Looking for a quick getaway in town or a special bonding time with your loved one but unwilling to go through the hassle of multiple flights, accommodation and restaurants? Fortunately, we can find plenty of romantic hotels and restaurants in Penang- closer to home and skip the hassle of international travels. Located at the centre of Penang's central business district in Bayan Lepas, Amari SPICE Penang is only a mere 5 km drive away from the Penang International Airport. With its strategic location, the hotel is surrounded with many eateries and restaurants; Queensbay Mall, one of the more happening malls in Penang is also a short 10 min drive away from the hotel. It is also noteworthy to mention that Amari SPICE Penang is directly connected to the SPICE Convention Centre.
The Amari collection of hotels and resorts by the ONYX Hospitality Group brings to life a contemporary reimagining of Thailand's rich cultural roots and the influence of its dynamic creativity to locations both near and far. Amari's network of properties spans across Thailand and beyond; including Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Buriram, Dhaka, Maldives, Johor Bahru, Vang Vieng, Yangshuo, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit www.amari.com.
Many Thanks to Amari SPICE Penang for hosting us.
Checking-In to the Hotel:
It is easy to miss the check in concierge, from the main entrance, the check in counter is on the left. Checking in to the hotel was a breeze to us, despite the peak time and travel season, the hotel team has managed the crowd well. It did not take us long to check in the hotel and got our room keys.
The hotel offers 453 contemporary designed guest rooms and suites that make you feel at home; with Deluxe Room starts from 28 sqm to the biggest Presidential Suite at 143 sqm. Each room is well equipped with a smart workspace, a smart TV with a soundbar for your music and high-speed WiFi connectivity. The huge and comfortable super King-sized bed is perfect for recharge, the in-room amenities are also well-considerate. One can just walk in without bringing any amenities as all are provided. Lucky for us- we even got ourselves towel swan, a nice gesture to welcome us into the room.
Super King-sized Bed
Smart TV with A Sound Bar
Complimentary Drinking Water and Tea
Hair Dryer and Disposable Slippers
Work Out at the FIT Centre (Gym):
For the fitness enthusiast or those who simply want to stay in shape, check out Amari SPICE Penang's FIT Centre. Hotel guests have 24-hour access to the FIT Centre (good for those who come back late or need to start the day super early). It is fully equipped with a range of state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training machines. What I personally like about the FIT Centre is the place is well-spaced, offering good privacy for those who wish to quietly work out. Extra touches like Towels, complimentary Green Apples or Drinking Water are some of the plus points too. The Treadmills and Exercise Bikes are all facing the swimming pool so apart from releasing your stress out in the form of sweat, you will also be welcomed by a great view.
Rejuvenate Your Soul at Breeze Spa:
Right opposite to FIT Centre on the 5th Floor at Amari SPICE Penang is Breeze Spa, a contemporary spa retreat where you can elevate your experience and rejuvenate your soul. Almost a wellness centre, the Breeze Spa features five cozy contemporary designed treatment rooms to provide the perfect setting for one to relax and to revitalize. Whether you go for the Signature Mood Massage or Penang Retreat Treatment packages (with aromatherapy oils), the qualified therapists will ensure you leave Breeze Spa feeling refreshed.
Scented Candle for Treatment
Aromatherapy Essential Oils
Hand Cream and other in-house Products on sale
Make A Splash at the Salt Water Pool:
Do not give Amari SPICE Penang's Salt Water Pool a miss when you are staying in the hotel. The outdoor salt water swimming pool offers a great view by overlooking at the stunning roof garden (connecting to SPICE convention centre). It is best go take a dip in the late afternoon as the morning breeze can be quite chilly. After a swim at the pool, you can also opt for a refreshing drink (like cold-pressed juices, blended smoothies or cocktails) or light bites at Aqua Bar, right next to the swimming pool. Imagine a beautiful moment of soaking in the sun setting ambiance over a refreshing drink and continues through evening; a perfect way to unwind.
Cozy Lobby Lounge- Cascade:
Cascade can be found near the main entrance to Amari SPICE Penang, a stone's throw distance away from the check-in concierge. The chic, cozy lobby lounge offers light meals and afternoon teas during the day time and by night, it transforms into a stylish wine lounge with an excellent selection of the world of wines; making it a perfect venue for casual meetings or even a quick catch up over drinks before dinner.
Amari SPICE Penang offers great connectivity to the busy MICE Venue- SPICE Convention Centre. From Cascade, simply walk for a couple of minutes and you will reach an elevator with a path leading to the convention centre. If you are staying over for any conferences, exhibitions or meetings, you can have a quick drink to recharge at Cascade or arrange your casual meetings at the same place.
Amari SPICE Penang shares the same Rooftop Garden as SPICE Penang, the park is accessible via the hotel's 4th floor. Those who prefer to work out outdoor can go for a casual jog at the 6-acre roof garden. It is also fit for a romantic, after-dinner evening walk. But do note that the park is also open to the public, from 6 am to 10 pm.
Amaya Food Gallery:
Salad and Cold Cuts
Various Yogurts and Bircher Muesli
Hash Brown, Grilled Tomatoes and Spanish Frittata
Breakfast Egg Live Station
Croissant and Pastries
DO NOT miss the hotel's buffet breakfast, there is an old saying- breakfast like a King and Amari SPICE Penang is feeding their hotel guests well. There are plenty of options in their buffet breakfast, from the usual Western options to local delights. We were spoilt for choices- we could not decide what to pick since it was quite early in the morning and we were already overwhelmed with all the breakfast options. Everything was fresh and expertly cooked, none of them disappoint. Our favorite goes to their Bircher Muesli- a creamy concoction with Raisins, Oats, Granny Smith Apples and a touch of Cinnamon. We topped it up with some Almonds and Walnuts from the condiment section for the extra nuttiness.
Amaya Food Gallery is an all-day dining restaurant, it is the place where the hotel serves its buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has an open-kitchen concept where you will get to witness the live kitchens bustling with local Chefs and the aroma of delectable Asian delights. For those who prefer a more outdoorsy and garden setting, they can enjoy the food at the alfresco seating area.
Selection of Nasi Lemak condiments
Soup Noodle Station
My choices of Breakfast Items
Chapati with Curries
Chicken Sausages and Turkey Bacon
Freshly baked Waffles
Milk and Cereals
Selection of Dilmah Tea
On a side note, if you feel like catching the breathless sun-setting moments on a weather-perfect day to hangout with mates, do check out the Happy Hour promotions at Amaya Bar, right outside of Amaya Food Gallery (near the entrance to the Rooftop Garden) and a short walk from the saltwater pool.
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