Discover the Tropical Charm of Penang: Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

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Well-versed in our usual travel destinations of Bali and Thailand, our Travel Team relished the opportunity to take a fresh look at the mesmerising delights of Malaysia, and more specifically, the tropical surrounds of scenic Penang.

We knew we were in for a treat after finding out that we would be checking out the Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La – a brand that’s considered one of the finest accommodation providers on the planet.

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The Destination

A peaceful oasis fringed by palm-speckled beaches and cerulean waters, the tropical getaway haven of Penang is a place where the stresses and pressures of everyday life just seem to slip away with the sweeping rush of the ocean tide.

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Approximately 50-minutes fly-time from Kuala Lumpur, Penang is home to a number of world-class resorts including the iconic five-star Rasa Sayang, which happens to share a beach with the Golden Sands Resort – and speaking of…

The Resort

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An easy 45-minute drive away from Penang’s International Airport, the Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La boasts prime position right on the shores of famous Batu Feringgi Beach – one of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches.

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Shangri-La is one of the world’s finest luxury accommodation brands and their standard-setting attention to detail is upheld at the Golden Sands Resort which stands just 20-minutes away from the iconic colonial surrounds of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage-Listed site.

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The resort consists of 380 well-appointed rooms that feature subtle Malay-inspired décor accents; while the property also borders along the ultra-luxurious Rasa Sayang. Golden Sands guests are welcome to enjoy the neighbouring resort’s facilities, including a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course, plus three tennis courts.

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The Rooms

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After enjoying a breezy check-in process, we were relaxing amid the plush environs of our Superior Hillview Room in no time at all.

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Features included a king-size bed, a 32-inch LCD TV, ensuite bathroom stocked with premium Shangri-La amenities, a jam-packed mini-bar and much more.

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After settling into our ritzy new digs, we set off to explore the rest of this sprawling resort.

Facilities

As with any property under the Shangri-La banner, the facilities at the Golden Sands Resort are suitably comprehensive and entail gorgeous lagoon-shaped outdoor swimming pools (along with a dedicated kids pool and activity pool), a super-fun waterslide, fully-equipped fitness centre, and an action-packed Adventure Zone play area for the little ones.

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While the kiddos have fun, mum and dad can unwind with a heavenly massage amid the pristine beauty of the resort’s tropical gardens.

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Dining

Indulgence of a different kind awaits your senses at any of the resort’s on-site restaurants. Sigi’s Bar & Grill is a fun, family-style restaurant with some of the best dining views in Penang, while the Lobby Lounge is a great place to relax with casual snacks.

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As part of our stay, we also enjoyed daily buffet breakfasts, plus two decadent dining experiences at the Garden Café that showcased authentic local dishes and left us feeling utterly satisfied.

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Out & About

The resort also offers a handy daily shuttle bus service to nearby George Town, which is just 20-minutes away. The UNESCO World Heritage-Listed township will transport you to another time with its charming colonial architecture, quirky boutiques and cosy cafés.

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Malaysia – a mystical land of ancient temples and untouched beaches is waiting for you!

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TripAdvisor Reviews:

Best location and everything!

Rated five out of five stars

“Had the best holiday ever at Golden Sands, great location, close to restaurants, money changers, mini marts and the local bus! Facilities were great, used the gym everyday which water and fresh towels were provided. Breakfast was definitely a highlight of my day, freshly made omelettes and Asia dishes as well as cereal, toast and pastries. Wasn’t very busy at this time which was a bonus as we could relax more and have room for us 10 to sit around the pool. Definitely coming back to stay here!”

Love this resort!

Rated five out of five stars

“I’ve stayed in this beautiful resort three times in the past couple of years now and would always enjoy our stay. I will be visiting again this year in December. Definitely one of the best resorts with the best facilities, amazing rooms with gorgeous views and the pools are glorious and the resort is surrounded by many tourist attractions. If it’s your first time visiting they will show you around and give you some tips on what to do and see they are just so friendly which make my stay even better each time. The breakfast is very nice with a lot of food choice which makes it easy for some fussy eaters. Each time I stay with my family, wife and teenage daughter, they love it just as much as I do…Over all I cannot rave about this resort anymore it’s just so lovely, I would stay here any day. Definitely definitely definitely one to try, worth its money!”

Excellent resort

Rated five out of five stars

“We stayed a week at the Golden Sands Resort and found it very relaxing. We had spent the previous week in the cities so need a rest, which the Golden Sands Resort provided. The room was light, clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffet was lovely and there was so many choices. The hotel was well situated for the night market and there was a food plaza about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The welcome we received when we arrived was friendly and the check in was done quickly. We would definitely stay here again”