Cel­e­brate mem­o­ries of a life­time at The Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur

YTL Life - - Contents - Words RENYI LIM

Im­mor­talise life’s most joy­ous oc­ca­sions amid the colo­nial charm and inim­itable glam­our of The Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur.

Each op­u­lent, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated space at The Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur holds a story em­bod­ied with soul and heart. The city’s iconic his­toric prop­erty — a na­tional her­itage site dat­ing to 1932 — is no stranger to daz­zling so­cial events, so­phis­ti­cated re­cep­tions and wed­dings re­mem­bered by gen­er­a­tions to come.

Wed­dings have gen­er­ated some of the fond­est mem­o­ries: vin­tage black- and- white pho­to­graphs of newly- wed cou­ples stand­ing on the fa­mous steps of the orig­i­nal Ho­tel Ma­jes­tic, like those of Mr and Mrs EH Wong in 1960, still find their way back to the ho­tel to­day. So, too, do the happy cou­ples. For ex­am­ple, Mr and Mrs Ge­orge de Silva, who held their wed­ding re­cep­tion at Ho­tel Ma­jes­tic in 1966, com­mem­o­rated their golden an­niver­sary at The Roof Gar­den at the start of this year.

The el­e­gant white steps lead­ing up to the orig­i­nal Ma­jes­tic Wing are now a highly sought after lo­ca­tion of the next gen­er­a­tion of new­ly­weds, many of whom cap­ture that picture- per­fect mo­ment in front of the ho­tel, with their fam­i­lies be­side them. It is a high­light of what is of­ten a grand af­fair, given that the Ma­jes­tic Ball­room up­stairs, in all its pil­lar­less, chan­de­liered glory, is ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 1,200 peo­ple for a splen­did ban­quet.

Wed­dings, how­ever, are but an el­e­ment of many in the cul­ti­va­tion of one’s highly per­son­alised story at The Ma­jes­tic. The ho­tel’s trea­sure ch­est of spa­ces — some cosy, oth­ers larger and full of life — are there to be ex­plored and claimed as one’s own. The Orchid Con­ser­va­tory, for in­stance, is a favourite venue for in­ti­mate lunches or din­ners for up to 20 peo­ple or bridal show­ers com­plete with af­ter­noon tea. It is also a won­der­fully ro­man­tic spot for a pro­posal, amid the glass atrium’s plethora of colour­ful pha­laenop­sis or­chids — a botan­i­cal marvel that can­not be found any­where else in Malaysia.

At The Smoke House, gentle­men can stage a bach­e­lor party with a touch of class by re­serv­ing its pri­vate din­ing room, which comes with a chef who is al­ways ready to cre­ate a unique menu for up to 10 guests. John­nie, the ami­able bar­man, is an ex­pert at rustling up clas­sic cock­tails such as the whisky and soda sten­gah or the trop­i­cal Jun­gle Bird. The on- site be­spoke tai­lor and Tru­e­fitt & Hill’s groom­ing service will en­sure that the groom and his friends look their best.

The de­lights of Colo­nial Cafe and its clas­sic colo­nial and Hainanese- in­spired cui­sine in the Ma­jes­tic Wing will ap­peal to any­one seek­ing to hold a birth­day party or an an­niver­sary to re­mem­ber. With a seat­ing ca­pac­ity for 120 guests that stretches to two cov­ered court­yards, its pris­tine white table­cloths, tim­ber pan­elling and com­fort­able cane- backed leather chairs come to­gether to recre­ate

AT THE SMOKE HOUSE, GENTLE­MEN CAN STAGE A BACH­E­LOR PARTY WITH A TOUCH OF CLASS BY RE­SERV­ING ITS PRI­VATE DIN­ING ROOM.

the re­fined, stately at­mos­phere of old Malaya. In the evenings, guests are en­ter­tained by The So­lianos – the de­scen­dants of the leg­endary mae­stro Al­fonso So­liano — all of whom chan­nel his verve and panache with their ren­di­tions of songs pop­u­lar in the late 1950s, around the time when Malaya gained its in­de­pen­dence. The ad­ja­cent Tea Lounge, which looks out onto a neatly trimmed lawn, is a pic­turesque spot for day­time cel­e­bra­tions over af­ter­noon tea.

On level four, The Roof Gar­den — a strik­ing out­door set­ting with ca­pac­ity for 120 to 150 guests — lends it­self mag­nif­i­cently to a cock­tail soiree or a vow re­newal cer­e­mony. Com­bined with win­ning views of Kuala Lumpur’s his­toric mile, it is all the more rea­son to set your sights soar­ing for your next cel­e­bra­tion at The Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur.

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The Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur is the only place in town to make your spe­cial oc­ca­sions come spec­tac­u­larly alive in the time­less glam­our of its di­verse event spa­ces.

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