With a beachfront location and lush, tropical gardens, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa makes the most of Penang’s natural beauty. Luxury meets tradition at the eco-friendly resort, with Malaysian-inspired decor and decadent facilities for you to enjoy.
This is the type of hotel that tempts you to stay within its opulent surrounds, despite the fact that Penang’s attractions are just minutes’ away.
Rasa Sayang – An Icon of Malaysian Tourism
Rasa Sayang means a ‘feeling of love’ in Malay and the resort certainly inspires it. At the time of its opening in 1973, it was the largest and most luxurious of the region. It’s therefore not surprising that many famous people have stayed at this tropical haven, including romance novelist Barbara Cartland and former Presidents of China.
It was the first ever resort under the Shangri-La group of hotels worldwide and has retained its charm ever since. The staff at this property is never found without a smile or a helping hand and they never fail to impress even the most seasoned traveller. As a leader in attracting tourists to Penang in the 70s, Rasa Sayang is now an iconic landmark to both locals and international visitors alike.
Plush Rooms and Spacious Suites
Sweeping views, balconies, traditional decor and premium amenities feature in Rasa Sayang’s 304 guestrooms. The colours of nature give rooms a tropical feel, while eco-friendly fixtures like LED lights and energy-saving keycards keep things green. As standard, you can expect bathrobes, sandals, luxurious toiletries and flat screen TVs with in-house movies.
For true decadence, Rasa Wing suites are spacious and are equipped with all the amenities you can ask for. Guests will enjoy daily breakfast, afternoon tea and select beverages, plus exclusive use of the adult-only Rasa Wing pool.
Guests at Rasa Wing’s Premier Rooms can also enjoy the well-built outdoor soaking tub from the privacy of their own balcony, overlooking the hotel’s tranquil gardens and Ferringhi beach.
Award-Winning Green Practices
At Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, your dose of luxury is an environmentally-friendly one. Continuously awarded and recognised by the ASEAN Green Hotel Standard, the resort’s green practices benefit guests and the community at large.
The gardens of this property is said to have over 15 acres with 110 varieties of plants, flowers and rain trees. The resort’s gardens echo the natural environment found in Penang‘s diverse environment.
Eco-friendly initiatives include the annual Earth Hour celebration and, in collaboration with the Turtle Information and Conservation Centre, the creation of a Turtle Eco Centre. In terms of daily management, the resort implements energy conservation and efficiency practices. They also encourage guests to help, by reducing water wastage, detergent and energy.
Additionally, the hotel employs innovative solutions such as glass water bottling from tap to filter, use of solar panels for energy and the use of a centralised air-conditioner compression to heat water via copper pipes. Additionally, they also adopt the use of rainwater harvesting for gardening, and incorporate composting and herb gardens to manage food waste.
With a 3 par pitch-and-putt mini golf course, fully equipped Health Club, tennis courts, yoga classes, three swimming pools, table tennis and a Kid’s Club, there’s plenty to do at Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.
Best of all, the hotel is located right on Batu Ferringhi Beach, with a long stretch of white sand and fun water sports like parasailing and banana boat rides by third party operators. All you need to do is to walk across the gardens and you’ll immediately feel the warm sand under your toes.
If you’re up explore Batu Ferringhi, just steps from the beach and the resort, you’ll also find a popular night market for bargain shopping and local hawker food in the company of refreshing sea breezes.
Rejuvenation at CHI, The Spa
When you’re looking for exclusive pampering, CHI, The Spa is a secluded hideaway within the resort. 11 gorgeous spa villas and a yoga pavilion rest within serene gardens, waiting to take you on a journey to wellness.
Lavish treatments include the Signature Organic Probiotic Salt and Sugar Scrub, as well as body wraps, facials and massages. For the ultimate in relaxation, try one of the Wellness Journeys packages. The Rasa Sayang Tropical Journey includes a Signature Organic Deep Cleansing Facial and a Rejuvenating Aromatherapy Massage.
The Best of Penang Dining
Home of Feringgi Grill – one of Penang’s best restaurants – dining at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort is a treat for your taste buds. Exquisitely presented dishes, like Lamb Cutlets with Eggplant Caviar, Garlic Cream and Sesame Sauce, are complemented by vintage wines and a cozy, yet stylish, ambience. This award-winning restaurant has pleased many a palate and continues to do so without sacrificing in quality over the years.
Other onsite dining options include the Spice Market Cafe for informal a-la-carte with an international twist. Pinang Restaurant and Bar offers poolside drinking with Happy Hour on sunset and oceanfront eating. The all-day menu features local specialties, as well as all your favourites like salads, burgers and sandwiches. Guests will be spoilt for choice at the types of cuisines available across the hotel throughout their entire stay.
The service to guests at Rasa Sayang is never without a friendly smile, a helping hand and sheer warmth – it is no wonder that many of the hotel guests enjoy staying there for long periods at a time, constantly returning for more.