CHECK IT OUT THE ST. REGIS KUALA LUMPUR
St. Regis has debuted in Malaysia’s capital with a 208-room hotel featuring world-class art, a tea sommelier and a sushi restaurant by Tokyo’s three Michelin-starred Takashi Saito.
Part of a mixed-use development in swish KL Sentral, the high-rise St. Regis Kuala Lumpur affords long views over the city’s largest park and skyline.
Interiors by G.A. Design are chic and urbane, inspired by the lavish lifestyle of the polo-loving, high-society Astor family (honoured in The Astor Bar, above), and the guestrooms and suites are said to be the largest in the city. Each features a walk-in wardrobe and a proper vanity table, floor-to-ceiling windows, glamorous natural stone bathroom with deep tub and automated loo, large wall-mounted flat screen television and a natty saddle-stitched leather travelling case that doubles as a mini bar.
The St. Regis group’s signature butler team is on hand to meet and greet, offer free daily pressing of garments as well as unpacking and packing, and morning tea or coffee in your guestroom. At 353sq m, the Royal Suite features private elevator access, outdoor terrace, an additional room for a security detail or executive assistant and a gym.
Hotel facilities include a large day spa, fitness centre, yoga room and outdoor pool. Conference rooms include an advanced LED Digital Canvas projection system and supersized lift able to transport cars into the ballroom.
DON’T MISS: Exploring the hotel’s stellar art collection, which includes an impressive 3.5m horse sculpture by Fernando Botero and British artist Mark Evans’s soaring hand-etched leather mural diptych of a polo charge.
There are cocktails in the Crystal rooftop bar, a tea sommelier in the drawing room and chef Takashi Saito’s first restaurant outside Tokyo, where 16 lucky guests can sit at a 300-year-old Hinoki counter dining on fish flown direct from the Japanese capital’s Tsukiji Market. Under chef de cuisine Nicholas le Toumelin, the signature brasserie offers European cafe fare by day, transforming into a contemporary bistro in the evening. Try the burrata, imported from Italy, with heirloom tomatoes from the south of France, or baby purple artichokes, barigoule-style with truffles.
DINING OUT: Prime at Le Meridien for steaks; Tim Ho Wan in The Gardens Mall (an outpost of Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred dim sum outfit) and Mezze in Damansara Heights.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Let the master sommelier in The Astor Bar choose the wines while you admire the horsehair wall panelling and gold leaf ceiling.
CHECKING IN: Opening rates from MYR1000 ($333). More: stregiskualalumpur.com.
ALSO TRY: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong; Park Hyatt Tokyo; The St. Regis Mumbai; Raffles Jakarta.