Featuring a vibrant landscape with faded two-storey shop houses and ornate temples, Penang is one of Asia’s most fascinating islands. The oldest of the British Straits settlements, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities and has managed to preserve its colonial past. Penang’s north coast has been aggressively marketed in recent times with the result that it’s experienced a boom in hotels and resorts.
For the moment Georgetown’s status as Malaysia’s second-largest city means it’s got no shortage of accommodation options. Budget lodging can be found on and around Lebuh Chulia, usually within ramshackle wooden-shuttered mansions, often with a portico and elegant internal staircase. Midrange options, consisting of a string of high-rises, are mostly found along Jln Penang. Meanwhile top-range ventures are located along the Batu Ferringhi stretch. If you’re searching for a good way to immerse yourself in Penang’s colonial past while also experiencing red carpet treatment, then Penang’s numerous spa hotels and resorts are the ideal choice.
- Traditional English Afternoon Tea at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
- City Half-Day Tour
- EZhopper Sightseeing Bus Pass
- Georgetown by Night Tour
- Island Half-Day Tour
- Private Penang Hill & Temple
- Heritage Trishaw Tour
- Private Penang Hill & High Tea at David Brown's Restaurant
- Botanic Gardens & Tropical Spice Garden Tour
- Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple Tour
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, PenangFerringgi Beach
Divided into two wings (with a separate driveway and entrance for each), the five-star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is a pretty impressive property spread out across 30 acres along the famous Batu Ferringgi beach.The whole hotel has been fitted out in traditional Minangkabau style - in fact, in line with this, the hotel hosts a time-honoured Malay musical performance every Friday outside its Garden Wing lobby.We love the five-storey Rasa Wing: built in 1973, it has an exclusive feel, offering guests little extras such as afternoon tea, all day cocktails and evening canapes.This side of the hotel is home to Ferringgi Grill, an award-winning, fine-dining restaurant, plus the property also plays host to five other restaurants and bars. Read More...
Hotel Equatorial PenangBayan Lepas
Hotel Equatorial Penang, the islands only golf and convention resort, is a sprawling five-star property set on Bukit Jambul hill, just seven minutes away from the Penang International Airport.Adjacent to an 18-hole international golf course, driving range and putting green, it is the hotel of choice for golf enthusiasts visiting Penang.Besides that, there is a beautifully-landscaped outdoor swimming pool shaded by swaying palm trees, which comes complete with a waterfall and outdoor Jacuzzi.Those looking to work off a few calories will be glad to know the hotel has a well equipped fitness centre, aerobics studio, jogging track, floodlit tennis and squash courts, plus separate male and female saunas, steam rooms and indoor Jacuzzis. Read More...
Hotel Penaga is the prototypical Penang boutique heritage hotel - a gorgeously-preserved collection of 15 pre-war terraces enhanced by antique Peranakan and Balinese furnishings and fixtures and turned into a hotel.However, this is one property which does things just a little bit differently - one of its unique features being an onsite program in which the hotel hosts a visiting artist (from anywhere in the world) for a few months.Given a stipend and free lodging, these artists are allowed to practice their craft and showcase their pieces in the hotels onsite artists studio: in exchange, at the end of their tenure at Hotel Penaga, they present a piece of their work to the hotel for display. Read More...
Royale Chulan PenangGeorgetown
The Royale Bintang Penang is a four-star rated hotel in Pengkalan Weld with plenty of heritage charm, from its colonial-esque architecture to hotel facilities that are perfect for a child friendly vacation.Easily delivering what is important, it marries traditional and contemporary decor, creating grounds that exude a relaxed air and sleek sophistication.One of the best nearby points of interest to The Royale Bintang Penang is the Penang Clan Jetties, which is just 400m away, while other famous Penang Island landmarks such as KOMTAR, Khoo Kongsi and Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion are within a three km radius of the hotel. Read More...
Hard Rock Hotel PenangFerringgi Beach
With busts of The Beatles in the lobby and autographed Sex Pistols albums in the corridors, there is little doubt about the four-star Hard Rock Hotel Penangs theme - its extravagant Vegas-esque vibe is a refreshing departure from traditional beachside hotels.Everything spells stardom, from the giant music-related murals and rock star memorabilia to the open-air lobby with a reception/bar combo.The hottest action revolves around the energetic Hard Rock Cafe, which acts as regular host to live bands.Perfect for entourage wannabes is the sexy, see-and-be-seen-in freeform pool, but we also dig the for-hire mountain bikes, poolside dancing sessions, and canoe racing and pool-pillow fights. Read More...
PARKROYAL Penang ResortFerringgi Beach
PARKROYAL Penang, a family-friendly beachfront sanctuary set along Batu Ferringhi beach, is a five-star hotel with gorgeous environs that are often under-rated.It is almost hard to enumerate the propertys list of onsite attractions: be it day or night, young or old Parkroyal Penang has something for everyone.The little ones are well taken care of with the Koko-Nut Kids Club, a play centre hosting fun-filled activities such as T-shirt painting, key chain creation, sand art, jewellery-making with beads and more.Meanwhile, adults can head to the hotels onsite spa to enjoy a relaxing treatment or head to the gym or tennis court to burn off some calories: the hotel can also arrange for a golfing excursion if requested. Read More...
Holiday Inn Resort PenangFerringgi Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Penang is a four-star Penang property located along Batu Ferringhi, approximately 40km away from the Penang International Airport.Several popular Penang restaurants are set nearby including The Ship, Ferringhi Garden and Bora Bora by Sunset, however, those in the mood to get footloose along Batu Ferringhi will be glad to know that there is a dance club (Sixty9ine Mansion) just down the road.When the sun sets the strip outside this hotel turns into a roaring night market, where guests can find CDs, DVDs, batik print clothes, local artwork and souvenirs.In comparison to markets in the middle of Georgetown, prices at this night bazaar tend to be high (targeted towards tourists), so be prepared to negotiate hard for a bargain. Read More...