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Fast Facts


Opening Date
March 1980

Hotel Manager
Tane Picken

Total Number of Rooms

387 rooms consisting of:

  • 373 Guestrooms
  • 14 Suites

Club Floor
Cool Lounge caters to those who check-in early, those who check-out late and Golden Circle members. It provides an array of amusements and modern conveniences including free internet stations for adults as well as for children. Tea, coffee, bottled juice, confectionery as well as selected pastries, cakes and sandwiches are available as snacks. Opens from 6am until 10pm.

Seow Chin Architects

Design & Consultants
Seow Chin Architects

Interior Designer
Design Bube

History of the Building / Milestones
Opened in 1979, the Golden Sands Resort is the fourth hotel in the Shangri-La chain. Officially launched in March 1980 by Malaysia’s third Prime Minister, the late Tun Hussein Onn. Located next to Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, the Golden Sands was also one of the first hotels along the famed tourist enclave of Batu Feringgi beach. Like its sister property next door, it is recognised as a pioneer resort. In 1988, the resort underwent an expansion to the original building to accommodate a new wing as well as an additional free-form swimming pool. An old colonial bungalow situated on the grounds of the resort that used to belong to the Sultan of Perak, was converted to a beachfront dining outlet. In May 2008, Golden Sands underwent a second major renovation lasting 18 months at a cost of approximately GBP10 million, as part of the resort’s commitment to continuously provide the best staying experience for its guests. The resort now has a more contemporary and chic design to create the ambience of a fun, modern and family-friendly resort.

Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang

  • 2016 

    • Malaysia Tourism Awards Winner, Best Hotel Services for 4-star Resort – February 2016
    • Sigi’s Bar and Grill is voted as one of the Best Restaurants 2016 Award by Malaysia Tatler – February 2016 
    • GSH is awarded Guest Favourites 2015 by CTrip International Hotel Business Department, Malaysia – February 2016


    • GSH is #5 in the Top 10 Hotels for Families in Malaysia by TripAdvisor – January 2015 
    • Sigi’s Bar and Grill is voted as one of the Best Restaurants 2015 Award by Malaysia Tatler – February 2015 
    • GSH is the Winner for 2015 Traveller’s Choice by TripAdvisor – March 2015 
    • Adventure Zone is the winner for Certificate of Excellence 2015 by TripAdvisor – June 2015 
    • GSH received Certificate of Excellence for Hall of Fame 2015 by TripAdvisor – June 2015 
    • GSH awarded Chinese Preferred Hotel Award by Ctrip – September 2015 
    • GSH received Excellence Award for Best Short Stay in Best of Malaysia Awards 2015 by Expatriate Lifestyle – October 2015 
    • GSH is awarded the National Excellence Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) 2015 by National Council for Occupational Safety Health (NCOSH) – November 2015  
    • GSH received 2015 Gold Circle Award by Agoda.com – December 2015   



    • Sigi’s Bar and Grill is voted as one of the Best Restaurants 2013 Award by Malaysia Tatler – January 2014 
    • Best Hotel Partners 2014 by Gullivers Travel (GTA) -  February 2014 
    • Winner of Best Hotel Services for 4-Star Resort in the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013 by Tourism Malaysia – February 2014 
    • One of the best rated hotels in HolidayCheck 2014 scoring 5.6/6 rating by HolidayCheck.com – July 2014 
    • Voted as one of the Top Ten Best Family Resorts 2014 by readers of Holiday With Kids Magazine – September 2014 
    • Sigi’s Bar & Grill on the Beach is recognised as one of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants for its exceptional cuisine and service by Malaysia Tatler, Best Restaurants 2014 – October 2014 
    • Excellence Award – Best Resort Experience – Expatriate Lifestyle magazine’s
      “Best of Malaysia 2014 Awards – October 2014 
    • Best Hotel Kitchen 2014 for Garden Café by MPPP in conjunction with Hari Penjaja & Komuniti Peniaga MPPP 2014 – November 2014 



    • Asia’s Top Beach Hotel 2012 by Now Travel Asia Magazine – February 2013 
    • Outstanding Hotel Partner Award for year 2012 by Booking.com – April 2013 
    • Winner of Certificate of Excellence 2013 by TripAdvisor – May 2013
    • Top Ten Best Resorts in 2013 by Holidays with Kids Magazine (www.holidayswithkids.com.au)  – August 2013
    • Adventure Zone awarded “Penang’s Best 2013 Activity” by gopenang.my – October 2013
    • Winner of Best Service With A Smile in the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 by Expatriate Lifestyle – October 2013
    • Excellence Award for Best Family Stay in the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 by Expatriate Lifestyle – October 2013
    • Excellence Award for Best Beach Resort in the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 by Expatriate Lifestyle – October 2013



    • Achieved a four-star TripAdvisor rating by its guests and therefore awarded a Certificate of Excellence for the year 2012. – June, 2012  
    • Voted Most “Family-Friendly Hotel” by 2012 HotelClub Hotel Awards Singapore. – September, 2012 
    • Voted “Best Family Stay” Winner, by Expatriate Lifestyle, Best of Malaysia Awards 2012 – September, 2012 
    • Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach is recognized as one of “The Best Restaurants in Malaysia 2013” by Malaysia Tatler – October 2012