The gardens of Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa has over 15 acres with 110 varieties of plants, flowers and rain trees.
Eight of the giant rain trees have existed on the same land even before the resort was constructed over four decades ago. The resort’s gardens echo the natural environment found in Penang’s diverse environment including rain forests, beach, tropical jungle and coastal mangrove swamps.
The landscaped gardens are crafted around the eight ancient titans, the rain trees that have pride of place in the gardens. Some of the flowers and fruit trees which add beauty to the picturesque gardens include bird of paradise, hibiscus, heloconia, the creeping daisy, bougainvillea, frangipani, the jackfruit tree, the Malayan fern palm, coconut tree and bamboo.
The resort’s gardens is an ideal venue for a romantic tropical wedding at the sunken gardens, an inspiration for many local and international documentaries, a verdant setting for outdoor cooking shows, picnics, green meetings and also company team building sessions.
The verdant canopy of rain trees, however, remain the main attraction as they are natural, living entities, reflecting the natural heritage of Penang. Some of the trees were saplings when seafarers plied the oceans during the spice trade. One of the trees, located next to the Spice Garden Cafe, has been singled out by a local arborist as being the oldest tree along Batu Feringgi.
Small creatures are attracted to the green foilage and among them are the residents of the gardens, including the grey-bellied squirrel, the giant ratufa squirrel and various species of tropical birds including the magpie robin, crimson sunbird, common iora, yellow-vented bulbul and the merbok bird, a local variety of pigeon.
The resort has hired a team of over 10 gardeners to keep the gardens looking resplendent and immaculate. The gardens of Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa are one of the few gardens that make this resort so memorable.