Golden Sands Resort Penang completes renovation

Guest Writer

The Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, located at the prime beach front of Batu Feringgi, Penang, Malaysia, is proud to announce the completion of its RM50 million (approximately USD14 million) year-long redevelopment programme. This redevelopment programme is the most extensive ever in the resort’s illustrious 30-year presence in Penang.

The family-friendly resort has opted to commence its redevelopment programme in late 2008 during the global economic crisis with the projection that by the time of its completion, the world economy is expected to be on the way to recovery.  In hindsight, it has proven to be a prudent and practical decision.

The 387 brand new guestrooms offer plush accommodation with value-add refinements, among which are the largest family-sized rooms for a hotel of its class in Penang.  They include family combo units of two interconnecting rooms that can easily accommodate up to six persons, 14 suites with panoramic coastal and hill views, and 208 deluxe sea-view rooms furnished in a cheerful and contemporary style that celebrates ethnic diversity and resort living.

Many rooms come with Murphy Beds (pull-down, retractable wall beds) that can comfortably accommodate a third person in the room and up-to-date facilities such as LCD TV, DVD player, satellite TV channels, USB/iPod/modem ports in a user-friendly audio-visual panel and free broadband Internet access.

The Cool Lounge is a new feature to the resort and the first of its kind within the Shangri-La Group of Hotels and Resorts.  Located in the lobby area, the Cool Lounge is a veritable oasis for early arrivals and guests who are checking out late.  This dedicated lounge serves refreshments and amusements with modern conveniences in a relaxed setting.   Internet stations, gymnasium, shopping arcade and a spacious waiting area with changing rooms, lockers and shower facilities are housed within this area.

The Golden Sands Resort’s wide selection of recreational activities remains one of its key attractions.  Facilities include a water sports centre, three tennis courts, a Par-3 Executive Golf Course, a spa and beauty centre as well as two lagoon-shaped swimming pools. There is always excitement for everyone with organised daily activities such as water aerobics, volleyball, golf-putting competition, cooking lessons, tai chi, Petanque and jungle trekking.

Children staying at the resort are especially in for a treat with the Adventure Zone, a unique family entertainment venue that is one of a kind in Malaysia.  The 10,300 square feet air-conditioned indoor facility houses three categories of exciting drop slides, multiple sections of modular play equipment, a game zone, toddler area, themed birthday party rooms and caf

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