Five Decades of Loving Life and All Its Pleasures – Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang

 Five Decades of Loving Life and All Its Pleasures – Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang Malaysia's first-ever, five-star resort turns 50 this year. As the first resort under the Shangri-La Group, the resort celebrates the golden anniversary with the launching of a Photo Gallery documenting its evolution over the decades, titled “50 Years: A Love for Life and All Its Pleasures” followed by an appreciation dinner on 9 November 2023. 

 Held at the FIP Lounge, Garden Wing, the Photo Gallery features a specially-curated collection of artifacts, photographs and memorabilia that will take visitors on a remarkable journey through time – from humble beginnings all the way to becoming a symbol of Malaysian hospitality. 

30 over informative display panels chart the many chapters of Rasa Sayang’s history, giving locals and tourists alike unique insights into its rich heritage. Of particular nostalgia is its early development and grand opening on 9 November 1973 by the country’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak and Shangri-La Group’s chairman of the board of directors Tan Koon Kee. 

See how various expansions and refurbishments over five decades transformed it into the multi-award-winning resort that so many love today. The exhibition also highlights the innovations and advancements that made Rasa Sayang a powerhouse of Penang’s hospitality scene, as well as the enduring philosophy of exceptional service, unrivalled quality and constant improvement, a hallmark of the Shangri-La brand. 

“The exhibition takes one through all the milestones of Rasa Sayang, Malaysia’s first 5-star resort when it opened in 1973. Built on the motto of “A Love for Life and All Its Pleasures”, it ushered in a new era of heartfelt hospitality and set new benchmarks of excellence. 

“This trip down memory lane is also an expression of gratitude towards our guests, many of whom have returned and stayed with us numerous times throughout those years. It’s a tribute to their unwavering loyalty and support,” said Markus Christ, Shangri-La Group Penang Area General Manager. 

After kicking off the milestone celebration with the opening of a photo gallery chronicling the history of Rasa Sayang, the management of Rasa Sayang had a long-service award presentation and appreciation dinner with current and past employees. Madam Kay Kuok - Director of Kuok Singapore Limited and niece of our founder Robert Kuok - was present to mingle with them and exchange fond memories. She later presented awards to colleagues like Tan Khai Seng in honour of his 50 years of service. Currently a Paymaster, he is the only person to have worked at Rasa Sayang since its opening in 1973 until now. 

Also present for the heartwarming and nostalgia-tinged festivities were Datin Rozina Amin, Executive Director of Shangri-La Hotels (Malaysia) Berhad; Caroline Cheah, Senior Vice President, Operations of Shangri-La S.E.A.A.; Markus Christ, Area General Manager in Penang and other executive members. 

For more information
Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang
Batu Ferringhi Beach, 
11100 Penang
Tel: +604-888 8888