Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

Simply beautiful. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is summed up in these two words. Set on (an unheard of these days) 30 acres of beachside land, the magnificent property is encircled by lush verdant grounds. Century old rain trees shade expansive lawns and manicured tropical gardens bloom with the bounties only found in climates with equal abundance of rain and sunshine. In the evenings, the sunset is captured right from the property’s front porch and early mornings gift guests with the first light glimmering off the sea creating a silvery sheen.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
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Dusk at Rasa Sayang

The beauty is carried over into the architecture, with Minangkabau (an ethnic group from the region) design housing arts and crafts of Malaysian culture. The lobby is the first to present this sense of history and tradition with carved sculptures and wall hangings adorning the space. On Friday evenings the resort’s own gamelan group entertain guests, bringing some of the artifacts to life. The value for local customs is carried over throughout the property, with batik-printing moulds, traditional games, jewellery and fabrics taking centre stage in hallways, rooms and public areas of the resort.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Malaysian Heritage
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Garden Wing Reception

Allure too is found in the rooms. Benefiting from recent refurbishments the Garden Wing is fresh and inviting. Natural hues in flooring and walls are brightened with splashes of colour in cushions and rugs, but the real rainbow comes from looking out the window to the aquamarine pool below, further out to the deep blue of the ocean, and all around to the patches of tropical flowers in full bloom.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Deluxe Seaview Room in the Garden Wing
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Garden Wing Bathroom – includes separate shower, toilet and bath

A ceiling fan is an appreciated touch, allowing us to open the balcony doors and fully soak up the beach holiday, fresh air included. From our Deluxe Seaview Room we have sweeping views of the property and action below. It would be easy not to leave this perch: coffee in the morning, room service for lunch, a bottle of wine at sunset and a good book in between.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Pools in the Garden Wing

Complete facilities of tennis courts, fitness room, gorgeous spa, par three golf course, pool after pool after pool, and thorough food and beverage options are all brushed with the same wand of elegance. Seems there’s a fountain, a water feature, a piece of artwork or tasteful lighting at every turn.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Par 3 Golf Course
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Tennis Courts
Outdoor Bath and Shower
Outdoor Bath and Shower at CHI, The Spa, Garden Villas
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Direct Access to the Beach
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Beachside Bar
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Sunrise at Shangri-La’s Rasang Sayang Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Spice Market Cafe
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Grab a Sweet Treat at the Deli

The true virtue of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa however, comes to the forefront in its people. Smiles, grace and friendliness are present in every interaction. No query is too small or too large. In fact, my breakfast waiter has an uncanny manner of figuring out what I want before I even know I want it, and our room attendant has noticed my fondness for the green grapes in the daily fruit platter and topped them up generously. The selection and training process for staff here is one to be modelled worldwide.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
Sunset on Batu Ferringhi Beach

And there you have it, from location, to the grounds, to the physical facilities and the people themselves, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is simply beautiful

Reasons to visit: seaside location, expansive lush green grounds with gorgeous gardens, seaview rooms, CHI The Spa.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Batu Feringgi Beach
Penang, 11100
Malaysia
rsr@shangri-la.com
+6 04 888 8888
www.shangri-la.com/penang/rasasayangresort

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8 Comments

  1. I am speechless to see so much beauty…. Have a lovely week!!

  2. It has been around for so long – I was there in 1973. Glad that they have maintained it so well.

  3. I didn’t know they have a gold course there! So sorry for unable to meet you the other day, I’m sure we’ll meet again this year 😛

  4. Monica, Caning Cordobes and Co,
    Well it is Shangri-la.
    You could play tennis on that bed – ha ha.
    No water skiing Junior or Andalusian horses – that would be
    not appreciated by the management.
    It really is a magnificent hotel/resort.
    Now back to the tennis here in Australia.
    El Colin Cordobes (middle one!)

  5. Very beautiful place and I love all the outdoor pics.

  6. Hey, I used to work here as a part time worker back in high school time.

  7. That is such a lovely place…

  8. Their buffet spread is (still) one of the best in northern Malaysia so far.

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