Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort: A Beachfront Luxury Stay in Penang

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A luxury beachfront resort nestled beneath a thick foliage of century-old rain trees and 30 acres of tropical gardens with scenic sea view.  Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort is a resort under Shangri-La group and the name” Rasa Sayang” is a Malay word which means the feeling of care and love. 

If you are looking for a relaxing sanctuary, the resort is located at the end of Batu Ferringhi beach, away from the hustle and bustle of the Penang Georgetown area.

Arrival at Rasa Sayang Resort

There are two Wings at Rasa Sayang Resort which are Rasa Wing and Garden Wing. The Rasa Wing offers a number of additional benefits to guests that the Garden Wing does not, including access to a lounge, a private pool, and unlimited drinks during the cocktail hour. One of the larger suites of the Shangri-Rasa La’s Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang, is the Rasa Junior Suite King Room.

Each wing has its own hotel lobby so when we arrived at the guard post, we were asked which wing we were staying in and the friendly security would direct us to the appropriate lobby. 

short trip idea: Garden at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort
Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort Penang

When we arrived at the hotel lobby, we were greeted by the resort staff at the front door and escorted to the check-in counter. The resort lobby itself is chateau-like, with wooden furnishings, and a hint of Malaysian style decorations such as batik-printing arts, wooden sculptures reflecting Malaysian cultures.

Our Room

Our room was Garden Wing Deluxe Seaview with a private balcony. Despite being only 42 square feet in size, the room is a fit for two person with enough spacing to move around. The room is built with local materials, and its earth-tone decor conveys a delicate elegance. The calming environment with the sound of the sweeping sea is definitely a comfortable place to relax.

Rasa Sayang Deluxe seaview room
Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort Penang

The room has a separate bathtub and shower area. We had a mix of amazing seaview and pool view from our room which was fantastic.

Facilities

Each wing has its own swimming pool area but both wings are still accessible through the enormous garden in the resort. The garden here is covered with many deck chairs for the guests to chill while listening to the sound of waves.

Walking to the side of Rasa Wing in the garden is where the CHI spa is located.

CHI Spa at Rasa Sayang resort
CHI Spa at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort Penang

The promenade leading to the CHI spa is impressive and features local cultural influences in the design and architecture. We wanted to try out the Spa at CHI but when we got there it was already fully booked.

There are 11 treatment villas but due to its popularity, you definitely need some luck to get to experience it.

Dining at Rasa Sayang Resort Penang

The resort has three dining restaurants which offer seafood and western food-alike. However the settings of each restaurant are different. The restaurant close to the Garden Wing that serves a buffet meal is called The Spice Market. If you like beachside dining, head over to the Pinang Restaurant and Bar. It is a chill restaurant by the sea and garden. For a la carte fine dining experience, you will certainly like the award winning Feringghi Grill restaurant ( dress code applies!)

Breakfast

Our room was included with 2 complimentary breakfast. The buffet breakfast is located at the Spice cafe which is close to the Garden Wing. The breakfast was themed as a mix of international and Malaysian style. There were a variety of food selections and also “cook-on-demand” sections that serve some local food like Penang Hokkien Mee, Roti Canai and Char Kuey Teow. Don’t miss out on trying some of those.

Breakfast at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort
Breakfast buffet at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort Penang

The breakfast buffet at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang lives up to that of a 5-star hotel.The breakfast buffet at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang is second only to that at the E&O Hotel in my opinion.

The Neighbourhood

There is a popular night market in Batu Ferringhi outside the resort. Batu Ferringhi is a popular attraction for a beach vacation and it is quite similar to Phuket island but smaller. You can find many restaurants nearby Rasa Sayang resort too.

There is one restaurant that I like that is just few minutes drive away from the resort called Ferringhi Garden.This restaurant is very popular and keep in mind to book in advanced especially if you are travelling in weekends or public holidays. There are many things to do in Batu Ferringhi and one of my favourite is the ESCAPE Penang Theme Park just a 12 minutes drive away!

Overall Impression

Rasa Sayang Resort Penang Ratings

Cleanliness
4.5/5
Room Comfort
5/5
Location
4/5
Breakfast
4/5
Room View
4.3/5
Value for Money
4/5

The stay is beyond my expectation. Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang resort is a 5-star hotel, but I genuinely think the finishing of the resort rooms is of higher quality. The big sea-facing garden is also perfect for a morning or sunset- walk. It is located in Batu Ferringhi and a distance away from Georgetown which is the street food heaven. Overall, Rasa Sayang Resort is a great choice if you’re seeking for a quiet and isolated escape.

I’m astounded by how well-suited it is for a staycation for a family, a couple, or a large group of friends! Too bad I did not get to try their Spa, but I am planning to return and hopefully able to get a slot in for the Spa this time.