CHECK IT OUT THE ST. REGIS KUALA LUMPUR

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

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.

DIN­ING IN:

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.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

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