Where to Stay
Golden Sands Beach Resort – Lovely family resort on the beach managed by the Shangri La team. This resort is involved in many earth friendly activities and is worth supporting. Comprehensive facilities for children including a kids club, Adventure Zone and Segway.
Hard Rock Hotel – Fun, fun, fun for all ages!
Trader’s Hotel– A business hotel in the heart of Georgetown. Also popular for tourists looking for good packages with all the facilities of a large hotel.
G Hotel – A trendy and happening hotel located on the popular food and shopping strip of Gurney Drive. Excellent gym and swimming pool.
China Tiger – An enormous thoughtful self contained apartment in the beat of Little India. A perfect choice for families or groups of friends.
Yeng Keng – A charming heritage hotel in the infamous Chulia Street. Beautifully restored, this 20 room boutique accommodation also offers a swimming pool and cafe.
Where to Eat
That Little Wine Bar – Classy, cozy, approachable wine list and excellent food prepared by celebrity chef Tommes of Chalk and Cheese.
Via Pre – The happening place to be in Georgetown. Industrial chic atmosphere known for their cold cuts, in house baked bread, creme brulee and awesome selection of Grappa.
Islander, Trader’s Hotel – A fine place to sample local Nyonya cuisine in a hygienic, cool, friendly environment. Saturday High Tea should be on your “must do” list.
Garden Cafe – Shangri La leads the way again in Corporate Social Responsibility endeavours by introducing a ‘sustainable seafood’ buffet in their all day dining restaurant.
Soy, G Hotel – Affordable, classy Asian fusion.
Yeng Keng Cafe – Reasonably priced drinks in a lovely courtyard paired with Hainanese and Western meals prepared by one of the oldest working chefs in Penang.
Amelie Cafe – Cute, recycled, a must visit.
The Leaf Healthy House – A healthy vegetarian respite from oily artery clogging street food.
Tropical Spice Garden Cooking Class – Take home some of Penang by learning recipes from a Nyonya, Malay or Indian chef.
Tree Monkey – Thai tapas and cocktails with a kick in the natural setting of a tree house.
Agua – Paella, home marinated olives (!), sea views – a lovely Mediterranean feel.
Weissbrau – Pork knuckle…mmmm.
Spasso Milano – Authentic Italian at the new Straits Quay Marina Mall.
Where to Drink
Sand Bar, Hard Rock Hotel – There’s no better way to end a day than a beer (wine, shot, cocktail) in hand and feet in the sand.”
Sigi’s Bar & Grill – Sunsets, sea breezes and happy hours.
Where to Spa
Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel – Their new luxurious spa villas must be tried. Trained therapists treat you in the shade of the trees, under blue skies, in private lush tropical gardens to the sounds of the sea.