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Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
Melbourne, Australia
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“A great place to stay”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Stayed at the Golden Sands Penang for 5 nights in March 2012.

The hotel has an excellent vibe, beautiful facilities and great rooms. The staff were fantastic and are always happy to accomodate virtually any request. The pools and garden areas have plenty of sun lounges and space to find some privacy.

The included buffet breakfast is excellent, with a variety of choices - Indian, Chinese, Western.

The hotel is close to some great cheap local food options, including Long Beach Hawkers which is a real treat to eat at, as well as the Batu Feringghi night markets, which begin at the front gate and run for a couple of km's.

I really enjoyed the Golden Sands and Penang generally. Anyone travelling to Penang can stay here with confidence, as I would certainly do so again.

Room Tip: Sea facing rooms are away from the mosque call to prayer
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

My mother, sister and I have just returned from Penang after staying at the Golden Sands for the 4th time.....It was like going back home. On our arrival we were greeted by Praba and Robin who immediately took us to the VIP check in room for a quick and professional check in by the girls..We had a sea view facing room at the end which was very quiet. within 30 mins we were sitting by the pool and relaxing.
Over the past couple of stays we have noticed that housekeeping was always a bit slow but this year they were great.....Our rooms were always made up after our time at the pool. Bruno, the GM must be proud of his staff as they are all so friendly. Go and see Prasid and Nemo by the pool for a laugh...
the breakfast hasn't changed and is still fresh and enjoyable...
We will definately be back next year for another visit as it's like a home away from home.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at the Golden Sands and this was definitely more enjoyable then our last visit when our family all got sick! This time we stayed sea facing - and can not recommend highly enough - being able to open the door and get some fresh air is so much more pleasant for these country bumpkins! We utilised the pool, the kids activities and the Adventure Zone. Can not recommend highly enough for a young family in terms of activities and security around the resort. The hotel organised a trip to Penang Hill for us - good driver and reasonable price. We got ourselves to our other destinations utilising Rapid Penang - we got the 7 day tourist pass - so much easier then trying to have correct change for the bus. The bus can get quite busy and crowded but that is part of the experience for us.
The night markets were not as busy as last year so it made for pleasant shopping, but the hawkers were looking for sales. We ate at the little beachside cafe just outside the hotel for lunch and snacks- great value.

Room Tip: Sea facing - so worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The Shangrila beside Golden Sands looks alot better. We enjoyed our stay here but out of all the Shangrilas we stayed in, this will not rank in the top 5.

Room Tip: Executive suite is good for families.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Can't wait to return to this Resort. Facilities were fantastic for our 12yo son and 14yo daughter. Very safe and staff were so friendly. Pool activities kept my son entertained for hours. We had interconnecting rooms, sea facing, views were magnificent. Rooms were very clean and of a high standard. Staff helped with whatever you needed. Tours were arranged for us. In fact, we wouldn't stay anywhere else. Breakfast was massive and the restaurants on site were first class. Restaurants close by were great for families. Night markets exciting with no pushy sellers. Water activities on beach were friendly and no one hassled you. Beach access was clean around resort and a pleasure to visit. We highly recommend Penang as a holiday destination and staying at the Golden Sands is a must to do. We will certainly be back.

Room Tip: Select sea facing rooms, views are top class. Interconnecting rooms are great for families.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

Property: Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La
Address: Batu Feringgi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia (Formerly Shangri-la's Golden Sands Resort)
Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Batu Ferringhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#3 Luxury Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#3 Business Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#5 Family Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
Price range (per night): $137 - $275
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La 4*
Number of rooms: 387
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La first commenced operations in October 1979. It has won numerous awards and recognition as a family- and kids-friendly resort. As such, it enjoys the reputation as the preferred resort among families on holiday. This 4-star resort on Batu Feringgi Beach is filled with facilities for dining, leisure and recreation that will surely keep any multi-generational family happily occupied. Adventure Zone, Shangri-La's unique family entertainment center With 387 guestrooms and suites that boast views of either the verdant hills or azure sea, the hotel caters to the needs of individuals, groups and families. Some room types even feature Murphy pull-down beds and connecting doors. Childcare services are available, allowing adults on holiday with their family to enjoy some private time away from their children. At the Kids' Club, which is based in the Adventure Zone's dry play park, children are kept entertained from morning until evening and provided with regular meals and break times. The Adventure Zone is the biggest indoor play park in Penang, offering a myriad of play structures, activity rooms and entertainment options. Here, children can enjoy video screenings and visits from the resort's mascots. At our mini water park, children and toddlers can interact safely, playing on the splash pad, which has a safe floor surface and includes many water features, such as showers and tipping buckets. In addition, they will enjoy racing down the water slides. Holidaymakers can stroll around the resort grounds, which feature extensive manicured gardens and landscaped open spaces. Guests can also enjoy sunbathing and lounging by the pool and in the garden area. The Cool Lounge serves as a transit area for incoming and outgoing guests, and is a cool space where guests may read, surf the Net and enjoy sandwiches and pastries alongside coffee, tea and fruit juice. At Garden Café and Sigi's Bar & Grill by the Beach, children below 12 years old that are accompanied by one paying adult can eat for free. In addition, an outdoor Jacuzzi in the garden and two swimming pools with water slides are available. The resort also boasts a par-3 golf course for those that enjoy golf. Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La well-equipped gymnasium awaits fitness enthusiasts. For those who wish to spend their time productively while on holiday, there are many daily activities, such as workout classes, cooking classes, craft making courses and visits to the George Town World Heritage Zone (by complimentary shuttle). The popular Batu Feringgi Night Bazaar beckons those who enjoy a stroll after dinner. Here, great bargains on apparel, novelty items, souvenirs and art can be found. ... more   less 
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