resort
There is a popular night market in Batu Ferringhi, just outside the resort.
You can try Malaysian street food and buy souvenirs here. There are some great things to do in Batu Ferringhi, and it has many bars and restaurants, both traditional and international, for visitors to enjoy.
As expected, this resort is aimed at guests looking for luxury synonymous with Shangri-La hotels and resorts worldwide.
It exceeds expectations with regard to the high level of service that is given to all guests. We were well looked after when we fell ill and needed to visit the hotel doctor; not something we expected we would have to do on holiday, but we were treated with the utmost care.
If you are looking for a multi-destination holiday in Penang, I recommend a stay at The Blue Mansion in George Town, followed by a stay at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort to see as much of Penang as possible during your trip.
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