Kuala Lumpur is said to be the city made for luxury travelers. The sultry Malaysian capital is a melting pot of fashion, art and culture – mainly owing to its chaotic roots of Chinese heritage, Indian spice, and Indonesian fusion. The result adds up to a rich and vibrant city, a place where the streets roar with the sound of the Grand Prix, where the gardens are thick with the fragrant scent of botanical gardens, and where the hawker stalls are said to be the best in the world. Being no stranger to the five-star life means that the hotels of Kuala Lumpur understand all too well how to welcome the international jet set elite. Nowhere captures the silky suave air of Malaysia’s upmarket scene quite like the Mandarin Oriental.
The Mandarin Oriental offers a tale of two cities. On one side of the hotel is the fresh and flowering landscape of the KLL gardens, and on the other – the dizzying heights and the drama of the Petronas Twin Towers. Boasting an enviable location and with an interior swathed in marble and gold – more vintage warmth than regal glitz, the Mandarin offers exactly what it does best; a high-class home away from home.
One foot in the lobby and the coolness manages to cool the humid sweat on your neck. A welcome vision of black marble, deep set jade green and sparkling modern chandeliers. Business men, sultans, and honeymooners, along with a Formula one driver or two, can be found nursing an exotic drink as they wait for their limo to pull up outside.
The Presidential Suite is without a doubt the best in the building, with its perfect park and twin tower views, its epic 440 sqm of space, and its personal on call butler. The gorgeous wrap around windows in the lounge are complemented by touches of silver – when the city lights up at night you feel as though you have a front row seat to the future.
Those who cannot tear their eyes away from the magic of Kuala Lumpur need not miss a moment – especially as the ultra-modern bathtub boasts skyline views too.
The Club Suite makes for a firm second favorite, especially for those couples entangled in romance who want a four-poster bed, private sauna, whirlpool bath, and dining room for eight. An exceptional touch for throwing private dinner parties with F1 friends.
Being in the heat of Kuala Lumpur an inspiring swimming pool should be at the top of your wish list. Fortunately, the Mandarin Oriental is more than willing to oblige. Their rooftop pool is a treat, with infinity edge views and private cabanas for relaxing in style on top of the world. R&R doesn’t stop poolside, the tropical rainforest inspired spa takes you on a tantalizing journey, calling on the healing traditions of the aborigines and the sacred flora of the land.
Those who prefer their afternoons to be a little more active can perfect their skills with in-house tennis lessons and golf. The Mandarin Oriental is a great choice for those who can’t bear to give up their golf swing, the indoor putting green is equipped with high speed camera tracking and virtual stimulations of 48 golf courses across the globe. By the time you check out, you will be ready to take on some of the most challenging spots in the world.
With no less than ten places to dine, you need not chase down a street hawker at all. The Mandarin Grill is the spot for good old-fashioned romance; lobsters and steak, whiskey and light as air cheese soufflés. It could sound outdated, but its remarkably comforting especially set against a backdrop of candlelight, fireplaces, and green park views. If you want to dabble in darling Cantonese dishes then the bright and bustling Lai Po Heen will wow with its pillowy dim sum and its melt in the mouth wagyu beef.
After dinner drinks are best served when rubbing shoulders with the it crowd at the aptly named Sultan Lounge. Those who like to light up the room with more than a smile can settle down with something toasty at the Cigar Divan. Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental start at $130 for a city view and go up to $1500 for the Club Suite.