Boasting gleaming skyscrapers, minarets and Mogul-style domes this vibrant city in the jungle is quickly becoming more than just a stopover for grid snapping travellers eager to reach Malaysia’s many tropical Islands. Kuala Lumpur, or KL as the locals call it, is a fast-rising city rich in culture, its many winding streets, colonial architecture, charming locals and countless natural attractions are finally earning the notoriety they deserve; there’s is a great deal more to see than the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers, the Petronas Twin Towers.
Amongst Southeast Asia’s most alluring metropolises sits the newly opened Four Seasons hotel Kuala Lumpur. Located in the cities Golden triangle, a full of life district, surrounded by megasized refrigerated shopping malls, bustling street markets and historic monuments.
Occupying a 65-storey mixed-used skyscraper overlooking the well manicured verdant KLCC Park, the 209-room Four Seasons property offers the staple Four Seasons quality of service at very forgiving prices (rooms from £127pernight).
The hotel is very contemporary and effortlessly chic as to be expected from the Four Seasons. Owing to the hotels towering height, the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows allows endless beams of light to flood each of the many rooms and communal spaces – with some offering incredible views of the adjacent Petronas Towers. Interiors, designed by global firm Wilson Associates, offer the most wonderful blend of muted grey tones and textured wallpapers and rich leather upholstering.
Complementing KL’s vibrant and colourful multi-cultural culinary scene, and thankfully not a durian in sight, the hotel is equipped with four restaurants, two lounges and a bespoke patisserie shop. Led by Executive Chef Junious Dickerson, each of which effortlessly showcases the best of Malay, Chinese, Indian and western dishes. A must visit is Yun House, which celebrates time honoured Cantonese cuisine with a modern accent. Helmed by the reputable chef Jimmy Wong, expect incredibly morish steamed chicken and seafood dumplings with abalone to fluffy steamed charcoal lava buns. Much like KL as a city, the restaurant effortlessly blends tradition with modernity in its mix of ingredients and age-old recipes to its sophisticated design and dramatic views of old and new.
Hidden behind a faceted glass door, Bar Trigona named after a tiny stingless bee native to Malaysia, known as the Trigona bee. Sat comfortably on the seventh floor of the hotel, has unparalleled views of the city. From early evening, the space beams in floods of golden sunshine, the mosaic clad bar mirrors across the room, as if touched by Midas himself. Sumptuous material of gold and teal dress the space, whilst patterned walls inspired by traditional Malay weaves on the Ketupat is one of the subtle ways the Four Seasons pays homage to the locals culture.
The menu, designed by head bartender Ashish Sharma celebrates locally sourced ingredients like Trigona honey in a menu divided by the anatomy of a plant: the fruit, root, leaf & flower, and stem & seed. The famous Trigona honey pollinates cocktails across the menu, don’t pass on the opportunity to try Sharma’s take on an Old Fashioned, where honey is used in place of muddled sugar – delivering herbaceous undertones. This is a destination bar; dwellers come from the cities reach not just as guests of the hotel. Uniquely, this bar offers the opportunity to cork your wine to, enabling visitors to enjoy upon return, a great way to avoid Malaysia’s high alcohol taxes.
Unaccustomed to the sticky climate KL adopts, seek sanctuary at the hotels pool oasis, where you guessed it endless views of the city and private cabanas surround. Between dips in the outdoor infinity pool and drinks at the adjacent bar, the hotel is also equipped with a gym on the same floor overlooking the gardens below, while the spa offers rest and relaxation using traditional Malay rituals across its eight individual treatment rooms. There’s also a modern hair and nail salon and boutique, offering a selection of signature products.
The Malaysian capital is redefining itself as more than just a layover between island hopping around the shores of Southeast Asia. Instead it’s an emerging metropolis, rich in culture, stellar cuisine, towering skyscrapers and endless natural attractions. Fortunately the Four Seasons KL resides perfectly in the centre of this fantastic cosmopolitan city.
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