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Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

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A few months ago, when I was home in Penang, I took a “weekend vacation” away from my parents’ house and stayed at the revamped and remodeled Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa–the legendary hotel/resort that pretty much shaped up and defined the hospitality and tourism industry in Penang, Malaysia.

Rasa Sayang Resort holds a special place in my heart; I remember my childhood days when my parents took me out on picnics by the beach, and we would always end up at the Batu Feringgi beach fronting Rasa Sayang. When I was in high school, my buddies and I would go to Rasa Sayang–snapping pictures of our youthful and silly selves in the beautiful and exotic environs of Rasa Sayang. When friends or family members visited Penang, Rasa Sayang was always “the” tourist attraction I would take them to, even just to walk through it. And not to forget my second sister’s wedding in its majestic ballroom when my family hosted one of the most special–and grandest–weddings in my family. So many old memories conjured up in my mind just thinking about Rasa Sayang. I was very happy I finally had the opportunity to stay there, even just for two nights.

I checked into a standard suite at the exclusive Rasa Wing and found the service very attentive and impeccable. I am no stranger to great hospitality and have stayed at some of the world’s best hotels, but I was completely blown away. I especially loved the bath tub in the balcony where my butler prepared a hot ginger bath for me. Other personal touches include the complete line of Etienne Aigner products in the bathroom; a welcome champagne, fruit basket, warm tea and chocolate(!) when I checked in; complimentary English high tea at Rasa Wing’s lounge every afternoon; and a very special welcome gift–a beautiful Shangri-La Cookbook!! Now, that’s what I call real hospitality. :)

I usually shun away from eating in the hotel, but the buffet dinner served at the Spice Market Cafe at Rasa Sayang was fantastic–wide array of seafood dishes (warm and cold) including lobsters, endless selection of decadent desserts, and very delicious Malaysian and international selections. I can’t think of any buffets better than Rasa Sayang’s except the buffet at The Intercontinental, Kowloon. However, when you compare the price tag of RM96 (about US$30) to US$90 at The Intercontinental, the answer is crystal clear. If you love buffets, Spice Market Cafe at Rasa Sayang is your answer. Other than dinner, Spice Market Cafe is also open for breakfast and lunch.

All in all though, if you are going to Penang, I strongly recommend you to stay at Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. Batu Feringgi is a very scenic spot in Penang, and Rasa Sayang will complete your Penang experience with world-class service, hospitality, and facilities. What’s more, spa lovers can now indulge yourself with signature treatments offered at CHI Spa–the only CHI outpost in Malaysia. Plus, come night time, the Feringgi night bazaar (or “pasar malam“) just a few steps away from Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa comes to life and beckons with local souvenirs, batik, clothes, paintings, watches and leather goods (knock-off Rolex and Louis Vuitton anyone?), numerous restaurants, and of course, the world famous Penang hawker food served at local coffee shops/”kopitiam.”

I love Penang, and I adore Rasa Sayang. I hope one day you will get to visit Penang, the place I will always call home.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Batu Feringgi Beach,
11100 Penang,
Phone: (604)888-8888
Fax: (604)881-1800

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18 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Amy

    Good lord girl! What is it that you do that has you traveling everywhere? That is awesome! What a fab looking place. :)

  2. mama bok

    Awesome..!! i didn’t stay at this place .. when i was in penang .. but stayed at Penang Mutiara .. the next time.. i’ll stay at Rasa.. ;)

  3. Anjuli

    this so reminded me of my time growing up in Penang– I wonder if it is the SAME Rasa Sayang Hotel from when I was there- out in Batu Ferringhi- I loved it- sounds like it has only gotten better!!

    Thanks for the great memories.

  4. jamie

    hi! growing up in pg myself n just left the comforts of home not too long ago, i just cannot imagine how beautiful rasa sayang is now. maybe we only realise how great the place is when we’re no longer there – even the night market looks good from ur pictures, kinda contrasting from what i remember.. going there buying dvds. but anyway, pg is truly one of the best places to be. =)

    also, i really like ur blog. i cook too cos i so miss d hawker food back home n dublin’s not the best place to look for malaysian food..

    anyway, nice to meet u!

  5. Zen Chef

    I just finished looking at the pictures and i’m still dreaming. Wow. What an amazing place this must be! I’m putting it in my bucket list to take a vacation there at least once in my life.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mandy

    wow, the resort has breathtaking views! And it’s a good location for tourists who like night market (like me!)How come the one in Sabah is not as nice?!

  7. Piggy

    I remember when I was young, Rasa Sayang was one of the places that my parents would bring our out-of-town guests to. It looks quite different now… love the decor in the room. :-)

  8. lingzie

    i love Spice Market Cafe’s buffet! its amazing and i always always end up so stuffed! the resort is beautiful but i havent had the chance to stay there yet. :)

  9. lucia

    but compare to most of the other hotels, rasa sayang is very expensive (accomodation and food). mostly locals (from other states) do not stay at rasa sayang unless they are rich people. yep, for rich locals or tourists (not back-packed or ‘hippie’ tourists for sure).

  10. MyF

    :-) beautiful place to be to watch the sun setting on the horizon… by the sea… very peaceful!
    i go there like almost every weekend just to walk down the beach.. from rasa sayang up to parkroyal.

  11. Farina

    i cant believe the dinner buffet only cost rm96! its cheap even for a msian standard. and the selection tht they have … sigh. i really really miss home!

  12. Writings off the pitch

    Hi. Came across your blog while searching for a butter cake recipe. I am searching high and low for a malay pineapple curry recipe. Wonder if you would know of a good one.

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