Travellers all come in various forms: solo, couple or family. Each has its own positive side and challenges. Travelling families, for instance, requires suitable accommodation, consequently giving parents headache since they need to consider may aspects such as safe environment, sufficient space, efficient facilities and suitable activities so that each family member can enjoy their holiday.
Gaya Travel team had the opportunity to stay at Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang, which is conveniently located along the prime beachfront Batu Ferringhi area, only 20 minutes’ drive from Georgetown and 45 minutes from Penang International Airport. This four-star resort offers an extensive range of facilities and services that cater to the needs of guests, especially those travelling with family. From our observation, Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang is definitely a family destination in its own right.
The resort boasts 387 comfortably furnished guestrooms and suites, each with stunning views of the verdant hills or the azure sea. The in-room facilities include LCD televisions with cable channels, tea/coffee making machine, complimentary Internet access throughout the property, DVD player, safety deposit box, refrigerator, full range of Shangri-La amenities and universal electronic ports. Several rooms are equipped with Murphy Beds (pull-down, retractable wall beds) that can accommodate a third person.
I was given a Deluxe Sea Facing room, furnished in a modern and contemporary style that exudes a relaxed resort vibe. The key point of this room is the enchanting view of the sea with the perfectly manicured garden that can be seen right from the balcony. I utterly relished the room since I could read my favourite book while listening to the soothing sounds of waves crashing and slumber on soft bed and comfy pillows.
Myriad Dining Options
This resort has a wide array of dining selections. Guests of Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang can enjoy scrumptious cuisine within a calm tropical setting. Situated next to the resort lobby, Garden Café features three cooking arenas and offers a variety of freshly prepared and made-to-order menus. Guests can also enjoy international and authentic local buffet spreads. Sigi’s Bar & Grill, on the other hand, is a stylish, casual and fun outlet that has one of the best dining views in Penang. Equipped with an open barbecue grill kitchen, this outlet serves a selection of prime steaks, grilled seafood, pasta dishes and even Asian comestibles. It is the best venue for small gatherings with great company with delightful food and stunning beach view. For light refreshments, guests may simply head to the Lobby Lounge to enjoy casual snacks.
Recreational Facilities and Activities
Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang provides one of the most comprehensive recreational facilities in Penang that meet the demands of guests of all ages. Since the pool becomes the main attraction that makes the resort more child-friendly, the resort features not just one but three outdoor pools that guests of all ages can enjoy.
I had the opportunity to experience the resort’s newly-launched attraction called The Splash Zone that features whimsical sculptures, water slides with a landing pool, tipping water bucket and cones, water cannons and more. To double up the fun, adults are also welcome to try the enjoyable water slide for a splashing fun time. For a taste of adventure, children can head to the largest dry indoor playground in Penang called The Adventure Zone to try the popular heart-pumping drop slides available in three levels: “Hyperglide Astra Drop”, “Double Drop” and “Demon Drop”. For more fun and interactive activities, parents can drop their children at Cool Zone Kids’ Club for art and craft, t-shirt painting, sand sculpture and more before heading towards the spa for their much needed ‘me-time‘. Other facilities and activities include water sport centre, gymnasium, tennis courts, Par 3 Pitch and Putt Golf Course and cooking classes.
Out & About
Should guests desire to explore more of Penang, there are many attractions located near to the resort such as Batu Ferringhi night market to see and buy local offerings, Penang Batik Factory for guests to try their hands on batik painting and Yahong Art Gallery to witness iconic artworks by Malaysian and Asian artists.
For guests who are into nature, Penang Butterfly Farm provides an opportunity to see varied collection of butterfly species. Tropical Spice Garden, located around 3 kilometres away from the resort, is another spot to dive into nature’s grandeur to discover a variety of spices available around the garden.
Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, 11100, Malaysia
GPS Coordinates: 5.476854, 100.251659