Malaysa Air­lines Re­gional Lounge; Blues Lounge

KUALA LUMPUR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­PORT (KLIA)

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS - Tom Ot­ley

The re­gional lounge re­opened in Oc­to­ber 2017 af­ter a two-month re­fur­bish­ment – a taste of what Malaysia Air­lines hopes all its ma­jor lounges will be­come.

It’s a com­fort­able, spa­cious place with great food and drink, free wifi, and sev­eral ar­eas where you can re­lax or work. There’s also a nap area with three loung­ing beds for men and three for women, in sep­a­rate rooms. You place your board­ing pass in an acrylic holder so staff can wake you up, though I’d be in­clined to set an alarm as well.

Next to this is a prayer room and the wash­rooms, which in­clude some good shower cu­bi­cles. I asked for (and re­ceived) ra­zor and tooth­brush kits. The over­all de­sign is in­tended to re­flect the Malacca Chi­nese and Malay her­itage of Malaysia, with “fu­sion” cui­sine de­signed to cater to both lo­cal taste buds and for­eign vis­i­tors.

A barista-manned cof­fee bar area also of­fers sand­wiches and a pop­u­lar waf­fle sta­tion. Live cook­ing sta­tions serve up fresh noo­dles and pasta, and there is also a sig­na­ture laksa bar. The com­pli­men­tary drinks bar is open from 0500 to 2400.

First class and Malaysia Plat­inum pas­sen­gers have use of a first class area and VIP room, though note this is not for Emer­ald card­hold­ers.

WHO CAN AC­CESS?

Malaysia Air­lines Busi­ness Class, En­rich Plat­inum mem­bers, En­rich Gold mem­bers and el­i­gi­ble Oneworld Sap­phire and Emer­ald Pas­sen­gers whose flights de­part from the Main Ter­mi­nal of KLIA.

VER­DICT

Ex­cel­lent. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing this de­sign in the new In­ter­na­tional Lounge.

It’s a com­fort­able, spa­cious place with great food and drink, free wifi, and sev­eral ar­eas where you can re­lax or work

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