Malaysia in South East Asia is known for its beaches, rainforests, colonial architecture, tea plantations and varying cultural influences – which have also left their mark on the wonderful cuisine. For a relaxing and luxurious hideaway here, look no further than the beautifully-situated, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa.
The resort is set on the stunning Batu Feringgi Beach and covers 30 acres of lush gardens nestled between the sea and Penang’s emerald green hills. You are just 20-minutes from the capital of George Town and the resort runs a complimentary daily shuttle to the town which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort is just a 45-minute transfer from Penang International Airport, with direct flights from London taking just over 13 hours; it can’t be much easier to reach a paradise destination!
Style & Character
The Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa offers a sense of history and tradition with its distinctive Minangkabau architecture and traditional coral sculptures. There is a peaceful mood and time seems to slow here, the décor blends perfectly with its surroundings; natural wood, a calming colour palate and clever lighting create an elegant, sophisticated finish.
Service & Facilities
The vast list of facilities at the resort includes 3 restaurants and 3 bars, a beauty and hair salon, a freeform swimming pool and a children’s pool, sprawling gardens, miniature golf by the sea, floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, beach volleyball, a health club including a gym, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, children’s playground and the CHI Spa. Time spent in the spa here is literally like being in paradise; 11 private spa villas set in a tranquil spot facing the ocean with private gardens; they are beautiful and the body massage, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy and meditation available there is sure to both relax and revitalise you. To describe these as freeform pools doesn’t really do them justice; rather, they seem to curve and glide around the gardens creating hidden spots for a lounger or two; choose the sun when you want to top up your tan or look for some cooling shade to relax with a book. The staff are a real asset to the resort; nothing is too much trouble, they keep the entire place spotlessly clean and their friendliness creates a happy atmosphere about the place.
The resort comprises 304 spacious guestrooms and suites, each with breathtaking views of the sea, grounds or gardens. All rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with satellite channels and in-house movie channels and DVD player, minibar and coffee and tea making facilities and an ensuite bathroom with exclusive Shangri-La toiletries. There is a separate wing called Rasa Wing, this is definitely the place to stay as the rooms and suites here enjoy exclusive Rasa Wing privileges, such as express check-in, complimentary cocktails, snacks and high tea in the Rasa Wing Lounge, use of an exclusive swimming pool and a personal concierge.
Food & Drink
Be sure to check out The Feringgi Grill; a contemporary, beachside, fine-dining restaurant in the Rasa Wing which serves inventive and elegant dishes alongside vintage wines and world-class cigars. The Spice Market Café in the Garden Wing is a more informal buffet-style restaurant serving delicious Chinese, Indian, Nyonya-Baba, Japanese, Thai and western cuisines. Pinang Restaurant and Bar offers poolside relaxed al fresco dining and a great cocktail menu! As night falls, head to the lively Feringgi Bar, it’s the place to go for cocktails, champagne and some live entertainment. Or for the young at heart, Fun, Interactive and Play (FIP) is designed to help you re-live your youth; there are selfie corners, beer is served in a solid ice mug and they encourage you to play with your food!