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Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.  The resort, which was opened on 9 November 1973 by the then prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak bin Datuk Hussein, was the first-ever five-star resort in Malaysia and the first Shangri-La property in Malaysia.  The resort was built and is managed by Hong Kong‑based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia-Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group. 

A Hawaiian design firm, Belt Collins Hawaii LLC, was appointed to design and build the resort.  The Minangkabau roof, which distinctively symbolises the hotel, was inspired by ethnic architecture unique to the region. 

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang epitomises a passion for hospitality excellence.  The name Rasa Sayang, which means “a feeling of love” in the native Malay language, was thought up by Lim Chee Wah, a former chairman of the group, during lunch at a restaurant in George Town.  

Since its inception to allow guests to experience its original motto, “a love of life and all its pleasures,” the resort has grown from strength to strength and evolved into a well-loved resort greatly sought after by discerning guests.  Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang closed in December 2004 for redevelopment and rebranding, emerging as Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang in September 2006.  Now with the addition of the luxurious CHI, The Spa, the resort, with its 30 acres of sprawling, tropical gardens and centuries-old rain trees, offers attainable and affordable luxury for travellers near and far. 

In celebration of four decades of hospitality, the resort’s management has set up a photo gallery to archive its fond memories of celebrity visits, past celebrations and dedicated staff.  The Feringgi Grill revisits all the popular dishes that have delighted palates through the decades, starting from the 1970s to the present day.  Cinta Discotheque, a flagship nightspot during the heyday of disco and night clubs, will be revived for one night only.  There will be a 40th Anniversary Charity Dinner to raise funds for the resort’s “embrace” project.  A collectible range of limited edition charms for charm bracelets and key chains by Amee Philips is being issued to commemorate the resort’s 40th anniversary.  To get a charm, a guest needs to spend MYR400 or more on a single bill at Spice Market Café.  There are four charms in total, which can be converted into either a charm bracelet or a key chain.  

The resort will also offer special packages. The 40th Anniversary Special Package offers 40% discount daily based on best available rate inclusive of daily buffet for two (2) adults and two (2) children below 12 years old at Spice Market Café with one (1) complimentary rollaway bed per room. The offer is available from 4 January to 30 November, 2013. Terms and conditions apply. Please call our Reservations Team at (604) 888 8888 for reservations. 

“The passage of time has not faded the appeal of this iconic resort.  It remains fresh, interesting and contemporary, consistently winning prestigious awards for its architecture, infrastructure, products and services as well as for its green approach to sustainability.  The journey that started four decades ago has reached an important milestone.  We celebrate four decades of hospitality excellence in 2013 in the knowledge that Shangri-La is not a figment of imagination but rather a state of one’s mind when they stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa,” said Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman, the resort’s director of communications.  “We aspire to continue to be the leading resort in Penang and to grow exponentially while maintaining our economic and environmental sustainability for the next generation and future guests.  That way, there will always be a Rasa Sayang for those seeking the ever-elusive place where one can enjoy the best that life has to offer.” 

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 78 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 32,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Qatar,Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com. 



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