High and mighty
Ahead of openings in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, the Alila group continues its global expansion with its debut in Malaysia. Occupying the top seven floors of The Establishment, a 41-storey mixed-use tower in Kuala Lumpur’s affluent Bangsar district, the 137-room hotel has been outfitted by Neri & Hu. The Shanghai-based practice has imparted its signature low-key aesthetic to the interiors, with lots of slatted timber, marble, understated lighting and customdesigned furnishings in calming white tones, in contrast to the building’s dark façade. On the top three floors are the open-air swimming pool, best experienced at sunrise, and Entier, the modern French restaurant, where chef Masashi Horiuchi works a menu based on nose-to-tail dining with dishes such as roasted spring chicken in salt crust dough served with chicken fat mashed potato. If this isn’t your thing, the colourful maze of textile shops, jewellery stores and restaurants of Little India are just a ten-minute stride away.