Cover Photo: Facebook/The St Regis Kuala Lumpur

Here are some glitzy hotels to consider if you are planning a trip to Malaysia's capital soon

If you haven’t heard yet, London’s Heathrow airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, is currently in chaos after floods of travellers caused exceptionally long queues, flight delays, lost or extremely delayed baggage and other issues as the airport grapples with staff shortages and strikes. As a result, a cap was placed on the number of departing passengers with many having to reschedule their flights. 

Perhaps a safer way to scratch your travel itch right now is to cross the border into Malaysia for a quick trip. If the countryside life is not for you, your best bet is the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL).

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If you are driving or flying into KL, here are five luxury hotels that you have to stay at. 

1. Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur

Situated just a 10-minute walk from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Villa Samadhi offers guests the city’s most luxurious spaces for an exclusive retreat while also giving them the opportunity to explore all that Kuala Lumpur has to offer in terms of city life. 

The hotel boasts 21 distinctive villas inspired by traditional Malay architecture and offers guests raw yet sophisticated Asian living while catering to ultimate comfort and relaxation. 

Guests can enjoy free-form pools, exclusive dining experiences and more here.

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If you are going as a couple for a special occasion or just to spend time together, opt for the Loft, which is an exceptional room that features a private plunge pool with gorgeous views of the surrounding neighbourhood, including the Petronas Twin Towers. 

Book it here.

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2. The St Regis Kuala Lumpur

The St Regis Kuala Lumpur has long been a familiar name among travellers since it opened its doors in 2016. Located right in KL Sentral and boasting views of the scenic neighbourhoods, the Lake Gardens and heritage landmarks such as the National Museum and House of Parliament, this has to be on your list as you plan your trip. 

If you are travelling up with family or planning for a special occasion, opt for the presidential suite which features spacious living areas, perfect for celebrating, as well as butler services, a kitchenette, a marble bathroom and more.

Book it here.

3. Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

With 55 elegant rooms and suites, panoramic views of the city skyline and an award-winning spa, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is the epitome of luxury. 

The hotel is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur (with a connecting bridge to the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur mall) and boasts spacious and well-designed rooms that all come with either an oversized soaking tub or a relaxation pool.

Guests can also revel in a myriad of dining options with six premier dining venues such as Bake by Banyan Tree, Altitude and even the highest rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur.

Book it here.

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4. Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Located just 15 minutes away from the Petronas Twin Towers and city centre, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is the perfect luxury hotel to stay at if you are keen on exploring the city and getting some shopping in. 

With gorgeous views, bars and a multitude of dining options, you will be spoilt for choice. 

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Who doesn’t love a relaxing afternoon while on holiday? If that sounds like something you’d be up for, opt to visit the Lounge which will allow you to enjoy live jazz music, scenic views of the Lake Gardens and a lovely tea set.

Book it here.

5. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Managed by Banyan Tree, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a gorgeous spot located in Kuala Lumpur’s central Bukit Bintang area. Right in the heart of the city’s buzzing business and entertainment district, this is the perfect spot if you are planning to get out and about and shop to your heart’s content.

The hotel boasts 325 rooms and suites that are spread over nine floors, with stunning views of the city, Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Book it here.

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