STAYCATION at PULLMAN KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE

The Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre is located in one of the most strategic spots in the city. It’s right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s shopping, dining and business hub … the popular spots are within easy and convenient connection as there’s a sky-bridge linking the hotel to the surrounding go-to areas. Pullman KLCC comprises two distinctive towers housing 450 rooms and suites as well as 157 residences.

We had a chance to check-out the hotel in a recent staycation. To beat the busy traffic, it’s easy to take the MRT and get off at the Pavilion-Bukit Bintang station and from, it’s just a short walk through Pavilion Shopping Mall to the sky-bridge connected to the Pullman KLCC! Stepping into the welcoming reception, we were whisked up to Level 4 for a personalized check-in at the Executive Club Lounge. Checking-in was a breeze by the super-efficient friendly reception personnel and we were given the keycards to our Premium Grand Deluxe Room.

Swiping our access card, we were immediately taken with the lavish corner Premium Grand Deluxe Room that was our abode for the following two nights. The spacious upper-floor 581 sq ft room came with panorama windows giving us bright natural light and a gorgeous sweeping view of the glittering city skyline. With a deco theme of calming shades of grey and violet, we loved the futuristic fittings and ambience of the room.

View from our room!

Besides the usual amenities in the room, we were delighted with these…
2 TVs! 49-inch and 55-inch LED TVs with a wide variety of channels
High speed wifi
Minibar with Nespresso coffee machine
Sexy curved wide work desk

Such a pretty & delicious Welcome Treat!

Guests staying on the Executive Club Floors have access to the hotel’s exclusive Executive Club Lounge where daily breakfast, afternoon tea, all-day refreshments as well as premium wine and cocktails are served. Besides these, 3 pieces of complimentary laundry is provided daily, 1 hour free use of meeting room facilities and late check-out at 4pm (subject to availability) are offered. There’s also 24/7 room service available to ensure no guest ever goes hungry, at any time.

Executive Club Lounge
Once we have unpacked and settled in to our very comfortable room, we went to check out the Executive Club Lounge. We loved the upscale spacious lounge with its stylish contemporary edge, softened with lovely local traditional art pieces. Service and hospitality was faultless. We found ourselves spending quite a lot of time enjoying this exclusive space during our stay – for breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

We enjoyed the exclusive breakfast here which was a combination of buffet and a la carte orders. We had hot cooked-to-order items like noodles, roti jala and piping hot English breakfast platter! In the evenings, we chilled out with handmade signature canapes, speciality coffee & tea, premium wines, craft beers and cocktails.

Wellness Floor
On the wellness floor of the hotel is one of our favourite spas. Vibes Spa is a welcome sanctuary to experience an array of therapeutic remedies carefully selected to suit a high-paced lifestyle. We had the 90-minute Vibes Signature Massage and it’s one of the best sessions we’ve ever had. The therapists were so spot-on with their firm rhythmic strokes that peeled away our muscle fatigue in the most relaxing manner.

On the same level, the Fit Lounge’s cardio and weight machines face the tropical garden – just the perfect landscape for an invigorating workout.

The outdoor pool is open from sunrise until after sunset… use it as you please, whether to wake up or to wind down after a busy day. In fact, the Terrace Poolside Bar & Grill will have you lounging by the pool endless hours with cold beers, house cocktails, fresh juices and if you are hungry, there’s a tasty selection of Western and Asian snacks, sandwiches, salads, main courses and desserts.

The 3 main F&B outlets in Pullman KLCC are Sedap Restaurant, Red Chinese Cuisine, Blu Bar & Cigars and Enju Japanese Restaurant. Enju will be covered in a separate review – look out for it soon!

Deep and comfortable seats in Blu Bar & Cigars lounge! Sink into these deep plush armchairs and enjoy drinks from an extensive wine list and premium whiskies

SEDAP Restaurant
This is the hotel’s all-day dining and home to buffets at breakfast and dinner. The breakfast spread is fabulous and always a busy time for the restaurant. Besides the usual western and local dishes, there are also some live cooking stations set up.

Sedap Restaurant is very popular with guests!

Egg Station and Noodles Station are pretty regular, as in most hotels but what stands out at Pullman KLCC are their Kaya Toast and Roti Canai stalls. The kaya toasts are made from thick fluffy “roti Bengali” toasted-on-the-spot on a charcoal stove! Besides having these smothered with butter and kata, we also ordered some thick toasts which we dunked into the delicious curries from the Indian counter! The chef at the Roti Canai may seem a bit dour but he made some really good roti!

He makes good rotis!

RED Chinese Cuisine
RED Chinese Cuisine is one of the most stunning restaurants in town. As its name suggests, the red theme runs through the restaurant and it’s presented in a modern, stylish and innovative concept. Do read my earlier posts on RED Chinese Cuisine here and here.

The restaurant specialises in modern Chinese cuisine featuring live seafood, dim sum, traditional favourites curated by a team of talented and dynamic team. During this staycation, we indulged on some of the RED’s signature dim sum and special dishes. Dim Sum Brunch is available every weekend as well as on à la carte orders for daily lunch and dinner.

Pullman KLCC is a great choice if you are looking to stay in Kuala Lumpur city centre, close to every shopping, dining and commercial convenience. Whether it’s for business or leisure, the hotel’s service and hospitality are warm and welcoming. And if you choose to spend more time in their elegantly-appointed rooms and enjoy the facilities, there are good dining options in the in-house restaurants.

 

PULLMAN KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE
Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2170-8888
Website

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E&O RESIDENCES, Kuala Lumpur

Staying in the suburbs, out of the glare of city lights, I’ve sometimes wondered what it’s like to live right in the centre of a metropolis like Kuala Lumpur. Well, recently I had an opportunity to experience a 2-night stay in the heart of Kuala Lumpur – in the luxurious urban haven of E&O Residences managed by Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O).

Located along a quiet stretch known as Jalan Tengah, which is just a stonethrow from uber-busy Jalan Sultan Ismail, the E&O Residences is a sanctuary. Although it’s smack in the middle of the CBD (Central Business District), the E&O Residences is an oasis of calm, greenery and wide spaces. The 200 exclusive and stylishly appointed suites are housed in two towers fringed by lots of tall palm trees.

The stylish Reception area

Guests can chill-out in this casual lounge area just next to the reception

A charming corner with laptops available for guests to use

Our experience checking in to our 2-room suite was quick and seamless. Within minutes we got our access cards and were immediately whisked up to the 25th floor. The 134 sq m (1,442sq ft) suite is certainly spacious with 2 bedrooms, an open living area, a well-equipped kitchenette and a private study. The little study is intentionally kept spartan so as not to disrupt attention when work is needed to be done.

The master bedroom and guest room are furnished with comfortable king-sized beds with premium bedlinen, wardrobes and spacious bathrooms – complete with glass-walled showers, free standing baths, as well as ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ vanities. We really love the simple chic furniture accentuated by plenty of natural light pouring in from the angled glass walls of the balcony.

For a hassle-free stay, the amenities provided are complete; from the fully-equipped kitchenette to washing machine & dryer, steam iron with ironing board, hairdryer, electronic safe and home entertainment system with iPod docking station. For guests who wish to cook their own meals, we’re told rice cooker and blender are also available on request. And oh, fast wifi internet connectivity is of course available too!

The large swimming pool on the grounds is a welcome spot to chill out, whether it’s just to laze around or for that much-needed round of aqua exercise. Gym bunnies would be pleased to know that there’s also a gym on the premises. Walking around the expansive grounds, we noted there are swings and children’s play area to keep the young ones happy and occupied.

Guests staying at the E&O Residences can choose to have breakfast included and this is served at Delicious Cafe which is just a few steps away, at St Mary Place. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am daily. The buffet spread is simple but ample enough. Local favourites like nasi lemak and fried noodles together with western-style items are all available at the buffet stations.

One of the plus factors of staying in the E&O Residences is that guests don’t need to venture far for a spot of retail therapy. Right at the doorstep, there’s a 2-storey retail annexe called St Mary Place, an intimate enclave of hip bistros, delis, and restaurants like Glass Tartines & Tipples, Black Market pub and Sushi Hinata.

Whether for long or short term stays, the luxurious and ample-sized city suite is perfect for business guests, small families and young couples.

 

E&O RESIDENCES
No.1 Jalan Tengah
Off Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2023-2188

Website here

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EQ – the iconic Equatorial Hotel is back in Kuala Lumpur!

I can’t believe 7 years can just zip past so fast.

That’s the time taken for the new EQ to reappear on the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Many of us know the Equatorial Hotel which opened back in the 1970’s and had remained very popular until it closed in 2012 for a massive redevelopment. The hotel is now back and rebranded as EQ, as part of the spectacular soaring 52-storey Equatorial Plaza occupying the same prime location along Jalan Sultan Ismail.  Its sleek sparkling facade is impressive – an ingenious play of cascading stainless steel strips set against dark glass wall panels… from afar, it looks like a pattern of shiny falling rain.

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the rebirth of the 440-room EQ is poised to resume its sterling standard of service and hospitality. It’s back and it’s now bigger, bolder and trendier! Despite it being Kuala Lumpur’s latest vibrant sanctuary, the spanking new premise keeps a dash of the original hotel’s DNA right at the entrance. Three bronze sculptures made by Malaysian artist Nizam Abdullah grace the pathway and the bronze was cast using metal salvaged from the original Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur building.

Besides preserving a bit of history, EQ has also been awarded the Green Building Index accreditation. The hotel recycles its water, conserves energy with natural sunlight in all rooms including meeting rooms and has a highly efficient magnetic chiller.

Welcome to EQ!

Walking towards our room, we noted the doors were recessed behind the corridor, streamlining the decor aesthetics as well as giving it an extra dose of security – a nice thoughtful touch indeed. There’s lots of sunlight pouring in from the huge glass windows in our Deluxe Room equipped with advanced entertainment system (great choice of in-room movies!), complimentary wifi and a very comfortable king-size bed. Little intimate touches like providing a conventional alarm clock at the bedside console adds on the charm. Even the room safe is very canggih – flat horizontal drawer-like device unlike the conventional type.

The spacious bathroom comes with his & hers vanities and rain shower. The rooms are fitted out in stylish contemporary design in cool tropical earth tones, livened up with floral patterns on the carpet. As our room was on the 44th floor, there’s a splendid commanding view from our window!

As Club Room guests, we got to experience EQ’s Equator Club. And what a dizzying experience that was! Perched high on the 50th floor, the Equator Club provides a high level of privilege and exclusivity like express check-in/check-out at the dedicated concierge, buffet breakfast, all-day beverages & snacks, afternoon tea, evening cocktails with canapes… all these enjoyed with a panoramic view of the city! Heck, I can lounge all day here and be completely happy with the lovely ambience and top-notch personalized service!

View from the Equator Club

The entire 29th Floor is called Sanctum Wellness. As befitting any 5-star hotel, recreational facilities like a well-equipped fitness centre and swimming pool are standard installations. EQ’s 25m infinity pool with a large adjoining vitality pool, is partially shaded with pretty frangipani trees and an inspiring view of the KL Tower.

Within the elegant confines of the hotel, the Sanctum Spa on the 29th floor is a calm and soothing sanctuary. I spent a wonderful hour here, pampered by skilled fingers in a relaxing yet invigorating massage.

Choose your oils

With a hotel this size, there are several function rooms and spaces to hold events but special mention must be made for their unique 2-tier Diamond Ballroom, inspired by famous opera halls.  Furthermore there’s landscaped outdoor function lawn – just the place to hold a wedding ceremony!

Let’s talk about dining in EQ.

Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to food, whether it’s Japanese fine dining at Kampachi (read about our Kampachi dining experience here) or local favourites at the all-day dining restaurant Nipah and pastries at the contemporary street café Étoile.

Just like in the old Equatorial Hotel, Nipah showcases pan-Asian cuisine and culinary culture in all its glorious variety in this bright and cheerful restaurant. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet here – there’s a good variety of food at the food stations and the bustling open kitchen.

Nipah dishes up some awesome fares all day!

Besides buffet, must-order a la carte items here are their popular signature Curry Noodles, Mee Mamak, Nasi Goreng and Beef Satay.

The stunning Bottega Lounge at the lobby floor exudes charm and conviviality. It’s stocked with fine wines from around the globe and premium beers, including the world-famous Paulaner beer. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in this cosy and chic lounge. Do try the incredibly fragrant freshly made mushroom soup – it’s insanely good – I had to restrain myself from a 2nd bowl! There’s fresh succulent oysters and the breads are really good.

On the 51st Floor, there’s Sabayon and Blue Bar where fine continental dining and bespoke cocktails are enjoyed with some breath-taking views from the rooftop.

So, yes, EQ is back and what a dazzling return it is.

 

EQ
Equatorial Plaza
alan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 – 2789 7777
info@kul.equatorial.com

Website

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A Revitalizing Stay @ THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR

Taking advantage of a long weekend recently, we had an opportunity to enjoy a staycation at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. It’s not often that we do a hotel stay in the city on a weekend as on most weekends, we are either out of town or are tied up with domestic activities at home.

Located along the pulsating Jalan Bukit Bintang, The Westin Kuala Lumpur stands proudly right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest street. But the moment we stepped into its elegant cool interior, we’re transported to an oasis of calm, welcomed with warm smiles and impeccable service. Check-in was quick and efficient and before long, we were whisked up to the 23rd Floor to our Westin Suite.

The 75 sqm suite is crazy spacious, for sure. Besides the huge bedroom, there are living spaces to chill in: sitting area with sofa and tv, dining table for 6 and a corner working table. There are 2 bathrooms in the suite, one en suite in the bedroom and one more outside. The en suite in the luxurious bathroom with marble flooring has a deep soaking bathtub to pamper guests. And while soaking in a warm bath there, there’s a pretty skyscraper view to look at through the glass!

It’s all about “Wellness” at The Westin, in any location. Each of their signature offering, be it the Heavenly Bed, their exclusive Eat Well Menu dishes or their energizing Fitness Studio, everything is designed with wellness and “a better you” in mind. I can’t rave enough about their world-renowned Heavenly Bed which really promotes restorative sleep, thanks to the lush 400-threadcount sheets, goose down comforter and patented pillow-top mattress. I love it so much that I’m actually contemplating getting one for my home!

 

Westin Club

Guests staying in Club Rooms and Westin Suites are given access to the Westin Club Lounge. The luxurious Club Lounge makes business travel more rewarding and leisure travel more relaxing. Business travellers will find the Business Centre Services within the Westin Club Lounge very convenient and useful. Fully equipped private meeting rooms and workstations are available if you need to put in some work during a stay here.

Evening snacks and cocktails at the Westin Club

There are the other usual privileges like personalized check-in/check-out, evening cocktails from 6pm-8pm, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and the complimentary Westin Eat Well Menu buffet breakfast. We enjoyed our evening cocktails and leisurely breakfast at The Westin Club where immaculate service ruled. Range of breakfast food was not as extensive as at The Living Room, but the spread covered lots of healthy choices.

Stay Well and Eat Well!

 

WestinWORKOUT®
As a hotel that promotes wellness, you can be sure the gym contains state-of-the-art equipment complete with a sauna to relax in. Known as the WestinWORKOUT®, the gym overlooks the city skyline with a great view for a more invigorating workout.

If you are travelling light or forgot to pack your exercise gear, worry not. Westin has partnered with New Balance® to provide athletic shoes and apparel to use during the stay for a nominal fee. Isn’t that great? This “Gear Lending Program” has proven to be ever so convenient!

Within the same level, there’s the sparkling salt-water swimming pool and Kids Club to keep the young ones happy and occupied.

 

DINING
Now let’s get to that integral part of any hotel stay – the food! While The Westin Kuala Lumpur is located in a very ideal spot, surrounded by shopping malls, entertainment and many local attractions where food is abundant, the hotel’s F&B outlets offer an excellent repertoire of tasty and revitalizing cuisines. We had some memorable meals in the hotel’s signature restaurants during our stay.

The Living Room
As the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, the Living Room is a cosy and comfortable dining space. We love their Breakfast Adventure buffet with its huge selection of local and international nutritious breakfast items. From freshly pressed juices to local favourites (Masala Corner for Indian delicacies, hot noodles station, nasi lemak stall etc) to freshly baked breads and pastries and nutritious Superfoods, the selections are amazing.

We could see the guests happily browsing and choosing food from the many food stations located all over this spacious oasis of culinary delights. This is definitely our favourite place for breakfast – we lingered ever so long here just to savour the delicious spread and absorb the happy vibes!

I think we started off the day really right!

During weekends, there’re classic hi-tea and dinner buffets to indulge on.

 

Five Sen5es
The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinese restaurant – Five Sen5es needs no introduction. We’ve had many a happy meal at this elegant restaurant with its lovely contemporary decor mixed with touches of oriental splendour. Read about our earlier reviews here and here.

Recently there’s been new items added on to their menu – check out our review here. Five Sen5es serves a wide array of Dim Sum and authentic Chinese dishes personifying the five human senses: Sight, Taste, Scent, Touch and Sound. Dining here is never boring as I always find my attention drawn to the animated activities in their “Open Wok Kitchen” right there in the restaurant.

For our stay, we just wanted a simple meal of the restaurant’s popular offerings. Roast duck, double-boiled soup, steamed cod fish and a small claypot of braised fish paste made up our delightful dinner here.

Mooncakes to round off dinner!

443 Bar Lounge
Just a few steps down from the main lobby is the welcoming 443 Bar Lounge, a nice “hideaway” sanctuary to chill-out. The “443” here represents the number of rooms in The Westin Kuala Lumpur and it signifies the attention to be given to each and every guest in the hotel. The lounge is a perfect spot to snuggle in and unwind with some great wine, superior whiskeys, crafted cocktails and premium cigars. Love the warm rustic feel of the decor, oozing nostalgia and classic comfort in the deep plush seats.

Prego
Prego is the hotel’s well-known Italian restaurant. A separate post will be published soon to highlight the memorable meals we had here during this staycation – so stay tuned!

As an established brand, The Westin Kuala Lumpur does live up to expectations of a 5-star hotel. The service, welcome and comfort levels are faultless as we encountered nothing less than first-rate experiences during our revitalizing stay.

 

THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2731-8333
Website: click here

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A Revitalizing Stay @ THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR

Taking advantage of a long weekend recently, we had an opportunity to enjoy a staycation at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. It’s not often that we do a hotel stay in the city on a weekend as on most weekends, we are either out of town or are tied up with domestic activities at home.

Located along the pulsating Jalan Bukit Bintang, The Westin Kuala Lumpur stands proudly right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest street. But the moment we stepped into its elegant cool interior, we’re transported to an oasis of calm, welcomed with warm smiles and impeccable service. Check-in was quick and efficient and before long, we were whisked up to the 23rd Floor to our Westin Suite.

The 75 sqm suite is crazy spacious, for sure. Besides the huge bedroom, there are living spaces to chill in: sitting area with sofa and tv, dining table for 6 and a corner working table. There are 2 bathrooms in the suite, one en suite in the bedroom and one more outside. The en suite in the luxurious bathroom with marble flooring has a deep soaking bathtub to pamper guests. And while soaking in a warm bath there, there’s a pretty skyscraper view to look at through the glass!

It’s all about “Wellness” at The Westin, in any location. Each of their signature offering, be it the Heavenly Bed, their exclusive Eat Well Menu dishes or their energizing Fitness Studio, everything is designed with wellness and “a better you” in mind. I can’t rave enough about their world-renowned Heavenly Bed which really promotes restorative sleep, thanks to the lush 400-threadcount sheets, goose down comforter and patented pillow-top mattress. I love it so much that I’m actually contemplating getting one for my home!

 

Westin Club

Guests staying in Club Rooms and Westin Suites are given access to the Westin Club Lounge. The luxurious Club Lounge makes business travel more rewarding and leisure travel more relaxing. Business travellers will find the Business Centre Services within the Westin Club Lounge very convenient and useful. Fully equipped private meeting rooms and workstations are available if you need to put in some work during a stay here.

Evening snacks and cocktails at the Westin Club

There are the other usual privileges like personalized check-in/check-out, evening cocktails from 6pm-8pm, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and the complimentary Westin Eat Well Menu buffet breakfast. We enjoyed our evening cocktails and leisurely breakfast at The Westin Club where immaculate service ruled. Range of breakfast food was not as extensive as at The Living Room, but the spread covered lots of healthy choices.

Stay Well and Eat Well!

 

WestinWORKOUT®
As a hotel that promotes wellness, you can be sure the gym contains state-of-the-art equipment complete with a sauna to relax in. Known as the WestinWORKOUT®, the gym overlooks the city skyline with a great view for a more invigorating workout.

If you are travelling light or forgot to pack your exercise gear, worry not. Westin has partnered with New Balance® to provide athletic shoes and apparel to use during the stay for a nominal fee. Isn’t that great? This “Gear Lending Program” has proven to be ever so convenient!

Within the same level, there’s the sparkling salt-water swimming pool and Kids Club to keep the young ones happy and occupied.

 

DINING
Now let’s get to that integral part of any hotel stay – the food! While The Westin Kuala Lumpur is located in a very ideal spot, surrounded by shopping malls, entertainment and many local attractions where food is abundant, the hotel’s F&B outlets offer an excellent repertoire of tasty and revitalizing cuisines. We had some memorable meals in the hotel’s signature restaurants during our stay.

The Living Room
As the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, the Living Room is a cosy and comfortable dining space. We love their Breakfast Adventure buffet with its huge selection of local and international nutritious breakfast items. From freshly pressed juices to local favourites (Masala Corner for Indian delicacies, hot noodles station, nasi lemak stall etc) to freshly baked breads and pastries and nutritious Superfoods, the selections are amazing.

We could see the guests happily browsing and choosing food from the many food stations located all over this spacious oasis of culinary delights. This is definitely our favourite place for breakfast – we lingered ever so long here just to savour the delicious spread and absorb the happy vibes!

I think we started off the day really right!

During weekends, there’re classic hi-tea and dinner buffets to indulge on.

 

Five Sen5es
The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinese restaurant – Five Sen5es needs no introduction. We’ve had many a happy meal at this elegant restaurant with its lovely contemporary decor mixed with touches of oriental splendour. Read about our earlier reviews here and here.

Recently there’s been new items added on to their menu – check out our review here. Five Sen5es serves a wide array of Dim Sum and authentic Chinese dishes personifying the five human senses: Sight, Taste, Scent, Touch and Sound. Dining here is never boring as I always find my attention drawn to the animated activities in their “Open Wok Kitchen” right there in the restaurant.

For our stay, we just wanted a simple meal of the restaurant’s popular offerings. Roast duck, double-boiled soup, steamed cod fish and a small claypot of braised fish paste made up our delightful dinner here.

Mooncakes to round off dinner!

443 Bar Lounge
Just a few steps down from the main lobby is the welcoming 443 Bar Lounge, a nice “hideaway” sanctuary to chill-out. The “443” here represents the number of rooms in The Westin Kuala Lumpur and it signifies the attention to be given to each and every guest in the hotel. The lounge is a perfect spot to snuggle in and unwind with some great wine, superior whiskeys, crafted cocktails and premium cigars. Love the warm rustic feel of the decor, oozing nostalgia and classic comfort in the deep plush seats.

Prego
Prego is the hotel’s well-known Italian restaurant. A separate post will be published soon to highlight the memorable meals we had here during this staycation – so stay tuned!

As an established brand, The Westin Kuala Lumpur does live up to expectations of a 5-star hotel. The service, welcome and comfort levels are faultless as we encountered nothing less than first-rate experiences during our revitalizing stay.

 

THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2731-8333
Website: click here

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Halcyon Days at RIMBA ALOR ORCHARD VILLAS, Melaka Pindah, Alor Gajah

Melaka Pindah – have you ever heard of this place? Literally translated from Malay, it means “Malacca Shifted”? Shifted from where, to where? See, that’s the natural response whenever this name is mentioned.

Well, according to legendary folklore, a certain high-ranking officer retreated upriver to evade the Portuguese forces in 1511 (which subsequently captured and colonized Malacca). So the high-ranking officer, together with his followers settled at this place and named it “Melaka Pindah” as he believed he had shifted Malacca away from the invaders. Interesting piece of folklore or even history and that’s how Melaka Pindah got its name. But why all this interesting information? That’s because I happened to spend a glorious weekend in Melaka Pindah recently in a sublime green haven known as Rimba Alor Orchard Villas.

It’s just a 1.5 hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur along the North-South Expressway and once we exited the Alor Gajah toll, it’s a short and easy drive to Rimba Alor. So, Melaka Pindah is actually in the vicinity of Alor Gajah. The moment we drove through the gates to Rimba Alor Orchard Villas, we immediately fell in love with this kampung retreat! It’s hard not to – I mean, just look at this…

The impeccably-maintained 1.7 acres plot of land houses 2 lovely traditional kampung houses, a fish pond and a variety of fruit trees. My good friend, Mr Kaspur, was all welcoming in his usual super-friendly bubbly self and after a barrage of warm greetings, I just could not wait to check out the surroundings!

So easy to pick these sweet juicy rambutans!

Rambutans & coconuts on the house 🙂

Try your luck fishing some ikan keli, haruan and tilapia in this fishing pond!

This piece of land has been in the owners’ family for generations. Initially, there was only one small wooden house and a well amidst the abundant fruit trees. Kaspur proudly told me that some of the existing durian trees there are more than 90 years old! Rambutans, mangosteens, mangoes, pink guava, bananas, avocados and chempedak trees grow and thrive in this piece of green paradise.

Chempedak tree laden with countless fruits!

For many years that had been sufficient but recently the owners decided to spruce it up and build a couple more houses. Being nature lovers and out of respect for the land, they were careful to construct and size the houses without much damage to Mother Nature.

As a result, there are now two beautiful wooden villas built on the property which offer guests a great feel of heritage and tradition. Built along typical Malay kampung-style design with raised walk-up steps to the front door, Villa Rimba is slightly different from Villa Alor but both are equally charming in their own unique set-up. Colourful tiles, wooden carved banisters, stained glass with touches of “Peranakan” influences all add up to the quaint appeal.

Each villa has 4 spacious bedrooms to accommodate a maximum of 8 persons very comfortably. This can increase to 10 people with the addition of 2 single rollaway beds upon request. Bedrooms are fitted-out with nice bedlinen and comfy beds and the modern bathrooms have all the necessary toiletries. The villas are fully-airconditioned and complete with well-equipped kitchens. We had such a lovely and super comfortable stay!

As we wanted to have the whole kampung-stay experience, Kaspur very kindly arranged for breakfast, tea and dinner catered in the villas. We totally enjoyed the delicious local fares cooked by local makciks nearby. Guests can request for this meal arrangement (separately charged by the caterers) – just let Kaspur know and he will take care of it. Another option is BBQ – there’s a nice BBQ pit built at the outdoor dining area – perfect for that private gathering here!

Delectable local favourites can be catered for your meals at Rimba Alor

Al fresco dining surrounded by lush greenery – food tastes much better!

Jom makan – so sedap!

You won’t believe the immensely restful sleep we had at this quiet retreat. The only sounds we heard were birds chirping and the morning call from the neighbour’s cockerel! While waiting for our breakfast, we made some coffee and chilled out at the verandah, breathing in the fresh crisp air all around. If air has colour, it’s definitely green in Rimba Alor!

Durian trees bathed in morning sunlight

There’s a gazebo built on the property, with the main purpose: relaxation. With a ceiling fan thoughtfully installed and facing the pond, it’s a perfect spot to just chill – curl up with a book, enjoy a yoga or meditation session or do what we did: have a massage! Yes, local masseuses are available with prior booking (Kaspur would be happy to arrange this!) and I must say I had a darn good massage that day!

As I look back at the collection of photos taken and the short stay at Rimba Alor, I can’t help but be reminded of the halcyon days of my childhood. Although I wasn’t brought up in a kampung, I used to live in a small town in an area that was abundant with local fruit trees and there’s always a sense of “running free” then.

I can sit here all day!

Do check out Rimba Alor Orchard Villas if you are looking for that little green sanctuary for a quiet idyllic sojourn or a private celebration with family and friends. The friendly folks there would be happy to organize it for you.

Tranquility

Just give Kaspur a tinkle at +6019-325-6582 or click here for more information.

 

RIMBA ALOR ORCHARD VILLAS
Batu 15 ½ Jalan Haji Abdul Rahman
Melaka Pindah
78000 Alor Gajah
Melaka

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Staycation at WEIL HOTEL IPOH

Whenever I go back to Ipoh, I don’t stay in hotels.
Why should I, when my family is still there and I have some perfectly comfortable accommodation to stay? Someone asked me the other day “Well, if you have to book a hotel to stay, in Ipoh, where would you choose?”  That can be quite a difficult question to answer – there are so many hotels that have sprouted in Ipoh in the past few years – many of these are old buildings converted to “boutique hotels” in and around the city. I must say some of them are very tastefully designed too.

Weil Hotel Ipoh’s impressive lobby with high ceilings and clusters of chic contemporary chairs & sofas

OK, if there’s one hotel I would book to stay in Ipoh, it would be Weil Hotel and mainly for two very good reasons: excellent location and super-comfortable set-up. Perched on a quiet side of Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Weil Hotel has an adjoining shopping mall, Ipoh Parade Shopping Centre and its central location makes it easy to get to any part of Ipoh town quickly. Guests can just walk over to the mall next door – easy shopping without having to drive out! Shops and restaurants are also easily accessible nearby – right across the road and just a few minutes’ walk away. It’s perfect for business, leisure and pleasure. The hotel is fitted-out along contemporary lines, casting an ambience of modern chic-ness which allows one to just lounge back and enjoy its cozy comforts in style.

The name “Weil” is actually meant for “Liew” (spelled backwards)  – owned by the Liew family who founded the famous Ipoh Pagoda groundnuts.

Our room gives an immediate sense of relaxation, thanks to the soft earthy hues of the furnishings and relaxing spaciousness. The large bathroom comes with strong rain shower and a stand-alone bath tub for that luxurious touch. We love the bed – the bedding is really comfortable and we had some blissful sleep here. From our room, we enjoyed a pleasing vista of the sprawling city and the roll of picturesque limestone hills in the distance.

Spacious room with cosy sofa corner and a big bathroom complete with bath tub!

Note the Pagoda groundnuts!

Beyond the standard, deluxe and premier rooms, the hotel does offer several other premium-tiered rooms and suites with interesting concepts based on Ipoh’s unique heritage.

View from our room

Swimming pool and gym – work off the calories after all the good food in Ipoh!

Weil Hotel has four F&B outlets: The Deck, Yuk Sou Hin, Tiffin Restaurant and Tea Lounge.

The Deck is the hotel’s rooftop gastrobar – a cosy spot for chilling out and taking in a breath-taking sunset from up high on a good clear day. We had a simple western-style dinner here on a quiet romantic evening.

The Tea Lounge is a cool place to relax and catch-up with friends over tea and coffee. In the evenings, if you are feeling peckish before dinner time, I hear they serve a very decent Afternoon Tea spread.

Tiffin is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. The restaurant’s relaxed and casual ambience is perfect for leisurely dining. In the mornings, buffet breakfast is served and there’s also buffet dinner on a daily basis. Complete with live cooking stations, food selection at the buffets is wide and varied.

Entrance to Tiffin

Curry Mee here is really good!

Fine Chinese cuisine reigns in Yuk Sou Hin, helmed by a Hong Kong Masterchef. A separate post will be done for this restaurant – stay tuned!

Weil Hotel Ipoh has extensive function and ballroom space, making it one of the top choices in Ipoh for events hosting. With its strategic location and more than 2,500 sqm of function space spread over two levels as well as a stylish ballroom, there’s always something happening in Weil Hotel. During our stay, there were quite a few events happening in the hotel – from meetings, private parties and even a wedding!

So, the next time you are heading to Ipoh and need a place to stay, Weil Hotel is a good option due to its excellent location, comfortable rooms and facilities at reasonable rates and warm hospitality.

 

WEIL HOTEL
292 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah
30000 Ipoh
Tel: +605-2082228
http://www.weilhotel.com/

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