GET­AWAY IN THE CITY

In search of a quick break that doesn't re­quire much trav­el­ling, Adelina Tan checks in to Alila Bangsar for a stay­ca­tion.

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A respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle.

“Ar­riv­ing at des­ti­na­tion” my nav­i­ga­tion app prompts me as I drive up to a grey build­ing. From the out­side, it blends into the KL Sen­tral sky­line in the near dis­tance – but row upon row of wooden pan­els, laid out in a grid, hint at more to this gleam­ing façade.

As the lift's doors open up to the 41st floor, my eyes im­me­di­ately jump to the clump of trees in the mid­dle of a bright and airy space where dark mar­ble and bur­nished gold fix­tures jux­ta­pose against invit­ing white arm­chairs. Home for the night is Alila Bangsar, which oc­cu­pies the top floors of this mixed-use devel­op­ment.

Check-in is fast and pa­per­less with an iPad, and soon, I'm be­ing led to my Deluxe Stu­dio. But first, a quick stop at the Alila Liv­ing Room. Lo­cated on ev­ery floor, it's where guests can help them­selves to free-flow re­fresh­ments and lo­cal snacks (think gem bis­cuits and crispy mu­ruku) through­out the day. In my room, I'm im­me­di­ately taken by the spa­cious bath­room – the shower, toi­let and sink are sep­a­rated for con­ve­nience. There's even a liv­ing area with a ta­ble and sofa, so if you're bring­ing the kids, they'll have space of their own to play in.

REST AND PLAY

With a bridge con­nect­ing the ho­tel to Bangsar LRT sta­tion, it's well-placed for ex­plo­ration. As for trips to nearby malls in the neigh­bour­hood and Mid Val­ley, the ho­tel pro­vides a free shut­tle ser­vice. Guests may also sign up for Alila Ex­pe­ri­ences such as yoga, cook­ing classes and city tours at an ad­di­tional cost.

Af­ter re­lax­ing sunset cock­tails at Pa­cific Stan­dard Bar and a de­li­cious French-Ja­panese din­ner at En­tier (the other din­ing op­tion is Botanica + Co), I snuggle in bed and set my alarm clock for an early start with asana yoga at 9:30am, just across the road at Mayi Yoga. It's in­vig­o­rat­ing yet rel­a­tively gen­tle, which I'm thank­ful for af­ter the heav­ier-than-planned break­fast – I couldn't re­sist pol­ish­ing off the scram­bled eggs, sausage and fluffy but­ter­milk pan­cakes in the in­ter­na­tional set; it was that yummy!

A post-yoga swim is prob­a­bly also not the smartest idea (as my aching mus­cles could at­test af­ter), but it's hard to re­sist the siren call of the pool, fringed as it is by trop­i­cal-style land­scap­ing and lux­u­ri­ous loungers that are more re­sort than city ho­tel. Here is also where the cityscape views are largely un­blocked – peer­ing at the snaking roads and ant-sized cars below, you can't help but be re­minded that the world is filled with pos­si­bil­i­ties, while triv­ial wor­ries are but specks in life's nar­ra­tive.

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