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Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort Review: Beachfront Luxury in Penang

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort Review: Beachfront Luxury in Penang

I have visited Penang twice and have split my stay at the 5-star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang in Batu Ferringhi and the Blue Mansion in George Town on both occasions. Mixing a relaxing beach resort with the hustle and bustle of the city is perfect if you want to experience everything Penang has to offer.

On my first stay, I only wanted to chill out, enjoy great food, and spend a few days swimming and sunbathing before heading to Australia. My stay certainly impressed me, and so when I returned to Penang as part of a month-long trip around Malaysia, there was no doubt that, once again, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort would meet all my requirements.

This honest review highlights my two stays at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort. I hope it will help you decide if it is the right resort for your next visit to the beautiful island of 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

The resort features 304 premier guest rooms and suites spanning two distinctive wings. They are furnished in traditional style, with delicately carved fixtures, fittings, and muted colours, creating a calming environment.

On my two visits, I stayed in a twin room with a balcony and a double room with a sea view.

We had a fantastic view across the tree canopy towards the mountains, and, in the evening, our room gave us the perfect view of the sun setting over the sea.

Luxury Twin guest bedroom with balcony
double bed at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang.

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. 

two treadmills in the gym.

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.

Medical Attention

Unfortunately, I had to visit the hotel doctor twice. On the first visit, we both had chest infections, and on the second, I got an infected insect bite. Call me unlucky because I was!

When I first needed the doctor, 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. Unbelievably, it was the same doctor I saw with my insect bite, and his caring, holistic manner was as I had remembered – if only he were my doctor in England!

Beach Life in Penang

The golden beach in Batu Ferringhi is a public one, and to be honest, the set-up around the resort pools was so good that I didn’t see any of the hotel guests sunning themselves on the beach.

We couldn’t go into the sea on either visit as jellyfish seem to have taken over the coastal waters around Malaysia, which we also encountered in Pangkor Laut Resort. Notices warned us of the dangers, and I was more than happy to use the lagoon-style pool, which was tranquil and relatively empty.

Beach in Batu Ferringhi.
Red sign on the beach saying beware jellyfish.
Angie sitting in shallow pool water.

The pool did have some quirky additions – 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.

Monitor lizard sitting on the side of the pool.

Other wildlife, including birds, black-and-white dusky leaf monkeys, and, if you are lucky, the infamous flying squirrel, indigenous to Malaysia, can 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 Feringgi Grill. Overlooking the manicured gardens and pool area, the food and service at the Feringgi Grill were of a high standard. It is a beautiful place to dine for a special occasion or to treat yourself on holiday!

My favourite spot was the beachside Pinang Restaurant and Bar. It is open all day and serves Greek salad, redang curry, burgers, nachos, and spring rolls.

The beach bar is located under the trees, with stunning sunset views. This is where you will want to end your day with a sundowner.

vivid orange sunset.

The Rasa Deli, near the main restaurant area, 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, where you can try Malaysian street food and buy souvenirs. Batu Ferringhi has some great things to do and many traditional and international bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.


If you are looking for a luxury beach resort, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang is the perfect choice. On both occasions, it exceeded my expectations with its high levels of customer service, delicious meals and beverages, and guest room comfort and amenities.

We were well looked after when we fell ill, which was not something we expected would happen on holiday, but we were treated with the utmost care. It’s a thumbs up from me for Shangri-La Rasa Sayang.

If you are interested in booking a stay, please click on this link to find the availability and pricing for Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort.

Two sets of green flipflops.

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