De Golden Sands Hotel is an excellent family resort in Batu
Ferringhi. The resort has rooms with seaview and hillview. Be aware, when you
make a booking for a room with hillview, that you will awaken by the sound for
a prayer of the mosque, which is very close to the resort.
This little mosque lies between the road and the resort. It's hardly to find,
but if you take the trouble you'll fins also a little graveyard near the
The hotel has several swimming pool filled with lovely water. The government
takes regularly samples of the swimming water.
The buffet breakfast is very large with many items and mostly included. The
rooms have a refrigerator, balcony, safe deposit, coffee and tea making
facilities, hairdryer, tv etc.
Opposite the hotel is the mini-supermarket of
Lee. Here you can buy almost everything from your mineral water till your whisky.
If you buy a bottle of whisky, please be careful, because Malaysian whisky is
flavoured with caramel. You better by a bottle of Scotch and they have.
Beside the mini supermarket van Lee is the hawker
centre "Global Bay" situated. The hawker centre is favourite by the
locals and those who visit Batu Ferringhi more than once.
There's another hawker centre called "Long Beach". Here you find a lot of
Where's "Long Beach"?
When you're leaving the Golden Sand behind turn right. After some 100 meters
you'll find "Long Beach" at your right.
In the "Global Bay" you'll find one of the best tailors from Penang, called
Parmanands. There are also shops of Parmanands in the Mutiara Hotel and
opposite the Holiday Inn. There are also several souvenir shops in the "Global
Favourite hawker stall: "Hong Kong Dim Sum".
Beside the Golden Sands is a narrow little street, where you
find a tailor, restaurants and souvenir shops. The restaurants are favourite
for lunch. Don't have dinner there, because it's too quiet.
In this little street, at the beachfront, is a restaurant where they have
lovely nasi and drinks (also beer) for a reasonable price.
When you further along the beach you'll see a blue house at your left hand
"The Bungalow". This restaurant has delicious lamb chops. Beside "The
Bungalow" is the oldest hotel of Batu Ferringhi, called "The Lone Pine".
It's hidden between the pine trees.
In the evening you can have dinner at the Garden Café, but
it's much nicer to go to Peppino (Italian) or to Sigi's by the Sea. Here you
can have western food. Apart from that, you'll can eat western everywhere in
Batu Ferringhi and if you like there's also the food restaurant of KFC
(Kentucky Fried Chicken).
Tip: don't eat inside the hotel. Eat outside!
Golden Sands Resort, you can choose from a wide range of activities within the
lush tropical gardens facing the sea and sandy beach. Daily organized
activities like jungle walks, village experiences, cooking classes, and much
The jungle walk is every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7:40 am. Participants will be taken on a walk to the National Park in Teluk Bahang.
The snake show is every Saturday
at 3 pm. It's a show of tropical snakes such as the King Cobra. There are also
house tours and cocktail demonstrations.
Sigi's by the Sea
There are two sites in the Golden Sands where you can enjoy
the "Happy Hour". The first one is between the swimming pools. The bar is
called "Kuda Laut" and you can also have a delicious lunch over here.
The "Happy Hour" is from 17.00 - 19.00 hours.
The second site, where you can enjoy "Happy Hour" is at "Sigi's by the Sea".
Here's the "Happy Hour" from 17.00 uur till 20.00 hours. At 18.00 there's a
music group from the Philippines. Probably the "Happy Hour" takes
longer here to attract people for dinner.