CHI, The Spa

Wellness at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Life can get a little hectic in these modern times. Technology should be making our lives easier, however, it oft has the opposite effect. Constant connection puts us on call 24-7, and instead of lightening our workloads, just provokes us to do even more. It can be hard to find balance, but thankfully Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa in Penang has just the antidote. Besides a comprehensive wellness program, the location itself is enough to make you stop, breathe and reassess what really matters in life.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
CHI, The Spa

Taking up prime beachfront residence, the property is enshrouded in stunning tropical foliage on three sides and the open sea completes the circle. Even if not a guest at the hotel you can enjoy the spa and dining facilities, but to totally immerse your self in the mindset of relaxation, a stay here is just the thing. So, slow down and smell the frangipanis.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Flower on the Pathway to the Spa

Following a stroll through the magnificent gardens of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, my mind is in a positive frame of mind ready to fully benefit from the spa treatment I’ve signed up for. CHI, The Spa is comprised of 11 spa villas and a yoga pavilion. Each villa is equipped with a garden, separate treatment room, and private bathing and changing facilities. Some even come with an outdoor spa bath and rain shower.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Garden Villas

A quick change into spa attire, and my feet are soon in warm water being scrubbed with a gentle exfoliator as part of the pre-massage ritual. The glass walled treatment room can be opened to the garden with sliding doors, or darkened with blackout curtains. As my therapist draws the blinds I relax into the massage bed and appreciate the soft headrest and towel placed under my ankles to ease pressure on my lower back.

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

My therapist is extremely talented and has my whole body sighing with the release of tension. The Asian Blend (1 hour, RM290) massage combines Swedish and Chinese tui na techniques to stimulate circulation and restore the smooth flow of ch’i. Heels of hands, knuckles and thumbs exert strong deep movements along my muscles in symmetrical motions. By the end of the session, I have an overall sense of well-being and am wondering what else I can sign up for.

Outdoor Bath and Shower
Outdoor Bath and Shower

Following the spa treatment I continue on my healthy path with a Wholistic Menu for lunch. A choice of set meals and beverages provides a balance of lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.

The Energizing set grabs my attention with a Club Sandwich (300 calories) and Berries Yoghurt Trifle (RM98). The sandwich is served on rye bread with avocado, grilled chicken, tomato, cucumber and egg making hearty packing. Avocado is claimed as a nutrient-rich food providing potassium, vitamins B and E, and folic acid. Monounsaturated fats are found in the fruit and are said to assist in reducing blood cholesterol protecting against hear disease.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Club Sandwich

The sweet ending features low fat yoghurt and a generous mix of fresh strawberries and blueberries. The dairy is said to play a role in the prevention of osteoporosis with its high content of micronutrients, calcium and vitamin D. The fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and beta-carotene, believed to be especially supportive in anti-aging, eye and skin health, and delayed mental decline.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Berries and Yoghurt

A choice of two beverages is included in the lunch. The Super Healthy blends carrot, celery, orange, romaine lettuce and ginger into a refreshing and revitalizing smoothie. I can also select from a range of fresh juices and teas, but decide on a sparkling water to clear my palate. Depending on the time of day there are also lighter breakfast options, and a full course dinner selection too.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Healthy Smoothie

If you’d like more than just a taste of wellness and perhaps care to immerse yourself into a full program for three to five days, then you might consider the Wholistic Wellness Escape Programs found here. Packages include a personal lifestyle consultation, accommodation in a refreshed Garden Wing room, healthy cuisine, daily wellness activities, spa treatments and return airport transfers.

Reasons to visit: stunning location; highly skilled therapists; the option of a complete wellness package for a number of days.

Chi, The Spa
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Batu Feringgi Beach
Penang, 11100
+6 04 888 8888
Open 10am – 10pm

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  1. Ok, you convinced me. Happy New Year.


  2. Place sure looks nice.

  3. Well it is a Shangri-La hotel – they are all magnificence plus.
    What else can you say.
    Strange but I have my BKK “S-la” bright yellow collared T-shirt on at present,
    playing pretends that I am there – keep dreaming Colin Cordobes – ha ha.
    El Colin Cordobes

    • Monica Tindall

      Shangri-La properties seem to really ace it in terms of getting in on land early in the game. I haven’t been to a small one yet. In fact the one in Singapore has an extraordinary amount of land for its close proximity to the city centre.

  4. Wow, this is a spa!!!

  5. i agree about often feeling stressed out by the need/desire to be connected at every waking minute … a visit to this spa would be great indeed, providing an escape to reflect and rebalance our sense of perspective 🙂

    • Monica Tindall

      Even on holidays now it seems we’re all connected – just the opposite of what I think a break is supposed to be about.

  6. What a magnificent gardens and SPA…such a pretty flower too!! This is what I call “In the garden of peace and wellness” I wish I was there. 😉 It’s a gray and rainy day in Geneva 🙁

    • Monica Tindall

      I sure would love the gardeners here to help out with my home – just a little help with the balcony plants would do 😉

  7. Love the first few nature scenes. Make one feel relaxed and at peace.

  8. That’s a really lovely place..and captured well too.

    • Monica Tindall

      Thanks Margaret. It’s great to find a small piece of nature – especially when out daily lives are in the city.

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