This resort has been closed and I'm not sure what's their future plan was - renovation? Rebranding to Intercontinental? Anyway, this review is severely outdated and shall serve merely as a historical reference pre-2006 before the resort was closed for "renovation".
Until recently, Mutiara Beach Resort was listed as the member of the prestigious Small Hotels of the World. (The Datai in Langkawi as another Malaysian flag-bearer). This resort is located about 20 minutes from downtown Georgetown, Penang. Visitors arriving from Bayan Lepas International Airport or the downtown itself will treated with scenic route through Tanjung Bungah and the tourist-belt of Batu Feringgi before arriving at Teluk Bahang, where this resort is located.
Penang is accessible from almost any points of the world. The international airport (PEN) is served mostly by Malaysia Airlines (MH), followed by Singapore Airlines (SQ) for flights from Changi and Cathay Pacific (CX) for flights from Chek Lap Kok. Penang is also accessible by the backbone North South Expressway (NSE) from KL (about 350km), Johor Bharu (600km) or Bukit Kayu Hitam (200km). There are also frequent train services from KL Sentral train station to Butterworth, from which one could take the world-famous Penang Ferry to the island.
Standard and Deluxe Rooms (I took the latter), a number of restaurants (Western, Japanese, Chinese), swimming pools (one of them is the signature Mutiara pool with the orchid-emblem, another one is a small pool for the kids), gym, huge bathroom, TV, phone, etc.
Teluk Bahang Beach fronting the resort is a decent place for relaxing. Or the huge swimming pool. A short 10-minute drive away is the Teluk Bahang Dam which supplies water to the island. Kayaking and jungle-tracking activities are available here. There is also the recently-gazetted Pantai Acheh National Park (or simply known as the only Penang National Park) which is only accessible by boat. The park is gazetted for its marine and wetlands biodiversity. Not much information is known as yet on this new park.
If you own a car, a journey around the island of Penang may take you 1-2 hours through wild forests, sharp bends and astounding vista of the fishing villages of Balik Pulau. Or one could spend a day-trip snorkeling at Payar Island near Langkawi, where you can view juvenile black-tip sharks and prolific marine life.
Room rates range from RM200-RM400. Since the hotel is no longer in operation, obviously this pricing is no longer valid.