First opened on 9 November 1973 along Batu Feringghi Beach, Penang, this timeless resort was built around the eight majestic rain trees by the sea, all preserved for posterity. Set on 30 acres of a former private property, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang was the group’s first Shangri-La property in Malaysia and also the first property ever to receive five-star rating in the country.‘Paradise on earth’ is what could be the most apt moniker to perfectly describe Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, noted for its 100 varieties of 133,000 of plants, including fruit and flowering trees.
After the resort was closed down due to massive renovation project that took place from December 2004 until September 2006, it reopened with higher degree of exclusivity since the number of rooms had been reduced from 512 to 304, resulting in the guest rooms having larger sizes and ultimately, a luxurious resort where each guest will be showered with individual, personal attention around the clock.
The resort is divided into two wings: the Garden Wing and the Rasa Wing. The latter offers delightful and exclusive perks to its guests since it is more lavish and luxurious, a world unto its own. Designed with the sophisticated traveller in mind, the exclusive Rasa Wing is set amidst the lush garden with a separate driveway and entrance.
The interior has a blend of contemporary and traditional chic to exude the welcoming and hospitable Malay ambience and influence. From its iconic Minangkabau inspired roof architecture to its renowned brand of Malaysian hospitality, the resort is very much embodies the spirit and essence of Malaysia.
To inject a stronger sense of place, the resort displays and installs Malaysian art pieces from as small as antique ladles, stone mortars and tiffin carriers, to colossal ones that include wooden and metal sculptures measuring up to 20 feet long by 10 feet high, arousing great interest not only among Gaya Travel team members, but also from its guests. It was not surprising to know that the entire art collection at the resort worth more than RM3 Million. Some of the works include original antiques, including art creations by regional craftsmen and artists. Other art pieces displayed are the betel nut sets, biscuit mould, gold ornaments and jewellery.
Back to the Rasa Wing, it offers a complete balance of serenity and exclusivity with privileges that are worth each sen spent for staying here. The Rasa Wing offers 6 different types of understated and refined rooms that come with either private veranda and garden or balcony with private soaking tub.
Each of the Rasa Deluxe rooms, located on the ground floor, is self-contained space with a private 26-metre square garden, complete with day bed, lovely timber gate that leads directly to landscaped gardens, pools and the sea. On the other hand, the floors above the ground floor contain 52 individual Rasa Premier Rooms that offer all refinements of a suite in one singular space. The 242-metre square Presidential Suite, located on the fourth floor of the Rasa Wing, provides an elegant lounge area, a spacious king size bedroom with writing desk and an elegantly appointed bathroom with complete amenities. Finally, the Rasa Deluxe Suite combines both bedroom and lounge area that gives a vast space for guests to walk around, each suite comes with a private balcony and a private soaking tub overlooking the spectacular views of the sea and the tropical garden. With such fine lavishness, the Gaya Travel team had a hard time leaving our rooms.
The privileges in the Rasa Wing are not only limited to the rooms but are extended to dining as well since the Rasa Wing Lounge also serves complimentary high tea set that includes salmon baked mini burgers and tarts from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., then light snacks and pre-dinner drinks from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Besides that, guests are given full access to their exclusive swimming pool where guests below 16 years old are not permitted in the area to protect guests’ unperturbed calmness. While enjoying the dip, guests can also enjoy the unlimited complimentary beverages of coffee, soft drinks and also fresh juices during pool hours.
For in-house guests with children, the Main Pool, located near the Garden Wing, is more suitable for families. Rasa Wing guests are also entitled for an exclusive semi-buffet breakfast at the Feringgi Grill or a heartier buffet spread at the Spice Market Café.
Besides the Rasa Lounge, guests with good appetite will have no problem in finding delicious meal as the resort has five innovative dining options, each unique on its own. Situated on the mezzanine floor of Rasa Wing is the multiple award-winning Feringgi Grill that offers Western grill fine dining experience, serving exquisite modern grill cuisine and signature dishes such as the prime rib and brik pastry cigar. For a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Spice Market Café is the porperty’s all-day dining outlet that dishes out authentic ethnic cuisines from diverse cultures such as Chinese, Indian, Baba-Nyonya (Straits Born Chinese), Japanese, Thai and even Western. Rasa Deli, tucked under the shady rain trees next to the Spice Market Café, is a quaint little glass and teak wood cottage that carries rainbow coloured macaroons, irresistible cupcakes and tasty pastries.
For fitness and spa enthusiasts, CHI, The Spa might intrigue them with its host of holistically rejuvenating spa treatments, located at a secluded corner of the resort, facing the sea. It has eleven spa villas, all built under soaring centuries-old rain trees, thus exuding a serene sense of peace and solitude. The Spa Boutique and the Beauty Salon are also available for guests to purchase a fine selection of aromatic oils and obtain grooming services respectively.
Being awarded as the Best Hotel Services under the of five-star resort category during the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013, travellers can expect nothing short of Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang, especially its Rasa Wing, which treats its guests with such refined grace and finesse. It is indeed one of Gaya Travel team’s favourite hotels that offers a remarkably rejuvenating experience.
Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Batu Feringghi Beach
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