As a high-end beach resort in Penang, Rasa Sayang is still unmatched. Modern rooms look out to the Straits of Malacca or to the island’s inner greenery, and the signature spa CHI takes you thousands of kilometres away from it all. The location strikes a good balance between the lively night market and the calm private beach, and if you want to make your stay in Penang that bit more memorable, fork out for a suite. A butler will fix you a bath on your private balcony, draw your remote-controlled blinds, and then leave you alone with your thoughts, which will likely be about how you never want to leave.
As featured in Time Out Penang's 50 things to do in Penang.