Explore the city with Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.
I can think of no better place than Malaysia when I feel like immersing myself in a fusion of not two but three different cultures – Malay, Indian, and Chinese – which is the makeup of the country’s population. For the summer holidays, some Saudi friends and I packed our bags and made the 9-hour flight to the Southeast Asian country, and luckily for us, Mandarin Oriental (MO) Kuala Lumpur hosted our stay, ensuring we had the full Malaysian experience at the luxurious hotel.
Nestled at the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, next to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the refreshing greenery of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park located right in the middle of the concrete jungle, the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is, not surprisingly, a popular choice for Saudi tourists. The vibrant Little India and historic Chinatown are both a short ride away, and Suria KLCC Mall is just a few steps from the hotel, making shopping a truly pleasant experience – nobody likes worrying about the trip back after a shopping spree while on holiday!
The rooms are not only a reflection of elegance, comfort, and style inspired by traditional Malaysian motifs, they also offer a spectacular view of the city. We enjoyed a spot of mind-body-soul rejuvenation at the infinity swimming pool overlooking the city skyline, which is also on the same floor of the hotel’s premium gym and indoor sports facilities, along with two outdoor tennis courts.
We also enjoyed access to the Club Floor, which houses the MO Club, an exclusive private club that is also Kuala Lumpur’s largest club lounge. Members of the MO Club and special hotel guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the city while having breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and cocktail hour, all at the Club Floor’s exclusive and lavish area.
The highlight of our stay of course had to do with food. Apart from the wide array of delicious Malaysian fare side-by-side cuisines from around the world that the hotel serves for breakfast, we were invited to fine-dine at the Mandarin Grill. The beautifully designed restaurant is headed by Chef de Cuisine Luigi Stinga, who has recently joined MO Kuala Lumpur from his stint at MO Milan’s 2-Michelin-starred restaurant Seta. Chef Luigi served us premium, authentic Italian cuisine with a modern approach, the restaurant’s signature offerings that make hotel guests and Malaysian locals keep coming back for more.
If you’re thinking of your next holiday destination, we think you should consider Malaysia, and if you do, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is the perfect host.