Cap­i­tal gain

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Malaysia has long been cel­e­brated for its trop­i­cal jun­gles, steamy cli­mate, un­usual wildlife and idyl­lic is­lands, but now its cap­i­tal city is on the rise thanks to a se­ries of new ho­tel open­ings. Lo­cated in Kuala Lumpur’s buzzy Golden Tri­an­gle neigh­bour­hood, with lush views over KLCC Park, the 209-room Four Sea­sons prop­erty can be found in a mixed-use skyscraper de­signed by lo­cal prac­tice NRY Ar­chi­tects. With­out stray­ing from the Four Sea­sons’ sig­na­ture un­der­stated lux­ury, in­te­rior de­sign­ers Wil­son As­so­ci­ates lined the guest rooms with tac­tile leather de­tails, dou­ble-lay­ered cur­tains and tex­tured wall­pa­per in muted greys that don’t de­tract from the views. Three of the six bars and restau­rants have been out­fit­ted by Hong Kong-based AB Con­cept, which has brought the out­side in with nat­u­ral light and flo­ral mo­tifs, par­tic­u­larly at Yun House, where chef Jimmy Wong’s dou­ble-boiled black gar­lic and sea whelk soup is a must-try.

Cu­mu­la­tive length in me­tres of the sculp­tural, art deco-in­spired bronze screens through­out the ho­telHeight in me­tres of the archway in the brasserie, which pays trib­ute to the ar­cades of the Wal­dorf astoria new york num­ber of be­spoke, hand­made chan­de­liers, which were de­signed to evoke the sil­hou­ettes of thai tem­plesBooths in­spired by colo­nial Malay ar­chi­tec­ture in the loungeCe­ramic discs used to cre­ate an in­stal­la­tion in the yun House restau­rant stained glassin­spired cabi­net doors in the lounge, the ho­tel’s all-day café and tea room Dawn red­wood trees planted around the ho­tel Pen­dant lamps sus­pended from the ceil­ing of shui shi Kou, the main restau­rant square sky­lights that al­low nat­u­ral light to fil­ter through to the ho­tel’s vast in­door pool Il­lus­tra­tion: eoin ryan

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