Past the winding roads of Batu Feringgi, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang welcomes guests to a warm ambience surrounded by centuries old mature trees. Inviting, yet private, the moment you set your eyes on the entrance, you almost have an inkling that a beautiful, magical and well-manicure garden awaits.
There is a rich history behind this resort, which prides itself on returning guests. Some families have vacationed here for over 20 years, with new additions of family members joining over the years. Some are returning honeymooners, and they have seen this resort grow into a matured, private and beautiful resort for both couples and families.
The Rasa Sayang Hotel opened on November 9, 1973 set on 30-acres of a former private property. Built around the 8 majestic rain trees by the sea, the resort delivers to their original motto, “A love of life and all its pleasures.
The Shangri-La name was inspired by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, first published in 1933 which describes the mythical and mysterious place called Shangri-La in Tibet where beautiful surrounding, serenity and impeccable service precedence. The Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa has become an iconic resort over the four decades, and only few have experienced Shangri-La’s hospitality.
CHOOSE YOUR EXPERIENCE
When planning a stay at the resort, do take into account that The Exclusive Rasa wing and The Elegant Garden Wing both offer a very different experience.
The Rasa wing is recommended for couples, who want a luxurious and private stay. The Rasa Wing is set amidst the lush Shangri-La gardens with a separate driveway and entrance, offering privacy and ease. At the Rasa wing guests are accorded a smooth, express check-in, with courtesies, which include daily afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
The Rasa Wing breakfast is a special experience where the chef will prepare breakfast favorites to your specification. This is paired with a private semi-buffet, where you can enjoy an array of luxurious breakfast treats. Order from the carefully crafted breakfast menu of both Western and Oriental dishes, carefully prepared to perfection. If you want a more casual breakfast experience, Rasa Wing guests have the option to enjoy the buffet spread at Spice Market Café, where an international buffet breakfast awaits.
Wind down while the sunsets at the Rasa Wing Lounge serving complimentary afternoon tea with a selection of delicious pastries, sandwiches and cakes daily from 3pm-4pm and complimentary cocktail with pre-dinner canapés from 5:30pm to 7pm daily exclusively for Rasa Wing guests.
There is a dedicated pool for Rasa Wing adult guests, and guests are served unlimited soft drinks during pool hours. Alternatively, the main pool located near the Garden Wing, which is designed for families, is also accessible to Rasa Wing guests.
Just a stone throws away is the Elegant Garden Wing offering a family-friendly environment allowing guests to feel relaxed and at ease. The Garden Wing, featuring 189 rooms, is designed with the family in mind, marrying function and beauty, both practical yet elegant. Set within the vicinity of the main pool, this wing allows guests easy access to the pool and beach. Play pool and shallow area allow for guest with children to enjoy the pool facilities at ease.
The landscape of this resort is one that will envy other accommodation on the Batu Ferringi beach strip. The beautiful and matured garden creates natural shades for guests who enjoy time outdoors. Hammocks are set within the compound for a more relaxing afternoon. The resort offers guests iPods and books on loan to make your lounging experience feel at home. The garden has over 100 varieties of 133,000 plants including fruit and flowering trees overlooking the breathtaking beach. This greenery enhances the resort gardens acting as green walls for privacy and ornamental displays to capture the essence of a garden paradise. The majestic rain trees and fruit trees give shelter and sustenance to local wildlife.
CHI, THE SPA
Located along a secluded corner of the resort, facing the tranquil sea is the home of Chi, The Spa. The Spa offers a holistic form of rejuvenation and relaxation. With 11 spa villas, built under soaring centuries- old rain trees, exudes a serene sense of peace and solitude which is exclusive to a Shangri-La property. A variety of treatments are available with well-trained masseuse ready to please every sore or ache. Leave your body to the hands of Chi, The Spa to experience a level of relaxation from your mind, body and soul. Outdoor rain showers are available in selected villas which guests can enjoy to feel one with nature. An intimate studio specially designed for yoga and meditation is available for guests to enjoy a truly holistic healing.
DINING WITHIN THE RESORT
The resort has five innovative dining options for guests to choose from, each with its own unique menu and experience.
Elegantly situated on the mezzanine floor of the Rasa Wing, this fine-dining Western grill boost panoramic views of the grounds. It serves one of the most exquisite traditional fare and signature dishes. Western dishes are carefully crafted and prepared to perfection. Enjoy a quite dinner with a loved one, while taking in the breathtaking views. The wine cellar offers unique vintages for those indulging in luxury. The cigar selection is equally impressive, for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
SPICE MARKET CAFÉ
The Spice Market Café is a casual eatery that offers authentic cuisines from a diverse culture. Enjoy Chinese, Indian, Baba Nyonya, Japanese, Thai and Western dishes. Don’t give the buffet dinner amiss, as you will be taken through a culinary journey through dishes from around the world. It is truly an experience for the palate, and will be a delight for food enthusiasts. The entrance of the café is graced by a Spice boutique where guests can browse and purchase some exotic spices to take home.
On the fringes of the Garden Wing is FIP (Fun, Interactive and Play), a chic and trendy lounge with selfie corners, an innovative menu and cool music. There is an island bar and bean bags available for total relaxation.
PINANG BAR AND RESTAURANT
The Pinang is a poolside bar and restaurant offering al fresco dining at its finest. Located overlooking the beach, this venue is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while the sun sets, followed by a breezy dinner by the beach. Lunch, dinner or between-meal snacks are available in this casual dining option. Each sunset is marked by the strike of a gong, which announces the beginning of happy hour.
Tucked under the sheltering rain trees next to Spice Market Café, the Rasa Deli is a quaint little glass and teak wood cottage displaying rainbow-coloured macaroons, cupcakes and pastries for mid-meal snacks. If you’re feeling slightly puckish, but don’t want a full sit down lunch, grab a sandwich made with gourmet breads such as dark rye and French village bread.
PITCH AND PUTT GOLF COURSE
The Resort houses a Par 3 Pitch and Putt Golf course with a nine-hole layout that is well crafted and beautifully landscaped within the resort grounds. With holes ranging from 27 meters to 64 meters in length, golfers can play with just a pitching wedge and a putter. Built by Exotic Projects of Malaysia and landscape design by Peridian Landscaping of Singapore, the nine-hole course was shaped by Australian Paul Brooks and features smallish greens turf with salt-tolerant paspalim grass, Seaisle 2000 plus seven sand bunkers. There is a practice green and small reception area to house putter, wedges, balls, range bags and tees.
Escape into a beautiful, matured resort and leave with a sense of rejuvenation. The only tricky thing with experiencing such bliss is that you might leave your heart and soul at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang. Those who visit once will fall in love with the Resort and Shangri-La’s hospitality, making you yearn for a frequently visit. Like a love spell Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang will make you yearn to return to its tranquillity.
SHANGRI-LA RASA SAYANG RESORT & SPA
7-11, Batu Ferringi,
1 Lorong Sungai Emas,
Tel: +604-888 8763