Shangri-la Rasa SayangThe Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is replete with a sense of history and tradition.

Its distinctive Minangkabau architecture houses even more artefacts of Malaysia culture.

You feast your eyes on the artfully-arranged traditional jewellery, batik-printing moulds, coral sculpture, and signature items from the prolific Malaysian Kitchen.  It is the resort’s indigenous beauty that keeps you grounded and connected.

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 inkling that a beautiful, magical and well-manicure garden awaits.

Rasa Sayang 2There is a rich history behind this resort, which prides itself on returning guests. Some families have vacation 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.

Set on a 30-acres of a former private property, and opened on November 9, 1973. Rasa Sayang Hotel was built around 8 majestic rain trees by the sea with a motto “A love of life and 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 call Shangri-La in Tibet where beautiful surrounding, serenity and impeccable service precedence.  The Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa has become an iconic resort over the four decades, and only a few have experienced Shangri-La’s hospitality.

If you are 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.

Rasa Sayang roomThe Rasa Wing is recommended for couples, who want a luxurious and private stay. It is set amidst the lush Shangri-La gardens with a separate driveway and entrance, offering privacy and ease.  Guests are accorded a smooth, express check-in, with courtesies, which include daily afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

Breakfast is a special experience where the chef will prepare breakfast favourites 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 of enjoying the buffet spread at Spice Market Cafe, where an international buffet breakfast awaits.

There is a dedicated pool for Rasa Wing guests, with unlimited soft drinks served during pool hours.  Alternatively, the main pool located near the Garden Wing, which is designed for families is also accessible to Rasa Wing guests.

Rasa SayangA 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 garden has over 100 varieties of 133,000 plants including fruit and flowering trees overlooking the breathtaking beach.