Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang : I’ve got a feeling of LOVE!

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is Penang’s most luxurious and exclusive hotel. With its sea front views and traditional Minangkabau roof architecture, its no wonder why guests so easily fall in love with Rasa Sayang. Thanks to the great folks at Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (Special shout out to Suleiman and team!), we were invited to a relaxing and enjoyable stay at the newly renovated Garden Wing…

 Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa's signature Minangkabau Roof Architecture
Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa’s signature Minangkabau Roof Architecture

 Warm reception at the grand lobby of Garden Wing of Rasa Sayang
Warm reception at the grand lobby of Garden Wing of Rasa Sayang

After the prompt check in, we were led by our receptionist to our lift lobby, we actually thought that was it. No! She led us ALL THE WAY TO OUR ROOM! Talk about personalised service!

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang Deluxe Seaview Room

As we entered our room, we could feel the space and luxury that Shangri-la affords. The room was spacious and so was the king-sized bed. There was even a small little sofa where you can chill and watch some cable TV. But the best part? The view from our balcony…

 Pool and Sea View from Deluxe Seaview Room Rasa Sayang
Pool and Sea View from Deluxe Seaview Room Rasa Sayang

 Deluxe Seaview Room Rasa Sayang Penang Garden Wing
Deluxe Seaview Room Rasa Sayang Penang Garden Wing

 Internal decorations of the room that complements the Minangkabau architecture
Internal decorations of the room that complements the Minangkabau architecture

The room also affords the usual luxuries of a bath tub, complete with the in-house toiletries as well as a well-stocked mini-bar. All this equates to a start of a great holiday! 🙂

 Bath tub with bath foam that really FOAMS!
Bath tub with bath foam that really FOAMS!

 Shangri-la's in-house toiletries
Shangri-la’s in-house toiletries

 Well-stocked mini bar with complimentary coffee and tea
Well-stocked mini bar with complimentary coffee and tea

After checking out the room, we decided to take a quick bath (in the bath tub of course) before heading out to meet Suleiman at the Spice Market Cafe for afternoon tea!


Check out this video tour of our Deluxe Sea View Room at the Garden Wing of Rasa Sayang Penang

History of Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang

Soon, we met up with Suleiman, the Director of Communications at Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa. Suleiman was a man of stature and he brought about an air of authority as he approached us. But when we started conversing, there was no such air about him. In fact, he was approachable and friendly and as the afternoon went on, the conversations began to flow. And that was when we started to learn more about Rasa Sayang as well…

 Afternoon tea at Spice Market Cafe Rasa Sayang Penang
Afternoon tea at Spice Market Cafe Rasa Sayang Penang

Rasa Sayang Hotel was first opened in November 9, 1973 along Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang and was the first ever five-star resort in Malaysia and the first Shangri-La property in Malaysia as well. The original motto of Rasa Sayang was “A love of life and all its pleasures”…Ah…

Turns out that the name “Rasa Sayang” was derived from a local song of the same name. “Rasa” means feeling and “Sayang” means love. The famous refrain goes something like this…

Rasa sayang, hey!
Rasa sayang-sayang hey,
Hey lihat nona jauh,
Rasa sayang-sayang, hey

meaning…

I’ve got that loving feeling, hey!,
I’ve got that loving feeling, hey!,
See that girl in the distance,
I’ve got that loving feeling hey!,

So the story goes that the owners of the hotel (yes, they are still alive today and may be reading this) were discussing what name to be given to this grand hotel that was going to be built. As they were discussing, the song went on air (probably over radio as it was a popular song in those days) and the owners decided there and then. Hence, Rasa Sayang was born!

As we continued to discuss on the concepts of Rasa Wing and Garden Wing, we realised what Suleiman was really talking about. At the Garden Wing, we could feel the exclusivity coupled with the luscious greenery in and around the premise. A short walk along the gardens coupled with sounds of the waves in the distance, really rejuvenates the mind and body. Something that you ought to try out on your next trip here to Rasa Sayang Penang 🙂

Shuttle Service from Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang

One of the MAJOR plus points of staying at Rasa Sayang Penang is that you’d be able to enjoy the beaches of Batu Ferringhi, visit the night markets a short walk away PLUS there’s also shuttle service that brings you to Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon and of course the famous Gurney Drive Hawker Centre…

 Shuttle Bus Service Schedule from Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
Shuttle Bus Service Schedule from Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang

Gurney Plaza Penang
Gurney Plaza Penang

 Gurney Paragon Penang
Gurney Paragon Penang

 St Jo's at Gurney Paragon
St Jo’s at Gurney Paragon

Pasar Malam (aka Night Market - yes, they only open at night) minutes away from Rasa Sayang by foot
Pasar Malam (aka Night Market – yes, they only open at night) minutes away from Rasa Sayang by foot

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang Facilities

Health Club

 Health Club consisting of Gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Bath
Health Club consisting of Gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Bath

 Rasa Sayang Penang Gym
Rasa Sayang Penang Gym

CHI Spa

 Spa experience at CHI Spa
Spa experience at CHI Spa

 CHI Spa Rasa Sayang Penang
CHI Spa Rasa Sayang Penang

Luscious Greenery

 Greenery by the beach at Rasa Sayang
Greenery by the beach at Rasa Sayang

 Water feature next to Spice Market Cafe
Water feature next to Spice Market Cafe

Swimming Pool

 Swimming Pool Rasa Sayang Garden Wing
Swimming Pool Rasa Sayang Garden Wing


Video of the beach and pool area of Rasa Sayang

Photo Gallery Depicting Rasa Sayang’s History

 Photo Gallery depicting the history of Rasa Sayang
Photo Gallery depicting the history of Rasa Sayang – You can see Suleiman there as well! 😛

What we really loved about the hotel is its luscious greenery, offering ample space and tranquility for travellers who wants to find rest for the soul. The CHI Spa will definitely add to that experience. Kate checked out the Rasa Asmaradana Spa Treatment. Long kneading strokes offers a deeply relaxing massage as practiced by traditional Malay healers. The treatment is also coupled with soothing concoction of local herbs, lemon grass and pandan leaves, leaving one thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated.

Other facilities in the resort includes the Kid’s Club, Adventure Zone, Golf/Pitch and Putt, Table Tennis and Tennis Courts.

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang Breakfast

Rasa Sayang’s breakfast was probably one of the best we’ve had at this trip. Do remember to try out the egg’s benedict – yes, the yolk does ooze out like it should!

 Eggs Benedict Rasa Sayang Penang
Eggs Benedict Rasa Sayang Penang

 Rasa Sayang Breakfast
Eggs station and buffet spread

 Fruit Juice Rasa Sayang Penang Breakfast
Fresh Fruit Juices

 Cold Cuts Rasa Sayang Penang
Cold Cuts

 Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Breakfast
Healthy start to breakfast with fruits and vegetables

 Delicious Assam Laksa
Delicious Assam Laksa

Asian buffet breakfast rasa sayang
Asian spread

Indian Cuisine
Indian Cuisine

 Waffles, Bread pudding and banana cake Rasa Sayang Penang
Waffles, Bread pudding and banana cake!

How to get to Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang is located at Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, 11100, Malaysia. From Penang International Airport, it takes about 45 minutes by taxi (approximately 20USD) or about 1hr 15 minutes by bus 102 (4RM).

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, is a 5!

B – 1. Bath tub was great with perfect foam generating shower gel!
A – 1. Luscious greenery with a relaxing feel all round. What more can we ask for?
S – 1. Service was excellent with the concierge spending time to tell us what to explore in Penang.
I – 1. Pools that catered to the adults and kids alike. All with a beach view!
C – 1. A restful night offered at Rasa Sayang…

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Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang

**Special thanks to Suleiman and team for making our staycation at Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa possible!

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