Bayview Beach Resort sits at the end of the Batu Ferringhi hotel line. The night market is about 10 minutes walk away, and the sandy beach is less than a hundred steps from the lift lobby.
The beach is clean and serene, posed as a great place for my boyfriend and I to sit down for a good drink during the afternoons.
Breakfast is amazing. They provided a sumptuous spread of both western and asian cuisines. My boyfriend will gorge himself silly for a good whole hour every morning.
We had the pool viewing room on the 5th floor and the room was amazingly clean, sheets were always fresh and crisp. Bathroom is spacious, with both standing shower and a bathtub. TV channels were limited to local channels only, with a handful of English channels to choose from.
Lobby and hotel staff were courteous, warm and friendly. Not to mention thoughtful, offering us complimentary umbrellas when the weather looked like it might pour soon.
We didn’t hang out by the pool much, especially since the beach was right out at the hotel’s doorstep. Hotel has a tie-in with an external vendor, who provides water sports. The rates are pretty much the same for every other vendor offering similar services.
If hitting the night markets is your thing too, then no fret. The heart of the night market is conveniently located 10minutes walk away. Do note that the stalls only open towards sundown, best to go at about 7pm or so. All the stalls will be open by then. The night market stretches down the road quite a bit, so you should start seeing a couple of stores a few minutes down the road. You’ll find no difficulty in looking for local delights. My s/o and I sat down to a feast of seafood Tom Yum soup, sambal stingray, a dozen of chicken satay and “kueh tupat”/ rice cakes, Penang-style hokkien mee, beer and coconut juice for no more than 17USD in a non air conditioned hawker dining atmosphere. No comments on the pricing, all I could say is that they do a great job and every dish was delicious!
It’s quite a distance between the hotel and airport, so if you’re catching the plane, you will need to factor at least 1 hour travel time. Traffic can get really nasty, and you can get haul up in a jam.
In a nutshell, the stay at Bayview Beach Resort, was an enjoyable one. The bed was comfort-y, rooms was spanking clean, the beach is peaceful and quiet, and not forgetting the delightable daily complimentary breakfast which offers a generous variety of items to pick from.
To me the only downside is the location. As mentioned, the distance to the heart of the night market, where all the action is, is a good 10minute walk away. It’d be different if you stayed further down the road, the walk to the heart of the night market is way shorter; Probably, no more than 5minutes. The pay off is that, you have a quieter side of the beach which is accessible via the hotel’s side gates. The location is great if you’re just looking for a quiet beach getaway. Not too good if you’re into mall-shopping, as the near-east mall is about 10min taxi ride away. Their mall to visit in the Batu Ferringhi vicinity is Gurney Plaza, which is even further away; a good 20-30min cab ride. The distance to Georgetown is roughly the same, a 20-30min cab ride.
If you had to stay at Bayview, I would reckon that you have a look at the local bus guide. It is simple and easy to figure out. Plus, it’s way cheaper than cabbing around. You could arrange for a driver on your first day of visit; get the hotel to arrange one from you. Fix a rate with him, and get the driver to drive you around Batu Ferringhi, or even take you to Georgetown. The place is more than easy for you to be on your own the next day.
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- Also Known As:
- Bayview Beach Hotel Batu Ferringhi
- The Bayview Beach Hotel
- Bayview Beach Resort Penang, Malaysia