Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort was the perfect luxury getaway we were hoping for after 3 nights in George Town.
We wanted to experience a luxury beach resort in Penang that would allow us to kick back and relax before continuing our travels to Australia and the Shangri-La ticked all the boxes. A mere thirty minutes drive from George Town took us to the coastal area known as Batu Ferringhi where we would spend 2 nights at the 5-star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort.
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The resort brings a sense of history and tradition alive, nestling beneath a thick canopy of century-old rain trees with 30 acres of tropical gardens, with an inviting lagoon-style pool complex and not forgetting the beachside setting. Of course, being part of the Shangri-La chain means you can expect the best luxury and service on all levels.
Featuring 304 premier guest rooms and suites spanning two distinctive wings furnished in traditional style, with delicately carved fixtures and 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.
If exercise is on your agenda the modern gym will fill all your requirements. Spacious and air-conditioned with up-to-the-minute equipment and complimentary water, fresh fruit and cold flannels make keeping fit enjoyable. The hotel also has a luxurious spa called CHI and 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 in no time. It was a very professional service, and thanks to his diagnosis, we soon recovered.
Beach Life in Penang
As this is a beach resort, the only choice you need to make is to use the pool or go to the sea. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go into the sea as it was jellyfish season and notices warned us of the dangers. I was more than happy to use the pool as it 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 way of the pool. Screams could be heard from other guests, and the pool attendant thought it all highly amusing. Other wildlife, including birds, monkeys and the infamous flying squirrel, indigenous to Malaysia, could be seen in the resort.
There were several dining choices, including buffet, al la carte at the Ferringhi Grill and beachside. The food and service were of a high standard.
There is also a street market outside the resort where you can try out Malaysian street food and buy souvenirs, although most items are fake goods. There are many great things to do in Batu Ferringhi and it has many bars and restaurants, both traditional and international.
Who would enjoy this hotel? Anyone who wants the luxury that is synonymous with Shangri-La hotels and resorts.