“Luxurious suites and a lagoon-style pool at this serene city oasis, just 10 minutes from the heart of bustling KL”
You’d never guess there were 21 vast suites here; everything has been designed to ensure the utmost privacy and serenity. Inside, each is bedecked with modern Asian-style furniture, reclaimed wood, and splashes of colour.
The Loft is a huge room with a private rooftop lap pool to splash around in. You also get impressive views of the city skyline; it’s really romantic. Indoors, there’s sleeping area tucked away under cosy eaves, a spacious sitting area, and a bathroom with a double shower.
We loved our Luxe Crib room with its dressing room, plush sofas and palatial courtyard bathroom; the jewel in the crown, it had twin rain showers and a Jacuzzi plunge tub. We were also smitten with the Luxe Sarangs’ added treats: a private patio, direct access to the swimming pool.
Sarang rooms feature kitchenettes (in which the hotel’s chef will happily whip up a meal for you); one has two bedrooms. Cribs are the smallest, but even these have kingsize beds so high you almost need a ladder to climb into them.
Bathrooms appear hewn out of the fabric of the hotel. But there’s no rusticity about the way they’re kitted out: walk-in rain showers, twin sinks, and fluffy white towels.
Breakfast was an event, mixing Malaysian dishes with international favourites, and served either by the pool or in-room. The bar groaned with an array of cakes and bread, plates of fresh fruit, porridge, cold meats and cheeses. The ‘traditional toaster’, a grill over burning charcoal, made a fun addition. We also chose pancakes and roti canai from the a la carte menu.
There's further indulgence at the hotel’s private rooftop bar, Bumbung, where the manager hosts nightly free cocktail gatherings in front of the dusky city skyline. The modern Asian cuisine served at Villa Samadhi’s Mandi-Mandi restaurant (open to hotel guests only) is light and refined, with inventive flavour combinations. It’s a peaceful dining experience, with just a handful of tables and a soundtrack of trickling fountains.
For a change of scene, take Villa Samadhi’s complimentary shuttle to one of the hotel’s four sister restaurants. We tried Tamarind Spring, hidden a 15-minute drive away in the jungle. Here we feasted on traditional East Asian ‘spicy steamboats’ (hot pot stews). First, a tom yum broth, then a laksa. Cooked bespoke, we opted to add mussels, scallops, wagu beef, prawns and clams, along with noodles and an assortment of vegetables - delicious.