“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 - and no time limit. 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 sundown when the manager hosts nightly free cocktail gatherings in the restaurant. 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.