ADDING EXTRA HEIGHT TO ITS SWEEPING SKYLINE, NEW FIVESTAR RETREATS HAVE MADE THIS MORE THAN JUST A STOPOVER CITY.
+ Opened in June, the first Malaysian property from
Banyan Tree (banyantree. com; doubles from RM910) is a resort haven in the CBD. Occupying the top seven floors of the Banyan Tree Signatures Pavilion building, the skyline views here are enviable. Floorto-ceiling windows light every room and even the signature spa, and Vertigo Bar on the 59th floor is where you should park yourself at sunset.
+ Across the road and managed by Banyan Tree, Pavilion Hotel (banyan tree.com; doubles from RM498) opened this month atop the same-name mall. The 325-room hotel also has a rooftop infinity pool, contemporary Japanese restaurant Ebisu and intimate bar Whisky Cove.
+ Four Seasons Kuala
Lumpur (fourseasons. com; doubles from RM893) opened in July, adding serious luxury to the KLCC. The opulent rooms come with full marble bathrooms, 180-degree views and plush king beds; dining options also spoil, with global buffet Curate, fine-dining dim sum at Yun House and creative craft cocktails at Bar Trigona. + South of the CBD, Alila
Bangsar (alilahotels.com; doubles from RM391) is set within the cultural center of Little India. Eco-focused rooms make use of timber and natural stone, while a three-level atrium at the lobby takes guests to a plant-lined pool, French restaurant Entier, and Pacific Standard bar. + The quirky design of W Kuala Lumpur (marriott. com; doubles from RM829) takes inspiration from the city: a topographic view of KL covers the lobby floor; batik designs pattern feature walls; and jungle elements are symbolized in cushions. The Wet Deck pool bar provides the party, while the Away Spa offers a celeb-style detox. + The RuMa (theruma. com; doubles from RM848) opened last month, and its design honors Malaysian artisans with woven furnishings, copper ceilings and handcrafted bronze accents. Their “hostmanship” service means 24-hour check-in and checkout, all-day butler service and a free mini bar. – ELOISE BASUKI
Four Seasons' cocktail den, Bar Trigona.