KUALA LUMPUR

ADDING EXTRA HEIGHT TO ITS SWEEP­ING SKY­LINE, NEW FIVES­TAR RE­TREATS HAVE MADE THIS MORE THAN JUST A STOPOVER CITY.

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+ 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.

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