Penang is one of Malaysia’s most prominent islands, located in the far northwest of the country. While many visitors come for the vibrant Georgetown, the best places to stay are by the beach. There are 5-star resorts, luxurious beachfront hotels, and even boutique stays. We’ll show you suites with private bathtubs, balconies, and cosy interiors ideal for families and couples. So before you book, here are the best luxury beachside hotels and resorts in Penang for your next vacation.

1. PARKROYAL Penang Resort

Parkroyal Resort Penang is based in the resort town Batu Ferringhi, 16 kilometres west of Georgetown. Based in a multi-story building along the coast, this opulent resort offers rooms and suites in an oriental style. There are a few high-end suites, but we think the Premier double suite will be more than enough. Inside, there’s a comfy bed and a separate living room that opens up to a furnished balcony. From here, you’ll have the best water views. For food, there are a range of onsite choices including Cinnamon Asian Kitchen, Gustoso, and Javana Lounge. The resort also has a sunset bar with cocktails and stellar panoramic vistas when night falls. During the day, visit St. Gregory for a relaxing massage or spa treatment.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Premier double suite
  • Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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2. Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Hard Rock Hotel Penang is an extravagant and eccentric resort adjoining the beach in Penang’s north. Step into a world of superlatives: 250 rooms, 6 restaurants and bars, and 3 different pools are at the guest’s disposal. If you’re traveling with a child, they’ll love the Roxity Kids Suite. But for couples, you’ll like the atmospheric light effects in the Suite with sea views. Surprise your partner with a 4-course candlelight dinner in a cabana by the beach. Other dining options include a pizzeria, Starz Diner with its international cuisine, and the cozy Sand Bar for an ice-cold beer. Also onsite is a gym, a massive pool complex, and rock music history in the Memorabilia hall.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Suite with sea view
  • Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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3. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang is a large resort on the north of the island. In a lush tropical setting right along the coast, 304 spacious rooms hideaway between the greenery. One of our favorite rooms in the Garden Wing is the Terrace Suite. Ideal for couples, you’ll love the extra space on the balcony and the private landscaped garden. On the Rasa Wing, rooms are just as luxurious, particularly the Deluxe suite king. Another benefit is access to the lounge where you’ll find afternoon tea, alcoholic beverages, and pre-dinner canapes.  For more variety, check out the Spice Market Cafe, and Feringgi Grill, or dine at the seaside Pinang Restaurant and Bar. Top off your luxury holiday with a game of golf, a casual swim, a spa treatment, or relax at Batu Ferringhi Beach.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Garden wing terrace suite 
  • Address: Jalan Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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4. Hompton Hotel by the Beach

Hompton Hotel by the Beach is a 4-star property just northwest of Georgetown. This hotel is based in a skyscraper and has condo-style rooms. Great for families, some of their rooms and suites have bunkbeds ideal for kids. If you want more space, the Family 2-bedroom suite is best. With floor-ceiling windows and unobstructed views of the whole ocean, there’s no better room for an extended stay. The facilities at this hotel leave you speechless, as this inn has a gym for fitness fanatics and a steam room to relax in. Onsite, the hotel has an infinity pool on the 10th floor, as well as a gym and steam room. Start the day energized with breakfast in Spice Garden on the 11th floor, or soak up the sun from the outdoor Elementos restaurant on the ground floor.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Family 2-bedroom suite
  • Address: No 533, Jalan C.M. Hashim Tanjung Tokong, 11200 George Town, Malaysia

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5. Angsana Teluk Bahang

This is one of the newest beach resorts in Penang. Angsana Teluk Bahang has 250 rooms and suites, all of which come with a complimentary continental breakfast. The residences are richly decorated with wooden floors, colorful artwork, and rugs. Couples will love the Angsana Deluxe Suites with its balcony, splendid lounge, and 2 bathrooms. But if you really want the best stay, check out the Sky Garden suite where there’s a private hot tub on the huge terrace. Four eateries will make you drool, as you pick from dishes ranging from grilled seafood to tapas and Malaysian favorites. Check out the Fire & Ice bar nestled beside the beach, and enjoy chilled drinks paired with snacks.

  • Guest Ratings: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Angsana 2-bedroom sky garden suite
  • Address: 11, Jalan Teluk Bahang Teluk Bahang, Malaysia, 11050 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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6. Lexis Suites Penang

Lexis Suites Penang is based on the south coast, conveniently situated near Penang’s international airport. Pick from two types of rooms – the Executive or Premium pool suites. Inside, you’ll have luxurious features like a private pool, bathtub, and a spacious terrace with sea views. Grab a drink from your minibar, and watch life on Penang go by from your private balcony. Enjoy the sunset from the Satellite Bar or the Sky Terrace, and get seated for a classic Japanese meal in UMI Japanese Restaurant. Sports geeks will feel right at home at Lexis Suites Penang, as the resort houses a beach volleyball court and a mini futsal pitch. Inside, there are more activities like a billiard table, karaoke bar, or escape the hectic daily life in the spa center.

  • Guest Rating: 8.4
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Premium pool suite
  • Address: 28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar,, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Malaysia

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7. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang overlooks the Malacca Strait on the northern side of Penang. A modern interior with homely pastel colors and tasteful ornaments welcomes guests in style. Of all the rooms and suites, the suite with sea views is worth upgrading to. If you’re staying with family, check out the Two-bedroom suites. For snacks and nibbles, head to The Food Store onsite. But if you’re after a proper meal, check out the Makan Kitchen. Outside, the hotel has a grand pool, and a small waterpark for kids.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Two-bedroom family suite
  • Address: 56 Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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8. Lone Pine Boutique Hotel By The Beach

Stylish Lone Pine Boutique Hotel By The Beach was established in 1948 and is based in Batu Ferringhi. The resort now has 90 rooms that have a luxury modern design with artsy touches. Be treated with ultimate comfort in the Premier Suites, the larger and more luxurious rooms at this hotel. Relaxation here is simple to achieve, as you can hang out in the massive pool or take a nap in the hammocks on the poolside. Otherwise, head for the game room for a round of billiard, or flex your muscles in the on-site fitness center. For dining, head to The Bungalow restaurant, where you can order Malay delicacies and western fare. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Guest Rating: 8.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Grand premier suite
  • Address: 97, Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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9. Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

Glued to a strip of sand in Penang’s far north sits Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang. Go for a generous double room, or hit the jackpot with a stay in the Executive suite. In the suite, there’s a balcony wrapped around the lounge area where you can enjoy the water views. With two large swimming pools and a whirlpool, this luxury resort provides plenty of opportunities to cool down. At the front desk, you can arrange a jungle walk or a game of golf on the hotel’s course. For lunch, have a bite in the resort’s own restaurant, which is encircled by lush gardens.

  • Guest Rating: 8.1
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Executive suite
  • Address: Jalan Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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10. The Bayview Beach Resort

The Bayview Beach Resort is a towering hotel from where you can oversee lush trees and the sea. All rooms have a private balcony where you can soak up the beautiful ocean views. But if you want the best stay, consider booking the Executive suite. With a separate lounge, dining, and bedroom, there’s a lot more space inside. Spread over the premises, you’ll find pools, cabanas to hang out in, and easy beach access via a path. At the Watersports Centre, guests can arrange a thrilling banana boat ride, jet-skiing, or parasailing. Get your culinary thrills in the upscale Marco Polo restaurant, or dine at the edge of the pool.

  • Guest Rating: 8.0
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Executive suite
  • Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia

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11. Mercure Penang Beach

Based only 15 minutes away from downtown Georgetown is Mercure Penang Beach. This 4-star resort has rooms with vibrant colors and all the amenities you need for a relaxing visit. A seating area, large TV, and garden or sea views make guests feel at home in the rooms. The Superior suite is one of the better options if you prefer separate living areas. Apart from direct access to the private beach, there’s also an outdoor pool to escape the heat. For dining, try the onsite restaurant Ombark where you can order delicious Malaysian cuisines. There’s a variety of choices including vegetarian, halal food, and a children’s menu. 

  • Guest Rating: 7.7
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Superior suite ocean view
  • Address: 505, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 George Town, Malaysia

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12. Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort

Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort is situated along Tanjung Bungah Beach on the northern side of Penang. Based in a high-rise building, this resort houses studios with a classic colonial vibe. It’s one of the more affordable options close to the beach while still providing extensive amenities. All studios offer a balcony, which gives you spectacular panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and the coastline. For activities, the resort has a sports hall where you can play a game of squash and a spa center for body treatments. Dine in the air-conditioned Breeze Cafe, or take your meal outside to the large pool for an alfresco food experience.

  • Guest Rating: 7.1
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Deluxe 2-bedroom
  • Address: Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 George Town, Malaysia

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13. Flamingo Hotel by the Beach, Penang

Crowned with 4 stars, this resort presents heaps of accommodation options, amenities, and activities. Their Deluxe double rooms are suitable for couples, while families can opt for the extra bedroom suites. They all have private balconies so you won’t miss the amazing sea views. Outside, sip on drinks in the stunning Beach Bar or dive into the pool and adjoining hot tub. Calm d own in the on-site salon, where massages and beauty treatments catapult you to a world of bliss. To let you experience a fun night out, the resort offers a 2-way transfer to the night market in Batu Ferringhi.

  • Guest Rating: 6.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Three-bedroom suite
  • Address: Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 George Town, Malaysia

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What’s the best Penang beachfront hotel for families with kids?

Hard Rock Hotel Penang is the best place to stay if you have kids travelling with you.

They’ll love the Roxity Kids Suite that has a separate room with playstation and soft toys.

Outside, there’s also a water park with slides.

What’s the best Penang beachfront resort for couples?

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is the best place to stay if you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Penang.

The Garden Wing Terrace Suite is one of the better choices.

It has a private outdoor area with a garden where you can enjoy the sea views.

What’s the best Penang beachfront resort with private pools?

Lexis Suites Penang is the best hotel that has rooms with private pools.

They have Executive and premium suites fitted with pools right on the terrace.

They also have private bathtubs inside.


Penang Beach ResortsBest Rooms
PARKROYAL Penang ResortPremier double suite
Hard Rock Hotel PenangSuite with sea view
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & SpaGarden wing terrace suite 
Hompton Hotel by the BeachFamily 2-bedroom suite
Angsana Teluk BahangAngsana 2-bedroom sky garden suite
Lexis Suites PenangPremium pool suite
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel PenangTwo-bedroom family suite
Lone Pine Boutique Hotel By The BeachGrand premier suite
Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-LaExecutive suite
The Bayview Beach ResortExecutive suite
Mercure Penang BeachSuperior suite ocean view
Rainbow Paradise Beach ResortDeluxe 2-bedroom
Flamingo Hotel by the BeachThree-bedroom suite
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