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When the pace of life gets a little too much, a refuge is what we need to rebalance and find our equilibrium. Thanks to the arrival of Banyan Tree, which opens this June, Kuala Lumpur has its very own brand new tranquil bolthole; simply take an elevator soaring above the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to find your very own sanctuary in the sky. Breathe a sigh of relief as you step inside an urban oasis and, as you put yourself in the capable and intuitive hands of the expert staff at the hotel’s award-winning spa, feel the stress melt away. Here, the focus is on human interaction, and the ancient, “hightouch, low-tech” treatments and the natural herbs and spices they use have been passed down through generations. That’s not to say that Banyan Tree Spa is not pioneering. Indulge, for example, in the signature Royal Banyan therapy and be rejuvenated by the best of Eastern and Western massage techniques and a warm herbal pouch dipped in sesame oil. All that physical, mental and spiritual renewal can certainly work up an appetite and once again, your senses continue to be ensnared on every level. Upon arrival, allow yourself to be seduced by the alluring aromas wafting through the lobby from French-inspired boulangerie, Bake by Banyan Tree. “High tea” has never been so aptly named than at Altitude on the 53rd floor, where you can choose from fragrant brews and

bite-sized delights in the afternoon, or peruse the wine list. Horizon Grill beckons you still upward with steak and seafood served alfresco on the 58th floor terrace. But the cherry on the very top is surely Vertigo, the city’s loftiest hotel roof bar, where you can sip a carefully crafted cocktail as you take in stunning views of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers and beyond. Indeed, Banyan Tree’s strategic position right in the middle of the city’s Golden Triangle means that, whether you’re in town for business or sightseeing, everything is at your fingertips. Within walking distance, you’ll find the high rises, palatial shopping centers and lush green spaces of KLCC and the excitement and nightlife of notorious Bukit Bintang. A reminder of your convenient proximity to the city’s hotspots is found through every window of your urban retreat. Enjoy a little in-room dining with a backdrop of KL’s glittering skyline, or sink into your suite’s private relaxation pool and gaze across at the Petronas Twin Towers as you soak away the aches of the day. Make a selection from the aromatherapy essentials to set the mood in your room and treat yourself to a signature chromotherapy shower and then, suitably renewed, venture back out into the city, always safe in the knowledge that when you are tired of your explorations, your peaceful haven awaits above it all.

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