High and mighty

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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.

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