Oct 02, 06 1:57 am
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang, re-opened for business on September 28, 2006, marked by a lively colourful ceremony, highlighted by a pair of prancing ‘lions’ accompanied a welcome parade consisting of one hundred staff members who were all resplendently attired in various Malaysian traditional costumes.
The ceremony was planned to jointly celebrate the resort’s opening day as well as to welcome the first guests who checked-in on the same day. The resort's General Manager, Arbind K. Shrestha, said that the resort’s task force team decided not to stage an overtly extravagant affair, preferring one which showcased the world renowned local culture as well as the sincerity and warmth of the people.
The first guests, ferried by a fleet of five limousines, arrived at the Rasa Wing at 10am where they were greeted by 100 uniformed employees lined up along the driveway. A lion dance troupe accompanied by Chinese drummers, Malay kompang and Indian Tabla drummers provided the fanfare as the guests were garlanded by the General Manager and ushered from their limousines, to the exclusive Rasa Wing Lounge.
In addition, there were 8 beauties attired in traditional Malay costumes bearing the "Bunga Manggar" who escorted the guests to the Reception Lobby, where guests made cash deposits as they were checked-in – a symbolic gesture signifying the inward flow of money, an essential element for all thriving businesses.
A cocktail party will be hosted this evening for the pioneering and corporate guests, in-house guests as well as invited media and travel representatives.
The former Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort, incepted in November 1973, consisted of 514 guest rooms and suites, underwent a major redevelopment and repositioning programme from December 1, 2004. The resort was closed for 20 months to facilitate the project which cost RM 100 million.
Over 21 months of meticulous planning and hard work culminates this auspicious day, as the resort and her team, confidently and smoothly move onto a new phase in the future. The new Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, presently houses 304 guest rooms and suites in the Rasa Wing and Garden Wing. All facilities and services, including guest rooms at both the Rasa Wing and Garden Wing, innovative restaurants and bars, Meetings & Conference facilities, Beauty Salon, Health Club & Gym, grounds and gardens, swimming pools and her very own Par-3 Executive Golf Course are fully operational. The resort also marks the introduction of "Chi, The Spa" at Shangri-La, the very first in Malaysia. Last but never the least, our greatest asset - all employees, will endeavour to deliver the legendary Shangri-La brand of hospitality to the greatest of their abilities.