Beautiful scenery with the beach directly behind us from the pool area. Pool was nice, sufficient lounges for those wanting to relax by the pool with views of the beach... The beach is not stunning as some areas of Australia, Thailand, Hawaii, Turkey and others but there were plenty of activities on the beach to keep adults and children entertained (horse riding, jet skiing, parasailing, 'banana boat' and seabiscuit riding) but watch out for jelly fish season!
We travelled during the low season (Sept) and although quiet, there were plenty of loud Australian children with little manners by the pool (parents...it is your responsibility to ask them not to scream when trying to get your attention from across the pool as they are people trying to RELAX in peace and quiet!!!). If you are offended by the sight of Muslim women wearing the Niqab or the Burka, then this is not the place for you - we were indeed fascinated by these women but most certainly not offended...they made me feel a little underdressed, especially by the pool in my bikini - we could certainly learn a few things about being a little more discreet in our dress sense to say the least!
Breakfast was good with a sufficient variety of foods but do not expect 'bacon'! The entire place smelled like lemon grass as burners were placed by the lifts on all floors. The live band on the ground floor was good.
Taxi to the resort from the airport should not cost anymore than 70 ringgit. To get to Georgetown from the resort, catch the bus outside the resort at a cost of 2.70 ringgit pp...bus # 101 (much more frequent than 102) or 102. Shopping in town is ok but do not expect high end items - KL is the place for that. Gurney Paragon in Penang on the way back to the resort from Georgetown on bus #101 is the place if you are after labels such as H&M, Sephora, Harley Davidson, etc... For good and cheap Malay food turn left as your exit the resort. We found a great little place (4 different hawker stalls under one roof... they also had burgers and pizza) across the road about 100m from the resort (near Holiday Inn). Further down the road (same side as the resort) is an outdoor food court with a bigger variety, which is well worth a visit. For a little less than 20 ringgit you should be able to feed two adults comfortably with some great cuisine.
Duty free at airport in Penang is definitely cheaper than Melbourne as I checked out brands like Chanel and Chloe perfumes.
Hope this helps!
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- Surrounded by the lush greenery in Batu Ferringhi beach or "Foreigner's Rock," PARKROYAL Penang Resort is an idyllic retreat offering delightful hospitality as warm as tropical sun. The resort is situated right on the beach and within walking distance to Night Market, well-connected to island-wide attractions including the Geogetown, the oldest colonial city in Malaysia, temples, Butterfly Farm, Penang Hill and many more. It is also situated 45 minutes from Penang International Airport. ... more less
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